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  1. Biofiltration for removal of PCE and TCE vapors from contaminated air

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    Devinny, J.S.; Webster, T.S.; Torres, E.

    1995-12-31

    Bench scale biofilters (vapor phase bioreactors) treating a mixture of gases have removed perchloroethylene and trichloroethylene from the air. In a biofilter using carbon as the support medium, an initial period of adsorptive removal was followed by biological removal of 61% of the PCE and 48% of the TCE. In a compost biofilter, removals after the initial period were 40% for PCE and 49% for TCE. The reactors were dominantly aerobic. Because aerobic degradation of PCE has not been observed, it is believed that degradation occurred by reductive dechlorination in anaerobic zones within the particles of the support medium. 12 refs., 5 figs., 2 tabs.

  2. Insights into dechlorination of PCE and TCE from carbon isotope fractionation by vitamin B12

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    Slater, G.; Sherwood Lollar, B.; Lesage, S.; Brown, S.

    2003-04-01

    Reductive dechlorination of perchloroethylene (PCE) and trichloroethylene (TCE) by vitamin B12 is both a potential remediation technique and an analogue of the microbial reductive dechlorination reaction. Stable carbon isotopic analysis, an effective and powerful tool for the investigation and monitoring of contaminant remediation, was used to characterize the isotopic effects of reductive dechlorination of PCE and TCE by vitamin B12 in laboratory microcosms. 10 mg/L vitamin B12 degraded greater than 90% of an initial concentration of PCE of 20 mg/L. TCE, the primary product of PCE degradation, accounted for between 64 - 72% of the PCE degraded. In experiments with TCE, 147 mg/L vitamin B12 degraded greater than 90% of an initial concentration of TCE of 20 mg/L. Cis-dichloroethene (cDCE), the primary product of TCE degradation, accounted for between 30 - 35% of the TCE degraded. Degradation of both PCE and TCE exhibited first order kinetics. Strong isotopic fractionation of the reactant PCE and of the reactant TCE was observed over the course of degradation. This fractionation could be described by a Rayleigh model with enrichment factors between -16.5 ppm and -15.8 ppm for PCE, and -17.2 ppm and -16.6 ppm for TCE. Fractionation was similar in all four experiments, with a mean enrichment factor of -16.5 +/- 0.6 ppm. These large enrichment factors indicate that isotopic analysis can be used to assess the occurrence of dechlorination of PCE and TCE by vitamin B12 in remediation situations. Significantly, the Rayleigh model could be used to predict the isotopic compositions of the major products of the reaction as well as the reactant, notwithstanding the lack of complete mass balance observed between product and reactant. This evidence suggests that isotopic fractionation is taking place during complexation of the chlorinated ethenes to vitamin B12, as has been suggested for reductive dechlorination by zero valent iron. The differences between e for this reaction and those observed for microbial biodegradation of the chlorinated ethenes suggest that there may be differences in the rate determining step for these two processes. Determining which steps are rate determining during degradation may allow optimization of contaminant remediation.

  3. PCE/TCE DEGRADATION USING MULCH BIOWALLS

    EPA Science Inventory

    A passive reactive barrier (Biowall) was installed at the OU-1 site at Altus Air Force Base, Oklahoma to treat TCE contamination in ground water from a landfill. Depth to ground water varies from 1.8 to 2.4 meters below land surface. To intercept and treat the plume of contamin...

  4. Novel Chemical Detection Strategies for TCE and PCE

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    Pipino, Andrew C.R.

    2003-09-10

    Results describing two new applications of cavity ring-down spectroscopy (CRDS) will be discussed: (1) detection of TCE and PCE by refractive-index change using surface-plasmon-resonance (SPR)-enhanced CRDS, and (2) C-H overtone detection of TCE by evanescent wave CRDS (EW -CRDS) with a determination of absolute adsorbate surface coverage. The SPR-enhanced CRDS measurements show a minimum detectable concentration of 70 nanomol/L and 20 nanomo l/L for TCE and PCE, respectively, based on a one minute response time at 555 nm. The EW-CRDS measurements use the first C-H overtone of TCE occurring around 1640 nm. Spectra for both surface and gas -phase species are obtained in the evanescent wave. Employing the absolute absorption cross section for the C-H overtone of TCE obtained from gas-phase CRDS measurements, the adsorbate spectrum and corresponding absolute surface number density are determined. The requisite measure of molecular orientation is provided by the polarization dependence of the surface spectrum.

  5. ROLE OF PHARMACOKINETIC MODELING IN RISK ASSESSMENT -- PERCHLOROETHYLENE (PCE) AS AN EXAMPLE

    EPA Science Inventory

    Available metabolic and pharmacokinetic data on perchloroethylene (PCE) are used as a basis for discussion of the use of such data in quantitative risk assessment. he emphasis is on methodologies for improving risk assessment rather than on the risk assessment of PCE per se. he d...

  6. Perchloroethylene (PCE) oxidation by percarbonate in Fe(2+)-catalyzed aqueous solution: PCE performance and its removal mechanism.

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    Miao, Zhouwei; Gu, Xiaogang; Lu, Shuguang; Zang, Xuke; Wu, Xiaoliang; Xu, Minhui; Ndong, Landry Biyoghe Bi; Qiu, Zhaofu; Sui, Qian; Fu, George Yuzhu

    2015-01-01

    The performance of Fe(2+)-catalyzed sodium percarbonate (SPC) stimulating the oxidation of perchloroethylene (PCE) in groundwater remediation was investigated. The experimental results showed that PCE could be completely oxidized in 5 min at 20 C with a Fe(2+)/SPC/PCE molar ratio of 8/8/1, indicating the effectiveness of Fe(2+)-catalyzed SPC oxidation for PCE degradation. Fe(2+)-catalyzed SPC oxidation was suitable for the nearly neutral pH condition, which was superior to the conventional Fenton oxidation in acidic condition. In addition, the investigations by using hydroxyl radical scavengers and free radical probe compounds elucidated that PCE was degraded mainly by hydroxyl radical (HO) oxidation in Fe(2+)/SPC system. In conclusion, Fe(2+)-catalyzed SPC oxidation is a highly promising technique for PCE-contaminated groundwater remediation, but more complex constituents in groundwater should be carefully considered for its practical application. PMID:25460751

  7. Effect of perchloroethylene (PCE) on methane and acetate production by a methanogenic consortium

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    Bereded-Samuel, Y.; Petersen, J.N.; Skeen, R.S.

    1996-12-31

    The effects of perchloroethylene (PCE) concentration in the range of 0-100 mg/L on methane and acetate production by a methanol-enriched methanogenic consortia were investigated at 17{degrees}C. The results indicate that PCE is more inhibitory to methanogenesis than to acetogenesis. At concentrations as low as 10 ppm, PCE affects the methanogenic activity of the consortium, and has completely inhibited this activity at 100 ppm. Conversely, PCE does not begin to inhibit acetogenic activity until the concentration is above 10 ppm, and has not completely inhibited it even at a PCE concentration of 100 ppm. 15 refs., 3 figs.

  8. Dechlorination of PCE and TCE to ethene using an anaerobic microbial consortium

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    Wu, W.M.; Nye, J.; Jain, M.K.; Zeikus, J.G.; Hickey, R.F.

    1995-12-31

    An anaerobic microbial consortium capable of dechlorinating chlorinated ethenes to ethylene has been developed as anaerobic granules in a laboratory-scale upflow anaerobic reactor (34 L) under ambient temperature conditions. Dechlorination of tetrachloroethene (PCE), trichloroethene (TCE), and dichloroethenes (DCEs) to ethene occurred under a wide temperature range tested. TCE, cis-1,2-DCE, and vinyl chloride (VC) are sequential intermediates of PCE dechlorination. The consortium also dechlorinated trans-1,2-DCE and 1,1-DCE to ethene. Various substrates for methane production can support dechlorination by this consortium. The feasibility of application of the microbial consortium as a microbial inoculum for treatment of groundwater and saturated soils were examined in bench-scale systems. Preliminary results indicate that the consortium can effectively dechlorinate PCE and TCE to ethene in saturated soils.

  9. REPORT ON THE GEOELECTRICAL DETECTION OF SURFACTANT ENHANCED AQUIFER REMEDIATION OF PCE: PROPERTY CHANGES IN AQUEOUS SOLUTIONS DUE TO SURFACTANT TREATMENT OF PERCHLOROETHYLENE: IMPLICATIONS TO GEOPHYSICAL MEASUREMENTS

    EPA Science Inventory

    Select physicochemical properties of nine surfactants which are conventionally used in the remediation of perchloroethylene (PCE, a.k.a. tetrachloroethene) were evaluated with varying concentrations of PCE and indicator dyes in aqueous solutions using a response surface quadrati...

  10. Sulfur removal from high-sulfur Illinois coal by low-temperature perchloroethylene (PCE) extraction

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    Chou, M.I.M.

    1991-01-01

    A pre-combustion coal desulfurization process at 120{degree}C using perchloroethylene (PCE) to remove up to 70% of the organic sulfur has been developed by the Midwest Ore Processing Co. (MWOPC). However, this process has not yet proven to be as successful with Illinois coals as it has for Ohio and Indiana coals. The organic sulfur removal has been achieved only with highly oxidized Illinois coals containing high sulfatic sulfur. A logical explanation for this observation is vital to successful process optimization for the use of Illinois coals. In addition, the high levels of organic sulfur removals observed by the MWOPC may be due to certain errors involved in the ASTM data interpretation; this needs verification. For example, elemental sulfur extracted by the PCE may be derived from pyrite oxidation during coal pre-oxidation, but it may be interpreted as organic sulfur removed by the PCE using ASTM analysis. The goals of this research are: (1) to independently confirm and possibly to improve the organic sulfur removal from Illinois coals with the PCE desulfurization process reported by the MWOPC, (2) to verify the forms-of-sulfur determination using the ASTM method for the PCE process evaluation, and (3) to determine the suitability of Illinois coals for use in the PCE desulfurization process. This project involves the Illinois State Geological Survey (ISGS), Eastern Illinois University (EIU), the University of Illinois-Urbana/Champaign (UI-UC), and the University of Kentucky, Lexington (UK). This is the first year of a two-year project.

  11. BINARY DESORPTION ISOTHERMS OF TCE AND PCE FROM SILICA GEL AND NATURAL SOLIDS. (R822626)

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    Binary solute desorption isotherms of trichloroethylene (TCE) and tetrachloroethylene (PCE) at 100% relative humidity from silica gel and two well-characterized natural solids were investigated. Results indicated that the ideal adsorbed solution theory (IAST) was able to descr...

  12. Air purification from TCE and PCE contamination in a hybrid bioreactors and biofilter integrated system.

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    Tabernacka, Agnieszka; Zborowska, Ewa; Lebkowska, Maria; Borawski, Maciej

    2014-01-15

    A two-stage waste air treatment system, consisting of hybrid bioreactors (modified bioscrubbers) and a biofilter, was used to treat waste air containing chlorinated ethenes - trichloroethylene (TCE) and tetrachloroethylene (PCE). The bioreactor was operated with loadings in the range 0.46-5.50gm(-3)h(-1) for TCE and 2.16-9.02gm(-3)h(-1) for PCE. The biofilter loadings were in the range 0.1-0.97gm(-3)h(-1) for TCE and 0.2-2.12gm(-3)h(-1) for PCE. Under low pollutant loadings, the efficiency of TCE elimination was 23-25% in the bioreactor and 54-70% in the biofilter. The efficiency of PCE elimination was 44-60% in the bioreactor and 50-75% in the biofilter. The best results for the bioreactor were observed one week after the pollutant loading was increased. However, the process did not stabilize. In the next seven days contaminant removal efficiency, enzymatic activity and biomass content were all diminished. PMID:24316808

  13. COMPLETE NATURAL ATTENUATION OF A PCE AND TCE PLUME AFTER SOURCE REMOVAL

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    Disposal of the chlorinated solvents PCE and TCE at the Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant (TCAAP) resulted in the contamination of groundwater in a shallow, unconsolidated sand aquifer. The resulting plume had moved over 1000 feet from the disposal source area and had impacted p...

  14. Effects of alcohols, anionic and nonionic surfactants on the reduction of PCE and TCE by zero-valent iron.

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    Loraine, G A

    2001-04-01

    The effects of surfactants, sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) and Triton X-a00 (TX), and alcohols (methanol, ethanol, and propanol) on the dehalogenation of TCE and PCE by zero-valent iron were examined. Surface concentrations of PCE and TCE on the iron were dependent on aqueous surfactant concentrations. At concentrations above the CMC, sorbed halocarbon concentrations declined and concentrations associated with solution phase micelles increased. The anionic surfactant SDS ([SDS] < CMC) did not affect reduction rates, until the CMC was exceeded after which reactivity decreased, possibly due to sequestering of the TCE and PCE in mobile micelles. The nonionic TX showed a mixed effect on reactivity, increasing the PCE reduction rate, but not affecting TCE removal. Production of TCE from PCE increased in the presence of TX. Similar experiments showed that methanol, ethanol, and propanol inhibited reduction of TCE and PCE by metallic iron. Zero-valent iron may be useful in recycling soil washing effluents contaminated with TCE and PCE. PMID:11317892

  15. FY00 Phytoremediation of Trichloroethylene and Perchloroethylene in the Southern Sector of SRS

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    Brigmon, R.L.

    2000-12-15

    This treatability study addresses the fate of volatile organic contaminants (VOCs) in an experiment that simulates a vegetated seepline supplied with trichloroethylene (TCE) and perchloroethylene (PCE) -contaminated groundwater. The primary objective is to determine how the trees uptake TCE and PCE, accumulate it, and/or transform it.

  16. Transformation efficiency and formation of transformation products during photochemical degradation of TCE and PCE at micromolar concentrations

    PubMed Central

    2014-01-01

    Background Trichloroethene and tetrachloroethene are the most common pollutants in groundwater and two of the priority pollutants listed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. In previous studies on TCE and PCE photolysis and photochemical degradation, concentration ranges exceeding environmental levels by far with millimolar concentrations of TCE and PCE have been used, and it is not clear if the obtained results can be used to explain the degradation of these contaminants at more realistic environmental concentration levels. Methods Experiments with micromolar concentrations of TCE and PCE in aqueous solution using direct photolysis and UV/H2O2 have been conducted and product formation as well as transformation efficiency have been investigated. SPME/GC/MS, HPLC/UV and ion chromatography with conductivity detection have been used to determine intermediates of degradation. Results The results showed that chloride was a major end product in both TCE and PCE photodegradation. Several intermediates such as formic acid, dichloroacetic acid, dichloroacetaldehyede, chloroform, formaldehyde and glyoxylic acid were formed during both, UV and UV/H2O2 treatment of TCE. However chloroacetaldehyde and chloroacetic acid were only detected during direct UV photolysis of TCE and oxalic acid was only formed during the UV/H2O2 process. For PCE photodegradation, formic acid, di- and trichloroacetic acids were detected in both UV and UV/H2O2 systems, but formaldehyde and glyoxylic acid were only detected during direct UV photolysis. Conclusions For water treatment UV/H2O2 seems to be favorable over direct UV photolysis because of its higher degradation efficiency and lower risk for the formation of harmful intermediates. PMID:24401763

  17. Sulfur removal from high-sulfur Illinois coal by low-temperature perchloroethylene (PCE) extraction. Technical report, December 1, 1991--February 29, 1992

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    Chou, M.I.M; Lytle, J.M.; Ruch, R.R.; Kruse, C.W.; Chaven, C.; Hackley, K.C.; Hughes, R.E.; Harvey, R.D.; Frost, J.K.; Buchanan, D.H.; Stucki, J.W.; Huffman, G.; Huggins, F.E.

    1992-09-01

    A pre-combustion coal desulfurization process at 120{degree}C using perchloroethylene (PCE) to remove up to 70% of the organic sulfur has been developed by the Midwest Ore Processing Co. (MWOPC). However, this process has not yet proven to be as successful with Illinois coals as it has for Ohio and Indiana coals. In addition, the high levels of organic sulfur removals observed by the MWOPC may be due to certain errors involved in the ASTM data interpretation; this needs verification. For example, elemental sulfur extracted by the PCE may be derived from pyrite oxidation during coal preoxidation, but it may be interpreted as organic sulfur removed by the PCE using ASTM analysis. The purposes of this research are to independently confirm and possibly to improve the organic sulfur removal from Illinois coals with the PCE desulfurization process reported by the MWOPC and to verify the forms-of-sulfur determination using the ASTM method for the PCE process evaluation.

  18. Sulfur removal from high-sulfur Illinois coal by low-temperature perchloroethylene (PCE) extraction. Annual report, September 1, 1991--August 31, 1992

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    Chou, M.I.M.; Lytle, J.M.; Ruch, R.R.; Kruse, C.W.; Chaven, C.; Hackley, K.C.; Hughes, R.E.; Harvey, R.D.; Frost, J.K.; Buchanan, D.H.; Stucki, J.W.; Huffman, G.P.; Huggins, F.E.; Banerjee, D.D.

    1992-12-31

    The Midwest Ore Processing Co. (MWOPC) has reported a precombustion coal desulfurization process using perchloroethylene (PCE) at 120{degree}C to remove up to 70% of the organic sulfur. However, this process has not been proven to be as successful with Illinois coals as it has been for Ohio and Indiana coals. Also, the high levels of organic sulfur removals observed by the MWOPC may be due to certain errors involved in interpreting data from the American Society For Testing and Materials (ASTM) method for forms-of-sulfur analysis. The purposes of this research are to independently confirm and possibly to improve the organic sulfur removal from Illinois coals with the PCE desulfurization process and to verify the forms-of-sulfur determination using the ASTM method for evaluation of the PCE process. One problem that limits commercial application of the PCE process is the high chlorine content in the PCE-treated coals. Hence, an additional goal of this investigation is to develop a dechlorination procedure to remove excess PCE from the PCE-treated coal. MWOPC`s results have been repeated on our tests for the fresh IBC-104 coal. Oxidation of coals was found to affect subsequent PCE desulfurization. Elemental sulfur is more amenable than organic sulfur to removal by PCE. Ohio 5/6 coal appears to produce elemental sulfur more readily than Illinois coal during oxidation.

  19. Identification of TCE and PCE sorption and biodegradation parameters in a sandy aquifer for fate and transport modelling: batch and column studies.

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    Kret, E; Kiecak, A; Malina, G; Nijenhuis, I; Postawa, A

    2015-07-01

    The main aim of this study was to determine the sorption and biodegradation parameters of trichloroethene (TCE) and tetrachloroethene (PCE) as input data required for their fate and transport modelling in a Quaternary sandy aquifer. Sorption was determined based on batch and column experiments, while biodegradation was investigated using the compound-specific isotope analysis (CSIA). The aquifer materials medium (soil 1) to fine (soil 2) sands and groundwater samples came from the representative profile of the contaminated site (south-east Poland). The sorption isotherms were approximately linear (TCE, soil 1, K d?=?0.0016; PCE, soil 1, K d?=?0.0051; PCE, soil 2, K d?=?0.0069) except for one case in which the best fitting was for the Langmuir isotherm (TCE, soil 2, K f?=?0.6493 and S max?=?0.0145). The results indicate low retardation coefficients (R) of TCE and PCE; however, somewhat lower values were obtained in batch compared to column experiments. In the column experiments with the presence of both contaminants, TCE influenced sorption of PCE, so that the R values for both compounds were almost two times higher. Non-significant differences in isotope compositions of TCE and PCE measured in the observation points (?(13)C values within the range of -23.6??-24.3 and -26.3?-27.7, respectively) indicate that biodegradation apparently is not an important process contributing to the natural attenuation of these contaminants in the studied sandy aquifer. PMID:25647491

  20. Sulfur removal from high-sulfur Illinois coal by low-temperature perchloroethylene (PCE) extraction. Final technical report, 1 September, 1992--31 August, 1993

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    Chou, M.I.M.; Lytle, J.M.; Ruch, R.R.; Kruse, C.W.; Chaven, C.; Hackley, K.C.; Hughes, R.E.; Harvey, R.D.; Frost, J.K.; Buchanan, D.H.; Stucki, J.W.; Huffman, G.P.; Huggins, F.E.

    1993-12-31

    The Midwest Ore Processing Co. (MWOPC) has reported a precombustion coal desulfurization process using perchloroethylene (PCE) at 120 C to remove up to 70% of the organic sulfur. The purposes of this research were to independently confirm and possibly to improve the organic sulfur removal from Illinois coals with the PCE desulfurization and to verify the ASTM forms-of-sulfur determination for evaluation of the process. An additional goal was to develop a dechlorination procedure to remove excess PCE from the PCE-treated coal. A laboratory scale operation of the MWOPC PCE desulfurization process was demonstrated, and a dechlorination procedure to remove excess PCE from the PCE-treated coal was developed. The authors have determined that PCE desulfurization removed mainly elemental sulfur from coal. The higher the level of coal oxidization, the larger the amount of elemental sulfur that is removed by PCE extraction. The increased elemental sulfur during short-term preoxidation is found to be pH dependent and is attributed to coal pyrite oxidation under acidic (pH < 2) conditions. The non-ASTM sulfur analyses confirmed the hypothesis that the elemental sulfur produced by oxidation of pyrite complicates the interpretation of analytical data for PCE process evaluations when only the ASTM forms-of-sulfur is used. When the ASTM method is used alone, the elemental sulfur removed during PCE desulfurization is counted as organic sulfur. A study using model compounds suggests that mild preoxidation treatment of coal described by MWOPC for removal of organic sulfur does not produce enough oxidized organic sulfur to account for the amounts of sulfur removal reported. Furthermore, when oxidation of coal-like organosulfur compounds does occur, the products are inconsistent with production of elemental sulfur, the product reported by MWOPC. Overall, it is demonstrated that the PCE process is not suitable for organic sulfur removal.

  1. Sulfur removal from high-sulfur Illinois coal by low-temperature perchloroethylene (PCE) extraction. Technical report, September 1, 1991--November 30, 1991

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    Chou, M.I.M.

    1991-12-31

    A pre-combustion coal desulfurization process at 120{degree}C using perchloroethylene (PCE) to remove up to 70% of the organic sulfur has been developed by the Midwest Ore Processing Co. (MWOPC). However, this process has not yet proven to be as successful with Illinois coals as it has for Ohio and Indiana coals. The organic sulfur removal has been achieved only with highly oxidized Illinois coals containing high sulfatic sulfur. A logical explanation for this observation is vital to successful process optimization for the use of Illinois coals. In addition, the high levels of organic sulfur removals observed by the MWOPC may be due to certain errors involved in the ASTM data interpretation; this needs verification. For example, elemental sulfur extracted by the PCE may be derived from pyrite oxidation during coal pre-oxidation, but it may be interpreted as organic sulfur removed by the PCE using ASTM analysis. The goals of this research are: (1) to independently confirm and possibly to improve the organic sulfur removal from Illinois coals with the PCE desulfurization process reported by the MWOPC, (2) to verify the forms-of-sulfur determination using the ASTM method for the PCE process evaluation, and (3) to determine the suitability of Illinois coals for use in the PCE desulfurization process. This project involves the Illinois State Geological Survey (ISGS), Eastern Illinois University (EIU), the University of Illinois-Urbana/Champaign (UI-UC), and the University of Kentucky, Lexington (UK). This is the first year of a two-year project.

  2. Understanding pH Effects on Trichloroethylene and Perchloroethylene Adsorption to Iron in Permeable Reactive Barriers for Groundwater Remediation.

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    Luo, Jing; Farrell, James

    2013-01-01

    Metallic iron filings are becoming increasing used in permeable reactive barriers for remediating groundwater contaminated by chlorinated solvents. Understanding solution pH effects on rates of reductive dechlorination in permeable reactive barriers is essential for designing remediation systems that can meet treatment objectives under conditions of varying groundwater properties. The objective of this research was to investigate how the solution pH value affects adsorption of trichloroethylene (TCE) and perchloroethylene (PCE) on metallic iron surfaces. Because adsorption is first required before reductive dechlorination can occur, pH effects on halocarbon adsorption energies may explain pH effects on dechlorination rates. Adsorption energies for TCE and PCE were calculated via molecular mechanics simulations using the Universal force field and a self-consistent reaction field charge equilibration scheme. A range in solution pH values was simulated by varying the amount of atomic hydrogen adsorbed on the iron. The potential energies associated TCE and PCE complexes were dominated by electrostatic interactions, and complex formation with the surface was found to result in significant electron transfer from the iron to the adsorbed halocarbons. Adsorbed atomic hydrogen was found to lower the energies of TCE complexes more than those for PCE. Attractions between atomic hydrogen and iron atoms were more favorable when TCE versus PCE was adsorbed to the iron surface. These two findings are consistent with the experimental observation that changes in solution pH affect TCE reaction rates more than those for PCE. PMID:23626602

  3. Understanding pH Effects on Trichloroethylene and Perchloroethylene Adsorption to Iron in Permeable Reactive Barriers for Groundwater Remediation

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    Luo, Jing; Farrell, James

    2013-01-01

    Metallic iron filings are becoming increasing used in permeable reactive barriers for remediating groundwater contaminated by chlorinated solvents. Understanding solution pH effects on rates of reductive dechlorination in permeable reactive barriers is essential for designing remediation systems that can meet treatment objectives under conditions of varying groundwater properties. The objective of this research was to investigate how the solution pH value affects adsorption of trichloroethylene (TCE) and perchloroethylene (PCE) on metallic iron surfaces. Because adsorption is first required before reductive dechlorination can occur, pH effects on halocarbon adsorption energies may explain pH effects on dechlorination rates. Adsorption energies for TCE and PCE were calculated via molecular mechanics simulations using the Universal force field and a self-consistent reaction field charge equilibration scheme. A range in solution pH values was simulated by varying the amount of atomic hydrogen adsorbed on the iron. The potential energies associated TCE and PCE complexes were dominated by electrostatic interactions, and complex formation with the surface was found to result in significant electron transfer from the iron to the adsorbed halocarbons. Adsorbed atomic hydrogen was found to lower the energies of TCE complexes more than those for PCE. Attractions between atomic hydrogen and iron atoms were more favorable when TCE versus PCE was adsorbed to the iron surface. These two findings are consistent with the experimental observation that changes in solution pH affect TCE reaction rates more than those for PCE. PMID:23626602

  4. Sulfur removal from high-sulfur Illinois coal by low-temperature perchloroethylene (PCE) extraction. [Quarterly] technical report, March 1, 1993--May 31, 1993

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    Chou, M.I.M.; Buchanan, D.H.; Stucki, J.W.

