Remediation Technologies in Use for Groundwater and Soil Contamination in the Santa Clara Valley

by Satish Atmaula,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Supplying Water and Saving the Environment for Six Billion People


Silicon Valley is known as the origin and the heart of the high technology (Hitech) industry. However, tech-nologies used for soils and groundwater remediation in the valley are not necessarily hitech. In most situations, practical, safe, and cost-effective remediations result from simple, proven, and easily-permittable technologies. The paper reviews the remedial technologies currently used in view of: The types of industrial operations; The physical setting and hydrogeological characteristics of the Valley; and The regulatory and community concerns and issues. These factors either directly or indirectly impact the selection and/or use of remedial technologies.

Subject Headings: Groundwater pollution | Soil pollution | Remediation | Water pollution | Industries | Water treatment | Soil treatment | Water policy | California | United States

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