Improved Techniques for Removal of Sediments Contaminated with Hazardous Materials

by Roger S. Wetzel, Science Applications Inc, JRB, Associates, McLean, VA, USA,
Anthony N. Tafuri, Science Applications Inc, JRB, Associates, McLean, VA, USA,
John R. Sinclair, Science Applications Inc, JRB, Associates, McLean, VA, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Dredging and Dredged Material Disposal


Realizing the need to improve the capabilities of response personnel in dealing with cleanup operations involving contaminated sediments, the U. S. Coast Guard and the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency have jointly funded a research project to: (a) identify, characterize, and classify chemicals that sink in watercourses and are amenable to recovery by dredging and/or other techniques such as in-situ treatment; (b) review the state of the art of contaminated sediment management technology to document and identify improved methodologies for handling and disposing of contaminated sediments; (c) implement pilot-scale studies on recommended modified approaches identified under the state-of-the-art work; and (d) perform field demonstrations of methods and equipment developed. The first two activities under this program have been completed and are the subject of this paper.

Subject Headings: Hazardous materials | Management methods | Sediment | Pollution | Hazardous materials spills | Coastal management | Chemical treatment | Dredged materials | Indiana | United States

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