Using Plants to Remediate Petroleum-Contaminated Soil: Project Continuation

EPA Grant Number: R830633C008
Alternative EPA Grant Number: R827015C028
Subproject: this is subproject number 008 , established and managed by the Center Director under grant R830633
(EPA does not fund or establish subprojects; EPA awards and manages the overall grant for this center).

Center: IPEC University of Tulsa (TU)
Center Director: Sublette, Kerry L.
Title: Using Plants to Remediate Petroleum-Contaminated Soil: Project Continuation
Investigators: Thoma, Greg , Wolf, Duane , Ziegler, Susan
Institution: University of Arkansas - Fayetteville
EPA Project Officer: Lasat, Mitch
Project Period: May 1, 2003 through April 30, 2004
Project Amount: Refer to main center abstract for funding details.
RFA: Integrated Petroleum Environmental Consortium (IPEC) (1999) RFA Text |  Recipients Lists
Research Category: Targeted Research

Objective:

Crude oil contamination of soil often occurs adjacent to wellheads and storage facilities. Phytoremediation is a promising tool that can be used to remediate such sites and uses plants and agronomic techniques to enhance biodegradation of hydrocarbons. This project has conducted a field study to evaluate the effects of fertilizer and vegetation establishment on phytoremediaton of crude-oil contaminated soil. The findings of this study suggest that phytoremediation does reduce contaminant levels through the action of microbial communities associated with the rhizosphere and has resulted in an effective agronomic management strategy to exploit this understanding.

Supplemental Keywords:

RFA, Scientific Discipline, Waste, TREATMENT/CONTROL, Sustainable Industry/Business, Remediation, Sustainable Environment, Treatment Technologies, Technology for Sustainable Environment, Environmental Engineering, decontamination, environmental technology, contaminated sediments, petroleum contaminated soil, environmental sustainability, petrochemicals, petroleum industry, remediation technologies, ecological impacts, environmental education, bioremediation

Progress and Final Reports:

  • Final Report

  • Main Center Abstract and Reports:

    R830633    IPEC University of Tulsa (TU)

    Subprojects under this Center: (EPA does not fund or establish subprojects; EPA awards and manages the overall grant for this center).
    R830633C001 Development of an Environmentally Friendly and Economical Process for Plugging Abandoned Wells (Phase II)
    R830633C002 A Continuation of Remediation of Brine Spills with Hay
    R830633C003 Effective Stormwater and Sediment Control During Pipeline Construction Using a New Filter Fence Concept
    R830633C004 Evaluation of Sub-micellar Synthetic Surfactants versus Biosurfactants for Enhanced LNAPL Recovery
    R830633C005 Utilization of the Carbon and Hydrogen Isotopic Composition of Individual Compounds in Refined Hydrocarbon Products To Monitor Their Fate in the Environment
    R830633C006 Evaluation of Commercial, Microbial-Based Products to Treat Paraffin Deposition in Tank Bottoms and Oil Production Equipment
    R830633C007 Identifying the Signature of the Natural Attenuation in the Microbial Ecology of Hydrocarbon Contaminated Groundwater Using Molecular Methods and “Bug Traps”
    R830633C008 Using Plants to Remediate Petroleum-Contaminated Soil: Project Continuation
    R830633C009 Use of Earthworms to Accelerate the Restoration of Oil and Brine Impacted Sites