    1993-09-01

    The purposes of this project are: to independently confirm and possibly to improve the organic sulfur removal from Illinois coals with the PCE process developed by the Midwest Ore Processing Co. (MWOPC), to verify the forms-of-sulfur determination using the ASTM method for evaluation of the PCE process, and to develop a dechlorination procedure to remove excess PCE from the PCE-treated coal. The objectives for the second year are: to verify the possible effects of PCE treatment on coal-derived FeS{sub 2}, FeSO{sub 4}, and Fe{sub 2}(SO{sub 4}){sub 3} on ASTM coal analysis, to investigate the behavior of sulfur during oxidation and PCE desulfurization using the isotopically signatured coal sample, to investigate the effects of conditions and/or reagents on the oxidation of the organic-sulfur-model compounds, to evaluate the extended oxidation condition on the organic sulfur removal by PCE desulfurization, and to study other innovative pretreatment processes for the removal of organic sulfur from coal under mild conditions.

  5. Sorption of PCE in a reactive zero-valent iron system

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    Campbell, T.J.; Burris, D.R.

    1995-12-01

    The degradation of the chlorinated solvents perchloroethylene (PCE) and trichloroethylene (TCE) by reduction on the surface of zero-valent iron has emerged in recent years as a potentially viable approach to the remediation of chlorinated solvent-contaminated groundwaters. The sorption of PCE in a batch reactive zero-valent iron system was examined in this study. Aqueous PCE concentrations and total system PCE masses were determined in batch time-series experiments used to ascertain degradation kinetics. Sorbed concentrations were calculated using the difference between the aqueous phase and total system masses. The results showed Langmuir isotherm behavior which is consistent with a model of a finite number of available sorption sites. The kinetics of sorption could not be determined since degradation was also occurring. Knowledge of sorption to reactive and non-reactive sites is of importance in gaining a thorough understanding of the performance-behavior of the flow-through reactive systems envisioned for remediation technologies.

  6. PHOTOCHEMICAL REACTIVITY OF PERCHLOROETHYLENE

    EPA Science Inventory

    Perchloroethylene (PCE), a solvent used in dry cleaning, has been suspected of contributing significantly to photochemical ozone/oxidant (O3/Ox) problems in urban atmospheres. Past evidence, however, was neither complete nor consistent. To interpret more conclusively the past evi...

  7. Phytoremediation of Trichloroethylene and Perchloroethylene at the Savannah River Site

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    Brigmon, R.L.

    2001-01-10

    Bioremediation of chlorinated solvents, both natural and accelerated, is exemplified by phytoremediation and biodegradation by rhizosphere microorganisms. Phytoremediation is the use of vegetation for the treatment of contaminated soils, sediments, and water. The potential for phytoremediation of chlorinated solvents has been demonstrated at the Savannah River Site (SRS) Miscellaneous Chemical Basin, Southern Sector of A/M Area and TNX/D-Area. Recent characterization work at the SRS has delineated widespread plumes (1-2 miles) of low concentration (40 ppb -10-ppm range) trichloroethylene (TCE) and perchloroethylene (PCE) contaminated groundwater. Phytoremediation deployments are underway for TCE and PCE phytoremediation in select SRS areas. Phytoremediation appears to be an excellent technology to intercept and control plume migration. The ongoing Southern Sector treatability study is part of a multi-year field study of SRS seepline-soil systems maintained under saturated conditions. The primary focus is on determining how trees, seepline groundcover, soil microbial communities, and geochemical and surface-volatilization processes affect TCE and PCE in contaminated groundwater that flows through surface seepline areas. Therefore, FY00 represented an initial acclimation phase for soil and plant systems and will facilitate examination of seepline phyto- and bioactivity in subsequent growth season in FY01.

  8. Transition Metal Catalyst Assisted Reductive Dechlorination of Perchloroethylene by Anaerobic Aquifer Enrichments

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    Lee, Brady Douglas; Schaller, Kastli Dianne; Apel, William Arnold; Watwood, Maribeth E.

    2000-04-01

    Bioremediation of groundwater contaminated with chlorinated solvents, such as perchloroethylene (PCE) or carbon tetrachloride, can be accomplished by adding nutrients to stimulate a microbial community capable of reductive dechlorination. However, biotransformation of these solvents, especially PCE, typically occurs very slowly or not at all. Experiments were conducted to evaluate whether the addition of transition metal tetrapyrrole catalysts would increase the reductive transformation of PCE to trichloroethylene (TCE) by sulfate-reducing enrichment cultures. Batch assays were used to test vitamin B12 and two synthetic sulfonatophenyl porphine catalysts for the stimulation of reductive dechlorination of PCE by sulfate-reducing bacteria (SRB) enriched from aquifer sediments from two locations at Dover Air Force Base. Cells from the enrichments were concentrated and added to batch assay vials. Vials containing SRB cells amended with vitamin B12 exhibited enhanced transformation of PCE to TCE compared with reactors amended with either synthetic catalysts or reactors containing cells alone. Methane production was observed in reactors that exhibited maximum levels of dechlorination. Storage of aquifer sediments between enrichments led to decreased levels of PCE dechlorination in subsequent assays.

  9. Effects of trichloroethylene and perchloroethylene on wild rodents at Edwards Air Force Base, California, USA

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    Spring, S.E.; Miles, A.K.; Anderson, M.J.

    2004-01-01

    Effects of inhalation of volatilized trichloroethylene (TCE) or perchloroethylene (PCE) were assessed based on the health and population size of wild, burrowing mammals at Edwards Air Force Base (CA, USA). Organic soil-vapor concentrations were measured at three sites with aquifer contamination of TCE or PCE of 5.5 to 77 mg/L and at two uncontaminated reference sites. Population estimates of kangaroo rats (Dipodomys merriami and D. panamintinus) as well as hematology, blood chemistry, and histopathology of kangaroo rats and deer mice (Peromyscus maniculatus) were compared between contaminated and uncontaminated populations. Maximum soil-gas concentrations associated with groundwater contamination were less than 1.5 ??l/L of TCE and 0.07 ??l/L of PCE. Population estimates of kangaroo rats were similar at contaminated and reference sites. Hematology, blood chemistry, and histopathology of kangaroo rats and deer mice indicated no evidence of health effects caused by exposure. Trichloroethylene or PCE in groundwater and in related soil gas did not appear to reduce the size of small mammal populations or impair the health of individuals.

  10. Enhanced Perchloroethylene Reduction Using Surfactant-Modified Zeolite/Zero-Valent Iron Pellets

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    Zhang, P.; Tao, X.; Bowman, R. S.

    2001-12-01

    We determined the effect of surfactant modification on perchloroethylene (PCE) reduction by zeolite/zero-valent iron (ZVI) pellets. We packed the pellets into four columns (30-cm long, 4.8-cm diameter) and modified two of the columns by sorbing the cationic surfactant hexadecyltrimethylammonium chloride (HDTMA-Cl) onto the pellets. We then continuously injected 11.0 ? M PCE into the columns and monitored the effluent concentrations of PCE, trichloroethylene (TCE), cis-, trans-, and 1,1-dichloroethylene (DCE), and vinyl chloride. The effluent PCE concentrations for the surfactant-modified columns were significantly lower than those for the unmodified columns (i.e., by factors of 6, 4, and 3 at pore water velocities of 0.5, 1.0, and 2.0 m/day, respectively). PCE reduction rate constants were three times higher for the modified columns relative to the unmodified columns at the three velocities. For a given column, the PCE reduction rate constant did not decrease as the pore water velocity increased from 0.5 m/day to 2.0 m/day. TCE was observed in the effluent of the modified and unmodified columns, with the concentrations for the modified columns (0.2, 0.4, and 0.7 ? M at 0.5, 1.0, and 2.0 m/day, respectively) roughly 10 times higher than those for the unmodified columns. No cis-DCE was detected in the effluent of the unmodified columns, whereas noticeable amounts (0.01-0.03 ? M) of cis-DCE were observed in the effluent of the modified columns. No trans-DCE, 1,1-DCE, or vinyl chloride was detected in the effluents of the modified or unmodified columns. Our results clearly demonstrate that the modification of zeolite/ZVI pellets with HDTMA significantly enhances PCE reduction. The enhanced PCE reduction may be due to an increased local PCE concentration in the vicinity of ZVI surface as a result of PCE sorption by the modified pellets. Our data also suggest that the PCE reduction mechanism for the modified pellets differs from that for the unmodified pellets, as seen by the much higher TCE and cis-DCE generation with the modified pellets.

  11. Characterization of anaerobic perchloroethylene dehalogenation activity at various substrate and perchloroethylene concentrations

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    Shah, M.M.; Gao, J.; Skeen, R.S.; Hooker, B.S.

    1995-12-31

    Research was undertaken to characterize anaerobic perchloroethylene (PCE) dehalogenation activity of microorganisms at various substrate and PCE concentrations. The concentrations of substrate, chlorinated ethylenes, and metabolic products such as methane, acetate, propionate, butyrate, hydrogen, and formate were monitored. The apparent relationship between major metabolic activities and dehalogenation was determined.

  12. Three-dimensional model evaluation of the Ozone Depletion Potentials for n-propyl bromide, trichloroethylene and perchloroethylene

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    Wuebbles, D. J.; Patten, K. O.; Wang, D.; Youn, D.; Martnez-Avils, M.; Francisco, J. S.

    2011-03-01

    The existing solvents trichloroethylene (TCE) and perchloroethylene (PCE) and proposed solvent n-propyl bromide (nPB) have atmospheric lifetimes from days to a few months, but contain chlorine or bromine that could affect stratospheric ozone. Several previous studies estimated the Ozone Depletion Potentials (ODPs) for various assumptions of nPB emissions location, but these studies used simplified modeling treatments. The primary purpose of this study is to reevaluate the ODP for n-propyl bromide (nPB) using a current-generation chemistry-transport model of the troposphere and stratosphere. For the first time, ODPs for TCE and PCE are also evaluated in a three-dimensional, global atmospheric chemistry-transport model. Emissions representing industrial use of each compound are incorporated on land surfaces from 30 N to 60 N. The atmospheric chemical lifetime obtained for nPB is 24.7 days, similar to past literature, but the ODP is 0.0049, lower than in our past study of nPB. The derived atmospheric lifetime for TCE is 13.0 days and for PCE is 111 days. The corresponding ODPs are 0.00037 and 0.0050, respectively.

  13. Three-dimensional model evaluation of the Ozone Depletion Potentials for n-propyl bromide, trichloroethylene and perchloroethylene

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    Wuebbles, D. J.; Patten, K. O.; Wang, D.; Youn, D.; Martnez-Avils, M.; Francisco, J. S.

    2010-07-01

    The existing solvents trichloroethylene (TCE) and perchloroethylene (PCE) and proposed solvent n-propyl bromide (nPB) have atmospheric lifetimes from days to a few months, but contain chlorine or bromine that could affect stratospheric ozone. Several previous studies estimated the Ozone Depletion Potentials (ODPs) for various assumptions for location of nPB emissions, but these studies used simplified modeling treatments. The primary purpose of this study is to reevaluate the ODP for nPB using a current-generation chemistry-transport model of the troposphere and stratosphere. For the first time, ODPs for TCE and PCE are also evaluated. Emissions representing industrial use of each compound are incorporated on land surfaces from 30 N to 60 N. The atmospheric chemical lifetime obtained for nPB is 24.7 days, similar to past literature, but the ODP is 0.0049, lower than in past studies. The derived atmospheric lifetime for TCE is 13.0 days and for PCE is 111 days. The corresponding ODPs are 0.00035 and 0.0060, respectively.

  14. Testing and sampling of existing wells in the vicinity of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratories, Livermore, California: Final report. [Trichloroethylene, perchloroethylene

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    Not Available

    1984-06-10

    Hydraulic testing and sampling of seven existing water wells was performed in the vicinity of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratories. These tests were performed in support of an ongoing investigation of trichloroethylene (TCE) and perchloroethylene (PCE) groundwater contamination. Much of the hydraulic testing and sampling was performed using a straddle packer/submersible pump assembly which allowed isolating and pumping discrete producing zones in multiply completed wells. This testing procedure was specially designed for this investigation to define the vertical distribution of contaminants.

  15. PHOTOCHEMICAL REACTIVITY OF PERCHLOROETHYLENE: A NEW APPRAISAL

    EPA Science Inventory

    Perchloroethylene (PCE), a solvent used in dry cleaning, has been suspected of contributing significantly to photochemical ozone/oxidant (O3/O(x)) problems in urban atmospheres. Past evidence, however, was neither complete nor consistent. To interpret more conclusively the past e...

  16. Sonochemical degradation of perchloroethylene

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    Gonzlez-Garca, J.; Sez, V.; Esclapez, M. D.; Bonete, P.; Walton, D. J.; Rehorek, A.; Louisnard, O.

    2010-01-01

    An extensive study of the sonochemical degradation of the perchloroethylene (PCE) in water has been carried out. The influence of the initial concentration, ultrasonic intensity and frequency on the speciation and degradation efficiency has been analyzed. Required preliminary work has been carried out analysing the analytical procedures, partition of the organic chemicals due to the volatility (Henry constant) and other experimental aspects to configure the experiment series. The sonochemical degradation runs by a radical mechanism which yields a very wide range of chlorinated compounds in very low concentrations. Special attention has been paid to the mass balance comparing the results from several analytical techniques. As a conclusion, the sonochemical degradation by itself is not an efficient treatment to diminish the toxicity of the waste water.

  17. Dechlorination of perchloroethylene using zero-valent metal and microbial community

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    Ma, Changwen; Wu, Yanqing

    2008-07-01

    This research evaluates an integrated technique for the degradation of perchloroethylene (PCE) using a combination of zero-valent metal and an anaerobic microbial community. The microbial community was obtained from river sediment through a series of cultivation and enrichment processes, and was able to successfully convert PCE to ethylene. The degradation tests were carried out in five groups of reactors, i.e. Zn (zero-valent zinc), Fe (zero-valent iron), MB (a microbial community), ZnMB (zinc and a microbial community) and FeMB (iron and a microbial community). The results suggested that the FeMB system had the highest efficiency in removing PCE (about 99.9% after 24 days), followed by Zn (98.5%), ZnMB (84.8%), Fe (76.9%) and MB (49.6%). The degradation kinetics of PCE could be described by a pseudo-first-order reaction; the apparent reaction rate constants were 0.231, 0.187, 0.135, 0.076, 0.031 days-1 for the Zn, FeMB, ZnMB, Fe, and MB systems, respectively. Much more Cl- was detected as a by-product in the degradation tests using FeMB or ZnMB than using Fe or Zn. The results implied that not only PCE, but also the reaction intermediates, e.g., trichloroethylene (TCE) and dichloroethylenes (DCE isomers) may have been dechlorinated in the FeMB and ZnMB systems. Results suggest that the presence of the microbial community in the FeMB and ZnMB systems may not only affect the removal efficiency of PCE, but can also change the reaction pathways in the dechlorination process. The integrated technique combining the iron and the microbial community showed better degradation efficiency than the others; it may be viewed as an environmentally desirable remediation.

  18. Plasma remediation of perchloroethylene in humid gas streams

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    Gentile, Ann C.; Kushner, Mark J.

    1995-09-01

    Perchloroethylene (PCE) is one of a class of industrial solvents for which alternate disposal strategies are being investigated. Among these strategies is plasma remediation. In this paper we report on a computational study of the plasma remediation of PCE using repetitively pulsed dielectric barrier discharges. We discuss the dominant reaction pathways in the remediation of PCE and show that remediation is significantly improved in humid gas mixtures. Although plasma remediation does not totally oxidize PCE to the desired end-products (CO2 and HCl), the dominant end-products are more easily treated than PCE and can be disposed of using conventional methods.

  19. RESPONSE TO ISSUES AND DATA SUBMISSIONS ON THE CARCINOGENICITY OF TETRACHLOROETHYLENE (PERCHLOROETHYLENE)

    EPA Science Inventory

    The scientific debate over the potential carcinogenicity of tetrachloroethylene (perchloroethylene, perc, PCE) spans several years. his document reviews the issues considered by the EPA's Science Advisory Board (SAB) during its review of the Draft Addendum to the Health Assessmen...

  20. Room-temperature chemisorption and thermal evolution of perchloroethylene and trichloroethylene on Si(1 1 1)7 7: Formation of chlorinated vinylene and vinylidene and acetylide adspecies, and thermal etching reactions

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    He, Zhenhua; Leung, K. T.

    2005-06-01

    The prominent surface species and their corresponding bonding structures of perchloroethylene (PCE, C 2Cl 4) and trichloroethylene (TCE, C 2HCl 3) upon room-temperature adsorption and thermal excitation on Si(1 1 1)7 7 have been examined by vibrational electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS) and thermal desorption spectrometry (TDS). The presence of the Si-Cl stretch at 510 cm -1 shows that both PCE and TCE undergo dechlorination on Si(1 1 1)7 7, while the presence of the C dbnd C stretch near 1500 cm -1 indicates that the C dbnd C bond remains intact upon adsorption. The mono-? bonded trichlorovinyl ( ClC?dbnd CCl2) and 1,2-dichlorovinyl ( ClC?dbnd CHCl) adspecies have been proposed as plausible adsorption intermediates for PCE and TCE, respectively. Furthermore, the trichlorovinyl adspecies is found to further dechlorinate at 350 K, and becomes carbon clusters and/or SiC after complete dechlorination above 450 K. On the other hand, further dechlorination of the dichlorovinyl adspecies above 350 K is found to produce a di-? bonded chlorovinylene adspecies that is stable up to 450 K. As supported by the presence of the C tbnd C stretch at 3300 cm -1, an additional adspecies in the form of acetylide ( C?tbnd CH) is also observed. Above 580 K, hydrocarbon fragments and/or SiC are evident, likely due to dehydrogenation of the chlorovinylene and acetylide adspecies. In addition to these novel adspecies, our TDS data reveal desorption of SiCl 2 over 800-950 K and HCl over 700-900 K for both PCE and TCE, which supports thermal etching and recombinative dehydrochlorination reactions at a higher temperature. The TDS data also provide evidence for weak molecular adsorption, likely related to dative bonding as a result of inductive effects.

  1. Contamination of ground water by PCE - A national perspective

    USGS Publications Warehouse

    Moran, M.J.; Delzer, G.C.

    2006-01-01

    Perchloroethylene (PCE) has physical and chemical properties that make it likely to persist in groundwater if released to the environment. The US Geological Survey has collected or compiled data on the occurrence of PCE in groundwater from major aquifers around the US. These data represent the occurrence of PCE in the groundwater resource as a whole and not occurrence at specific release sites. PCE was detected at measurable concentrations in nearly one in 10 wells in major aquifers throughout the country. Trichloroethylene was found most commonly with PCE and its presence may be due, in part, to reductive dechlorination of PCE. This is an abstract of a paper presented at the Petroleum Hydrocarbons and Organic Chemicals in Ground Water: Prevention, Assessment, and Remediation Conference (Houston, TX 11/6-7/2006).

  2. Optimization of simultaneous chemical and biological mineralization of perchloroethylene

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    Bueyueksoenmez, F.; Hess, T.F.; Crawford, R.L.; Paszczynski, A.; Watts, R.J.

    1999-06-01

    Optimization of the simultaneous chemical and biological mineralization of perchloroethylene (PCE) by modified Fenton`s reagent and Xanthobacter flavus was investigated by using a central composite rotatable experimental design. Concentrations of PCE, hydrogen peroxide, and ferrous iron and the microbial cell number were set as variables. Percent mineralization of PCE to CO{sub 2} was investigated as a response. A second-order, quadratic response surface model was generated and fit the data adequately, with a correlation coefficient of 0.72. Analysis of the results showed that the PCE concentration had no significant effect within the tested boundaries of the model, while the other variables, hydrogen peroxide and iron concentrations and cell number, were significant at {alpha} = 0.05 for the mineralization of PCE. The {sup 14}C radiotracer studies showed that the simultaneous chemical and biological reactions increased the extent of mineralization of PCE by more than 10% over stand-alone Fenton reactions.

  3. Visible-light-sensitized dechlorination of perchloroethylene.

    PubMed

    Lin, Chitsan; Jou, Chih-Ju G; Wang, Chih-Lung

    2009-01-01

    An aqueous reaction mixture containing perchloroethylene (PCE), a photosensitizer, and an electron donor was irradiated by visible lamps to facilitate a sunlight-sensitized dechlorination reaction. Various types of lamps, electron donors, and photosensitizers were examined, to compare the rates of dechlorination. Of the six photosensitizers evaluated, methylene blue was the most effective. Electron donors varied in effectiveness, as follows: trimethylamine > triethylamine > tributylamine. The intermediates and reaction products were identified by a purge-and-trap gas chromatography mass spectrometer system. The photosensitized dechlorination method degraded PCE via an electron-transfer-relay mechanism. Degradation products identified were trichloroethylene, dichloroethylenes, and chloroethylene. It seems a sequential dechlorination pathway was followed. The PCE dechlorination in a natural sunlight irradiation test was shown to be more effective than any of the simulated visible light sources. The result supports the feasibility of future development of solar-powered dechlorination remediation systems with the use of sunlight, nontoxic dyes, and electron donors. PMID:19280902

  4. PHASE BEHAVIOR OF WATER/PERCHLOROETHYLENE/ANIONIC SURFACTANT SYSTEMS

    EPA Science Inventory

    Winsor Type I (o/w), Type II (w/o), and Type III (middle phase) microemulsions have been generated for water and perchloroethylene (PCE) in combination with anionic surfactants and the appropriate electrolyte concentration. The surfactant formulation was a combination of sodium d...

  5. USE OF A PHYSIOLOGICALLY BASED MODEL TO PREDICT SYSTEMIC UPTAKE AND RESPIRATORY ELIMINATION OF PERCHLOROETHYLENE

    EPA Science Inventory

    The pharmacokinetics of inhaled perchloroethylene (PCE) were studied in male Sprague-Dawley rats to characterize pulmonary absorption and elimination. irect measurements of the time-course of PCE in the blood and breath were used to evaluate the ability of a physiologically-based...

  6. Effect of temperature on perchloroethylene dechlorination by a methanogenic consortium

    SciTech Connect

    Gao, J.; Skeen, R.S.; Hooker, B.S.

    1995-04-01

    The effect of temperature on the kinetics of growth, substrate metabolism, and perchloroethylene (PCE) dechlorination by a methanogenic consortium is reported. In all cases, a simple kinetic model accurately reflected experimental data. Values for the substrate and methane yield coefficients, and the maximum specific growth rate are fairly consistent at each temperature. Also, the substrate and methane yield coefficients show little temperature sensitivity. In contrast, both the maximum specific growth rate and the PCE dechlorination yield coefficient (Y{sub PCE}) are temperature dependent.

  7. Reductive Dechlorination of PCE DNAPL Source Zones

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Sleep, B. E.; Edwards, E. A.

    2006-12-01

    A numerical modeling study was conducted to evaluate the potential impact of reductive dechlorination on enhancement of dissolution of source zones of perchloroethylene (PCE) dense nonaqueous phase liquid (DNAPL). The model included three-phase (water-gas-NAPL) flow and transport with interphase mass transfer. Reductive dechlorination of PCE to ethene was simulated with Monod kinetics with hydrogen as the direct electron donor. Hydrogen was produced from the transformation of ethanol to propionate and acetate. The model also included growth of dechlorinators, fermenters and methanogens, with methane generation from hydrogenotrophic and aceticlastic methanogenesis. The model was applied to the simulation of a two-dimensional bench scale study of reductive dechlorination of a PCE DNAPL source with biostimulation and bioaugmentation with a known PCE dechlorinating culture. In the bench scale study spatial and temporal variation of dissolved concentrations of chlorinated ethenes, electron donors were monitored. Quantitative PCR was also used to track the spatial and temporal variation of the dechlorinators. In this bench scale study, the maximum enhancement of PCE dissolution was approximately threefold. However, this enhancement was not sustained over the entire study, and apparent rates of PCE dissolution, as indicated by maximum dissolved concentrations of total ethenes, declined with time and increasing extent of source removal. The model was used to examine the impact on enhanced dissolution of reduction in source zone size, repartitioning of transformation products, and gas blockage from methane generation. Reductions in source zone size, coupled with a heterogeneous flow field, led to significant reductions in maximum concentrations measured in the bench scale study. Repartitioning of transformation products led to reductions in the maximum dissolved concentrations of PCE transformation products, leading to an apparent reduction in the enhancement of PCE dissolution. Gas pore blockage from methanogenesis significantly altered flow through the source zone, thereby reducing the availability of electron donor to support reductive dechlorination.

  8. Photolytic and photocatalytic oxidation of perchloroethylene in air

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    Liu, Yun-Chieh

    2000-11-01

    The perchloroethylene (PCE) photolytic and photocatalytic oxidation reactions took place simultaneously when the UVC light and TiO2 catalyst were used. Each of these two processes was studied separately in this work. The photolytic oxidation of PCE was performed using UVC light without TiO2 under different reaction conditions including temperature, humidity, reactor diameter, PCE inlet concentration, and space time. It was found that the PCE photolytic oxidation process followed the second-order reaction model. Both the chlorine free radical induced chain reaction and the non-chain reaction were proposed to explain the PCE degradation and by- products. The reactor wall played an important role in quenching the photolytic oxidation reaction. The PCE conversion increased to a maximum when the diameter of the reactor decreased to 35-mm, and then decreased after that. This phenomenon could be due to a wall quenching effect. The PCE conversion decreased when temperature increased. This was caused by a decrease of UVC light intensity and significant wall effect at high temperature. The PCE conversion was found to be independent from humidity condition. This indicated that the water molecule was not involved in the PCE photolytic oxidation reaction. The PCE photocatalytic oxidation reaction was performed using UVA light with TiO2 catalyst under various factors: humidity, temperature, space time, PCE inlet concentration, and light intensity. This was done to examine their effect on PCE conversion. The PCE conversion decreased as the humidity or temperature increased. The temperature effect could be caused by the decrease of UVA light intensity and desorption of PCE molecules from the catalyst surface at high temperature. The PCE inlet concentration effect showed the PCE photocatalytic oxidation followed the Langmuir- Hinshelwood model. The light intensity had a positive effect on PCE conversion. The effect of TiO2 catalyst distribution on PCE conversion was also studied. A well-distributed TiO2 catalyst could reach a higher PCE conversion than the poor-distributed TiO2 catalyst under the same reaction condition. Based on free radical formation, a mechanism of the photocatalytic oxidation was proposed to explain the product distribution. The associated reactions of PCE photolytic and photocatalytic oxidation were conducted under the condition of UVC irradiating on the TiO2 catalyst. The well-distributed TiO2, UVC input power, and optic fibers could significantly increase the PCE degradation efficiency. On the contrary, the aluminum screen, pellets, and Lucite baffles decreased the PCE degradation efficiency, which could be due to the blockage of UVC light.

  9. Sulfur species in perchloroethylene and other coal extracts

    SciTech Connect

    Vorres, K.S.

