Chemical Spill Cleanup Named Project of the Year

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1982, Vol. 52, Issue 9, Pg. 40-42

Document Type: Feature article


A 1978 hazardous-waste spill in Michigan has been cleaned up so successfully that the American Consulting Engineers Council named it the 1982 project of the year. Here is how the railroad involved, plus a cleanup contractor, an environmental consulting firm, and the state of Michigan did the job. Initial step was to remove 90 gondola cars of contaminated earth. However, even then considerable quantities of vinylidene chloride and phenol remained. That in the groundwater was removed by pumping through newly built wells and two-stage aeration in an aeration pond and via sprinklers depositing the water on the land.

Subject Headings: Consulting services | Chemicals | Hazardous materials spills | Aeration | Hazardous wastes | Rail transportation | Contractors and subcontractors | Environmental issues | Michigan | United States

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