Cleaning Up Toxics

by Rita Robison, Assoc. Ed.; Civil Engineering—ASCE, New York, NY,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1986, Vol. 56, Issue 2, Pg. 46-49

Document Type: Feature article


Case histories show how several different types of contamination cleanup were handled. In Attleboro, Mass., washwater, used to decontaminate equipment and tools after cyanide was removed from the site, had to be cleaned on-site. In Florida, a mobile incineration plant is finishing cleanup of a mine that had been used as a waste dump. In Michigan, a vapor extraction system with vacuum wells removes VOCs from a municipal well site. In Massachusetts, a former hazardous waste facility was dismantled and capped. At a site where groundwater was contaminated by leaking gasoline tanks, a trickle feed/recirculation system nourishes natural bacteria that clean the soil.

Subject Headings: Toxicity | Groundwater pollution | Soil pollution | Case studies | Equipment and machinery | Incineration | Mines and mining | Recycling | United States | Florida | Michigan | Massachusetts

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