    1990-01-01

    Earlier work has indicated that elemental sulfur can be removed from coal by the use of perchloroethylene (tetrachloroethylene). The unique ability to remove the elemental form of the sulfur has led to considerable interest in the process and mechanism of action. An effort has been made to understand the species that can be removed by extraction with perchloroethylene (PCE). The effort involved the extraction of a set of coals, and the related effort to identify the species in the extract by the use of gas chromatography-mass spectrometry at the Argonne National Laboratory (ANL). This paper reports on the analytical work on the extracts. 4 refs.

  10. Laboratory and controlled field experiments using potassium permanganate to remediate trichloroethylene and perchloroethylene DNAPLs in porous media

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Schnarr, M.; Truax, C.; Farquhar, G.; Hood, E.; Gonullu, T.; Stickney, B.

    1998-02-01

    Few proven technologies exist that may be used to treat dense non-aqueous phase liquid (DNAPL) contaminants. In-situ chemical flushing is a proposed technology which consists of flushing DNAPL source zones with a reactive solution to degrade the contaminant mass below ground. A laboratory and controlled field experimental program was conducted to assess the potential of potassium permanganate (KMnO 4) as a reagent for in-situ DNAPL remediation. The results of laboratory experiments indicated that two common DNAPL contaminants, perchloroethylene (PCE) and trichloroethylene (TCE), were rapidly degraded to chloride and carbon dioxide. Column experiments, using residual PCE flushed with oxidant concentrations as high as 10 g L -1, indicated that chloride could be used as a reaction tracer. From the chloride data, it appeared that the rate of PCE removal from the columns was a complex process dependent upon the kinetics of both dissolution and oxidation. Two experimental applications of in-situ oxidation were conducted in the Borden aquifer isolated within a 7.5 m 3 double sheet-pile cell. The cell was fitted with injection and recovery wells through which aqueous solutions of KMnO 4 were flushed to oxidize solvent source zones in situ. In the initial experiment, flushing of a 1 L PCE residual source with 10 g L -1 KMnO 4 at total flow rates of up to 100 L per day, completely removed the source within 120 days. A second experiment, using an 8 L mixture of PCE and TCE slowly allowed to infiltrate into the cell, was conducted using a system to recycle the oxidant. The oxidant was added at 10 g L -1 with a flow of approximately 50 L per day. After 290 days of flushing, it was concluded from the monitoring data that 62% of the initial source (as equivalent chloride mass) has been oxidized and it was evident that oxidation was continuing in the upper third of the cell. These experiments have suggested that the effectiveness of in-situ chemical oxidation will depend primarily upon the distribution of the DNAPL in the subsurface and its effects upon dissoluttion. In both experiments, spatial variability of chloride measurements appeared to reflect both the DNAPL location and distribution.

  11. Reductive dechlorination of tetrachloroethylene (PCE) catalyzed by cyanocobalamin

    SciTech Connect

    Habeck, B.D.; Sublette, K.L.

    1995-12-31

    A biomimetic system has been developed for the reductive dechlorination of tetrachloroethylene (PCE). PCE was dechlorinated to trichloroethylene (TCE) and 1,2-dichloroethylene (DCE) in the presence of dithiothreitol or Ti (III) citrate and catalytic amounts of cyanocobalamin in both homogeneous reaction mixtures and packed bed reactor systems. In packed bed reactors with Ti (III) citrate as the reductant, PCE (0.18 mM) conversion averaged 55% at residence times of 1.75 and 3.5 h. The product distribution was 94% TCE and 6% DCE at the lower residence time. DCE formation increased to 45% at the higher residence time. No reduction of PCE was observed in the absence of cyanocobalamin. This system may be useful as a means of pretreatment of halogenated aliphatic hydrocarbons in advance of biological treatment.

  12. Anaerobic reductive dechlorination of perchloroethylene using periodic processes

    SciTech Connect

    Hirl, P.J.; Yocum, P.S.; Earley, J.P.; Irvine, R.L.

    1995-12-31

    The Anaerobic Sequencing Batch Biofilm Reactor (AnSBBR) was used to select for, enrich, and modify the physiological state of one or more of the many possible microbial consortia that can participate in the reductive dechlorination of perchloroethylene (PCE). The AnSBBR`s used in these studies are periodically operated, up-flow, packed column, biofilm reactors. Initial AnSBBR studies demonstrated that PCE, fed at 8 mg/L, could be reductively dechlorinated to cis-1,2-dichloroethylene (cDCE) using either methanol or acetate as a co-substrate. PCE fed at over 160 mg/L could be completely reductively dechlorinated to ethylene when acetate was used as the co-substrate and methanol as the solvent for PCE addition. These studies support the hypothesis that the extent of reductive dechlorination is determined by environmental parameters which effect the physiological state of the bacterial consortium.

  13. Anaerobic reductive dechlorination of perchloroethylene using periodic processes

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Hirl, Patrick J.; Yocum, Paul S.; Earley, James P.; Irvine, Robert L.

    1995-10-01

    The anaerobic sequencing batch biofilm reactor (AnSBBR) was used to select for, enrich, and modify the physiological state of one or more of the many possible microbial consortia that can participate in the reductive dechlorination of perchloroethylene (PCE). The AnSBBRs used in these studies are periodically operated, up-flow, packed column, biofilm reactors. Initial AnSBBR studies demonstrated that PCE, fed at 8 mg/L, could be reductively dechlorinated to cis-1,2-dichloroethylene (cDCE) using either methanol or acetate as a co- substrate. PCE fed at over 160 mg/L could be completely reductively dechlorinated to ethylene when acetate was used as the co-substrate and methanol as the solvent for PCE addition. These studies support the hypothesis that the extent of reductive dechlorination is determined by environmental parameters which effect the physiological state of the bacterial consortium.

  14. Quantification of perchloroethylene residues in dry-cleaned fabrics.

    PubMed

    Sherlach, Katy S; Gorka, Alexander P; Dantzler, Alexa; Roepe, Paul D

    2011-11-01

    We have used a novel gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GC/MS)-based approach to quantify perchloroethylene (PCE) residues in dry-cleaned fabrics. Residual PCE was extracted from fabric samples with methanol and concentration was calculated by the gas chromatographic peak area, standardized using PCE calibration data. Extracts examined were from samples of 100% wool, polyester, cotton, or silk, which were dry cleaned from one to six times in seven different Northern Virginia dry-cleaning establishments. Additional experiments were conducted to investigate the kinetics of PCE release in the extraction solvent and to the open air. We found that polyester, cotton, and wool retained ??M levels of PCE, that these levels increased in successive dry-cleaning cycles, and that PCE is slowly volatilized from these fabrics under ambient room air conditions. We found that silk does not retain appreciable PCE. Measured differences across dry-cleaning establishments and fabric type suggest more vigorous monitoring of PCE residues may be warranted. Environ. Toxicol. Chem. 2011;30:2481-2487. 2011 SETAC. PMID:21898565

  15. ACUTE NEUROTOXIC EFFECTS OF INHALED PERCHLOROETHYLENE ON PATTERN VISUAL EVOKED POTENTIALS AS A FUNCTION OF EXPOSURE AND ESTIMATED BLOOD AND BRAIN CONCENTRATION.

    EPA Science Inventory

    Previous experiments have shown the effects of acute inhalation exposure to trichloroethylene (TCE) and toluene are related to the target tissue concentration at the time of testing. The current studies examined exposure to another volatile organic compound, perchloroethylene (P...

  16. Perchloroethylene extraction of sulfur and sulfur compounds from coal

    SciTech Connect

    Buchanan, D.H.; Warfel, L.C. )

    1990-01-01

    Perchloroethylene (PCE) is an excellent solvent for extracting elemental sulfur (5{degree}) from bituminous coal. The same amount of S{degree} is extracted within one hour at reflux (120{degree}C) or 72 hours at 27{degree}C. The elemental sulfur content of ten different mid-western coal samples varies with the sulfatic sulfur content, consistent with the view that both elemental sulfur and sulfate in coal come from weathering of pyrite. The nature of the organosulfur compounds extracted by PCE and by THF has been studied by Sulfur Sensitive Gas Chromatography and GC/mS as described in an accompanying paper by K. Vorres.

  17. PCE treatment in saturated soil columns: Methanogens in sequence with methanotrophs

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    Fogel, S.; Findlay, M.; Lewis, R.; Groher, D.

    1995-12-31

    Perchloroethylene (PCE) was reductively dechlorinated under anaerobic conditions in a continuous-flow, saturated soil column. The column was inoculated by a culture known to dechlorinate PCE to ethylene. Methanol was used as the source of carbon and energy. Column conditions were modified to optimize the reaction time and conversion rate of PCE to ethylene. After 200 days of continuous operation, PCE was converted to vinyl chloride (60%) and ethylene (40%) after 2 h of contact time. Sequential treatment by an aerobic, methanotrophic column was used for treatment of vinyl chloride produced during reductive dechlorination of PCE. Field application for the use of this technology for in situ treatment of PCE-contaminated saturated soils and aquifers is discussed.

  18. PROPERTY CHANGES IN AQUEOUS SOLUTIONS DUE TO SURFACTANT TREATMENT OF PCE: IMPLICATIONS TO GEOPHYSICAL MEASUREMENTS

    EPA Science Inventory

    Select physicochemical properties of aqueous solutions composed of surfactants, dye, and

    perchloroethylene (PCE) were evaluated through a response surface quadratic design

    model of experiment. Nine surfactants, which are conventionally used in the

    remediation...

  19. Solubilization and mobilization of perchloroethylene by cosolvents in porous media

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    Van Valkenburg, M.E.

    1999-07-28

    Batch equilibrium studies conducted for perchloroethylene (PCE)/cosolvent systems determined that the log-linear solubility relationship is not a completely accurate method to predict solubility of PCE in cosolvent mixtures over an entire range of volume fractions. Batch studies resulted in cosolvency powers of 3.73 and 4.13 for ethanol and isopropanol, respectively. However, log-linear predictions may be adequate for estimations necessary for remediation efforts. The use of the Extended Hildebrand model is recommended. The interfacial tension (IFT) resulting from cosolvent mixtures when compared to the initial volume fraction of cosolvent showed a relationship, similar to the log-linear model. An ``IFT reduction power`` was determined for ethanol to be {minus}3.60, and isopropyl alcohol, {minus}5.80, describing the ability of cosolvents to reduce IFT with increasing volume fraction. IFT values are accurately estimated by PCE solubility in regimes conducive to cosolvent flushing.

  20. DEVELOPMENT OF A PHYSIOLOGICALLY BASED PHARMACOKINETIC MODEL FOR PERCHLOROETHYLENE USING TISSUE CONCENTRATION-TIME DATA

    EPA Science Inventory

    The tissue disposition of perchloroethylene (PCE) was characterized experimentally in rats in order to: 1) btain input parameters from in vivo data for the development of a physiologically-based pharmacokinetic (PBPK) model; and 2) use the PBPK model to predict the deposition of ...

  1. Cometabolic degradation of TCE and DCE without intermediate toxicity

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    Bielefeldt, A.R.; Stensel, H.D.; Strand, S.E.

    1995-11-01

    Trichloroethylene (TCE) and cis-1,2-dichloroethylene (DCE) cometabolic degradation by a filamentous, phenol-oxidizing enrichment from a surface-water source were investigated in batch tests. No intermediate toxicity effects were evident during TCE or DCE degradation for loadings up to 0.5 mg TCE/mg VSS or 0.26 mg DCE/mg VSS. Phenol addition up to 40 mg/L did not inhibit TCE or DCE degradation. TCE specific degradation rates ranged from 0.28 to 0.51 g TCE/g VSS-d with phenol present, versus an average endogenous rate of 0.18 g TCE/g VSS-d. DCE specific degradation rates ranged from 0.79 to 2.92 g DCE/g VSS-d with phenol present, versus 0.27 to 1.5 g DCE/g VSS-d for endogenous conditions. There was no inhibition of DCE degradation rates at concentrations as high as 83 mg/L. TCE degradation rates declined between 40 and 130 mg/L TCE. Perchloroethylene, 1,1,1-trichloroethane, and chloroform were not degraded.

  2. [Chronic perchloroethylene poisoning].

    PubMed

    Kkosy, T; Lszlffy, M

    2000-07-01

    The authors describe the clinical features of the chronic perchloroethylene poisoning discussing their own 7 cases (2 women and 5 men). The 2 women worked as dry-cleaner, the 5 men performed degreasing of metal objects. The mean age of the patients was 46 (36-55), the exposure time 9.1 (0.5-30) years. In 3 cases the level of the exposure exceeded the maximum allowable concentration verified by the measurement of the perchloroethylene in the air of the workplace. One patient suffering from a serious cranial nerve lesion was not informed on the toxic exposure, so worked without any protective devices. 3 patients had an isolated lesion of the nervous system, 4 one an isolated hepatic damage. The authors draw attention to importance of the prevention. PMID:10957868

  3. Cosolvent-enhanced chemical oxidation of perchloroethylene by potassium permanganate

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    Zhai, Xihong; Hua, Inez; Rao, P. Suresh C.; Lee, Linda S.

    2006-01-01

    A laboratory study was conducted to examine cosolvent-enhanced in-situ chemical oxidation (ISCO) of perchloroethylene (PCE) using potassium permanganate (KMnO 4). The conceptual basis for this new technique is to enhance permanganate oxidation of dense non-aqueous phase liquids (DNAPLs) with the addition of a cosolvent, thereby increasing DNAPL solubility while avoiding mobilization. Among 17 cosolvent candidates screened, tertiary butyl alcohol (TBA) and acetone were the most stable in the presence of KMnO 4, both of which increased PCE aqueous solubility significantly, and therefore are suitable to be used as cosolvent in this study. Batch experiments indicated that the second-order rate constant for PCE oxidation by potassium permanganate was 0.043 0.002 M - 1 s - 1 in the purely aqueous (no cosolvent) solution. In the presence of 20% cosolvent (volume fraction = fc = 0.2), the rate constant decreased to 0.036 0.003 M - 1 s - 1 with TBA and to 0.031 0.002 M - 1 s - 1 with acetone. However, in the presence of free-phase PCE, chloride ion concentration from PCE oxidation in acetone / water solutions ( fc = 0.2) was about twice that in aqueous solutions, indicating that the increase in PCE solubility more than compensated for the decrease in reaction rate constant, such that the oxidation efficiency of PCE was increased with cosolvent. A complete chlorine mass balance was observed in the aqueous system, whereas approximately 70% was obtained in TBA / water or acetone / water ( fc = 0.2). In soil columns containing residual DNAPL and subjected to isocratic flushing with step-wise increases in fc cosolvent, TBA at fc = 0.2 resulted in PCE mobilization, whereas acetone at fc ? 0.5 did not. Therefore, although both TBA and acetone exhibit similar solubility enhancements, acetone may be a better solvent choice for use in in-situ remediation of DNAPL source zones.

  4. Sulfur species in perchloroethylene and other coal extracts

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    Vorres, K.S. )

    1990-01-01

    Earlier work (1,2,3) has indicated that elemental sulfur can be removed from coal by the use of perchloroethylene (tetrachloroethylene). The unique ability to remove the elemental form of the sulfur has led to considerable interest in the process and mechanism of action. Under joint CRSC-EPRI sponsorship, an effort has been made to understand the species that can be removed by extraction with perchloroethylene (PCE). The effort involved the extraction of a set of coals at Eastern Illinois University by Prof. David Buchanan and coworkers, and the related effort to identify the species in the extract by the use of gas chromatography- mass spectrometry at the Argonne National Laboratory (ANL). This paper reports on the analytical work on the extracts.

  5. Catalytic Dechlorination of Gas-phase Perchloroethylene under Mixed Redox Conditions

    PubMed Central

    Orbay, zer; Gao, Song; Barbaris, Brian; Rupp, Erik; Sez, A. Eduardo; Arnold, Robert G.; Betterton, Eric A.

    2008-01-01

    The validity of a new method to destroy gas-phase perchloroethylene (PCE) is demonstrated at bench scale using a fixed-bed reactor that contains a Pt/Rh catalyst. Hydrogen and oxygen were simultaneously fed to the reactor together with PCE. The conversion efficiencies of PCE were sensitive to H2/O2 ratio and reactor temperature. When the temperature was ? 400 C and H2/O2 was ? 2.15, PCE conversion efficiency was maintained at ? 90%. No catalyst deactivation was observed for over two years, using only mild, convenient regeneration procedures. It is likely that PCE reduction steps precede oxidation reactions and that the importance of oxidation lies in its elimination of intermediates that would otherwise lead to catalyst poisoning. In practice, this catalytic dechlorination method holds potential for low-cost, large-scale field operation. PMID:19234593

  6. A mass balance study of the phytoremediation of perchloroethylene-contaminated groundwater

    PubMed Central

    James, C. Andrew; Xin, Gang; Doty, Sharon L.; Muiznieks, Indulis; Newman, Lee; Strand, Stuart E.

    2010-01-01

    A mass balance study was performed under controlled field conditions to investigate the phytoremediation of perchloroethylene (PCE) by hybrid poplar trees. Water containing 7–14 mg L−1 PCE was added to the test bed. Perchloroethylene, trichloroethylene, and cis-dichloroethylene were detected in the effluent at an average of 0.12 mg L−1, 3.9 mg L−1, and 1.9 mg L−1, respectively. The total mass of chlorinated ethenes in the water was reduced by 99%. Over 95% of the recovered chlorine was as free chloride in the soil, indicating near-complete dehalogenation of the PCE. Transpiration, volatilization, and accumulation in the trees were all found to be minor loss mechanisms. In contrast, 98% of PCE applied to an unplanted soil chamber was recovered as PCE in the effluent water or volatilized into the air. These results suggest that phytoremediation can be an effective method for treating PCE-contaminated groundwater in field applications. PMID:19345455

  7. Influence of Different Electron Donors and Acceptors on Dehalorespiration of Tetrachloroethene by Desulfitobacterium frappieri TCE1

    PubMed Central

    Gerritse, Jan; Drzyzga, Oliver; Kloetstra, Geert; Keijmel, Mischa; Wiersum, Luit P.; Hutson, Roger; Collins, Matthew D.; Gottschal, Jan C.

    1999-01-01

    Strain TCE1, a strictly anaerobic bacterium that can grow by reductive dechlorination of tetrachloroethene (PCE) and trichloroethene (TCE), was isolated by selective enrichment from a PCE-dechlorinating chemostat mixed culture. Strain TCE1 is a gram-positive, motile, curved rod-shaped organism that is 2 to 4 by 0.6 to 0.8 ?m and has approximately six lateral flagella. The pH and temperature optima for growth are 7.2 and 35C, respectively. On the basis of a comparative 16S rRNA sequence analysis, this bacterium was identified as a new strain of Desulfitobacterium frappieri, because it exhibited 99.7% relatedness to the D. frappieri type strain, strain PCP-1. Growth with H2, formate, l-lactate, butyrate, crotonate, or ethanol as the electron donor depends on the availability of an external electron acceptor. Pyruvate and serine can also be used fermentatively. Electron donors (except formate and H2) are oxidized to acetate and CO2. When l-lactate is the growth substrate, strain TCE1 can use the following electron acceptors: PCE and TCE (to produce cis-1,2-dichloroethene), sulfite and thiosulfate (to produce sulfide), nitrate (to produce nitrite), and fumarate (to produce succinate). Strain TCE1 is not able to reductively dechlorinate 3-chloro-4-hydroxyphenylacetate. The growth yields of the newly isolated bacterium when PCE is the electron acceptor are similar to those obtained for other dehalorespiring anaerobes (e.g., Desulfitobacterium sp. strain PCE1 and Desulfitobacterium hafniense) and the maximum specific reductive dechlorination rates are 4 to 16 times higher (up to 1.4 ?mol of chloride released min?1 mg of protein?1). Dechlorination of PCE and TCE is an inducible process. In PCE-limited chemostat cultures of strain TCE1, dechlorination is strongly inhibited by sulfite but not by other alternative electron acceptors, such as fumarate or nitrate. PMID:10583967

  8. Influence of different electron donors and acceptors on dehalorespiration of tetrachloroethene by Desulfitobacterium frappieri TCE1

    SciTech Connect

    Gerritse, J.; Drzyzga, O.; Kloetstra, G.; Keijmel, M.; Wiersum, L.P.; Hutson, R.; Collins, M.D.; Gottschal, J.C.

    1999-12-01

    Strain TCE1, a strictly anaerobic bacterium that can grow by reductive dechlorination of tetrachloroethene (PCE) and trichloroethane (TCE), was isolated by selective enrichment from a PCE-dechlorinating chemostat mixed culture. Strain TCE1 is a gram-positive, motile, curved rod-shaped organism that is 2 to 4 by 0.6 to 0.8 {micro}m and has approximately six lateral flagella. The pH and temperature optima for growth are 7.2 and 35 C, respectively. On the basis of a comparative 16S rRNA sequence analysis, this bacterium was identified as a new strain of Desulfitobacterium frappieri, because it exhibited 99.7% relatedness to the D. frappieri type strain, strain PCP-1. Growth with H{sub 2}, format, L-lactate, butyrate, crotonate, or ethanol as the electron donor depends on the availability of an external electron acceptor. Pyruvate and serine can also be used fermentatively. Electron donors (except format and H{sub 2}) are oxidized to acetate and CO{sub 2}. when L-lactate is the growth substrate, strain TCE1 can use the following electron acceptors: PCE and TCE (to produce cis-1,2-dichloroethene), sulfite and thiosulfate (to produce sulfide), nitrate (to produce nitrite), and fumarate (to produce succinate). Strain TCE1 is not able to reductively dechlorinate 3-chloro-4-hydroxyphenylacetate. The growth yields of the newly isolated bacterium when PCE is the electron acceptor are similar to those obtained for other dehalorespiring anaerobes (e.g., Desulfitobacterium sp. strain PCE1 and Desulfitobacterium hafniense) and the maximum specific reductive dechlorination rates are 4 to 16 times higher. Dechlorination of PCE and TCE is an inducible process. In PCE-limited chemostat cultures of strain TCE1, dechlorination is strongly inhibited by sulfite but not by other alternative electron acceptors, such as fumate or nitrate.

  9. ACUTE BEHAVIORAL EFFECTS OF INHALED PERCHLOROETHYLENE IN RATS ARE DIRECTLY RELATED TO ITS CONCENTRATION IN THE BRAIN.

    EPA Science Inventory

    Perchloroethylene (PCE) is a volatile organic compound (VOC), frequently used in dry cleaning processes, that is currently being assessed by EPA for its risk to human health. Many VOCs are acutely neurotoxic and have been shown to affect attentional processes in humans and animal...

  10. Retrospective cohort mortality study of dry cleaner workers using perchloroethylene.

    PubMed

    Brown, D P; Kaplan, S D

    1987-06-01

    To evaluate the carcinogenic potential from occupational exposure to perchloroethylene (PCE), a retrospective cohort mortality study of workers employed in the dry cleaning industry was conducted among 1,690 workers from four labor unions. The majority of the cohort had potential exposure to petroleum solvents as well as to PCE while working in the dry cleaning industry. Mortality from primary cancer of the liver was of particular interest, due to the findings of excess liver cancer in mice exposed to PCE. Other sites of cancer were also of interest. A total of 493 deaths were observed, whereas 575.5 were expected based on US mortality rates. Mortality from all cancers combined was greater than expected (142 observed v 122.9 expected). No deaths due to liver cancer were observed. Urinary tract cancer was the only specific site where there was a statistically significant excess in observed deaths (12 observed v 4.7 expected). There was some consistency in these findings across the four individual unions and across race/sex groups. A subcohort of workers who were employed only in dry cleaning shops that used PCE as their primary solvent was identified from the union records. There was only one death from urinary tract cancer, whereas 1.3 deaths were expected in this subcohort. PMID:3612328

  11. Three-fluid retention in porous media involving water, PCE and air

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    Hofstee, C.; Dane, J. H.; Hill, W. E.

    1997-03-01

    A classical way to obtain three-fluid retention curves in porous media from measured two-fluid retention curves is based on the Leverett concept, which states that the total volumetric liquid content in a water-wet porous medium, containing water, a nonaqueous-phase liquid (NAPL) and air, is a function of the capillary pressure across the interface between the continuous NAPL and air. This functional relationship results from the assumed condition that in a three-fluid porous medium, the intermediate wetting fluid spreads over the water-air interface. Application of Leverett's concept may not be valid, however, for nonspreading NAPLs like perchloroethylene (PCE). This paper discusses measurements of both PCE-air and water-PCE-air retention curves using a long vertical column in conjunction with a dual-energy gamma radiation system. The data indicate that the Leverett concept was applicable only until a critical PCE saturation had been reached.

  12. Studies on the use of perchloroethylene as a heavy medium for the removal of pyrites from coal

    SciTech Connect

    Thome, T.L.; Fullerton, K.L.; Lee, S.

    1996-12-31

    Previous studies have shown that perchloroethylene (PCE) shows promise for use as a heavy medium for the removal of pyrites from fine coal. The studies are continued here, as the coal cleaning effectiveness of mixtures of PCE and kerosene are investigated. Float/sink experiments are run for different medium densities obtained by varying the proportions of PCE and kerosene. The effectiveness of the cleaning process is judged by data taken from a long tube sampling apparatus. Among the variables investigated are medium density, residence time, and solvent-to-coal ratio. The data is used to support scale-up predictions for a plant apparatus.

  13. EMISSIONS OF PERCHLOROETHYLENE FROM DRY CLEANED FABRICS

    EPA Science Inventory

    The paper gives results of an evaluation of emissions of perchloroethylene (tetrachloroethylene) from dry cleaned fabrics to determine: how introducing fresh dry cleaning into a home affects the indoor concentration of perchloroethylene, and the effectiveness of "airing out" dry ...

  14. EMISSIONS OF PERCHLOROETHYLENE FROM DRY CLEANED FABRICS

    EPA Science Inventory

    A study was conducted to evaluate the emissions of perchloroethylene (tetrachloroethylene) from dry cleaned fabrics to determine: (a) how the introduction of fresh dry cleaning into a home affects the indoor concentration of perchloroethylene, and (b) the effectiveness of airing...

  15. Surfactant enhanced removal of PCE in a nominally two-dimensional, saturated, stratified porous medium

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    Walker, R. C.; Hofstee, C.; Dane, J. H.; Hill, W. E.

