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Jim Cummings discussed the growing awareness that combined remedies may be the most suitable approach to address site contamination. Combined remedies are particularly suitable for sites where contaminants are present in different phases or concentrations or found in different zones. He gave some examples of different technologies and approaches that can be effectively combined at a contaminated site, such as in situ chemical oxidation coupled with accelerated bioremediation.
Jim also briefly discussed and gave examples or five “newer” cleanup tools that EPA is tracking – injection of activated carbon, horizontal wells, bio-trap samplers, dynamic groundwater recirculation, and low-temperature in situ thermal treatment. He also discussed the use of geology as a tool to help “connect the dots” and determine the below-ground profile of the remedy zone.
Presenter: Jim Cummings, OSRTI/TIFSD