||Hydrogeologic Framework, Arsenic Distribution, and Groundwater Geochemistry of the Glacial-Sediment Aquifer at the Auburn Road Landfill Superfund Site, Londonderry, New Hampshire.
J. R. Degnan ;
P. T. Harte
||Geological Survey, Reston, VA.; New Hampshire Dept. of Environmental Services, Concord.
Ground water occurrence ;
Water level fluctuations ;
Ground water movement ;
New Hampshire ;
Water level changes ;
Soil mechanics ;
Dislocations (Materials) ;
Geophysical surveys ;
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||Leachate continues to be generated from landfills at the Auburn Road Landfill Superfund Site in Londonderry, New Hampshire. Impermeable caps on the three landfills at the site inhibit direct infiltration of precipitation; however, high water-table conditions allow groundwater to interact with landfill materials from below, creating leachate and ultimately reducing conditions in downgradient groundwater. Reducing conditions can facilitate arsenic transport by allowing it to stay in solution or by liberating arsenic adsorbed to surfaces and from geologic sources, such as glacial sediments and bedrock. The site occupies a 180-acre parcel of land containing streams, ponds, wetlands, and former gravel pits located in glacial sediment. Four areas, totaling 14 acres, including three landfills and one septage lagoon, were used for waste disposal. The site was closed in 1980 after volatile organic compounds associated with industrial waste dumping were detected. The site was added to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency National Priority List in 1982, and the landfills were capped in 1996. Although volatile organic compound concentrations in groundwater have declined substantially, some measurable concentrations remain. Temporally variable and persistent elevated arsenic concentrations have been measured in groundwater affected by the landfill leachate. Microbial consumption of carbon found in leachate is a driver of reducing conditions that liberate arsenic at the site. In addition to sources of carbon in landfill leachate, wetland areas throughout the site also could contribute carbon to groundwater, but it is currently unknown if any of the wetland areas have downward or reversing gradients that could allow the infiltration of surface water to groundwater. Red-stained sediments and water indicate iron-rich groundwater discharge to surface water and are also associated with elevated concentrations of arsenic in sediment and groundwater. Iron-rich groundwater seeps have been observed in the wetland, streams, and pond downgradient of the landfills.
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