    1998-10-01

    Although surfactant enhanced remediation of nonaqueous phase liquids (NAPLs) by pump-and-treat technology has been studied extensively in the laboratory with one-dimensional columns, very few multi-dimensional investigations have been reported. In this study we focus on the removal of perchloroethylene (PCE) from a two-dimensional, saturated porous medium containing a low permeability sand layer situated in an otherwise high permeability sand. A PCE spill was applied at the surface of the porous medium and allowed to redistribute until static equilibrium was achieved. The porous medium was then flushed with various surfactant and co-solvent formulations injected at the PCE source location and extracted at the bottom of the porous medium using a configuration similar to that of Abdul and Ang [Abdul, S.A., Ang, C.C., 1994. In situ surfactant washing of polychlorinated biphenyls and oils from a contaminated field site: Phase II. Pilot study. Ground Water 32, 727-734]. Effluent samples were analyzed for dissolved PCE concentrations. Volumetric water and PCE content values were determined at a number of locations by means of dual-energy gamma radiation measurements. Once surfactant flushing had started, PCE moved as a distinct separate phase ahead of the surfactant front. Most of this downward moving PCE accumulated on top of the low permeability sand layer. Some PCE, however, passed quickly through this layer and subsequently through the high permeability sand below it. Movement of some of the PCE into and through the low permeability sand layer was attributed to local heterogeneities combined with reduced interfacial tensions associated with the surfactant formulation. Clean-up of PCE in most of the high permeability sand was considered to be effective. PCE accumulated on top of the fine layer, however, posed a significant challenge to remediation and required several pumping configurations and surfactant/co-solvent formulations before most of it was removed.

  16. Carbonization of perchloroethylene washed coal

    SciTech Connect

    Spearin, E.Y.; Sorensen, S.M.

    1983-01-01

    Pilot-scale carbonization experiments of medium-volatile coals washed in a perchloroethylene medium suggested that there was a relation between coke stability improvement and the organic content of the coal. Two significantly different coals appeared to be particularly sensitive to this treatment. Further carbonization tests at both pilot- and production-scale levels using the perchloroethylene washing technique showed significant improvements in coke quality at both levels of experimentation. It appears that the improvement is the result of a synergistic effect between ash removal caused by the solvent bath washing and interaction of the solvent with the organic component of the coal.

  17. Experimental Assessment of Bioenhanced Dissolution and Microbial Distribution During PCE-NAPL Source Zone Bioremediation

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    Amos, B. K.; Suchomel, E. J.; Pennell, K. D.; Loeffler, F. E.

    2006-12-01

    Specialized anaerobic bacteria are capable of detoxifying tetrachloroethene (PCE) and trichloroethene (TCE) as well as enhancing contaminant dissolution from dense nonaqueous phase liquid (DNAPL) source zones. Thus, the microbial reductive dechlorination process has emerged as a promising remedial technology for PCE- and TCE-DNAPL source zones. However, the effects of microbial activity and distribution within DNAPL source zones on dissolution enhancement remain poorly understood. Experiments to evaluate the activity and distribution of dechlorinating populations in the immediate vicinity of a PCE-NAPL source zone were performed in a one-dimensional soil column containing a 10 cm NAPL (0.25 mol/mol PCE in hexadecane) source zone and a 50 cm down-gradient plume region. In one column experiment, Sulfurospirillum multivorans, a PCE-to-cis-DCE dechlorinating isolate, transformed PCE to cis-DCE with an approximate 4-fold cumulative dissolution enhancement. Quantitative real-time PCR (qPCR) correlated activity and distribution of S. multivorans with enhanced PCE dissolution. Similar NAPL dissolution enhancement was observed in another column augmented with a PCE-to-ethene dechlorinating consortium containing Dehalococcoides, Dehalobacter, and Geobacter populations, with PCE dechlorinated primarily to cis-DCE and vinyl chloride. Geobacter and Dehalococcoides populations were detected within the source zone, and increases in the dechlorinator population sizes coincided spatially with increased formation of dechlorination products. Experimental results indicate that mass transfer enhancement by microbial reductive dechlorination within NAPL source zones is possible, and that the distribution of relevant microbial populations directly affects dissolution enhancement. Ongoing work focuses on evaluating the distribution of specific Dehalococcoides strains in the vicinity of PCE-NAPL.

  18. Assessment of Exposure to Perchloroethylene and its Clinical Repercussions for 50 Dry-Cleaning Employees.

    PubMed

    Lucas, D; Herv, A; Lucas, R; Cabioch, C; Capellmann, P; Nicolas, A; Bodenes, A; Jegaden, D

    2015-01-01

    The purpose of this article is the assessment of occupational exposure to perchloroethylene (PCE) and its clinical repercussions for dry-cleaning employees. The authors measured atmospheric levels of PCE and blood levels in a population of 50 exposed employees then conducted a study of clinical symptomatology in exposed and non-exposed subjects linked with this solvent. Fifty employees and 95 controls were studied. The median value of atmospheric PCE was 7 ppm (0.22-33), and the median blood level of PCE was 73.6 ?g/l (11.8-144). These levels were correlated statistically to the action of sludge scraping and to the existence of automatic scrapers (p < 0.01). Eight percent of PCE blood levels were higher than the biological levels recently set in France. The exposed population did not show excessive signs of drowsiness nor of pre-narcotic syndrome or other symptoms studied. Dry-cleaning employees were exposed to PCE at atmospheric levels lower than the French and American chronic recommended exposure levels but some results were higher than recommended values. For PCE blood levels for the general working population, results were respectively lower than French and American national recommended levels in 92% and 94% cases. Risk should be considered, however, carefully in women of childbearing age, as 64% exceeded the recommended blood levels for pregnant women. This exposure did not generate any studied neurobehavioral symptomatology. PMID:26011697

  19. Renal function in dry cleaning workers exposed to perchloroethylene

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    Solet, D.; Robins, T.G. )

    1991-01-01

    Perchloroethylene (PCE) is a widely used dry cleaning and degreasing solvent. Although there is evidence in animals and humans for renal effects at extremely high doses, there are few studies of its potential renal toxicity at typical occupational concentrations. This study reports on the relationship of PCE in breath and estimates of chronic exposure with the urinary ratios of total urinary protein, albumin, and n-acetyl-glucosaminidase (NAG) to creatinine in dry cleaning workers exposed to PCE. Regression models including one or more exposure variables, demographic variables, mean arterial blood pressure (MAP), and the presence of diseases affecting kidney function were examined. Urine samples, breath samples, exposure histories, and medical histories were obtained from 192 dry cleaning workers. The results failed to demonstrate any consistent relationship between exposure and renal outcome variables. However, protein/creatinine and albumin/creatinine were significantly, although weakly and positively, associated with MAP; NAG/creatinine was weakly but significantly positively associated with age; mean NAG/creatinine was also higher in non-whites. The reasons why an association between exposure and renal outcome was not found are discussed.

  20. Infiltration and redistribution of perchloroethylene in partially saturated, stratified porous media

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    Hofstee, C.; Oostrom, M.; Dane, J. H.; Walker, R. C.

    1998-11-01

    Contamination of the subsurface by nonaqueous phase liquids (NAPLs) is a widespread problem. To investigate the behavior of a nonspreading, dense NAPL (DNAPL) in the vadose zone, we conducted perchloroethylene (PCE) infiltration experiments in nominally 1- and 2-dimensional (D), stratified porous media. In addition, the usefulness and limitations of a multifluid flow simulator to describe PCE infiltration and redistribution under the experimental conditions were tested. The physical simulations were conducted in a column (1-D) and a flow container (2-D) which were packed with two distinct layers of coarse-grained sand and a fine-grained sand layer in between. Volumetric water and PCE contents were determined with a fully automated dual-energy gamma radiation system. While migrating through the drier parts of the coarse-grained sand layers, PCE appeared to wet the water-air interface rather than displacing any water. In the wetter parts of the porous medium, PCE displaced water and behaved as a true nonwetting fluid. PCE showed a limited response to gradients in capillary pressure and rather high values for the volumetric PCE content were measured in the fine-grained sand layers. This was attributed to the nonspreading nature of PCE. The multifluid flow simulator appeared to predict the initial PCE movement in the vadose zone reasonably well. However, the model was not capable of predicting the final amounts of PCE retained in either the unsaturated or saturated part of the flow domain, mainly because the simulator does not consider the nonspreading flow behavior of NAPLs.

  1. In vitro dehalogenation of tetrachloroethylene (PCE) by cell-free extracts of Clostridium bifermentans DPH-1.

    PubMed

    Chang, Y C; Okeke, B C; Hatsu, M; Takamizawa, K

    2001-06-01

    Cell-free extracts of Clostridium bifermentans DPH-1 catalyzed tetrachloroethylene (PCE) dechlorination. PCE degradation was stimulated by addition of a variety of electron donors. Ethanol (0.61 mM) was the most effective electron donor for PCE dechlorination. Maximum activity was recorded at 30 degrees C and pH 7.5. Addition of NADH as a cofactor stimulated enzymatic activity but the activity was not stimulated by addition of metal ions. When the cell-free enzyme extract was incubated in the presence of titanium citrate as a reducing agent, the dehalogenase was rapidly inactivated by propyl iodide (0.5 mM). The activity of propyliodide-reacted enzyme was restored by illumination with a 250 W lamp. The dehalogenase activity was also inhibited by cyanide. The substrate spectrum of activity included trichloroethylene (TCE), cis-1,2-dichloroethylene (cDCE), trans-dichloroethylene, 1,1-dichloroethylene, 1,2-dichloroethane, and 1,1,2-trichloroethane. The highest rate of degradation of the chlorinated aliphatic compounds was achieved with PCE, and PCE was principally degraded via TCE to cDCE. Results indicate that the dehalogenase could play a vital role in the breakdown of PCE as well as a variety of other chlorinated aliphatic compounds. PMID:11333032

  2. Influence of Acoustic Waves on Perchloroethylene Ganglia Dissolution in a Pore Network

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Vogler, E. T.; Chrysikopoulos, C. V.

    2006-12-01

    A pore network consisting of a monolayer of 3-milimeter diameter glass beads was used to investigate the effects of acoustic waves on the dissolution of perchloroethylene (PCE) ganglia. Dissolution experiments were conducted with acoustic-wave frequencies ranging from 75 to 225 hertz (Hz) at a constant pressure amplitude of 3.68 kilopascals (kPa) applied to the inlet of the monolayer. Effluent dissolved PCE concentrations were observed to increase in the presence of acoustic waves. The greatest increase (over 300%) occurred at the lowest frequency employed (75 Hz). Ganglia mobilization experiments were also conducted, using a constant acoustic-wave frequency of 125 Hz and acoustic-pressure amplitude ranging from 0 to 39.07 kPa. Acoustic waves were observed to mobilize otherwise immobile PCE ganglia and break them apart. Results from this study suggest that the use of acoustic waves may be beneficial in ground-water contaminant remediation.

  3. Effects of several electron donors on anaerobic dehalogenation of perchloroethylene

    SciTech Connect

    Gao, J.; Shah, M.M.; Skeen, R.S.

    1995-12-31

    Microcosm studies were conducted to evaluate the ability of various electron donors to stimulate efficient microbial dechlorination of perchloroethylene (PCE). The electron donors tested included complex substrates that can be used by fermenters, acetogens, methanogens, and sulfidogens and simple compounds that can be used only by methanogens and a few acetogens. Identical tests were conduced for three aquifers contaminated with chlorinated ethylenes and one uncontaminated river sediment. Temporal changes in substrate, chlorinated ethylenes, and metabolic products such as methane, acetate, hydrogen, and formate were monitored to determine the relationship between major metabolic activities and dehalogenation. Data will be presented on the kinetics of the dehalogenation process as well as the efficiency of the microbes to use electron from each substrate for dechlorination.

  4. Effects of several electron donors on anaerobic dehalogenation of perchloroethylene

    SciTech Connect

    Gao, J.; Shah, M.M.; Skeen, R.S.; Hooker, B.S.

    1995-12-31

    Microcosm studies were conducted to evaluate the ability of various electron donors to stimulate efficient microbial dechlorination of perchloroethylene (PCE). The electron donors tested included complex substrates that can be used by fermenters, acetogens, methanogens, and sulfidogens and simple compounds that can be used only be methanogens and a few acetogens. Identical tests were conducted for three aquifers contaminated with chlorinated ethylenes and one uncontaminated river sediment. Temporal changes in substrate, chlorinated ethylenes, and metabolic products such as methane, acetate, hydrogen, and formate were monitored to determine the relationship between major metabolic activities and dehalogenation. Data will be presented on the kinetics of the dehalogenation process as well as the efficiency of the microbes to use electrons from each substrate for dechlorination.

  5. Thermocatalytic Destruction of Gas-Phase Perchloroethylene Using Propane as a Hydrogen Source

    PubMed Central

    Willinger, Marty; Rupp, Erik; Barbaris, Brian; Gao, Song; Arnolda, Robert; Betterton, Eric; Sez, A. Eduardo

    2009-01-01

    The use of propane in combination with oxygen to promote the destruction of perchloroethylene (PCE) over a platinum (Pt)/rhodium (Rh) catalyst on a cerium/zirconium oxide washcoat supported on an alumina monolith was explored. Conversions of PCE were measured in a continuous flow reactor with residence times less than 0.5 s and temperatures ranging from 200 to 600C. The presence of propane was shown to increase significantly the conversion of PCE over oxygen-only conditions. Conversions close to 100% were observed at temperatures lower than 450C with 20% oxygen and 2% propane in the feed, which makes this process attractive from a practical standpoint. In the absence of oxygen, PCE conversion is even higher, but the catalyst suffers significant deactivation in less than an hour. Even though results show that oxygen competes with reactants for active sites on the catalyst, the long-term stability that oxygen confers to the catalyst makes the process an efficient alternative to PCE oxidation. A Langmuir-Hinshelwood competitive adsorption model is proposed to quantify PCE conversion. PMID:19217713

  6. Cytogenetic analysis of an exposed-referent study: perchloroethylene-exposed dry cleaners compared to unexposed laundry workers

    PubMed Central

    2011-01-01

    Background Significant numbers of people are exposed to tetrachloroethylene (perchloroethylene, PCE) every year, including workers in the dry cleaning industry. Adverse health effects have been associated with PCE exposure. However, investigations of possible cumulative cytogenetic damage resulting from PCE exposure are lacking. Methods Eighteen dry cleaning workers and 18 laundry workers (unexposed controls) provided a peripheral blood sample for cytogenetic analysis by whole chromosome painting. Pre-shift exhaled air on these same participants was collected and analyzed for PCE levels. The laundry workers were matched to the dry cleaners on race, age, and smoking status. The relationships between levels of cytological damage and exposures (including PCE levels in the shop and in workers' blood, packyears, cumulative alcohol consumption, and age) were compared with correlation coefficients and t-tests. Multiple linear regressions considered blood PCE, packyears, alcohol, and age. Results There were no significant differences between the PCE-exposed dry cleaners and the laundry workers for chromosome translocation frequencies, but PCE levels were significantly correlated with percentage of cells with acentric fragments (R2 = 0.488, p < 0.026). Conclusions There does not appear to be a strong effect in these dry cleaning workers of PCE exposure on persistent chromosome damage as measured by translocations. However, the correlation between frequencies of acentric fragments and PCE exposure level suggests that recent exposures to PCE may induce transient genetic damage. More heavily exposed participants and a larger sample size will be needed to determine whether PCE exposure induces significant levels of persistent chromosome damage. PMID:21392400

  7. Coal desulfurization by perchloroethylene processing

    SciTech Connect

    Leehe, H.H.; Snell, G.J. )

    1992-05-01

    Three coals, Indiana No. 5, Illinois No. 6, and Freeport-PA, were treated using the Midwest Ore Processing Company patented coal desulfurization process in batch equipment designed to process 10 lb of coal. The organic sulfur extractions were performed at a 30 minute residence time at 120{degrees}C and atmospheric pressure. Subsequently, ash and pyrite were separated from extracted coal using gravity separation in perchloroethylene.

  8. Electron beam degradation of PCE and a large volume flow-through equipment for radiation degradation of halogenated liquid organic compounds

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    M?ka, V.; Silber, R.; Pospil, M.; Klisk, V.; Barton?ek, B.

    1999-06-01

    A gradual degradation of perchloroethylene (PCE) was found under the influence of accelerated electrons (4.5 MeV) absorbed in alkaline 2-propanol solution containing 0.5 and 3.0 vol.% of PCE. A degree of dechlorination grows with increasing dose of irradiation from 2 to 64 kGy. PCE as well as PCBs (1 vol.%) in alkaline 2-propanol solutions were succesfully derchlorinated in a large volume (50 litres) flow-through equipment using electron beam (EB) irradiation.

  9. In situ biodegradation of perchloroethylene in constructed wetland mesocosms

    SciTech Connect

    Hoylman, A.M.; Rosensteel, B.A.; Trettin, C.C.

    1994-12-31

    Anaerobic reductive dehalogenation initiates degradation of highly chlorinated organic compounds. Subsequent intermediate chlorinated compounds are in turn more readily degraded in aerobic environments. Thus, complete degradation of chlorinated compounds to nontoxic end products requires both anaerobic and aerobic environments. These environments are provided by constructed wetland bioremediation systems, which through the interaction of vegetation, microbial, chemical, and physical processes, result in waste water renovation. The authors integrated the ecological engineering technology of constructed wetland systems with developments in plant-rhizosphere degradation of organic contaminants to examine the effectiveness of constructed wetland systems for in situ bioremediation of waste water contaminated with a chlorinated hydrocarbon, perchloroethylene (PCE) and an aromatic hydrocarbon, toluene. A mesocosm was designed to provide sequential anaerobic and vegetated-aerobic cells with complete control of water and gas flux and to emulate wetland properties such as hydric soil composition, physicochemical parameters, and the presence of wetland vegetation (Eleocharis acicularis). Treatments included contaminated and non-contaminated wetland cells and sterile controls. The fate and transport of PCE, toluene, and metabolic by-products were determined in effluent and chamber headspace, and extracts of soil and plant tissue. These analyses provide the basis for evaluating contaminant fate in wetland systems. Manipulation of aeration and hydrologic regimes in the wetland cells will facilitate testing conditions that affect degradation processes. The experimental apparatus is a innovative design for experimentation on the degradation of volatile organic compounds in plant-soil systems.

  10. TRICHLOROETHYLENE (TCE) ISSUE PAPERS

    EPA Science Inventory

    These issue papers are a part of EPA's effort to develop a trichloroethylene (TCE) human health risk assessment. These issue papers were developed by EPA to provide scientific and technical information to the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) for use in developing their advice ...

  11. Determination of equilibrium constant in the organodesulfurization reaction of PCE coal cleaning

    SciTech Connect

    Lee, T.; Vishnubhatt, P.; Lee, S.

    1995-12-31

    In the Perchloroethylene (PCE) Organodesulfurization Process, the liberation reaction of sulfur from organic coal compound is known to be reversible. Since the rate of backward reaction is determined by the concentrations of both coal and sulfur in the slurry mixture, the organosulfur extractability substantially depends on the PCE-to-coal ratio. A simplified kinetic model is introduced that can describe the organodesulfurization reaction in a quantitative manner. The model assumes that there exist two different species of organic materials in coal. In PCE solution, both species accept sulfur to form organic sulfur compounds, but only one species release sulfur. Batch extraction data of Ohio 5/6 and Indiana 5 coal samples are used to calculate the equilibrium constant, K{sub eq}. K{sub eq} is 8.2 for Ohio 5/6 coal, but K{sub eq} cannot be exactly determined for Indiana 5 coal. Instead, the feasible range of K{sub eq} is graphically represented. It is demonstrated that the indeterminacy of K{sub eq} for Indiana 5 coal is inherent. This study contains a few very significant results: the proposed kinetic model correctly describes the PCE coal cleaning process for wide range of PCE-to-coal ratio. Also it is fully discussed that there exists an inherent restriction in identifying the kinetics of the process.

  12. Removal of perchloroethylene from a layered soil system by steam flushing

    SciTech Connect

    She, H.Y.; Sleep, B.E.

    1999-10-01

    Steam flushing experiments were conducted in a two-dimensional chamber containing two layers of F75 silica sand separated by a layer of finer F110 silica sand. Perchloroethylene (PCE), which had spilled into the chamber under water-saturated conditions, formed a pool on the F110 sand layer. Steam was injected above the F110 sand layer. Temperatures, moisture content, and PCE concentrations in the chamber were monitored. Samples, taken from the various locations in the sand chamber, indicated that complete removal of PCE from the steam zone was achieved, with an 84% overall recovery. Some downward displacement of PCE-contaminated water through the F110 sand layer was observed and a small amount of gravity override occurred. Channeling of steam was minimal. The experiment indicates that steam flushing may be used successfully for removal of PCE from relatively homogeneous soils. Issues of gravity override and downward mobilization of contaminants must be considered in applying steam flushing at the field scale.

  13. HORIZONTAL LASAGNA TO BIOREMEDIATE TCE

    EPA Science Inventory

    Removal of TCE from these tight clay soils has been technically difficult and expensive. However, the LASAGNATM technique allows movement of the TCE into treatment zones for biodegradation or dechlorination in place, lessening the costs and exposure to TCE. Electroosmosis was c...

  14. Gas-phase photocatalytic degradation of perchloroethylene on glass pellets immobilized with TiO{sub 2}

    SciTech Connect

    Hung, C.H.; Yuan, C.S.

    1998-12-31

    The objective of this research was to study gas-phase photocatalytic degradation of perchloroethylene (PCE) under illumination of four 10-W near-ultraviolet (UV) light lamps. Experiments were performed in a photocatalytic reactor packed with Degussa P-25 TiO{sub 2}-coated glass pellets. Anatase TiO{sub 2} was applied as the photocatalyst in the investigation. The effects of reaction parameters including influent PCE concentrations (10 to 50 ppm), water vapor content (0 to 100 % relative humidity), oxygen concentrations (0.31 to 21%), reactor space times (0.55 to 1.83 seconds), and irradiated light intensity (0.4 to 1.0 mW/cm{sup 2}) were investigated in the study. Experimental results indicated that fast photocatalytic degradation of PCE took place in the presence of TiO2 illuminated with near-UV light. Experimental results also showed that the highest degradation rate and quantum efficiency of PCE were 0.523 m mol/secgm and 5.2 %, respectively. The highest conversion ratio of PCE of 99.8 % was achieved in the study. Greater conversation ratios of PCE were observed for longer reaction time. Increase in the reaction rates of PCE by increasing influent PCE and oxygen concentrations were presented. Higher reaction rates of PCE under stronger illumination light intensity were detected. The degradation rates of PCE were proportional to light intensity with the power order of 1.2. On the other hand, the inhibited degradation of PCE was observed in the presence of water vapor. Lower reaction rates of PCE were detected when water vapor was present in the reaction. A modified Langmuir-Hishelwood kinetic was applied to model photocatalytic degradation of PCE. Two different adsorption sites on irradiated TiO2{sub 2} surfaces for the adsorption of PCE and oxygen molecules respectively were assumed in the model. The assumption of water vapor competing with PCE for reactive sites was considered in the reaction.

  15. Biostimulation of indigenous communities for the successful dechlorination of tetrachloroethene (perchloroethylene)-contaminated groundwater.

    PubMed

    Patil, Sayali S; Adetutu, Eric M; Aburto-Medina, Arturo; Menz, Ian R; Ball, Andrew S

    2014-01-01

    Chlorinated ethenes are of environmental concern with most reports of successful microbial-mediated remediation being associated with major dechlorinating groups such as Dehalococcoides (Dhc) species. However, limited information is available on the community dynamics and dechlorinating activities of indigenous non-Dhc groups. Here, we present evidence of dechlorination of tetrachloroethene (perchloroethylene, PCE) in groundwater samples by indigenous microbial communities. 100% PCE conversion to ethene was observed in acetate-stimulated 24week-microcosms (controls; 15%). Microbial community profiles showed dominance by groups such as Proteobacteria, Spirochaetes, Firmicutes, Methanomicrobiaceae and Methanosarcinaceae. Pareto-Lorenz (PL) analyses suggested an adapted (45% PL value) but variable bacterial community (55.5% ? t(week)) compared to Archaea (25% PL value; 46.9% ? t(week)). Our findings provide evidence of dechlorinating potential of indigenous microorganisms and useful information on their dynamics which may be exploited for in situ groundwater bioremediation. PMID:24101252

  16. Remediation of Perchloroethylene Contaminated Groundwater by Permeable Reactive Barrier Using Iron, Granular Activated Carbon, and Soil

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Jeon, L.; Lee, D.; Chang, H.

    2005-12-01

    The objective of this study is to evaluate the effects of zero-valent iron (ZVI), granular activated carbon (GAC) and soil as materials to build permeable reactive barrier (PRB). Flow-through Column experiments were conducted to evaluate the reactivity and adsorptive capacity of various materials for Perchloroethylene(PCE) contaminated groundwater. Columns were packed with various materials such as ZVI, GAC, and Soil. A peristaltic pump was used to feed this medium at 2.5mL/h resulting in a hydraulic retention time of approximately 70h. The column which packed only the soil shows PCE contamination came out passing after 10 pore volumes. But the other columns are continued purification effect.

  17. Alternatives to perchloroethylene-based garment care: Assessing the viability of professional wet cleaning. Final report

    SciTech Connect

    Gottlieb, R.; Sinsheimer, P.; Goodheart, J.; Tranby, C.; Bechtel, L.

    1997-12-01

    The report analyzes the viability of Cleaner by Nature, a 100% professional wet cleaner, and whether professional wet cleaning represents a viable pollution prevention approach in eliminating perchloroethylene (PCE), a chemical solvent used in dry cleaning. The analysis includes a comprehensive plant level case study, and comparative performance, financial, and environmental assessments of wet cleaning and PCE-based dry cleaning. The major issues associated with the viability analyses were identified and specific information was collected in relation to how the clothes were cleaned (a customer garment profile, a problem garment analysis, a technical evaluation or repeat clean test, a wearer survey, and customer satisfaction surveys); how wet cleaning did financially (a start-up cost analysis and a profit/loss analysis); what environmental impacts were identified (water, energy, and chemical inputs and outputs); and what contributing factors (technology changes, garment manufacturing and labeling, and regulator or legislative actions) influence the viability of professional wet cleaning.

  18. Liquid-phase chlorination of perchloroethylene

    SciTech Connect

    Levanova, S.V.; Evstigneev, O.V.; Rodova, R.M.; Berlin, E.R.; Ul'yanov, A.A.

    1988-06-01

    The relationships in the liquid-phase chlorination of perchloroethylene to hexachlorethane in a thermal process and in the presence of an initiator have been studied. The rate constants and the activation parameters of the process have been determined.

  19. Perchloroethylene dielectric fluid containing aliphatic hydrocarbons

    SciTech Connect

    Rowe, E.A. Jr.

    1987-09-29

    In an electrical device containing a dielectric fluid, this patent describes an improvement which comprises employing as the dielectric fluid a nonflammable composition containing perchloroethylene and a minor amount of C/sub 7-9/ aliphatic hydrocarbon.

