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Project ID: ME2401

Title: Seed Project to Determine the Fate of MtBE in Groundwater in Maine.

Focus Categories: Groundwater, Water Quality

Keywords: water quality, water chemistry, organic compounds, groundwater quality, contaminant transport

Start Date: 03/01/2001

End Date: 02/28/2002

Federal Funds: $1,500

Non-Federal Matching Funds: $8,427

Congressional District: 2nd

Principal Investigator:
John M. Peckenham
Professional Staff, University of Maine


This seed project will evaluate the effect to groundwater of the March 1999 ban on MtBE in reformulated gasoline (RFG) in Maine. Groundwater monitoring wells in Windham, Maine will be analyzed for the presence of Methyl tert-butyl ether (MtBE) and related gasoline-range organic compounds. These results will be used to determine if the distribution of MtBE has changed since 1998 when MtBE was found to be widely distributed in groundwater in Windham. These data will provide an empirical estimate of MtBE persistence in groundwater and build on results of Nielsen and Peckenham (2000). This sampling must occur now because the greatest change is expected within the first several years after the reduction in MtBE content of gasoline. The results will be used to design a larger scale investigation of the fate of MtBE in water supplies.

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