The DNAPL Remediation Challenge: Is There a Case for Source Depletion?
ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY WASHINGTON DC
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Releases of Dense Non-Aqueous Phase Liquids DNAPLs at a large number of public and private sector sites in the United States pose significant challenges in site remediation and long-term site management. Extensive contamination of groundwater occurs as a result of significant dissolved plumes generated from these DNAPL source zones that vary in size and complexity depending on site characteristics and DNAPL properties and distribution. Risk and liability management, consistent with regulatory compliance requirements, could involve remediation of the source zone as well as management of the dissolved plume. The source zone is defined here as the groundwater region volume in which DNAPL is present as a separate phase, either as randomly distributed sub-zones at residual saturations or pools of accumulation above confining units and includes the volume of the aquifer that has had contact with free-phase DNAPL at one time, but where all of the DNAPL mass is now present only in the dissolved or sorbed phases or diffused into the matrix in fractured systems. Over the past two decades, innovations in site characterization and remediation technologies have been developed and deployed at DNAPL sites.
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