  20. Chlorine isotope effects from isotope ratio mass spectrometry suggest intramolecular C-Cl bond competition in trichloroethene (TCE) reductive dehalogenation.

    PubMed

    Cretnik, Stefan; Bernstein, Anat; Shouakar-Stash, Orfan; Lffler, Frank; Elsner, Martin

    2014-01-01

    Chlorinated ethenes are prevalent groundwater contaminants. To better constrain (bio)chemical reaction mechanisms of reductive dechlorination, the position-specificity of reductive trichloroethene (TCE) dehalogenation was investigated. Selective biotransformation reactions (i) of tetrachloroethene (PCE) to TCE in cultures of Desulfitobacterium sp. strain Viet1; and (ii) of TCE to cis-1,2-dichloroethene (cis-DCE) in cultures of Geobacter lovleyi strain SZ were investigated. Compound-average carbon isotope effects were -19.0 0.9 (PCE) and -12.2 1.0 (TCE) (95% confidence intervals). Using instrumental advances in chlorine isotope analysis by continuous flow isotope ratio mass spectrometry, compound-average chorine isotope effects were measured for PCE (-5.0 0.1) and TCE (-3.6 0.2). In addition, position-specific kinetic chlorine isotope effects were determined from fits of reactant and product isotope ratios. In PCE biodegradation, primary chlorine isotope effects were substantially larger (by -16.3 1.4 (standard error)) than secondary. In TCE biodegradation, in contrast, the product cis-DCE reflected an average isotope effect of -2.4 0.3 and the product chloride an isotope effect of -6.5 2.5, in the original positions of TCE from which the products were formed (95% confidence intervals). A greater difference would be expected for a position-specific reaction (chloride would exclusively reflect a primary isotope effect). These results therefore suggest that both vicinal chlorine substituents of TCE were reactive (intramolecular competition). This finding puts new constraints on mechanistic scenarios and favours either nucleophilic addition by Co(I) or single electron transfer as reductive dehalogenation mechanisms. PMID:24853618

  1. Laboratory-scale in situ chemical oxidation of a perchloroethylene pool using permanganate

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    MacKinnon, L. K.; Thomson, N. R.

    2002-05-01

    In situ chemical oxidation (ISCO) is an emerging technology for the destruction of some chlorinated solvents present in subsurface environments. A laboratory investigation using a physical model was designed to assess the effectiveness of using permanganate as an oxidant to reduce the mass of a perchloroethylene (PCE) pool. The physical model was filled with silica sand overlying a silica flour base, simulating a two-dimensional saturated sand zone overlying a capillary barrier. PCE was introduced into the model so that it rested on top of the silica flour base, forming a dense nonaqueous phase liquid pool. The experimental methodology involved flushing the model with a permanganate solution for 146 days. During this period, measurements of chloride were used to assess the extent of pool oxidation. Before and after the oxidant flush, the quasi-steady state dissolution from the PCE pool was evaluated. Additionally, tracer studies were completed to assess changes in the flow field due to the oxidation process. At the termination of the experiment nine soil cores extracted from the model were used to detect the presence of MnO 2 deposits and to quantify the mass of PCE remaining in the system. Excavation of the remaining material in the model revealed that the MnO 2 distribution throughout the model was consistent with that observed in the cores. The oxidant flush was concluded before all of the pure phase PCE had been completely oxidized; however, 45% of the PCE mass was removed, resulting in a fourfold decrease in the quasi-steady state aqueous phase mass loading of PCE from the pool. Measurements of chloride during the oxidant flush and of PCE in the soil cores suggested that the oxidation reaction occurred primarily at the upgradient edge of the PCE pool. MnO 2 deposits within the model aquifer decreased the velocity of water directly above the pool, and the overall mass transfer from the remaining PCE pool. The results of this experimental study indicate that ISCO using permanganate is capable of removing substantial mass from a DNAPL pool; however, the performance of ISCO as a pool removal technology will be limited by the formation and precipitation of hydrous MnO 2 that occurs during the oxidation process.

  2. The physiological opportunism of Desulfitobacterium hafniense strain TCE1 towards organohalide respiration with tetrachloroethene.

    PubMed

    Duret, Aurlie; Holliger, Christof; Maillard, Julien

    2012-09-01

    Desulfitobacterium hafniense strain TCE1 is capable of metabolically reducing tetra- and trichloroethenes by organohalide respiration. A previous study revealed that the pce gene cluster responsible for this process is located on an active composite transposon, Tn-Dha1. In the present work, we investigated the effects on the stability of the transposon during successive subcultivations of strain TCE1 in a medium depleted of tetrachloroethene. At the physiological level, an increased fitness of the population was observed after 9 successive transfers and was correlated with a decrease in the level of production of the PceA enzyme. The latter observation was a result of the gradual loss of the pce genes in the population of strain TCE1 and not of a regulation mechanism, as was postulated previously for a similar phenomenon described for Sulfurospirillum multivorans. A detailed molecular analysis of genetic rearrangements occurring around Tn-Dha1 showed two independent but concomitant events, namely, the transposition of the first insertion sequence, ISDha1-a, and homologous recombination across identical copies of ISDha1 flanking the transposon. A new model is proposed for the genetic heterogeneity around Tn-Dha1 in D. hafniense strain TCE1, along with some considerations for the cleavage mechanism mediated by the transposase TnpA1 encoded by ISDha1. PMID:22729540

  3. Surfactant enhanced removal of PCE in a partially saturated, stratified porous medium

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Walker, R. C.; Hofstee, C.; Dane, J. H.; Hill, W. E.

    1998-10-01

    Dense nonaqueous phase liquids (DNAPLs), such as perchloroethylene (PCE), pose a significant threat to the environment, specifically to our drinking water present in aquifers. In many instances, a DNAPL will become trapped and form pools on top of confining layers while migrating through the vadose zone. Residual DNAPL and DNAPL pools form sources of long term contamination, which are difficult to remove by classical pump-and-treat remediation. A physically simulated PCE spill into a large, two-dimensional flow container, packed with a fine sand layer surrounded by coarse sand, was therefore studied in this work. A water table was maintained near the bottom of the flow container, such that the coarse sand just below the fine layer was unsaturated, but the bottom of the fine sand layer was at or near saturation. A PCE spill was applied at the center of the porous medium's surface and allowed to redistribute until static equilibrium was reached. The porous medium was then flushed with a surfactant solution (Triton X-100, 4.0% by volume), using the same application configuration as for the spill, while simultaneously extracting solution at one or more locations at the bottom of the porous medium. Effluent samples were analyzed for PCE concentrations. Volumetric water and PCE content values were determined several times at a number of locations by means of dual-energy gamma radiation measurements. The coarse sand in the upper portion of the porous medium was cleaned rapidly by the surfactant flushing. Removal of PCE from the fine sand layer, however, proved to be more difficult because most of the surfactant solution bypassed the PCE. Lateral spreading of the surfactant plume occurred near the saturated/nearly saturated zones in the fine and coarse sand. This lateral spreading, unfortunately, allowed for solubilized PCE, the concentration of which was enhanced by micelle formation, to move into regions previously uncontaminated. The pumping configuration was subsequently changed in an attempt to force the surfactant solution through the entire fine layer, i.e., to hydraulically control the surfactant flushing, while simultaneously increasing the amount of solubilized PCE.

  4. Property Changes in Aqueous Solutions due to Surfactant Treatment of PCE: Implications to Geophysical Measurements

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Werkema, D. D.

    2007-12-01

    Select physicochemical properties of aqueous solutions composed of surfactants, dye, and perchloroethylene (PCE) were evaluated through a response surface quadratic design model of experiment. Nine surfactants, which are conventionally used in the remediation of PCE, were evaluated with varying concentrations of PCE and indicator dyes in aqueous solutions. Two hundred forty experiments were performed using PCE as a numerical factor (coded A) from 0 to 200 parts per million (ppm), dye type (coded B) as a 3-level categorical factor, and surfactant type (coded C) as a 10-level categorical factor. Five responses were measured: temperature (C), pH, conductivity (?S/cm), dissolved oxygen (DO, mg/L), and density (g/mL). Diagnostics proved a normally distributed predictable response for all measured responses except pH. The Box-Cox plot for transforms recommended a power transform for the conductivity response with lambda (?) = 0.50, and for the DO response, ? =2.2. The overall mean of the temperature response proved to be a better predictor than the linear model. The conductivity response is best fitted with a linear model using significant coded terms B and C. Both DO and density also showed a linear model with coded terms A, B, and C for DO; and terms A and C for density. Some of the surfactant treatments of PCE significantly alter the conductivity, DO, and density of the aqueous solution. However, the magnitude of the density response is so small that it does not exceed the instrument tolerance. Results for the conductivity and DO responses provide predictive models for the surfactant treatment of PCE and may be useful in determining the potential for geophysically monitoring surfactant enhanced aquifer remediation (SEAR) of PCE. As the aqueous physicochemical properties change due to surfactant remediation efforts, so will the properties of the subsurface pore water which are influential factors in geophysical measurements. Geoelectrical methods are potentially the best suited to measure SEAR alterations in the subsurface because the conductivity of the pore fluid has the largest relative change. This research has provided predictive models for alterations in the physicochemical properties of the pore fluid to SEAR of PCE. Future investigations should address the contribution of the solid matrix in the subsurface and the solid-fluid interaction during SEAR of PCE contamination. Notice: Although this work was reviewed by EPA and approved for publication, it may not necessarily reflect official Agency policy. Mention of trade names or commercial products does not constitute endorsement or recommendation by EPA for use.

  5. The PACSAT Communications Experiment (PCE)

    SciTech Connect

    Not Available

    1993-02-12

    While VITA (Volunteers in Technical Assistance) is the recognized world leader in low earth orbiting (LEO) satellite technology (below 1 GHz), its involvement in communications technologies is to facilitate renewable energy technology transfer to developing countries. A communications payload was incorporated into the UoSat 2 satellite (Surrey Univ., UK), launched in 1984; a prototype satellite (PCE) was also launched Jan 1990. US DOE awarded a second grant to VITA to design and test the prototype ground stations (command and field), install field ground stations in several developing country sites, pursue the operational licensing process, and transfer the evaluation results to the design of an operating system. This report covers the principal tasks of this grant.

  6. Superfund Record of Decision (EPA Region 7): Des Moines TCE, Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa, July 1986. Final report

    SciTech Connect

    Not Available

    1986-07-21

    The Des Moines TCE site includes the underground infiltration gallery used by the Des Moines Water Works (DMWW) as a source of the public water supply. The site was discovered in 1984 after trichloroethylene (TCE) was detected in the city's public water supply. The Dico Company disposed of an unknown quantity of oily waste sludge containing TCE onto their parking lot for dust control and into a drainage ditch on their property. The primary contaminants of concern include: TCE, PCE, 1,2-dichloroethane, vinyl chloride. The selected remedial action for this site includes: extraction wells to collect the contaminated ground water; isolation of the northern-most section of the north gallery; treatment of the ground water through air stripping to remove 96% of the TCE; discharge of the treated water to the Raccoon River; operation of the west extraction wells until established effluent levels are achieved for four consecutive months.

  7. NEUROTOXICITY OF TETRACHLOROETHYLENE (PERCHLOROETHYLENE): DISCUSSION PAPER

    EPA Science Inventory

    This paper is a background document for a meeting of neurotoxicity experts to discuss the central nervous system effects of exposure to perchloroethylene (perc). The document reviews the literature on neurological testing of people exposed to perc occupationally in dry cleanin...

  8. MEASUREMENT OF PERCHLOROETHYLENE IN AMBIENT AIR

    EPA Science Inventory

    Perchloroethylene (i.e., tetrachloroethylene) is an organic solvent widely used in dry cleaning and industrial metal degreasing operations. Short-term field studies were conducted in each of three major metropolitan areas which were selected on the basis of the number, density an...

  9. TCE treatment pasta-bilities.

    PubMed Central

    Holton, W C

    1999-01-01

    Monsanto's "Lasagna" process uses layers of treatment zones spaced between buried electrodes to remove trichloroethylene (TCE) from contaminated soil and groundwater. TCE is used primarily as a metal degreaser as well as in products such as dyes, printing ink, and paint. TCE can eventually make its way into the environment and is prevalent in the water and soil of industrialized nations. Although TCE breaks down in a few days when released into the atmosphere, it degrades much more slowly in soil, taking months or years. Moreover, it is often broken down by microbes into toxic substances such as vinylidene chloride (a suspected human carcinogen) and vinyl chloride (a known human carcinogen). The Lasagna process is based on the principle of electro-osmosis, in which an electric current draws water from low--permeability soils such as clays, silts, and fine sands. To remove TCE from contaminated soils, Monsanto scientists added layers of filtering media, which attack the contaminant as it is pulled from electrode to electrode. The technology has been tested at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant in western Kentucky, where it removed over 98% of TCE from contaminated soil. PMID:10464086

  10. Effect of dechlorinating bacteria on the longevity and composition of PCE-containing nonaqueous phase liquids under equilibrium dissolution conditions

    SciTech Connect

    Carr, C.S.; Garg, S.; Hughes, J.B.

    2000-03-15

    The influence of dechlorinating microorganisms on PCE and its reduced end products in the presence of a PCE-containing nonaqueous phase liquid (NAPL) was investigated. Experiments were conducted in continuous-flow stirred-tank reactors (CFSTRs) containing a mixed PCE dechlorinating culture and a model NAPL consisting of PCE and tridecane. Comparisons between biotic and abiotic CFSTRs demonstrated that dechlorination resulted in a factor of 14 increase in PCE removal rates from the NAPL. The formation of dechlorination daughter products trichloroethene and cis-dichloroethene were observed, and cis-dichloroethene was not dechlorinated further. Partitioning of daughter products between phases caused temporal changes in the chlorinated ethenes distribution within the NAPL. The combined effects of dissolution and dechlorination on the removal of chlorinated ethenes from the NAPL were described using a mathematical model that approximated dechlorination as a pseudo-first-order process. Pseudo-first-order dechlorination rate coefficients for PCE and TCE were determined and were 0.18 and 0.27 h{sup {minus}1}, respectively. It was determined that total chlorinated ethenes removal from the NAPL would be achieved in 13 days in biotic CFSTRs, as compared to 77 days in the abiotic CFSTRs--corresponding to an 83% reduction in longevity of the chlorinated ethenes component of the NAPL.

  11. Combined C and Cl isotope effects indicate differences between corrinoids and enzyme (Sulfurospirillum multivorans PceA) in reductive dehalogenation of tetrachloroethene, but not trichloroethene.

    PubMed

    Renpenning, Julian; Keller, Sebastian; Cretnik, Stefan; Shouakar-Stash, Orfan; Elsner, Martin; Schubert, Torsten; Nijenhuis, Ivonne

    2014-10-21

    The role of the corrinoid cofactor in reductive dehalogenation catalysis by tetrachloroethene reductive dehalogenase (PceA) of Sulfurospirillum multivorans was investigated using isotope analysis of carbon and chlorine. Crude extracts containing PceA--harboring either a native norpseudo-B12 or the alternative nor-B12 cofactor--were applied for dehalogenation of tetrachloroethene (PCE) or trichloroethene (TCE), and compared to abiotic dehalogenation with the respective purified corrinoids (norpseudovitamin B12 and norvitamin B12), as well as several commercially available cobalamins and cobinamide. Dehalogenation of TCE resulted in a similar extent of C and Cl isotope fractionation, and in similar dual-element isotope slopes (?C/?Cl) of 5.0-5.3 for PceA enzyme and 3.7-4.5 for the corrinoids. Both observations support an identical reaction mechanism. For PCE, in contrast, observed C and Cl isotope fractionation was smaller in enzymatic dehalogenation, and dual-element isotope slopes (2.2-2.8) were distinctly different compared to dehalogenation mediated by corrinoids (4.6-7.0). Remarkably, ?C/?Cl of PCE depended in addition on the corrinoid type: ?C/?Cl values of 4.6 and 5.0 for vitamin B12 and norvitamin B12 were significantly different compared to values of 6.9 and 7.0 for norpseudovitamin B12 and dicyanocobinamide. Our results therefore suggest mechanistic and/or kinetic differences in catalytic PCE dehalogenation by enzymes and different corrinoids, whereas such differences were not observed for TCE. PMID:25216120

  12. Response to issues and data submissions on the carcinogenicity of tetrachloroethylene (perchloroethylene)

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    Parker, J.C.

    1991-09-01

    The scientific debate over the potential carciongenicity of tetrachloroethylene (perchloroethylene, perc, PCE) spans several years. The document reviews the issues considered by the EPA`s Science Advisory Board (SAB) during its review of the Draft Addenedum to the Health Assessment Document for Tetrachloroethylene (1986) and discusses relevant research data published between 1986 and early 1991. The topics include three tumor end points observed in rodents: (1) hepatocellular carcinoma in male and female mice, (2) renal tubule neoplasia in male rats, and (3) mononuclear cell leukemia in male and female rats, and data on metabolism, metagenicity, peroxisome proliferation, and alpha-2u-globulin. EPA`s recommended weight-of-evidence classification of perc is B2, probable human carcinogen.

  13. Assessment of the immunotoxic potential of trichloroethylene and perchloroethylene in rats following inhalation exposure.

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    Boverhof, Darrell R; Krieger, Shannon M; Hotchkiss, Jon A; Stebbins, Kenneth E; Thomas, Johnson; Woolhiser, Michael R

    2013-01-01

    The immunotoxic potential of trichloroethylene (TCE) and perchloroethylene (PERC) was assessed after inhalation exposure through the evaluation of the antibody forming cell (AFC) response to sheep red blood cells (SRBC). Female Sprague-Dawley rats were exposed to TCE or PERC vapor at 0, 100, 300, or 1000 ppm for 6?h/day, 5 days/week for 4 weeks (20 exposure days). Additional 0 ppm control groups were included and were dosed with cyclophosphamide via intraperitoneal injection to serve as positive immunosuppressive controls in the SRBC assay. Additional end-points evaluated included liver, kidney, spleen, and thymus weights, hematology, cellular differentials in bronchoalveolar lavage fluid, histopathology of select tissues, and assessment of the phagocytic activity of pulmonary alveolar macrophage (PERC only). Exposure to the high concentration of TCE (1000 ppm) resulted in increases in relative liver and kidney weights and suppression of AFC responses (AFC/spleen and AFC/10(6) spleen cells) by ? 70%, while no treatment-related effects were noted at 100 and 300 ppm. Animals exposed to PERC at levels of 300 or 1000 ppm had statistically significant increases in relative liver weights that were accompanied by very slight hypertrophy of the centrilobular hepatocytes. Animals exposed to PERC did not demonstrate a treatment-related effect on the AFC response and no effect was noted on the phagocytic activity of pulmonary alveolar macrophages. The results of these studies indicate that TCE had immunotoxic potential only at high exposure concentrations (1000 ppm), while PERC, at similar exposure concentrations, did not display any evidence of immunotoxicity. PMID:23167264

  14. Sorption of perchloroethylene by surfactant-modified zeolite as controlled by surfactant loading

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    Li, Z.; Bowman, R.S.

    1998-08-01

    The sorption of nonpolar hydrophobic organic compounds by soil organic matter has long been attributed to a partitioning mechanism, with the sorption coefficient proportional to the fractional organic carbon content of the soil. However, deviations from this linear proportionality have been observed and reported in the literature by many authors. In the study a natural zeolite was modified with a cationic surfactant to achieve different fractional organic carbon contents and different surfactant molecule configurations on the surface. The sorption of perchloroethylene (PCE) by the surfactant-modified zeolite (SMZ) was found to be dependent on the bound surfactant molecule configuration as well as on the fractional organic carbon content. Below monolayer coverage by the surfactant, the PCE sorption coefficient on SMZ was proportional to the fractional organic carbon content. Above monolayer coverage, increasing fractional organic carbon content resulted in minimal further increase in the PCE sorption coefficient. The change in PCE sorption behavior was attributed to the structural differences between sorbed surfactant monolayers and bilayers. The surfactant surface configuration has a significant impact on the effective volume and density of the bound organic phase that is responsible for partitioning nonpolar organic compounds. The ratio of the organic carbon-based distribution coefficient (K{sub oc}) for the monolayer versus that for the bilayer systems was 1.7, similar to the estimated bilayer to monolayer hydrocarbon density of 1.3. The results reinforce the notion that the structure of natural organic matter as well as its quantity controls the sorption of nonpolar organics to soils and sediments.

  15. A study of the effect of perchloroethylene exposure on semen quality in dry cleaning workers

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    Eskenazi, B.; Wyrobek, A.J.; Fenster, L.; Katz, D.F.; Sadler, M.; Lee, J.; Hudes, M.; Rempel, D.M. )

    1991-01-01

    The purpose of this investigation was to determine the effects of perchloroethylene (PCE) exposure on human semen quality. We compared the semen quality of 34 dry cleaners with that of 48 laundry workers. We examined the relationships of 17 semen parameters to expired air levels of PCE and to an index of exposure based on job tasks in the last three months. The average sperm concentration was over 80 million for both dry cleaners and laundry workers, but approximately one-quarter of each group was oligospermic. The overall percentage of abnormal forms was similar for the two groups; however, sperm of dry cleaners were significantly more likely to be round (t = -3.29, p = 0.002) and less likely to be narrow (t = 2.35, p = 0.02) than the sperm of laundry workers. These effects were dose-related to expired air levels and to the exposure index after controlling for potential confounders (e.g., heat exposure). The average percent motile sperm for both groups was slightly over 60%; however, sperm of dry cleaners tended to swim with greater amplitude of lateral head displacement (ALH) than those of laundry workers (t = -1.73, p = 0.09), and level of PCE in expired air was a significant predictor of ALH in the multiple regression model (t = 2.00, p = 0.05). In addition, exposure index was a significant negative predictor of the sperm linearity parameter (t = -2.57, p = 0.01). These results suggest that occupational exposures to PCE can have subtle effects on sperm quality. Additional analyses are required to determine whether these effects are associated with changes in fertility.

  16. PHASE-TRANSFER-CATALYST APPLIED TO THE OXIDATION OF TRICHLOROETHYLENE BY POTASSIUM PERMANGANATE

    EPA Science Inventory

    Chlorinated ethylenes such as trichloroethylene (TCE) and perchloroethylene (PCE) are common contaminants (Plumb 1991; Westrick et al., 1984). They opccur in the subsurface as zones of residual saturation or occasionally as free products. Because of their inherently low solubil...

  17. HORIZONTAL LASAGNA^TM TO BIOREMEDIATE TCE

    EPA Science Inventory

    Removal of TCE from these tight clay soils has been technically difficult and expensive. However, the LASAGNA technique allows movement of the TCE into treatment zones for biodegradation or dechlorination in place, lessening the costs and exposure to TCE.

    Electroosmosis wa...

  18. Enhanced reduction of chromate and PCE by pelletized surfactant-modified zeolite/zerovalent iron

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    Li, Z.; Jones, H.K.; Bowman, R.S.; Helferich, R.

    1999-12-01

    The current research focuses on enhanced removal of chromate and perchloroethylene from contaminated water by a combination of a reduction material (represented by zerovalent iron, ZVI) and a sorption material (represented by surfactant-modified zeolite, SMZ). Natural zeolite and ZVI were homogenized and pelletized to maintain favorable hydraulic properties while minimizing material segregation due to bulk density differences. The zeolite/ZVI pellets were modified with the cationic surfactant hexadecyltrimethylammonium bromide to increase contaminant sorption and, thus, the contaminant concentration on the solid surface. Results of chromate sorption/reduction indicate that the chromate sorption capacity of pelletized SMZ/ZVI is at least 1 order of magnitude higher than that of zeolite/ZVI pellets. Compared to SMZ pellets, the chromate removal capacity of SMZ/ZVI pellets in a 24-h period is about 80% higher, due to the combined effects o sorption by SMZ and reduction by ZVI. The chromate and PCE degradation rates with and without surfactant modification were determined separately. The pseudo-first-order reduction constant increased by a factor of 3 for PCE and by a factor of 9 for chromate following surfactant modification. The enhanced contaminant reduction capacity of SMZ/ZVI pellets may lead to a decrease in the amount of material required to achieve a given level of contaminant removal.

  19. Control of organosulfur removal by solvent-to-coal ratio in the PCE coal cleaning process

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    Lee, T.; Fullerton, K.L.; Vishnubhatt, P.; Lee, S.

    1995-12-31

    A novel reaction-extraction model for removal of organosulfur compounds from coal by the Perchloroethylene (PCE) Organodesulfurization Process has been proposed. The model treats the coal as a reactant to observe the effect of slurry composition on the rate of lock-up reaction where the liberated organosulfur species from coal reenters the coal organic matrix. A series of batch organodesulfurization extractions were conducted to observe the effect of solvent-to-coal ratio on the extent of organosulfur removal. Based on this data, kinetic parameters for the organosulfur liberation and lockup reactions were simulated using the model. The ratio of first-order rate constant of lock-up reaction to that of the liberation reaction was found to be 4.03. Optimal design parameters and operating conditions have been obtained for a wide range of PCE-to-coal ratio for Indiana 5 coal. Mathematical models representing the optimal slurry composition as a function of the ratio of rate constants, extraction capacity, and the corresponding extraction performance have been developed. This study is very significant from the point of view of reaction and process engineering, which in turn assist in achieving an optimal and economical equipment design.

  20. Surfactant enhanced perchloroethylene dissolution in porous media: The effect on mass transfer rate coefficients

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    Johnson, J.C.; Sun, S.; Jaffe, P.R.

    1999-04-15

    The effect of a surfactant on the mass transfer rate coefficient, K, during the dissolution of a nonaqueous phase liquid (NAPL) was investigated using batch and column experiments. Batch experiments were performed at several surfactant concentrations holding the interfacial area between perchloroethylene (PCE) and the surfactant solution constant. Porous media experiments were also conducted at the same surfactant concentrations and an unknown interfacial area to evaluate the effect of the surfactant on the mass transfer rate coefficient, K, during dissolution of PCE from residual saturation to zero saturation. The experimental results show the following: (1) The addition of surfactant at concentrations below its critical micelle concentration (CMC) yields almost no difference in mass transfer rate coefficient despite a 3-fold decline in surface tension. (2) Above surfactant CMC, the presence of surfactant reduces the mass transfer rate coefficient. (3) Though a decrease in mass transfer rate coefficient is found, there is an overall increase in mass transfer due to the higher driving force. (4) The amount of the change in mass transfer rate coefficient, above CMC, is roughly proportional to the normalized mass transfer rate coefficients found from batch systems with constant interfacial area. The similarity between the results from batch experiments and the porous media experiments yield a technique for prediction of the mass transfer rate coefficient in porous media without having to repeat a dissolution experiment in porous media for each surfactant concentration.

