Improved Method for In-Situ Soil Remediation: The Modified "LasagnaTM" Process

EPA Contract Number: 68D98119
Title: Improved Method for In-Situ Soil Remediation: The Modified "LasagnaTM" Process
Investigators: Drozd, J. Michael
Small Business: Industrial Microwave Systems LLC
EPA Contact: Manager, SBIR Program
Phase: I
Project Period: September 1, 1998 through March 1, 1999
Project Amount: $69,500
RFA: Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) - Phase I (1998) RFA Text |  Recipients Lists
Research Category: Hazardous Waste/Remediation , SBIR - Waste , Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)


This SBIR project focuses on a new device for in-situ soil remediation. The proposed device uses an electromagnetic force to centralize the soil contaminants into a single layer. This is similar to an existing process called the "LasagnaTM" process. The "LasagnaTM" process allows users to treat contaminants completely in-situ, without using injection or extraction wells. Furthermore, the process can be used on a wide range of contaminants, including trichlorethylene (TCE), cadmium, mercury, lead, and nitrates.

The proposed device has several advantages over the current "LasagnaTM" process. First, it is easier to implement. The current "LasagnaTM" process requires burying an electrode under the ground. The proposed device uses a particular arrangement of metal stakes to create the electromagnetic force. Second, the proposed device has a larger exposure region than the current "LasagnaTM" process, which can only penetrate to the depth of the buried electrode. Third, the proposed device will be less expensive to build. It is constructed out of commercially available materials. Finally, the proposed device will exert a greater force on the soil contaminants for a given amount of supplied power. In Phase I, a prototype device will be developed and tested. The field patterns generated by this device will be increased and then the performance of the device in an actual soil sample will be measured.

Supplemental Keywords:

small business, SBIR, heavy metals, remediation, engineering, chemistry, EPA., Economic, Social, & Behavioral Science Research Program, Scientific Discipline, Toxics, Waste, Water, Sustainable Industry/Business, Contaminated Sediments, Remediation, Environmental Chemistry, Geochemistry, Chemistry, New/Innovative technologies, 33/50, Engineering, Chemistry, & Physics, Environmental Engineering, Market mechanisms, Mercury, cadmium & cadmium compounds, in situ remediation, soil and groundwater remediation, soil sediment, lead & lead compounds, contaminated sediment, lead, electromagnetic induction, alternative extraction, Trichloroethylene, contaminated soil, chemical contaminants, nitrogen oxide, soil remediation, soil and groudwater remediation, soil contaminants, mercury & mercury compounds, cost effective, cadmium, heavy metal contamination

Progress and Final Reports:

  • Final Report