Practical Application of Earth Resistivity Methods in Phase II of the Installation Restoration Program,
ENGINEERING-SCIENCE FAIRFAX VA
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The Department of Defense DOD Installation Restoration Program IRP establishes DOD policy to identify and evaluate suspected problems associated with past hazardous waste contamination. Phase I of the IRP is the initial assessment and records search of sites that potentially contain hazardous waste. Phase II is the confirmation and quantification of potentially hazardous waste sites. Phase III, the technology base development, and Phase IV, the remedial actions, will follow the identification of hazardous waste sites. Within Phase II of the IRP, the most important objectives are to determine if suspected contamination of a site exists, and if it does, then adequately describe the site geologic conditions and define the extent of subsurface as well as surface contamination. This paper discusses the potential utilization of electrical resistivity surveys during Phase II of the IRP. The successful utilization of ER is based on a combination of both technical approach and knowledge and skill of the user. As examples of ER utilization, two case studies involving ER surveys are described.