  1. Development and Characterization of PCE-to-Ethene Dechlorinating Microcosms with Contaminated River Sediment.

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    Lee, Jaejin; Lee, Tae Kwon

    2016-01-28

    An industrial complex in Wonju, contaminated with trichloroethene (TCE), was one of the most problematic sites in Korea. Despite repeated remedial trials for decades, chlorinated ethenes remained as sources of down-gradient groundwater contamination. Recent efforts were being made to remove the contaminants of the area, but knowledge of the indigenous microbial communities and their dechlorination abilities were unknown. Thus, the objectives of the present study were (i) to evaluate the dechlorination abilities of indigenous microbes at the contaminated site, (ii) to characterize which microbes and reductive dehalogenase genes were responsible for the dechlorination reactions, and (iii) to develop a PCE-to-ethene dechlorinating microbial consortium. An enrichment culture that dechlorinates PCE to ethene was obtained from Wonju stream, nearby a trichloroethene (TCE)-contaminated industrial complex. The community profiling revealed that known organohalide-respiring microbes, such as Geobacter, Desulfuromonas, and Dehalococcoides grew during the incubation with chlorinated ethenes. Although Chloroflexi populations (i.e., Longilinea and Bellilinea) were the most enriched in the sediment microcosms, those were not found in the transfer cultures. Based upon the results from pyrosequencing of 16S rRNA gene amplicons and qPCR using TaqMan chemistry, close relatives of Dehalococcoides mccartyi strains FL2 and GT seemed to be dominant and responsible for the complete detoxification of chlorinated ethenes in the transfer cultures. This study also demonstrated that the contaminated site harbors indigenous microbes that can convert PCE to ethene, and the developed consortium can be an important resource for future bioremediation efforts. PMID:26502734

  2. Physiological Adaptation of Desulfitobacterium hafniense Strain TCE1 to Tetrachloroethene Respiration▿†

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    Prat, Laure; Maillard, Julien; Grimaud, Régis; Holliger, Christof

    2011-01-01

    Desulfitobacterium spp. are ubiquitous organisms with a broad metabolic versatility, and some isolates have the ability to use tetrachloroethene (PCE) as terminal electron acceptor. In order to identify proteins involved in this organohalide respiration process, a comparative proteomic analysis was performed. Soluble and membrane-associated proteins obtained from cells of Desulfitobacterium hafniense strain TCE1 that were growing on different combinations of the electron donors lactate and hydrogen and the electron acceptors PCE and fumarate were analyzed. Among proteins increasingly expressed in the presence of PCE compared to fumarate as electron acceptor, a total of 57 proteins were identified by mass spectrometry analysis, revealing proteins involved in stress response and associated regulation pathways, such as PspA, GroEL, and CodY, and also proteins potentially participating in carbon and energy metabolism, such as proteins of the Wood-Ljungdahl pathway and electron transfer flavoproteins. These proteomic results suggest that D. hafniense strain TCE1 adapts its physiology to face the relative unfavorable growth conditions during an apparent opportunistic organohalide respiration. PMID:21478312

  3. A convenient method for the quantitative determination of elemental sulfur in coal by HPLC analysis of perchloroethylene extracts

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    Buchanan, D.H.; Coombs, K.J.; Murphy, P.M.; Chaven, C.

    1993-01-01

    A convenient method for the quantitative determination of elemental sulfur in coal is described. Elemental sulfur is extracted from the coal with hot perchloroethylene (PCE) (tetrachloroethene, C2Cl4) and quantitatively determined by HPLC analysis on a C18 reverse-phase column using UV detection. Calibration solutions were prepared from sublimed sulfur. Results of quantitative HPLC analyses agreed with those of a chemical/spectroscopic analysis. The HPLC method was found to be linear over the concentration range of 6 ?? 10-4 to 2 ?? 10-2 g/L. The lower detection limit was 4 ?? 10-4 g/L, which for a coal sample of 20 g is equivalent to 0.0006% by weight of coal. Since elemental sulfur is known to react slowly with hydrocarbons at the temperature of boiling PCE, standard solutions of sulfur in PCE were heated with coals from the Argonne Premium Coal Sample program. Pseudo-first-order uptake of sulfur by the coals was observed over several weeks of heating. For the Illinois No. 6 premium coal, the rate constant for sulfur uptake was 9.7 ?? 10-7 s-1, too small for retrograde reactions between solubilized sulfur and coal to cause a significant loss in elemental sulfur isolated during the analytical extraction. No elemental sulfur was produced when the following pure compounds were heated to reflux in PCE for up to 1 week: benzyl sulfide, octyl sulfide, thiane, thiophene, benzothiophene, dibenzothiophene, sulfuric acid, or ferrous sulfate. A sluury of mineral pyrite in PCE contained elemental sulfur which increased in concentration with heating time. ?? 1993 American Chemical Society.

  4. Perchloroethylene exposure assessment among dry cleaning workers

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    Solet, D.; Robins, T.G.; Sampaio, C. )

    1990-10-01

    Perchloroethylene (Perc), the most widely used solvent in dry cleaning, is toxic to the liver, kidneys, and central nervous system and may be a human carcinogen. In the Detroit area, as part of a project investigating the health status of dry cleaning workers, an exposure assessment was carried out in dry cleaning plants using perchloroethylene. Breath samples were obtained from each participant, and time-weighted average (TWA) breathing zone air samples were obtained using passive dosimeters on a subset expected to experience a range of exposures. Perc in breath and Perc in air were highly correlated (r2 = 0.75, p less than 0.0001). On average, operators of dry cleaning equipment experienced significantly more exposure than nonoperators. Also, employees working in shops that use transfer equipment (requiring physical transfer of Perc-saturated clothing from washers to dryers) showed significantly higher exposure than those in shops utilizing dry-to-dry machinery (permitting washing and drying in one machine in a single cycle). One or more air samples in every transfer shop exceeded the recently revised Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) permissible exposure limit (PEL) of 25 ppm, while no air samples in dry-to-dry shops exceeded this limit. The results suggest concern for exposures to operators in transfer shops and that compliance with the PEL is achievable by engineering controls with presently existing technology.

  5. Reaction products of gas-phase photocatalytic degradation of perchloroethylene over titanium dioxide (UV/TiO{sub 2})

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    Yuan, C.S.; Hsu, B.C.; Wu, J.F.; Hung, C.H.

    1999-07-01

    This study investigated the reaction intermediates/products from heterogeneous photocatalysis of perchloroethylene (PCE) by near-UV/TiO{sub 2}. Glass beads coated with Degussa P-25 anatase TiO{sub 2} were packed in a Pyrex glass tubular reactor. Four 10W near-UV lamps (main wavelength = 365 nm) provided the required the light source. The varying experimental parameters including PCE concentration (7.7 {approximately} 45.3 ppmv), relative humidity (0 {approximately} 70 %), oxygen content (0 {approximately} 21%), and retention time (0.5 {approximately} 2.0 seconds). The formation concentrations of these reaction intermediates for different experimental parameters were discussed in this paper. Experimental results were demonstrated that fast decomposition of PCE in the established photocatalytic reactor was observed. The identified reaction intermediates included CHCl{sub 3}, CCl{sub 4}, C{sub 2}HCl{sub 5}, C{sub 2}Cl{sub 6}, COCl{sub 2}, CCl{sub 3}CClO, Cl{sub 2}, HCl, CO, and CO{sub 2} and good mass balance relationships were achieved in the study. Competitive reactions between Cl radical chlorinating and oxygen oxidation affect the formation concentrations of chlorinated reaction intermediates. Among the quantified reaction products, couple products including Cl{sub 2}, HCl, CO, and CO{sub 2} were the main products with higher formation concentrations.

  6. The remediation performance of a specific electrokinetics integrated with zero-valent metals for perchloroethylene contaminated soils.

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    Chang, Jih-Hsing; Cheng, Shu-Fen

    2006-04-17

    This research was conducted to evaluate an integrated technique, combination of the electrokinetics (EK) and zero-valent metal (ZVM), for remediation of the perchloroethylene (PCE) contaminated soils. Various experimental conditions were controlled such as different voltage gradients, the position of ZVM, and ZVM species. The appropriate operational parameters are concluded as follows: (1) 0.01 M sodium carbonate serves as the working solution; (2) the voltage gradient is controlled at 1.0 V/cm; (3) ZVM wall is settled close to the anode. Based on the above operation conditions, the pH value of working solution can maintain at neutral range for avoiding the soil acidification. Neutral pH also causes the system to stay at a stable status of electricity consumption. The removal efficiency reaches 99% and 90% for decontaminating the PCE in the pore-water and the soil, respectively, after a 10-day treatment. The zero-valent zinc performs better PCE degradation than zero-valent iron. Moreover, the soils treated by EK+ZVM still possess their original properties. PMID:16214288

  7. Urban/industrial pollution for the New York City-Washington, D. C., corridor, 1996-1998: 1. Providing independent verification of CO and PCE emissions inventories

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    Barnes, Diana H.; Wofsy, Steven C.; Fehlau, Brian P.; Gottlieb, Elaine W.; Elkins, James W.; Dutton, Geoffrey S.; Montzka, Stephen A.

    2003-03-01

    Atmospheric mixing ratios of carbon monoxide (CO) and perchloroethylene (PCE, C2Cl4) were measured above the canopy at Harvard forest, MA every half-hour for 3 years starting in January 1996. Pollution enhancements are strongly correlated with winds from the southwest, the direction of the New York City-Washington, D. C., corridor, as compared to background levels observed during northwest winds traveling from Canada. We establish the ratio of CO to PCE pollution enhancements by wind direction, by season, and by year and use these results to test the quality of county-level and national source emission inventories for these two gases. The EPA carbon monoxide emission county-level inventories and the McCulloch and Midgley sales-based national-level PCE release estimates are found to be in accord with our independent observations of urban/industrial releases. For the New York City-Washington, D. C., corridor the inventory-based COI/PCEI emissions ratio of 584 (kg/kg) for 1996 falls well within the range of observationally-based ?CO/?PCE pollution plume ratios of 388 to 706 (kg/kg) and is only 11% higher than the observed mean of 521 90 (kg/kg). On the basis of this agreement, PCE emission estimates for 1997 and 1998 are derived from the CO inventory emissions values and the observed ?CO/?PCE ratios in pollution plumes for those years; despite the call for voluntary cutbacks, urban/industrial emissions of PCE appear to be on the rise.

  8. FTIR quantification of industrial hydraulic fluids in perchloroethylene

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    Mehta, Narinder K.

    1993-01-01

    The purpose of this summer research project was to investigate whether perchloroethylene can be used as a solvent for the quantitative analysis of industrial hydraulic fluids by infrared spectroscopy employing Beer's law. Standard calibration curves using carbon-hydrogen stretching (generic) and ester absorption peaks were prepared for a series of standard dilutions at low ppm levels of concentration of seven hydraulic fluids in perchloroethylene. The absorbance spectras were recorded with 1.5-10 mm fixed and variable path length sample cells made of potassium bromide. The results indicate that using ester infrared spectral peak, it is possible to detect about 20 ppm of the hydraulic fluid in perchloroethylene.

  9. Potential of the TCE-degrading endophyte Pseudomonas putida W619-TCE to improve plant growth and reduce TCE phytotoxicity and evapotranspiration in poplar cuttings

    SciTech Connect

    Weyens, N.; van der Lelie, D.; Truyens, S.; Dupae, J.; Newman, L.; Taghavi, S.; Carleer, R.; Vangronsveld, J.

    2010-09-01

    The TCE-degrading poplar endophyte Pseudomonas putida W619-TCE was inoculated in poplar cuttings, exposed to 0, 200 and 400 mg l{sup -1} TCE, that were grown in two different experimental setups. During a short-term experiment, plants were grown hydroponically in half strength Hoagland nutrient solution and exposed to TCE for 3 days. Inoculation with P. putida W619-TCE promoted plant growth, reduced TCE phytotoxicity and reduced the amount of TCE present in the leaves. During a mid-term experiment, plants were grown in potting soil and exposed to TCE for 3 weeks. Here, inoculation with P. putida W619-TCE had a less pronounced positive effect on plant growth and TCE phytotoxicity, but resulted in strongly reduced amounts of TCE in leaves and roots of plants exposed to 400 mg l{sup -1} TCE, accompanied by a lowered evapotranspiration of TCE. Dichloroacetic acid (DCAA) and trichloroacetic acid (TCAA), which are known intermediates of TCE degradation, were not detected. The endophyte P. putida W619-TCE degrades TCE during its transport through the xylem, leading to reduced TCE concentrations in poplar, and decreased TCE evapotranspiration.

  10. Regulations, environmental characteristics, and cleanup of perchloroethylene

    SciTech Connect

    Pearson, M.F.

    1996-06-01

    Perchloroethylene (perc) is primarily used in dry cleaning and textile processing. Media contaminated with perc in the environment may be regulated as hazardous waste or with respect to the human health drinking water standard. Perc is very mobile in the subsurface environment due to its high vapor pressure and low water solubility. Perc is classified as a Dense Nonaqueous Phase Liquid (DNAPL) in groundwater because of its low solubility and density greater than water. Perc is a persistent environmental contaminant because of its resistance to chemical and biological degradation. Perc degradation products are also classified as hazardous waste. Current soil and groundwater cleanup technologies/alternatives for perc contamination include vapor extraction, groundwater air sparging, removal and treatment of soil and groundwater, and biodegradation. Cleanup technologies under study include the use of aerobic/anaerobic biofilm, combined bioremediation with air sparging, solar detoxification, contaminant stripping using steam, and thermal enhanced vapor extraction.

  11. Kinetic modeling of perchloroethylene coal desulfurization process

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    Lee, T.; Tartamella, T.L.; Lee, S.; Kulik, C.J.

    1994-12-31

    Batch extraction data was used to model the hybrid mechanism of chemical reaction and physical solvation involved in the perchloroethylene coal desulfurization process. Two models, pseudo-first order and second order, are presented to represent the extraction mechanism. Multiple parameter estimates have been found which minimize the model-data discrepancies. Novel methods have been devised to illustrate multiple estimates of the kinetic parameters. Ill-posedness of the kinetic modeling problem has been analyzed using the expression for extractability and the Hessian matrix of the model-data discrepancy function. In an effort to present the sensitivity of parameters to the kinetic models, a novel method called eigenvalue analysis has been developed. A comparison is also made between the second order model and the pseudo-first order model.

  12. TCE gas concentration variation in the unsaturated zone under the influence of fluctuating water table

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    Joun, W.; Lee, K. K.

    2014-12-01

    Common residual DNAPLs (Dense non-Aqueous Phase Liquids) in subsurface are TCE, PCE, and chlorinated solvents. Because DNAPLs were remained or trapped in soil pore while these swept through the subsurface environment. Soil gas sampling is one of the methods to identify the residual source existence in the field contaminated by DNAPLs. However, the concentration of soil gas samples is changeable depending on water table fluctuation. This trend was shown in Woosan Industrial Complex (WIC) site in Korea. To understand this phenomenon in the field laboratory experiments were performed under controllable condition. Continuous soil gas extraction and sampling method was conducted at the laboratory with several different cases. Three cases assume the experimental conditions which were 1) only residual source of TCE exists in vadose zone; 2) only dissolved source of TCE in water exists; 3) not only residuals source but also dissolved source exist in the usual position. A two-dimensional model tank was used for the laboratory scale test. The STOMP-WOA model program was also operated to calculate the TCE gas concentration changes. The concentration represented changes opposite to the water table change as the concentration increased when water table decreased. STOMP simulation results showed the similar trend with laboratory test results.

  13. Physical cleaning of coal using perchloroethylene as heavy medium

    SciTech Connect

    Thome, T.L.; Fullerton, K.L.; Lee, S.

    1994-12-31

    Use of perchloroethylene solvent in the physical cleaning of finely crushed coal has been studied in a glass tube batch apparatus. The density of perchloroethylene makes it an ideal heavy medium for float/sink separation processes. Float/sink removal of pyrites and mineral matter has been studied to determine the effect of process variables. The effect of various parameters is studied, such as mean residence time, solvent-to-coal ratio, and heavy medium density. The density of the perchloroethylene solvent is varied using kerosene to study the effects of medium density. The test results are used to assess the effectiveness of perchloroethylene as a heavy medium for the removal of pyritic sulfur from the coal. The data is used to develop a model of the process for use in scale-up and plant studies.

  14. Influence of sediment reduction on TCE degradation

    SciTech Connect

    Szecsody, James E.; Williams, Mark D.; Fruchter, Jonathan S.; Vermeul, Vincent R.; Evans, J. C.; Sklarew, Deborah S.

    2000-12-01

    A field-scale remediation technique for TCE and chromate is currently being implemented which uses a chemical treatment to reduce existing iron(III) in sediments. While reduction of some contaminants is well established, TCE data show that dechlorination is more complex, and the role of iron oxides to catalyze the reaction is not well understood. The purpose of this laboratory-scale study was to investigate the influence of temperature and partial sediment reduction on TCE dechlorination. Fully reduced sediments can degrade TCE at sufficiently fast rates (1.2 to 19 h) during static and transport experiments over 2oC to 25oC that a successful barrier could be made at the field scale. In contrast, partially reduced sediment resulted in up to a 3 order of magnitude decrease in the TCE dechlorination rate. While minimally reduced sediment had nearly no TCE reactivity, > 40% reduced sediment had considerably faster dechlorination rates. The second-order dependence of the TCE dechlorination rate on the fraction of reduced iron demonstrates the significant role of the iron oxide surface (as a catalyst or for surface coordination) for TCE dechlorination. Based on these results, the field-scale reduction was designed with specific reagent concen-trations, temperature, and flow rates to efficiently create a reductive barrier.

  15. REMEDIATION OF SITES CONTAMINATED WITH TCE

    EPA Science Inventory

    Widespread use of trichloroethylene (TCE) in the U.S. has resulted in its frequent detection in soil and groundwater. TCE can become a health hazard after being processed in the human liver; or reductive dehalogenation in the environment may result in production of vinyl chloride...

  16. Perchloroethylene-contaminated drinking water and the risk of breast cancer: additional results from Cape Cod, Massachusetts, USA.

    PubMed Central

    Aschengrau, Ann; Rogers, Sarah; Ozonoff, David

    2003-01-01

    In 1998 we published the results of a study suggesting an association between breast cancer and perchloroethylene (PCE; also called tetrachloroethylene) exposure from public drinking water. The present case-control study was undertaken to evaluate this association further. The cases were composed of female residents of eight towns in the Cape Cod region of Massachusetts who had been diagnosed with breast cancer from 1987 through 1993 (n = 672). Controls were composed of demographically similar women from the same towns (n = 616). Women were exposed to PCE when it leached from the vinyl lining of water distribution pipes from the late 1960s through the early 1980s. A relative delivered dose of PCE that entered a home was estimated using an algorithm that took into account residential history, water flow, and pipe characteristics. Small to moderate elevations in risk were seen among women whose exposure levels were above the 75th and 90th percentiles when 0-15 years of latency were considered (adjusted odds ratios, 1.5-1.9 for > 75th percentile, 1.3-2.8 for > 90th percentile). When data from the present and prior studies were combined, small to moderate increases in risk were also seen among women whose exposure levels were above the 75th and 90th percentiles when 0-15 years of latency were considered (adjusted odds ratios, 1.6-1.9 for > 75th percentile, 1.3-1.9 for > 90th percentile). The results of the present study confirm those of the previous one and suggest that women with the highest PCE exposure levels have a small to moderate increased risk of breast cancer. PMID:12573900

  17. Anaerobic and aerobic/anaerobic treatment for tetrachloroethylene (PCE)

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    Guiot, S.R.; Kuang, X.; Beaulieu, C.; Corriveau, A.; Hawari, J.

    1995-12-31

    The reductive dechlorination of tetrachloroethylene (PCE) was studied in a laboratory-scale upflow anaerobic sludge bed (UASB) reactor using sucrose, lactic acid, propionic acid, and methanol as cosubstrates. Parallel experiments were performed to compare the novel coupled anaerobic/aerobic reactor with the conventional UASB. More than 95% of PCE was transformed in both reactors. Complete dechlorination in the UASB reactor decreased with increased PCE loading, declining from 45 to 19%. Minor concentrations of trichloroethylene and of undegraded PCE were detected in the liquid effluent throughout the experiment. Dichloroethylene was the dominant metabolite of all PCE loads, while vinyl chloride was not detected in the liquid effluent. For both reactor types, increased PCE loading led to lower chemical oxygen demand (COD) removal rates caused by a decrease in the specific acetate utilization rate. This, combined with a decline of the specific total PCE dechlorination activity, may cause long-term stability problems in the UASB reactor. The coupled reactor demonstrated higher specific PCE degradation rates at all PCE loading levels and a higher specific total dechlorination rate at the highest PCE loading. These characteristics may promote long-term stability of the coupled reactor system.

  18. Characterization of Geochemical Factors Controlling PCE Sorption to Carbonaceous Matter by Lithofacies

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    Taylor, K. M.; Allen-King, R. M.; Gaylord, D. R.

    2004-12-01

    Understanding the heterogeneous distribution of aquifer geochemical properties that affect contaminant transport, such as sorption, is essential to accurate contaminant transport prediction and maximizing remediation efficiency. Previous work by our group identified a correlation between the sorption coefficient (Kd) measured for a probe contaminant, perchloroethylene or PCE, and lithofacies, mapped based on sediment characteristics, for aquifer material from Canadian Forces Base Borden. The Kd distributions for the 11 mapped lithofacies were determined from a total of approximately 350 samples. The distribution of variance was the primary difference between the Kd distributions by lithofacies. We hypothesize that carbonaceous matter (CM) associated with granule-size and larger carbonate lithic fragments concentrated within particular lithofacies is primarily responsible for greater and more nonlinear sorption observed in certain lithofacies. Our idea is tested by obtaining the fraction organic carbon (foc), carbonate contents, and the PCE Kd at two concentrations ( 7 ug/L and 1600 ug/L) for high-sorbing and low-sorbing subsamples of four of the lithofacies, and 2 to 4 mm carbonate granule material ( 70% CaCO3-C) sieved from bulk Borden aquifer material. With this data, we test the influence that this carbonate-associated CM has on sorption. The Kd and Koc (= Kd/foc) values are greatest for the carbonate granule material, followed by the two lithofacies that contain greater organic carbon and carbonate contents, and are characterized by a larger mean grain size and poorer sorting than the other lithofacies. For all lithofacies measured, the low concentration Kd is greater than the high concentration Kd, demonstrating that all samples exhibit nonlinear sorption. Thin section analysis was used to qualitatively determine the proportion of sparry versus micritic carbonate granules within the sediment. Our results suggest that in addition to CM external to carbonate lithic fragments, the CM associated with the carbonate material affects sorption nonlinearity, contributing significantly to total sorption.

  19. Simulating Metabolic Reductive Decholorination with Multiple Cultures during Bioenhanced PCE-NAPL Dissolution

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    Chen, M.; Abriola, L.; Christ, J.; Amos, B. K.; Suchomel, E. J.; Pennell, K. D.; Loeffler, F.

    2009-12-01

    A recently conducted laboratory experiment investigating metabolic reductive dechlorination in dense non-aqueous phase liquid (DNAPL) source zones demonstrated enhanced DNAPL dissolution by increasing the driving force for mass transfer due to reductions in the aqueous phase. Tetrachloroethene (PCE) was degraded sequentially to cis-1,2-dichloroethene (cis-DCE) through trichloroethylene (TCE) and to ethene via vinyl chloride (VC) by Geobacter and Dehalococcoides, respectively. Significant PCE dechlorination led to bioenhanced DNAPL dissolution, with a 5-fold increase in dissolution observed relative to an abiotic system. A multiphase, compositional simulator, the Michigan Subsurface Environmental Simulator (MISER), was modified to model 9 chemical constituents and 3 microbial populations (a fermentor and two dechlorinators) within the column. Monod kinetics, including electron donor thresholds, electron acceptor competition, and competitive inhibition, were used to model contaminant dechlorination and biomass growth. The model was calibrated to the experimental data using effluent concentrations. Model results were compared to analyses of side port samples collected along the column length to determine the ability of the model to reproduce the biomass growth and reductive dechlorination occurring within the column. Results suggest that the model as formulated is capable of capturing the general trends observed in the column. Work is on-going to investigate the influence of initial biomass distribution, DNAPL source zone distribution, and applied boundary conditions on bioenhanced dissolution predictions. This model is expected to provide valuable insights for future experimental design and identification of conditions that may govern bioenhanced dissolution in the field.

  20. TEMPERATURE DEPENDENCE OF THE EMISSION OF PERCHLOROETHYLENE FROM DRY CLEANED FABRICS

    EPA Science Inventory

    The article discusses an evaluation of the emission of perchloroethylene (tetrachloroethylene) from freshly dry cleaned fabrics using small environment test chambers. he temperature dependence of the release of perchloroethylene was evaluated over a temperature range of 20 to 45 ...

  1. Graphene packed needle trap device as a novel field sampler for determination of perchloroethylene in the air of dry cleaning establishments.

    PubMed

    Heidari, Mahmoud; Bahrami, Abdolrahman; Ghiasvand, Ali Reza; Emam, Maryam Rafiei; Shahna, Farshid Ghorbani; Soltanian, Ali Reza

    2015-01-01

    In this paper we describe the application of a needle trap microextraction device packed with graphene nanoplatelets for the sampling and analysis of perchloroethylene in dry cleaning. The study was carried out in two phases. First the parameters for the sampling and analysis of perchloroethylene by NTD were evaluated and optimized in the laboratory. Then the sampler was used to determine the levels of perchloroethylene in a dry-cleaning shop. In the laboratory phase of the study the performance of the NTD packed with the proposed sorbent was examined in a variety of sampling conditions to evaluate the technique. The technique was also compared with NTDs packed with PDMS as well as SPME with Carboxen/PDMS-coated fibers. Both the NTDs and SPME performed better at lower sampling temperatures and relative humidity levels. The post-sampling storage times for a 95% recovery of the analyte were 5, 5 and 3 days for NTD-graphene, NTD-PDMS and SPME-CAR/PDMS respectively. The optimum desorption time was 3 min for NTDs packed with either graphene or PDMS and 1 min for SPME-CAR/PDMS. The limits of detection for the GC/MS detection system were 0.023 and 0.25 ng mL(-1) for NTDs packed with graphene and PDMS and 0.014 ng mL(-1) for SPME coated with CAR/PDMS. In the second stage of the study the evaluated technique was applied to the sampling and analysis of perchloroethylene in dry cleaning. In this environment the performance of the NTD-graphene as a field sampler for PCE was similar to that of the SPME-CA/PDMS, and better than the NIOSH 1003 method which had greater measurement variations. The results show that a NTD packed with carbonic graphene nanoplatelets and used as an active exhaustive sampling technique is effective for determination of VOC and HVOC occupational/environmental pollutants in air. PMID:25281085

  2. Phytoremediation of trichloroethene (TCE) using cottonwood trees

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    Jones, S.A.; Lee, R.W.; Kuniansky, E.L.

