A Low-Cost, In-Situ Bimetallic Reduction Prototype System for the Treatment and Remediation of Chlorinated Solvent-Contaminated Ground Waters

EPA Contract Number: 68D98116
Title: A Low-Cost, In-Situ Bimetallic Reduction Prototype System for the Treatment and Remediation of Chlorinated Solvent-Contaminated Ground Waters
Investigators: Loutfy, Raouf O.
Small Business: Materials and Electrochemical Research (MER) Corporation
EPA Contact: Manager, SBIR Program
Phase: I
Project Period: September 1, 1998 through March 1, 1999
Project Amount: $70,000
RFA: Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) - Phase I (1998) RFA Text |  Recipients Lists
Research Category: SBIR - Waste , Hazardous Waste/Remediation , Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)

Description:

This Phase I project will investigate the feasibility of developing a low-cost prototype using an in-situ bimetallic reduction system for the treatment and remediation of chlorinated solvent-contaminated ground waters. The development of cost-effective, comprehensive, and efficient methods of groundwater remediation for the removal of chemicals such as TCE, PCE, and TCA is critical, because groundwater is a major source of drinking water in many areas of the United States. Non-hazardous levels of TCE and similar chemicals are difficult to attain by techniques such as wastewater or municipal water supply treatment; other methods need to be developed if this water is to be used for human consumption. Currently available in-situ treatment approaches such as the use of zero-valent iron are costly, labor intensive, and slow. Recently, researchers at the University of Arizona have shown that effective and fast remediation of solvent contaminated ground waters is possible using an in-situ bimetallic system. In this Phase I research project, a team of MER Corporation and the University of Arizona will design, develop, and laboratory test a low-cost prototype for the in-situ bimetallic reduction system supported on a carbon fabric mesh to treat and remediate chlorinated solvent- contaminated ground waters.

Supplemental Keywords:

small business, SBIR, remediation, groundwater, engineering, chemistry, EPA., RFA, Economic, Social, & Behavioral Science Research Program, Scientific Discipline, Toxics, Waste, Water, Hydrology, National Recommended Water Quality, Remediation, Environmental Chemistry, Chemistry, Drinking Water, Groundwater remediation, Hazardous, Engineering, Chemistry, & Physics, Environmental Engineering, Market mechanisms, hazardous waste treatment, in situ remediation, Trichloroethylene, chemical contaminants, groundwater contamination, cost effective, contaminant removal, drinking water contaminants, other - risk management, groundwater, solvents, chlorinated solvents

Progress and Final Reports:

  • Final Report