Remediation System Optimization with Alternatives

by Omar Beckford,
Amy B. Chan-Hilton,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: World Environmental and Water Resources Congress 2008: Ahupua'A


This work applies the enhanced multi-objective robust genetic algorithm (EMRGA) (Beckford and Chan Hilton, 2004) to Fort Ord's Site OU2 for optimal groundwater remediation under uncertainty. This research incorporates uncertainty in the initial contaminant plume for the Upper 180 ft. aquifer in the remediation design optimization process. Fort Ord's Site OU2 is located approximately 80 miles south of San Francisco near Monterey Bay in Monterey County, California. Fort Ord contains two landfills which were used for residential and commercial waste disposal. Fort Ord was placed on the EPA's National Priorities List (NPL) mainly due to the volatile organic compounds (VOCs) found in groundwater under the site. Fort Ord Site OU2 is currently using pump-and-treat remediation with granular activated carbon (GAC). The system has been in operation since 1995.

Subject Headings: Mitigation and remediation | Groundwater management | Uncertainty principles | Domestic wastes | Volatile organic compounds | Algorithms | Pollutants | Plumes | California | United States

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