    1999-01-01

    The ability of cottonwood trees for phytoremediation was studied on aerobic shallow groundwater containing TCE. Cottonwood trees were planted over a 0.2-ha area at the Naval Air Station at Fort Worth, TX, in April 1996. Two years later, groundwater chemistry in the terrace alluvial aquifer was changing locally. Dissolved oxygen (DO) concentrations declined at the southern end of the whip plantings while total iron concentration increased. Groundwater chemistry near a mature cottonwood tree ~ 60 m from the caliper trees was different from that observed elsewhere. Anaerobic conditions near the mature cottonwood tree were evident. Reductive dechlorination of TCE occurred in the aquifer near the mature tree, as demonstrated by very small concentration of TCE in groundwater, a small median ratio of TCE to the degradation product cis-1,2-DCE and the presence of vinyl chloride.

  3. Synthetic adsorbent versus GAC for TCE removal

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    Hand, D.W.; Herlevich, J.A. Jr.; Perram, D.L.; Crittenden, J.C. )

    1994-08-01

    The performance of a synthetic adsorbent in removing trichloroethene (TCE) from a groundwater containing natural organic matter (NOM) was compared with that of granular activated carbon (GAC). Adsorption equilibrium, kinetic, and pilot-plant experiments were used to compare the adsorbents. Adsorption isotherm studies showed that the synthetic adsorbent had three to four times more TCE capacity than GAC over a TCE concentration range of 10--2,000 [mu]g/L. When preexposed for 24 weeks to a groundwater containing NOM, the synthetic adsorbent showed an average 12% loss in capacity compared with the single-solute isotherm performed on the virgin adsorbent; GAC showed an average 35% loss in its virgin capacity for a preexposed time of only 10 weeks. Rapid small-scale column tests and model calculations predicted pilot-plant effluent profiles for the synthetic adsorbent. The pilot-plant data confirmed that the synthetic adsorbent is more efficient than GAC in removing TCE.

  4. Monitoring Anaerobic TCE Degradation by Evanite Cultre in Column Packed with TCE-Contaminated Soil

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    Ko, J.; Han, K.; Ahn, G.; Park, S.; Kim, N.; Ahn, H.; Kim, Y.

    2011-12-01

    Trichloroethylene (TCE) is a long-term common groundwater pollutant because the compound with high density is slowly released into groundwater. Physical and chemical remediation processes have been used to clean-up the contaminant, but novel remediation technology is required to overcome a low efficiency of the traditional treatment process. Many researchers focused on biological process using an anaerobic TCE degrading culture, dehalococcoides spp., but it still needs to evaluate whether the process can be applied into field scale under aerobic condition. Therefore, in this work we examined two different types (i.e., Natural attenuation and bioaugmentation) of biological remediation process in anaerobic column packed with TCE-contaminated soil. A TCE degradation by indigenous microorganisms was confirmed by monitoring TCE and the metabolites (c-DCE, VC, ETH). However, TCE was transformed and stoichiometry amount of c-DCE was produced, and VC and ETH was not detected. To test bioaugmentation of Evanite culture containing dehalococcoides spp., Evanite culture was injected into the column and TCE degradation to c-DCE, VC, ETH was monitored. We are evaluating the transport of the Evanite culture in the column by measuring TCE and VC reductases. In the result, the TCE was completely degraded to ETH using hydrogen as electron donor generate by hydrogen-production fermentation from formate.

  5. Maintenance and handling of perchloroethylene-filled electrical equipment. Final report

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    Zbozinek, J.V.; Marsh, J.R.

    1986-01-01

    This manual is intended to serve as a guide to perchloroethylene management planning for the utility industry. The manual contains general background information on perchloroethylene, the associated health and safety issues, and the regulatory aspects of using perchloroethylene as a transformer dielectric. Guidance for management planning and policy development, particularly organizational structure and information management, is provided. Perchloroethylene-specific aspects of equipment maintenance and servicing are highlighted. Transportation, storage, spill control, and waste management are discussed. The health hazards of perchloroethylene and appropriate worker safety measures are also outlined.

  6. Effect of nonionic surfactant partitioning on the dissolution kinetics of residual perchloroethylene in a model porous medium

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    Sharmin, Rumana; Ioannidis, Marios A.; Legge, Raymond L.

    2006-01-01

    At concentrations above the critical micelle concentration, surfactants can significantly enhance the solubilization of residual nonaqueous phase liquids (NAPL) and, for this reason, are the focus of research on surfactant-enhanced aquifer remediation (SEAR). As a consequence of their amphiphilic nature, surfactants may also partition to various extents between the organic and aqueous phases, thereby affecting SEAR performance. We report here on the observation and analysis of the effect of surfactant partitioning on the dissolution kinetics of residual perchloroethylene (PCE) by aqueous solutions (1000 mg/L) of the non-ionic surfactant Triton X-100 in a model porous medium. For this fluid system, batch equilibration experiments showed that the surfactant partitions strongly into the NAPL (NAPL-water partition coefficient equal to 12.5). Dynamic interfacial tension (IFT) measurements were employed to study surfactant diffusion and interfacial adsorption. The dynamic IFT measurements were consistent with partitioning of the surfactant between the two liquid phases. PCE dissolution experiments, conducted in a transparent glass micromodel using an aqueous surfactant solution, were contrasted to experiments using clean water. Surfactant partitioning was observed to delay significantly the onset of micellar solubilization of PCE, an observation reproduced by a numerical model. This effect is attributed to the reduction of surfactant concentration in the immediate vicinity of the NAPL-water interface, which accompanies transport of the surfactant into the NAPL. Accordingly, it is suggested that both the rate and the extent of diffusion of the surfactant into the NAPL affect the onset of and the driving force for micellar solubilization. While many surfactants do not readily partition in NAPL, this possibility must be considered when selecting non-ionic surfactants for the enhanced solubilization of residual chlorinated solvents in porous media.

  7. BIODEGRADATION OF PCE AND TCE IN LANDFILL, LEACHATE PREDICTED FROM CONCENTRATIONS OF MOLECULAR HYDROGEN: A CASE STUDY

    EPA Science Inventory

    The Refuse Hideaway Landfill (23-acre) was designed as a "natural attenuation" landfill and no provision was made to collect and treat contaminated water. Natural biological degradation through sequential reductive dechlorination had been an important mechanism for natural atten...

  8. EVALUATION OF PERCHLOROETHYLENE EMISSIONS FROM DRY CLEANED FABRICS

    EPA Science Inventory

    The report gives results of short-term evaluation of perchloroethylene (perc) from dry cleaned fabrics to determine: (1) how the introduction of fresh dry cleaning into a house affects the indoor concentration of perc, and (2) the effectiveness of 'airing-out' for reducing perc e...

  9. INHIBITORY EFFECTS OF PERCHLOROETHYLENE ON HUMAN NEURONAL NICOTINIC ACETYLCHOLINE RECEPTORS.

    EPA Science Inventory

    Perchloroethylene (PERC) is a volatile organic solvent with a variety of industrial uses. PERC exposure has been shown to cause adverse neurological effects including deficits in vision and memory in exposed individuals. Despite knowledge of these effects, the mechanisms by whi...

  10. IRIS TOXICOLOGICAL REVIEW OF TETRACHLOROETHYLENE (PERCHLOROETHYLENE) (INTERAGENCY SCIENCE DISCUSSION DRAFT)

    EPA Science Inventory

    EPA is releasing the draft report, Toxicological Review of Tetrachloroethylene (Perchloroethylene), that was distributed to Federal agencies and White House Offices for comment during the Science Discussion step of the IRIS Assessment...

  11. Removal of TCE from water with enhanced hybrid aluminas

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    Moskovitz, M.; Kepner, B.; Mitchell, M.

    1996-10-01

    TCE is ubiquitous as a hazardous contaminant in ground water which needs to be removed. We have examined the removal of TCE from water with enhanced hybrid aluminas (EHAs) over the range of TCE concentrations: 5 ppb to 50 ppm. Removal efficiencies of 99+% have been achieved. In some cases TCE levels have been reduced to below 0.1 ppb. The capacity and kinetics of EHAs for TCE removal will be discussed. The ultimate fate of the TCE along with the possibility of catalytic destruction of TCE in water EHAs will be discussed. The removal of TCE as a function of the surface area, pore area, and pore diameter will be described. In addition, the results from infrared studies on of the gas phase sorption of TCE with EHAs will be described.

  12. Enhanced PCE dechlorination by biobarrier systems under different redox conditions.

    PubMed

    Kao, C M; Chen, Y L; Chen, S C; Yeh, T Y; Wu, W S

    2003-12-01

    The industrial solvent tetrachloroethylene (PCE) is among the most ubiquitous chlorinated compounds found in groundwater contamination. The objective of this study was to evaluate the (1) feasibility of enhancing PCE biodegradation using cane molasses and sludge cakes as the primary substrates under methanogenic and iron reducing conditions, and (2) potential of installation a sludge cake/cane molasses biobarrier to clean up PCE-contaminated aquifers. The biodegradability of sludge cake (from secondary wastewater treatment system) and cane molasses was tested using bioavailability experiments. Results show that biodegradable materials were released from sludge cake/cane molasses and utilized by microbial consortia. Based on the chemical oxygen demand (COD) tests, approximately 28 and 248 mg of biodegradable COD can be released from 1g of sludge cake and 1g of cane molasses under anaerobic conditions, which have the potential to convert 70 and 620 mg of PCE to ethylene (ETH), respectively. Reductive dechlorination was evaluated using microcosms containing primary substrates (sludge cake/cane molasses) and inocula (aquifer sediments). Results indicate that sludge cake and cane molasses can serve as the diffusion sources of primary substrates, and enhance the reductive dechlorination of PCE under methanogenic processes. However, results from this study were not sufficient enough to show that reductive dechlorination of PCE would occur under iron-reducing conditions. This indicates that more studies need to be performed to further evaluate the role of iron reduction on the PCE dechlorination. Results reveal that it is feasible and applicable to install a sludge cake or cane molasses biobarrier to clean up PCE contaminated aquifers. From an engineering point of view, the sludge cake/cane molasses biobarrier has the potential to become an environmentally and economically acceptable technology for PCE bioremediation. PMID:14604634

  13. Activated carbon adsorption of trichloroethylene (TCE) vapor stripped from TCE-contaminated water.

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    Miyake, Yusaku; Sakoda, Akiyoshi; Yamanashi, Hiroaki; Kaneda, Hirotaka; Suzuki, Motoyuki

    2003-04-01

    Ground water contaminated with trichloroethylene (TCE) used in electronic, electric, dry cleaning and the like industries is often treated by air-stripping. In this treatment process, TCE in its vapor form is stripped from ground water by air stream and sometimes emitted into the atmosphere without any additional treatments. Activated carbon adsorption is one of the practical and useful processes for recovering the TCE vapor from the exhaust air stream. However, adsorption of the TCE vapor from the stripping air stream onto activated carbons is not so simple as that from dry air, since in the exhaust air stream the TCE vapor coexists with water vapor with relatively high concentrations. The understanding of the adsorption characteristics of the TCE vapor to be adsorbed on activated carbon in the water vapor-coexisting system is essential for successfully designing and operating the TCE recovery process. In this work, the adsorption equilibrium relations of the TCE vapor adsorption on activated carbons were elucidated as a function of various relative humidity. Activated carbon fibers (ACFs) were used as model activated carbon. The adsorption equilibrium relations were studied by the column adsorption method. The adsorption isotherms of TCE vapor adsorbed on sample ACFs were successfully correlated by the Dubinin-Radushkevich equation for both cases with and without coexistent water vapor. No effects of coexistent water vapor were found on the limiting adsorption volume. However, the adsorption characteristic energy was significantly reduced by the coexistence of water vapor and its reduction was successfully correlated with the equilibrium amount of water vapor adsorbed under the dynamic condition. PMID:12697228

  14. Effect of trichloroethylene (TCE) and toluene concentrations on TCE and toluene biodegradation and the population density of TCE and toluene degraders in soil

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    Mu, D.Y.; Scow, K.M.

    1994-07-01

    Toluene is one of several cosubstrates able to support the cometabolism of trichloroethylene (TCE) by soil microbial communities. Indigenous microbial populations in soil degraded TCE in the presence, but not the absence, of toluene after a 60- to 80-h lag period. Initial populations of toluene and TCE degraders ranged from 0.2 x 10{sup 3} to 4 x 10{sup 3} cells per g of soil and increased by more than 4 orders of magnitude after the addition of 20 {mu}g of toluene and 1 {mu}g of TCE per mol of soil solution. The numbers of TCE and toluene degraders and the percent removal of TCE increased with an increase in initial toluene concentration. As the initial TCE concentration was increased from 1 to 20 {mu}g/ml, the numbers of toluene and TCE degraders and the rate of toluene degradation decreased, and no TCE degradation occurred. No toluene or TCE degradation occurred at a TCE concentration of 50 {mu}g/ml. 22 refs., 3 figs., 2 tabs.

  15. Anaerobic dehalogenation of TCE in continuous flow systems

    SciTech Connect

    Singhal, N.; Jaffe, P.; Maier, W.

    1995-12-31

    This study focuses on the effect of various factors on trichloroethene (TCE) degradation in batch and continuous flow systems, develops mathematical models to describe the dehalogenation of TCE, and provides results of simulations conducted using these models to determine the conditions necessary for maximizing the degradation of TCE. Batch parameters were shown to underpredict substrate and TCE degradation in continuous flow systems. The active biomass concentration had the most significant effect on TCE degradation. TCE degradation may be enhanced in the field by changing the substrate injection pattern to result in a more uniform distribution of the substrate. Gas production under anaerobic conditions needs to be included in any model describing TCE degradation in the field; ignoring this effect can result in gross overpredictions of TCE degradation by the model.

  16. SOURCES, EMISSION AND EXPOSURE TO TRICHLOROETHYLENE (TCE) AND RELATED CHEMICALS

    EPA Science Inventory

    This report documents the sources, emission, environmental fate and exposures for TCE, some of its metabolites, and some other chemicals known to produce identical metabolites. The major findings for TCE are:


    1. The primary sources releasing TCE to the environment ...

    2. Recent advances in the perchloroethylene coal cleaning system

      SciTech Connect

      Fullerton, K.L.; Lee, S.; Kulik, C.J.

      1994-12-31

      The perchloroethylene coal desulfurization process has been shown to selectively remove both inorganic and organic sulfur as well as mineral matter from high sulfur Midwestern coals. The process consists of four stages: a wet grinding of the coal to {minus}200 mesh, an extraction stage used to remove organic sulfur, a float sink stage to remove pyritic sulfur and mineral matter, and finally, a steam stripping stage to remove residual perchloroethylene from the coal. Using this process, up to 70% of the organic sulfur and over 90% of the pyritic sulfur can be removed from the coal. Recent work has studied the effects of parameters such as type of coal, particle size, moisture content, process temperatures, etc., on the sulfur removal efficiency. In addition, a kinetic relation was established for several types of Midwestern coals and minimum extraction time was established. The kinetic study was also used to conduct simulation studies of batch, plug flow reactor, and continuous stirred tank reactor.

    3. Coal desulfurization by perchloroethylene processing. Volume 2, Final report

      SciTech Connect

      Leehe, H.H.; Snell, G.J.

      1992-05-01

      Three coals, Indiana No. 5, Illinois No. 6, and Freeport-PA, were treated using the Midwest Ore Processing Company patented coal desulfurization process in batch equipment designed to process 10 lb of coal. The organic sulfur extractions were performed at a 30 minute residence time at 120{degrees}C and atmospheric pressure. Subsequently, ash and pyrite were separated from extracted coal using gravity separation in perchloroethylene.

    4. [Monitoring of persons exposed to perchloroethylene or styrene].

      PubMed

      Boillat, M A; Berode, M; Droz, P O

      1986-01-01

      Forty-nine employees exposed to perchloroethylene (dry cleaning) and 41 employees exposed to styrene (fiber reinforced polyester) are compared to a control group of 68 persons. Symptoms such as dizziness, mouth dryness, fatigue, mucous membranes and skin irritation appear more frequently among the exposed groups, while liver and kidney functions remain unchanged. This study demonstrates that medical examination, industrial hygiene survey and biological monitoring can complement each other in the evaluation of work conditions. PMID:3765881

    5. Temperature dependence of the emission of perchloroethylene from dry-cleaned fabrics

      SciTech Connect

      Guo, Z.; Tichenor, B.A.; Mason, M.A.; Plunket, C.M.

      1990-01-01

      The article discusses an evaluation of the emission of perchloroethylene (tetrachloroethylene) from freshly dry cleaned fabrics using small environmental test chambers. The temperature dependence of the release of perchloroethylene was evaluated over a temperature range of 20 to 45 C. A linear relation exists between the logarithm of perchloroethylene retention time and the reciprocal of the absolute temperature. Study results for 100% wool and 55% polyester/45% wool indicate that airing out freshly dry cleaned fabrics at above ambient temperature will increase the rate at which perchloroethylene is emitted from the fabrics.

  1. Isolation and characterization of Tn-Dha1, a transposon containing the tetrachloroethene reductive dehalogenase of Desulfitobacterium hafniense strain TCE1.

    PubMed

    Maillard, Julien; Regeard, Christophe; Holliger, Christof

    2005-01-01

    A new 9.9 kb catabolic transposon, Tn-Dha1, containing the gene responsible for tetrachloroethene (PCE) reductive dechlorination activity, was isolated from Desulfitobacterium hafniense strain TCE1. Two fully identical copies of the insertion sequence ISDha1, a new member of the IS256 family, surround the gene cluster pceABCT, a truncated gene for another transposase and a short open reading frame with homology to a member of the twin-arginine transport system (tatA). Evidence was obtained by Southern blot for an alternative form of the transposon element as a circular molecule containing only one copy of ISDha1. This latter structure most probably represents a dead-end product of the transposition of Tn-Dha1. Strong indications for the transposition activity of ISDha1 were given by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) amplification and sequencing of the intervening sequence located between both inverted repeats (IR) of ISDha1 (IR junction). A stable genomic ISDha1 tandem was excluded by quantitative real-time PCR. Promoter mapping of the pceA gene, encoding the reductive dehalogenase, revealed the presence of a strong promoter partially encoded in the right inverted repeat of ISDha1. A sequence comparison with pce gene clusters from Desulfitobacterium sp. strains PCE-S and Y51 and from Dehalobacter restrictus, all of which show 100% identity for the pceAB genes, indicated that both Desulfitobacterium strains seem to possess the same transposon structure, whereas only the pceABCT gene cluster is conserved in D. restrictus. PMID:15643941

  2. Enhanced dissolution of TCE in NAPL by TCE-degrading bacteria in wetland soils.

    PubMed

    Lee, Sangjin

    2007-06-25

    The influence of trichloroethene (TCE) dechlorinating mixed cultures in dissolution of TCE in nonaqueous phase liquid (NAPL) via biodegradation was observed. Experiments were conducted in batch reactor system with and without marsh soils under 10 and 20 degrees C for 2 months. The dissolution phenomenon in biotic reactors containing mixed cultures was showed temporal increases compared to abiotic reactors treated with biocide. Effective NAPL-water transfer rate (K(m)) calculated in this study showed more than four times higher in biotic reactors than that in abiotic reactors. The results might be attributed to the biologically enhanced dissolution process via dechlorination in reactors. Temperature would be a factor to determine the dissolution rate by controlling bacterial activity. The TCE dechlorination occurred even in an interface of TCE-NAPL that demonstrated no previous TCE biodegradation, suggesting that microbes may be useful in developing source-zone bioremediation system. In conclusion, dechlorinating mixed culture could enhance dissolution in NAPL that may be useful in the application of source zone bioremediation. PMID:17126487

  3. Sulfur cement production using by products of the perchloroethylene coal cleaning process and the FC4-1 cleaned soil

    SciTech Connect

    Bassam Masri, K.L.; Fullerton, S.L.

    1995-12-31

    An introductory set of experiments to show the feasibility of making sulfur cement were carried out at the University of Akron according to Parrett and Currett`s patent which requires the use of sulfur, a filler, a plasticizer, and a vulcanization accelerator. Small blocks of cement were made using byproducts of the perchloroethylene coal cleaning process. Extracted elemental and organic sulfur, ash and mineral matters from the float sink portion of the PCE process, and FC4-1 cleaned soil were used as substitutes for sulfur and filler needed for the production of sulfur cement. Leaching tests in different solutions and under different conditions were conducted on the sulfur blocks. Other tests such as strength, durability, resistance to high or low temperatures will be conducted in the future. Sulfur cement can be used as a sealing agent at a joint, roofing purposes, forming ornamental figures, and coating of exposed surfaces of iron or steel. When mixed with an aggregate, sulfur concrete is formed. This concrete can be used for structural members, curbings, guthers, slabs, and can be precast or cast at the job site. An advantage of sulfur cement over Portland cement is that it reaches its design strength in two to three hours after processing and it can be remelted and recast.

  4. INFILTRATION OF PCE IN A SYSTEM CONTAINING SPATIAL WETTABILITY VARIATIONS

    Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

    A two-dimensional infiltration experiment was conducted to investigate and quantify the effect of spatial wettability variations on DNAPL migration and entrapment in saturated sands. Visual observations of tetrachloroethylene (PCE) infiltration show that organic-wet sand lenses act as very effective...

  5. Modeling perchloroethylene degradation under ultrasonic irradiation and photochemical oxidation in aqueous solution.

    PubMed

    Kargar, Mahdi; Nabizadeh, Ramin; Naddafi, Kazem; Nasseri, Simin; Mesdaghinia, Alireza; Mahvi, Amir Hossein; Alimohammadi, Mahmood; Nazmara, Shahrokh; Pahlevanzadeh, Bagher

    2012-01-01

    Sonolysis and photochemical degradation of different compounds such as chlorinated aliphatic hydrocarbons are among the recent advanced oxidation processes. Perchloroethylene is one of these compounds that has been mainly used as a solvent and degreaser. In this work, elimination of perchloroethylene in aqueous solution by ultrasonic irradiation, andphotochemical oxidation by ultra violet ray and hydrogen peroxide were investigated. Three different initial concentrations of perchloroethylene at different pH values, detention periods, and concentrations of hydrogen peroxide were investigated. Head space gas chromatography with FID detector was used for analyses of perchloroethylene. This research was performed in 9 months from April through December 2011.Results showed that perchloroethylene could be effectively and rapidly degraded by ultrasonic irradiation, photochemical oxidation by ultra violet ray, hydrogen peroxide and a combination of these methods. Kinetics of perchloroethylene was strongly influenced by time, initial concentration and pH value. Degradation of Perchloroethylene increased with decrease in the initial concentration of perchloroethylene from 0.3 to 10 mg/L at all initial pH. The results showed an optimum degradation condition achieved at pH?=?5 but did not affect significantly the perchloroethylene destruction in the various pH values. Kinetic modeling applied for the obtained results showed that the degradation of perchloroethylene by ultrasound and photo-oxidation followed first order and second order model. The percentage of removal in the hybrids reactor was higher than each of the reactors alone, the reason being the role of hydroxyl radical induced by ultrasound and photochemical reaction. PMID:23369271

  6. Modeling perchloroethylene degradation under ultrasonic irradiation and photochemical oxidation in aqueous solution

    PubMed Central

    2012-01-01

    Sonolysis and photochemical degradation of different compounds such as chlorinated aliphatic hydrocarbons are among the recent advanced oxidation processes. Perchloroethylene is one of these compounds that has been mainly used as a solvent and degreaser. In this work, elimination of perchloroethylene in aqueous solution by ultrasonic irradiation, andphotochemical oxidation by ultra violet ray and hydrogen peroxide were investigated. Three different initial concentrations of perchloroethylene at different pH values, detention periods, and concentrations of hydrogen peroxide were investigated. Head space gas chromatography with FID detector was used for analyses of perchloroethylene. This research was performed in 9 months from April through December 2011. Results showed that perchloroethylene could be effectively and rapidly degraded by ultrasonic irradiation, photochemical oxidation by ultra violet ray, hydrogen peroxide and a combination of these methods. Kinetics of perchloroethylene was strongly influenced by time, initial concentration and pH value. Degradation of Perchloroethylene increased with decrease in the initial concentration of perchloroethylene from 0.3 to 10 mg/L at all initial pH. The results showed an optimum degradation condition achieved at pH?=?5 but did not affect significantly the perchloroethylene destruction in the various pH values. Kinetic modeling applied for the obtained results showed that the degradation of perchloroethylene by ultrasound and photo-oxidation followed first order and second order model. The percentage of removal in the hybrids reactor was higher than each of the reactors alone, the reason being the role of hydroxyl radical induced by ultrasound and photochemical reaction. PMID:23369271

  7. Biodegradation of vapor phase trichloroethylene (TCE) in compost packed biofilters

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    Sukesan, S.; Watwood, M.E.

    1996-10-01

    Batch and column scale biofiltration experiments were performed to measure biodegradation of gaseous trichloroethylene (TCE) in finished compost. Compost was amended with hydrocarbon gas (methane or propane) as primary substrate to support microorganisms capable of cometabolic TCE degradation. In column biofilter experiments hydrocarbon utilization was observed within 10-15 days; gaseous TCE (50 ppmv) was then introduced continuously into the biofilter at approximately 1 L min{sup -1}. Columns supplied with 0.5% v/v methane removed 73% TCE after 8 days of continuous column operation, whereas amendment with 0.25% v/v methane corresponded with TCE removal of 93%, which was observed after 1.5 h of column operation. Similar results were obtained for propane amendment. Biofilters without hydrocarbon amendment exhibited no TCE biodegradation over 35 days. These results, analyzed together with those obtained in batch experiments, indicate that hydrocarbon identity and concentration and other related parameters influence the extent of ICE breakdown.

  8. Methanotrophic TCE biodegradation in a multi-stage bioreactor

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    Tschantz, M.L.F.; Bowman, J.P.; Bienkowski, P.R.; Sayler, G.S.; Donaldson, T.L.; Strong-Gunderson, J.M.; Palumbo, A.V.; Herbes, S.E.

