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Main Title Understanding the Fate of Petroleum Hydrocarbons in the Subsurface Environment.
Author Chen, C. T. ;
CORP Author Environmental Protection Agency, Cincinnati, OH. Risk Reduction Engineering Lab.
Publisher c1992
Year Published 1992
Report Number EPA/600/J-92/228;
Stock Number PB92-217157
Additional Subjects Subsurface investigations ; Hydrocarbons ; Oil spills ; Land pollution ; Storage tanks ; Petroleum products ; Underground storage ; Leakage ; Physical properties ; Chemical properties ; Environmental transport ; Ground water ; Water pollution ; Diffusion ; Biodeterioration ; Adsorption ; Reprints ;
Library Call Number Additional Info Location Last
NTIS  PB92-217157 Most EPA libraries have a fiche copy filed under the call number shown. Check with individual libraries about paper copy. NTIS 06/01/1993
Collation 7p
To achieve effective remediation of subsurface petroleum hydrocarbon contamination, definite scientific and technical knowledge of their fate after they are spilled onto the ground surface or leaked from underground storage tanks is essential. The paper provides extensive details of the parameters that affect the fate of petroleum products in the underground environment. These include: the character of the subsurface environment; the composition, physical and chemical properties of petroleum products; and the mechanisms of their mobilization, immobilization and transformation in the subsurface. Data on the physical and chemical properties of soil, groundwater and petroleum hydrocarbons are identified. The mechanisms that affect the fate of these contaminants in the subsurface include vaporization and condensation, diffusion, advection, dispersion, dissolution, adsorption, biodegradation, and abiotic reactions. The relation between these mechanisms and the properties of soil, groundwater and petroleum hydrocarbons is described. The distribution of the contaminated petroleum products in the subsurface as affected by these parameters and principles is also described.