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Project ID: 2006AL48B

Title: Pilot Testing an Innovative Remediation Technology for In-situ Destruction of Chlorinated Organic Contaminants in Alabama Soils and Groundwater Using a New Class of Zero Valent Iron Nanoparticles

Project Type: Research

Start Date: 03/01/2006

End Date: 02/028/2007

Congressional District: Third

Focus Categories: Groundwater, Treatment, Management and Planning

Keywords: Chlorinated hydrocarbons, Soil remediation, Grountwater treatment, Groundwater quality, Hazardous wastes, Water quality control, Pollution control, Underground storage tanks

Principal Investigator: Zhao, Dongye

Federal Funds: $25,000

Non-Federal Matching Funds: $50,005

Abstract: Chlorinated hydrocarbons are well known potent toxins to human health and environment. Although the uses of chlorinated hydrocarbons have now been either banned or highly restricted, the past massive production and applications have left an environmental legacy that large areas of soils and groundwater in Alabama are contaminated with dangerously high concentrations of chlorinated hydrocarbons. In the mid 1990s, one of the most contaminated sites in the United States was discovered in Anniston, Alabama. In 1990 the Environmental Defense Fund Scorecard ranked Calhoun County, where Anniston is located, among the worst 20% of all counties in the United States in terms of an average person's added cancer risk from hazardous waste.

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