Technology Demonstration and Validation of CFAST Field Analytical Instrumentation for Use in Hazardous Waste Site Characterization, Clean-up and Monitoring

EPA Grant Number: R825511C074
Subproject: this is subproject number 074 , established and managed by the Center Director under grant R825511
(EPA does not fund or establish subprojects; EPA awards and manages the overall grant for this center).

Center: HSRC (1989) - Northeast HSRC
Center Director: Sidhu, Sukh S.
Title: Technology Demonstration and Validation of CFAST Field Analytical Instrumentation for Use in Hazardous Waste Site Characterization, Clean-up and Monitoring
Investigators: Kinney, Andrea , Kenny, Jonathan , Kounaves, Samuel P. , Robbat, Albert , Walt, David
Institution: Tufts University
EPA Project Officer: Hahn, Intaek
Project Period: July 1, 1995 through December 30, 1996
RFA: Hazardous Substance Research Centers - HSRC (1989) RFA Text |  Recipients Lists
Research Category: Hazardous Substance Research Centers , Land and Waste Management

Objective:

The objective of this program was to utilize the expertise of R2D2 students to perform the demonstration of five innovative assessment and monitoring technologies which received prior funding by NHSRC. The technologies, rapid-GC/MS, MIP/MS, fiber optic sensors and in-situ ultramicroelectrode array, will be demonstrated at a "real world" hazardous waste site. It is the goal of this program to increase the visibility of these technologies and aid their transfer into the commercial market place.

Approach:

Sites will be chosen with support from EPA Region I. The electrochemical detection system, MIP/MS, can measure metals present at levels as low as approximately 100 ppb. The GC/MS and fiber optic tools have LDL for BTEX type compounds at levels of 10 to 600 ppm. The LIF system requires levels of single-ring compounds: phenol, m-cresol, p-cresol, and xylenes between 180 and 540 ppb. Benzene's absorbance and quantum yield are much lower which will require levels present above 1800 ppm for field testing. Two-ring compounds: 2-naphthol, carbaryl, carbofuran and other naphthalenes will need to be present at levels between 6 to 1350 ppm. Multi-ring compounds, such as dibenzofurans and large PAHs can be determined for levels > 20ppb. Ideally, the pilot field studies undertaken in this work will be coordinated with other sampling work performed at the site by EPA. This will allow comparison of in-situ measurements with the results of conventional laboratory analyses for BTEX, VOC, PAH, and metals. If this coordination can be achieved, it will decrease the amount of sample analysis required to accurately validate the instrument performance.

Data collected using each field tool will be compared against split samples taken in the field. EPA accepted methods will be performed on each split sample. For example, EPA 200, 3000, and 7000 series are used for the determination of heavy metals in all sample matrices (groundwater, industrial wastes, soils, sludges, sediments, and solid waste) with either Flame/Furnace Atomic Absorption (AA) or ICP Spectroscopy. Both of these instruments are available to perform verification of samples taken on-site with the IMAS. Approximately 20% of the samples shown to contain contaminants will be analyzed three times (n=3) to determine measurement precision. This will be repeated in the field, as time permits, for each type of analysis. Eight percent of samples identified as contaminated, and two percent of uncontaminated samples will be sent to a commercial laboratory for confirmatory analysis. EPA will provide laboratory data per usual sample splits. CFAST will prepare several samples for repeated (n=3) analysis by the commercial laboratory employing standardized procedures to evaluate measurement precision and accuracy. Measurement precision and accuracy will be compared between the field and laboratory methods. CFAST personnel will analyze a portion of the samples sent to the laboratory employing EPA laboratory methods. Field and laboratory methods will be compared to evaluate method bias. In year one, samples will be collected and analyzed off-site, while a full scale demo in year two would be undertaken with each tool collecting data on-site and in-situ.

Expected Results:

This program will select a site for the demonstration of five innovated technologies that received prior funding through NHSRC. These efforts will utilize R2D2 students to accomplish the data acquisition and analysis. The site identification, supply acquisition, and demonstration event logistics will be coordinated through the Center for Field Analytical Studies and Technology, housed within the Department of Chemistry at Tufts University. The Center has a mission to facilitate the research, development, commercialization and use of field-based analytical instrumentation and methodologies.

