Fate of Chemical Contaminants in Soil

by Sargeant J. Green, California Regional Water Quality, Control Board, Fresno, CA, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Water Forum '86: World Water Issues in Evolution


Soil as a medium for storage, attenuation, immobilization, or degradation of chemicals has not provided the capability and protection of resources that was predicted in past fate studies conducted by the scientific community. There are numerous sites in California's southern San Joaquin Valley where the ability of soil to manage the levels of organic and inorganic materials applied to them was exceeded. The most critically impacted resource has been ground water. Several factors have been common of the sites and contributed to site failure. If soil is to remain a viable medium for storage or treatment of chemicals, site managers and chemical users will need to become better informed on site specific soil processes, system characteristics and problems.

Subject Headings: Soil properties | Chemical treatment | Chemical degradation | Chemicals | Soil pollution | Water pollution | Hazardous materials spills | Environmental issues | California | United States

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