Supplemental Keywords:

Field Instrumentation, Hazardous Waste, Site Characterization, GC/MS., RFA, Scientific Discipline, INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION, ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT, Waste, Water, TREATMENT/CONTROL, CLEANUP, Chemical Engineering, Waste Treatment, Contaminated Sediments, Remediation, Environmental Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Hazardous Waste, Corrective Action, Ecology and Ecosystems, Hazardous, Environmental Engineering, Risk Assessment, environmental technology, sediment treatment, hazardous waste management, hazardous waste treatment, soil and groundwater remediation, risk characterization, contaminated sediment, computer models, remediation technologies, CFAST, chemical contaminants, contaminant transport model, contaminated soil, field monitoring, site characterization, contamination analysis, training software, computer modeling programs, field sampling, hazardous waste characterization, site assessment, simulation modeling

Progress and Final Reports:

  • 1996
  • Final Report

  • Main Center Abstract and Reports:

    R825511    HSRC (1989) - Northeast HSRC

    Subprojects under this Center: (EPA does not fund or establish subprojects; EPA awards and manages the overall grant for this center).
    R825511C001 Development of Mechanisms and Kinetic Models on Formation of Polychlorinated Dibenzo-p-Dioxins and Dibenzofurans from Aromatic Precursors
    R825511C002 Real-Time Monitoring and Control of Emissions from Stationary Combustors and Incinerators
    R825511C003 Development of Sampling Systems for Continuous Monitoring of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)
    R825511C004 Investigation into the Effectiveness of DNAPL Remediation Strategies in Fractured Media
    R825511C005 Advanced Leak Detection and Location Research: Extending the SERDP-funded Technical Base
    R825511C006 Three-Dimensional Geostatistical Site Characterization with Updating
    R825511C007 Anaerobic Biodegradation of PAHs in Soils and Dredged Sediments: Characterizing, Monitoring and Promoting Remediation
    R825511C008 Substrate Accelerated Death and Extended Lag Phases as Causes of the Recalcitrance of Halogenated Compounds in Anoxic Environments
    R825511C009 Fate and Transport of Nonionic Surfactants
    R825511C010 In Situ Degradation of Petroleum Hydrocarbons and PAHs in Contaminated Salt Marsh Sediments
    R825511C011 Design and Operation of Surfactant-Enhanced Bioslurry Reactors
    R825511C012 Experimental Study of Overland Transport of Cryptosporidium parvum Oocysts
    R825511C013 Development of a Framework for Evaluation of Leaching from Solid Waste
    R825511C014 Use of a New Leaching Test Framework for Evaluating Alternative Treatment Processes for Mercury Contaminated Mixed Waste (Hazardous and Radioactive)
    R825511C015 Field Pilot Test of In Situ Ultrasonic Enhancement Coupled With Soil Fracturing to Detoxify Contaminated Soil
    R825511C016 Development of Sampling Systems for Continuous Monitoring of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)
    R825511C017 Field Demonstration of the Use of Reactive Zero-Valence Iron Powder to Treat Source Zone Sites Impacted by Halogenated Volatile Organic Chemicals
    R825511C018 Technology Transfer of Continuous Non-Methane Organic Carbon (C-NMOC) Analyzer
    R825511C019 Field Sampling and Treatability Study for In-Situ Remediation of PCB's and Leachable Lead with Iron Powder
    R825511C020 Experimental and Modeling Studies of Chlorocarbon Incineration, PIC Formation, and Emissions Control
    R825511C021 Experimental Studies and Numerical Modeling of Turbulent Combustion During Thermal Treatment of Hazardous Wastes: Applied Research for the Generation of Design and Diagnostic Tools
    R825511C022 Electrochemical Sensor for Heavy Metals in Groundwater - Phase IV
    R825511C023 Novel Molecular Tools for Monitoring In-Situ Bioremediation
    R825511C024 Surfactant-Enhanced Bioremediation of Soils in the Presence of an Organic Phase
    R825511C025 Enhanced Microbial Dechlorination of PCBs and Dioxins in Contaminated Dredge Spoils
    R825511C026 Toward A Risk-Based Model for Bioremediation of Multicomponent NAPL Contaminants
    R825511C027 Removal and Recovery of VOCs and Oils from Surfactant-Flushed Recovered Water by Membrane Permeation
    R825511C029 Field Pilot Test of In-Situ Ultrasonic Enhancement Coupled With Soil Fracturing to Detoxify Contaminated Soil in Cooperation with McLaren/Hart Environmental Engineers at the Hillsborough, NJ Site
    R825511C030 In-Situ Field Test of Electroremediation of a Chromate-Contaminated Site in Hudson County, New Jersey
    R825511C031 Electrokinetic Removal of Heavy Metals and Mixed Hazardous Wastes from Partially and Fully Saturated Soils
    R825511C032 Effects of Clay Charge and Confining Stresses on Soil Remediation by Electroosmosis
    R825511C033 Assessment of Surfactant Enhanced Bioremediation for Soils/Aquifers Containing Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs)
    R825511C034 In-Situ Bioremediation of Organic Compounds: Coupling of Mass Transfer and Biodegradation
    R825511C035 Investigation into the Effectiveness of DNAPL Remediation Strategies in Fractured Media
    R825511C036 Field Pilot Scale Demonstration of Trench Bio-Sparge: An In-Situ Groundwater Treatment Technology
    R825511C037 In-Situ Reductive Dehalogenation of Aliphatic Compounds by Fermentative Heterotrophic Bacteria
    R825511C038 The Effect of Carbon-Nitrogen Ratios on Bacterial Transport and Biodegradation Rates In Soils
    R825511C039 Ultrasonic Enhancement of Soil Fracturing Technologies for In-Situ Detoxification of Contaminated Soil
    R825511C040 Full Field Demonstration of Integrated Pneumatic Fracturing and In-Situ Bioremediation
    R825511C041 Determination of Adsorption and Desorption Behavior of Petroleum Products on Soils
    R825511C042 Evaluation of the Potential for Complete Bioremediation of NAPL-Contaminated Soils Containing Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs)
    R825511C043 Characterization of Subsurface NAPL Distributions at Heterogeneous Field Sites
    R825511C044 Development of a Thermal Desorption Gas Chromatograph/Microwave Induced Plasma/Mass Spectrometer (TDGC/MIP/MS) for On-site Analysis of Organic and Metal Contaminants
    R825511C045 Using Trainable Networks for a Three-dimensional Characterization of Subsurface Contamination
    R825511C046 Application of Advanced Waste Characterization to Soil Washing and Treatment
    R825511C047 Electrochemical Sensor for Heavy Metals in Groundwater Phase III
    R825511C048 Improved Luminescence Sensors for Oxygen Measurement
    R825511C049 Preconcentration, Speciation and Determination of Dissolved Heavy Metals in Natural Waters, using Ion Exchange and Graphite Furnace Atomic Absorption Spectrometry
    R825511C050 Experimental and Modeling Studies of Chlorocarbon Incineration and PIC Formation
    R825511C051 PIC Emission Minimization: Fundamentals and Applications
    R825511C052 Project Title: Development of a Two Stage, Pulse Combustion, VOC Destruction Technology
    R825511C053 Development of Sampling Systems for Continuous Monitoring of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)
    R825511C054 FTIR Analysis of Gaseous Products from Hazardous Waste Combustion
    R825511C055 Toxic Metals Volatilization for Waste Separation and Real-time Metals Analyses
    R825511C056 Mixed Metal Removal and Recovery by Hollow Fiber Membrane-Based Extractive Adsorber
    R825511C057 Removal of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) from Contaminated Groundwater and Soils by Pervaporation
    R825511C058 Simultaneous SO2/NO Removal/Recovery by Hollow Fiber Membrane
    R825511C059 Superfund Sites and Mineral Industries Method
    R825511C060 Soil Washing of Mixed Organics/Metal Contamination
    R825511C061 Removal of Cesium, Strontium, Americium, Technetium and Plutonium from Radioactive Wastewater
    R825511C062 Development of a Method for Removal of Nonvolatile Organic Materials from Soil using Flotation
    R825511C063 Recovery of Evaporative Fuel Losses by Vapor Permeation Membranes
    R825511C064 Surfactant Selection Protocol for Ex Situ Soil Washing
    R825511C065 Biofiltration for the Control of Toxic Industrial VOCs Emissions
    R825511C066 Catalytic Oxidation of Volatile Organic Compounds in Water
    R825511C067 Soil Washing for Remediating Metal Contaminated Soils
    R825511C068 Aqueous Absorption and Kinetics of NO by Strong Oxidizing Agents
    R825511C069 Remediation of Dredging Spoils
    R825511C070 Freeze Concentration for Zero-Effluent Processes
    R825511C071 Life Cycle/Pollution Prevention Response to Executive Order 12856
    R825511C072 Faster Better, Cheaper Hazardous Waste Site Characterization and Cleanup: an Adaptive Sampling and Analysis Strategy Employing Dynamic Workplans
    R825511C073 Development of a Comprehensive Computer Model for the Pneumatic Fracturing Process
    R825511C074 Technology Demonstration and Validation of CFAST Field Analytical Instrumentation for Use in Hazardous Waste Site Characterization, Clean-up and Monitoring
    R825511C075 XFLOW: Training Software Simulating Contaminant Site Characterization and Remediation