    1995-08-01

    A two-stage bioreactor system was continuously fed a solution of TCE (concentrations ranging between 0.2 and 20 mg L{sup -1}) at 2 mL min{sup -1}; the system utilized a mutant (PP358) of the methane oxidizing bacterium Methylosinus trichosporium OB3b for the fortuitous cooxidation of TCE by the enzyme-soluble methane monooxygenase (sMMO). A methane-free environment was maintained in the TCE treatment portion of the reactor (plug-flow columns), minimizing the effects of competitive inhibition between TCE and methane for the sMMO. The reactor was operated in two separate flow configurations, single-pass and cross-flow, with TCE removal percentages exceeding 78% (for a TCE feed concentration of 20 mg L{sup -1}) and 93% (for a TCE feed concentration of 10 mg L{sup -1}), respectively. A r{sub max} of 109.4 mg of TCE (g of VS){sup -1} d{sup -1} for a TCE feed concentration of 20 mg L{sup -1} was obtained, suggesting that high rates of degradation occurred within the reactor. TCE-induced toxicity effects occurred at TCE feed concentrations of 10 mg L{sup -1} and greater, resulting in declines of the biomass concentrations and the enzyme activities. A model describing the rate of TCE degradation in the plug-flow columns was proposed by Alvarez-Cohen et al. and was modified to incorporate the suboptimal activities of sMMO. 29 refs., 7 figs., 1 tab.

  9. Review of the epidemiologic literature on residential exposure to perchloroethylene.

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    Bukowski, John A

    2011-10-01

    Perchloroethylene is a solvent that is widely used for dry cleaning. There has been considerable interest in the toxicity of this chemical because of the potential for low-level exposure among a large portion of the US population. Although substantial epidemiologic literature exists on high-level occupational exposure to perchloroethylene, there are relatively few studies dealing with lower-level residential exposure. In the current paper, the author reviews this limited residential literature, with special emphasis on strengths, limitations, and consistency. Reviewed studies primarily address neurobehavioral, cancer, and reproductive endpoints. Most studies used an ecological or cross-sectional design, with exposure defined by either drinking-water contamination or proximity to dry cleaning. In general, reviewed studies were highly exploratory, with inconsistencies and potential for bias that detract from interpretation of study findings. The magnitudes of reported effects are frequently incompatible with the effects reported from much higher occupational and human-chamber exposures. Overall, few reliable conclusions can be drawn from this sparse and highly limited body of literature. PMID:21728756

  10. Molecular Biomarker-Based Biokinetic Modeling of a PCE-Dechlorinating and Methanogenic Mixed Culture

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    Heavner, Gretchen L.; Rowe, Annette R.; Mansfeldt, Cresten B.; Pan, Ju Khuan; Gossett, James M.; Richardson, Ruth E.

    2013-04-16

    Bioremediation of chlorinated ethenes via anaerobic reductive dechlorination relies upon the activity of specific microbial population-most notably Dehalococcoides (DHC) strains. In the lab and field Dehalococcoides grow most robustly in mixed communities which usually contain both fermenters and methanogens. Recently, researchers have been developing quantitative molecular biomarkers to aid in field site diagnostics and it is hoped that these biomarkers could aid in the modeling of anaerobic reductive dechlorination. A comprehensive biokinetic model of a community containing Dehalococcoides mccartyi (formerly D. ethenogenes) was updated to describe continuously fed reactors with specific biomass levels based on quantitative PCR (qPCR)-based population data (DNA and RNA). The model was calibrated and validated with subsets of chemical and molecular biological data from various continuous feed experiments (n = 24) with different loading rates of the electron acceptor (1.5 to 482 μeeq/L-h), types of electron acceptor (PCE, TCE, cis-DCE) and electron donor to electron acceptor ratios. The resulting model predicted the sum of dechlorination products vinyl chloride (VC) and ethene (ETH) well. However, VC alone was under-predicted and ETH was over predicted. Consequently, competitive inhibition among chlorinated ethenes was examined and then added to the model. Additionally, as 16S rRNA gene copy numbers did not provide accurate model fits in all cases, we examined whether an improved fit could be obtained if mRNA levels for key functional enzymes could be used to infer respiration rates. The resulting empirically derived mRNA “adjustment factors” were added to the model for both DHC and the main methanogen in the culture (a Methanosaeta species) to provide a more nuanced prediction of activity. Results of this study suggest that at higher feeding rates competitive inhibition is important and mRNA provides a more accurate indicator of a population’s instantaneous activity than 16S rRNA gene copies alone as biomass estimates.

  11. Treatment of trichloroethene (TCE) with a fluidized-bed bioreactor

    SciTech Connect

    Foeller, J.R.; Segar, R.L. Jr.

    1997-12-31

    Fluidized-bed bioreactors (FBBR`s) offer a promising alternative to existing treatment technologies for the treatment of water contaminated with chlorinated solvents. The objective of this research was to test a laboratory-scale FBBR for removal of trichloroethene (TCE) from groundwater and to study the FBBR kinetic behavior so that field-scale treatment systems could be designed. Phenol was selected as the growth substrate for biofilm-forming microorganisms enriched from activated-sludge because phenol induces enzymes capable of cometabolizing TCE and lesser chlorinated ethenes. The biofilm forming microorganisms were identified as Pseudomonas putida, a common soil bacterium. Experiments with a conventional, single-pass FBBR addressed TCE removal as effected by changes in TCE loading, phenol loading, and media type. In this study, TCE removal using quartz filter sand and garnet filter sand as the biofilm attachment media was measured. Removal ranged from 20 to 60% and was not affected by the media type. Also, removal was not affected by inlet TCE concentration over the range of 100 to 500 {micro}g/L provided the phenol loading was decreased with increasing TCE loading. The FBBR was capable of complete phenol removal at an inlet concentration of 20 to 25 mg/L and an empty-bed contact time of 2.7 minutes. However, the empty-bed contact time was insufficient to sustain greater than 40 to 50% removal of TCE in a nutrient-amended groundwater.

  12. GASEOUS BEHAVIOR OF TCE (TRICHLOROETHYLENE) OVERLYING A CONTAMINATED AQUIFER

    EPA Science Inventory

    Shallow soil gas (<2 meters deep) was collected and analyzed for trichloroethylene (TCE) to determine the relationship with ground-water contamination directly below. The gaseous TCE plume was mapped with 46 probes and spanned three orders of magnitude in concentration (<0.001 to...

  13. Complex electrical resistance tomography of a subsurface PCE plume

    SciTech Connect

    Ramirez, A.; Daily, W,; LeBrecque, D.

    1996-01-01

    A controlled experiment was conducted to evaluate the performance of complex electrical resistivity tomography (CERT) for detecting and delineating free product dense non-aqueous phase liquid (DNAPL) in the subsurface. One hundred ninety liters of PCE were released at a rate of 2 liters per hour from a point 0.5 m below ground surface. The spill was conducted within a double walled tank where saturated layers of sand, bentonite and a sand/bentonite mixture were installed. Complex electrical resistance measurements were performed. Data were taken before the release, several times during, and then after the PCE was released. Magnitude and phase were measured at 1 and 64 Hz. Data from before the release were compared with those during the release for the purpose of imaging the changes in conductivity resulting from the plume. Conductivity difference tomographs showed a decrease in electrical conductivity as the DNAPL penetrated the soil. A pancake-shaped anomaly developed on the top of a bentonite layer at 2 m depth. The anomaly grew in magnitude and extent during the release and borehole television surveys data confirmed the anomaly to be free-product PCE whose downward migration was stopped by the low permeability clay. The tomographs clearly delineated the plume as a resistive anomaly.

  14. Remediation of TCE-contaminated groundwater using nanocatalyst and bacteria.

    PubMed

    Kang, Ser Ku; Seo, Hyunhee; Sun, Eunyoung; Kim, Inseon; Roh, Yul

    2011-08-01

    The objective of this study was to develop and evaluate the remediation of trichloroethene (TCE)-contaminated groundwater using both a nanocatalyst (bio-Zn-magnetite) and bacterium (similar to Clostridium quinii) in anoxic environments. Of the 7 nanocatalysts tested, bio-Zn-magnetite showed the highest TCE dechlorination efficiency, with an average of ca. 90% within 8 days in a batch experiment. The column tests confirmed that the application of bio-Zn-magnetite in combination with the bacterium achieved high degradation efficiency (ca. 90%) of TCE within 5 days compared to the nanocatalyst only, which degraded only 30% of the TCE. These results suggest that the application of a nanocatalyst and the bacterium have potential for the remediation of TCE-contaminated groundwater in subsurface environments. PMID:22103150

  15. Locating and estimating air emissions from sources of perchloroethylene and trichloroethylene. Final report

    SciTech Connect

    Most, C.C.

    1989-08-01

    To assist groups interested in inventorying air emissions of various potentially toxic substances, EPA is preparing a series of documents to compile available information on sources and emissions of these substances. This document deals specifically with perchloroethylene and trichloroethylene. Its intended audience includes Federal, State, and local air-pollution personnel and others in locating potential emitters of perchloroethylene and trichloroethylene and in making gross estimates of air emissions therefrom. The document presents information on the types of sources that may emit perchloroethylene and trichloroethylene, process variations and release points that may be expected within these sources, and available emissions information indicating the potential for trichloroethylene and perchloroethylene releases into the air from each operation.

  16. Fate and Transport of TCE Solvents Through Saturated Karst Aquifer

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Padilla, I. Y.; Carmona, M.; Anaya, A. A.

    2014-12-01

    Dense Nonaqueous-Phase Liquids (DNAPLs) are a group of organic compounds that have been a serious problem for groundwater pollution in karst. The industrial production and utilization of these chemicals spread since 1940, and are present at tens of thousands of contaminated sites worldwide. The physic-chemical properties of DNAPLs in conjunction with the hydraulic properties of the karst systems create the perfect condition for DNAPLs to penetrate the epikarst, reach the groundwater, and more within the karst system to zones of potential exposure, such as wells, streams and wetlands. Trichloroethylene (TCE) is the most common DNPAL found in the subsurface environment. This research studies the fate and transport of TCE DNAPL in a karstified limestone physical model (KLPM). Experiments are carried out in KLPM. The KLPM is an enclosed stainless steel tank packed with a rectangular limestone block (15cm x 15cm x 76cm) that simulates a saturated confine karst aquifer. DNAPL experiment involve the injection of 40 ml of pure TCE into steady groundwater flow at the upstream boundary of the KLPM model, while sampling spatially and temporally along the block. Samples are analyzed for TCE on the pure and dissolved phase. Pure TCE is analyzed volumetrically and dissolved phase concentrations are analyze using a High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC). TCE data is used to construct temporal distributions curves (TDCs) at different spatial locations. Results show that pure TCE volumes are collected at the beginnings of the experiment in sampling ports located near the injection port and along preferential flow paths. TCE concentration TDCs show spatial variations related to the limestone block heterogeneously. Rapid response to TCE concentrations is associated with preferential flow paths. Slow response and long tailing of TCE of TCE concentration are associated with diffusive transport in rock matrix and mass transport rates limitations. Bimodal distributions are associated with multiple flow path connectivity. Overall, results show that karstified limestone has a high capacity to rapidly transport, as well as store and slowly release TCE pure and dissolved phase. Response times to TCE concentrations depend on the mode of transport, and region of flow paths.

  17. IRIS Toxicological Review of Trichloroethylene (TCE) (External Review Draft)

    EPA Science Inventory

    EPA is conducting a peer review and public comment of the scientific basis supporting the human health hazard and dose-response assessment of Trichloroethylene (TCE) that when finalized will appear on the Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) database.

  18. Status of groundwater pollution in the San Gabriel Valley, California

    SciTech Connect

    Earley, J.D.

    1987-07-01

    Contamination of groundwater in the San Gabriel Valley of California has been identified as a potential health hazard from industrial sources. Sampling has revealed the presence of trichloroethylene (TCE), perchloroethylene (PCE) and carbon tetrachloride (CTC); therefore, water purveyors are using a variety of means to alleviate the contamination and the use of contaminated water.

  19. Well Installation and Sampling Report for Monitoring Wells TCM6 TCM7, and TNX 28D - 40D and GeoSiphon Cell TGSC-2

    SciTech Connect

    Nichols, R.L.

    1999-09-20

    The shallow groundwater and sediments beneath the TNX Area are contaminated with both dissolved and residual chlorinated volatile organic compounds (CVOCs) such as trichloroethylene (TCE), carbon tetrachloride and perchloroethylene (PCE). The Savannah River Technology Center (SRTC) is studying a new technology for remediating CVOCs known as GeoSiphon.

  20. TCE degradation by methanotrophic bacteria in a water-saturated sand column

    SciTech Connect

    Fayolle, F.; Le Roux, F.; Treboul, C.; Ballerini, D.

    1995-12-31

    Trichloroethylene (TCE) degradation in a polluted aquifer was simulated using water-saturated sand columns with alternative injection of aqueous TCE/salt solution and CH{sub 4}/air mixture. Experiments were performed with two columns. The first under abiotic conditions to determine the TCE stripped fraction and the second seeded with a methanotrophic strain to quantify TCE biodegradation. Preliminary tests were performed in flasks to optimize CH{sub 4}/air injection. Stripping of TCE increased with increasing influent TCE concentration and residence time inside the column. TCE losses in gaseous effluent varied between 34% and 67% of the TCE injected. Under nonlimiting oxygen and mineral nutrient conditions, 50% of the TCE was biodegraded immediately after seeding the column, this value finally stabilizing at 20 to 30% of residual TCE after stripping.

  1. Urinary excretion of tetrachloroethylene (perchloroethylene) in experimental and occupational exposure

    SciTech Connect

    Imbriani, M.; Ghittori, S.; Pezzagno, G.; Capodaglio, E.

    1988-07-01

    Fifteen human volunteers were exposed to tetrachloroethylene (perchloroethylene, tetrachloroethene) vapor at 3.6-316 mg/m3 for 2-4 hr at rest (10 cases) and during light physical exercise (5 cases). Subsequently, 55 workers who were occupationally exposed to tetrachloroethylene in eight commercial dry cleaning facilities were studied (median value, 66 mg/m3; geometric standard deviation, 3.15 mg/m3). In both the experimentally exposed subjects and occupationally exposed workers the urinary concentration of tetrachloroethylene showed a linear relationship to the corresponding environmental time-weighted average concentration. The findings indicate that the urinary concentration of tetrachloroethylene can be used as an appropriate biological exposure indicator. In occupationally exposed subjects performing moderate work, the urinary tetrachloroethylene concentration corresponding to the time-weighted average of the threshold limit value proved to be 120 mcg/L and its 95% lower confidence limit (biological threshold) 100 mcg/L. The effects of workload on the tetrachloroethylene urinary elimination are also accounted for.

  2. Draft genome sequence and characterization of Desulfitobacterium hafniense PCE-S

    PubMed Central

    2015-01-01

    This genome report describes the draft genome and the physiological characteristics of Desulfitobacterium hafniense PCE-S, a Gram-positive bacterium known to dechlorinate tetrachloroethene (PCE) to dichloroethene by a PCE reductive dehalogenase. The draft genome has a size of 5,666,696 bp with a G + C content of 47.3%. The genome is very similar to the already sequenced Desulfitobacterium hafniense Y51 and the type strain DCB-2. We identified two complete reductive dehalogenase (rdh) genes in the genome of D. hafniense PCE-S, one of which encodes PceA, the PCE reductive dehalogenase, and is located on a transposon. Interestingly, this transposon structure differs from the PceA-containing transposon of D. hafniense Y51. The second rdh encodes an unknown reductive dehalogenase, highly similar to rdhA 7 found in D. hafniense DCB-2, in which the corresponding gene is disrupted. This reductive dehalogenase might be responsible for the reductive dechlorination of 2,4,5-trichlorophenol and pentachlorophenol, which is mediated by D. hafniense PCE-S in addition to the reductive dechlorination of PCE. PMID:26203328

  3. Large two-dimensional laboratory experiment with biodegradation of a PCE source zone

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    Langevoort, M.; Hassanizadeh, S.; Kleingeld, P.; Heimovaara, T.; Leijnse, T.

    2008-12-01

    To investigate the effects of bioremediation on DNAPL source zones, we carried out an experiment in a two-dimensional tank filled with sand. A microbial assemblage originating from a contaminated field site was used for inoculation without enrichment. Injection of 250 ml PCE into the tank yielded a residual zone of PCE with a pool at the bottom. After this injection, the tank was continuously flushed with anaerobic water containing sufficient electron donor and various nutrients. Chlorinated ethenes analysis, microbial groups counting, and the visual observation of the colored PCE show that PCE was degraded in the source zone. Bio-enhanced dissolution occurred as cDCE concentrations were measured four times the solubility limit of PCE and because the PCE solubility limit in the source zone increased. Degradation of cDCE to VC and ethene occurred when PCE concentrations were low (<0.1 mM). After one year of experiment, approximately 135 ml of chlorinated ethenes were removed from the tank. PCE left in the tank was 90 ml and was only present in the pool. keywords: 2D tank experiment, PCE-DNAPL, reductive dechlorination, source zone, bio-enhanced dissolution, mobilization.

  4. The Potential of the Ni-Resistant TCE-Degrading Pseudomonas putida W619-TCE to Reduce Phytotoxicity and Improve Phytoremediation Efficiency of Poplar Cuttings on A Ni-TCE Co-Contamination.

    PubMed

    Weyens, Nele; Beckers, Bram; Schellingen, Kerim; Ceulemans, Reinhart; van der Lelie, Daniel; Newman, Lee; Taghavi, Safiyh; Carleer, Robert; Vangronsveld, Jaco

    2015-01-01

    To examine the potential of Pseudomonas putida W619-TCE to improve phytoremediation of Ni-TCE co-contamination, the effects of inoculation of a Ni-resistant, TCE-degrading root endophyte on Ni-TCE phytotoxicity, Ni uptake and trichloroethylene (TCE) degradation of Ni-TCE-exposed poplar cuttings are evaluated. After inoculation with P. putida W619-TCE, root weight of non-exposed poplar cuttings significantly increased. Further, inoculation induced a mitigation of the Ni-TCE phytotoxicity, which was illustrated by a diminished exposure-induced increase in activity of antioxidative enzymes. Considering phytoremediation efficiency, inoculation with P. putida W619-TCE resulted in a 45% increased Ni uptake in roots as well as a slightly significant reduction in TCE concentration in leaves and TCE evapotranspiration to the atmosphere. These results indicate that endophytes equipped with the appropriate characteristics can assist their host plant to deal with co-contamination of toxic metals and organic contaminants during phytoremediation. Furthermore, as poplar is an excellent plant for biomass production as well as for phytoremediation, the obtained results can be exploited to produce biomass for energy and industrial feedstock applications in a highly productive manner on contaminated land that is not suited for normal agriculture. Exploiting this land for biomass production could contribute to diminish the conflict between food and bioenergy production. PMID:25174423

  5. Two-year evolution of perchloroethylene-induced color-vision loss

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    Gobba, F.; Righi, E.; Fantuzzi, G.; Predieri, G.; Cavazzuti, L.; Aggazzotti, G.

    1998-05-01

    Progression of perchloroethylene-induced color-vision impairment was studied in 33 dry-cleaner workers at 12 establishments in Modena, Italy. In an initial survey, the authors evaluated exposure with personal passive samplers, and they assessed color vision with the Lanthony D-15 desaturated panel. Two years later, workers were reexamined. In 19 workers (subgroup A), exposure to perchloroethylene had increased, whereas in the remaining 14 workers (subgroup B) exposure was reduced. Color vision worsened in subgroup A, but no vision changes were apparent in subgroup B. The results indicated that an increase in exposure during a 2-y period, even if slight, can cause color vision to deteriorate. A similar slight reduction in exposure did not lead to color-vision improvement; perhaps this lack of improvement resulted from (a) an insufficient reduction in exposure, (b) an insufficient reduction in duration of exposure, or (c) irreversible perchloroethylene-induced color-vision loss.

  6. Drip Irrigation Aided Phytoremediation for Removal of TCE from Groundwater

    SciTech Connect

    Wilde, E.W.

    2003-04-24

    Groundwater in D-Area at the Savannah River Site (SRS) is contaminated with trichloroethylene (TCE) and by-products resulting from discharges of this organic solvent during past disposal practices. This contaminated groundwater occurs primarily at depths of 9 meters to 15 meters below ground surface, well below the depths that are typically penetrated by plant roots. The process investigated in this study involved pumping water from the contaminated aquifer and discharging the water into overlying test plots two inches below the surface using drip irrigation. The field treatability study was conducted from 8/31/00 to 4/18/02 using six 0.08 hectare test plots, two each containing pines, cottonwoods, and no vegetation (controls). The primary objective was to determine the overall effectiveness of the process for TCE removal and to determine the principal biotic and abiotic pathways for its removal. Results demonstrated that the process provides a viable method to remove TCE-contaminated groundwater. The data clearly showed that the presence of trees reduced volatilization of TCE from the drip irrigation system to the atmosphere. Influent groundwater TCE concentrations averaging 89 mg/L were reduced to non-detectable levels (less than 5 mg/L) within the upper two feet of soil (rhizosphere).

  7. A hierarchical path computation element (PCE)-based routing algorithm in multi-domain WDM networks

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    Shang, Shengfeng; Zheng, Xiaoping; Zhang, Heng; Hua, Nan; Zhang, Hanyi

    2010-12-01

    This paper proposes an inter-domain routing algorithm for multi-domain WDM networks based on hierarchical PCE architecture. The proposed algorithm presents a strategy of selecting k random paths in parent PCE. The simulation indicates that the proposed algorithm outperforms previous methods in term of blocking probability and resource utilization.

  8. EVALUATION OF GEOPHYSICAL METHODS FOR THE DETECTION OF SUBSURFACE TETRACHLOROETHYLENE (PCE) IN CONTROLLED SPILL EXPERIMENTS

    EPA Science Inventory

    Tetrachloroethylene (PCE), typically used as a dry cleaning solvent, is a predominant contaminant in the subsurface at Superfund Sites. PCE is a dense non-aqueous phase liquid (DNAPL) that migrates downward into the earth, leaving behind areas of residual saturation and free prod...

  9. Selection of methylotrophs for TCE degradation in an electroosmotic environment

    SciTech Connect

    Vesper, S.J.; Al-Abed, S.; Patnaik, P.; Murdoch, L.C.; Vane, L.M.; Herrmann, J.G.; Davis-Hoover, W.J.

    1995-12-31

    Electroosmosis has been used for more than 50 years to dewater soils for engineering purposes. This process is now being used to extract or move contaminants in soil. The conditions created by electroosmosis may be quite restrictive to the use of bioremediation due to the production of extremes in pH and high temperatures. Methylotrophs or methanotrophs have been demonstrated to degrade trichloroethylene (TCE) in situ. Both native methylotrophs and isolates from Yellowstone National Park are being tested as TCE degraders for use in bioremediation during electroosmosis. Also, a simple laboratory model of the electroosmosis process was developed.

  10. SUMMARY REPORT OF THE PEER REVIEW WORKSHOP ON THE NEUROTOXICITY OF TETRACHLOROETHYLENE (PERCHLOROETHYLENE) DISCUSSION PAPER

    EPA Science Inventory

    The report, Summary Report of the Peer Review Workshop on the Neurotoxicity of Tetrachloroethylene (Perchloroethylene) Discussion, summarizes the discussions at a February 25, 2004, workshop that brought together recognized scientific experts to engage in a public discussi...

  11. AMBIENT PERCHLOROETHYLENE LEVELS INSIDE COIN-OPERATED LAUNDRIES WITH DRYCLEANING MACHINES ON THE PREMISES

    EPA Science Inventory

    In this study, ambient perchloroethylene (PERC) levels were measured inside and in the vicinity of six self serve laundries containing coin-type dry cleaning operations. Inside two of the laundries, evaluations of organic vapor monitoring badges were performed in addition to the ...

  12. CATALYTIC STEAM REFORMING OF CHLOROCARBONS: TRICHLOROETHANE, TRICHLOROETHYLENE AND PERCHLOROETHYLENE. (R826694C633)

    EPA Science Inventory

    The effective destruction of trichloroethane, trichloroethylene and perchloroethylene by steam reforming with a commercial nickel catalyst has been demonstrated. Conversion levels of up to 0.99999 were attained in both laboratory and semi-pilot experiments, with the products c...

  13. PERCHLOROETHYLENE (PERC) INHIBITS FUNCTION OF VOLTAGE-GATED CALCIUM CHANNELS IN PHEOCHROMOCYTOMA CELLS.

    EPA Science Inventory

    The industrial solvent perchloroethylene (PERC) is listed as a hazardous air pollutant in the 1990 Ammendments to Clean Air Act and is a known neurotoxicant. However, the mechanisms by which PERC alters nervous system function are poorly understood. In recent years, it has been d...

  14. EMERGING TECHNOLOGY BULLETIN: TWO-ZONE PCE BIOREMEDIATION SYSTEM - ABB ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES, INC. - U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

    EPA Science Inventory

    ABB Environmental Services, Inc.'s (ABB-ES), research has demonstrated that sequential anaerobic/aerobic biodegradation of tetrachloroethylene (PCE) is feasible if the proper conditions can be established. The anaerobic process can potentially completely dechlorinate PCE. Howeve...

  15. FRACTIONATION OF STABLE CARBON ISOTOPES DURING ABIOTIC TRANSFORMATION OF TCE

    EPA Science Inventory

    At a Superfund Site in Minnesota, ground water is contaminated with trichloroethylene (TCE) with the contaminant plume stretching over five miles long. The ground water is iron and manganese reducing, and the complete absence of dichloroethylene, vinyl chloride, and ethene in th...

  16. MICROBIAL COMMUNITY STRUCTURES DURING OPTIMIZATION OF TCE DEGRADATION

    EPA Science Inventory

    The size and structural changes of the microbial community will be examined as a TCE optimization study is conducted. The primary multi-lab study will look at various factors affecting anaerobic reductive dechlorination in microcosms. This microcosm data will be used in the remed...

  17. TCE REMEDIATION: REVIEW OF TECHNOLOGIES AND COMPARISON OF COSTS

    EPA Science Inventory

    Information will be compiled to compare the cost and performance of conventional technologies used to remediate dissolved TCE plumes in groundwater with the cost and performance of innovative and/or emerging technologies. The conditions at Elizabeth City, NC (site of an ongoing f...

  18. In Situ Dechlorination of TCE During Aquifer Heating

    SciTech Connect

    Truex, Michael J.; Powell, Thomas; Lynch, Kira P.

    2007-04-01

    Laboratory and field efforts were undertaken to examine trichloroethene (TCE) dechlorination as a function of temperature as an aquifer is heated to temperatures approaching boiling. Experiments were conducted using sediment samples during electrical resistance heating (ERH) treatment at the Fort Lewis East Gate Disposal Yard, which contains non-aqueous phase TCE and hydrocarbon contamination. Laboratory microcosms with these sediments showed TCE dechlorination at 70oC with measured products of acetylene, ethene, and ethane, indicating an abiotic component of the degradation. In contrast, TCE was dechlorinated to cis-1,2-dichloroethene in experiments at 10oC, likely by biological reductive dechlorination. The observed products at 70oC suggest dechlorination catalyzed by reduced sediment iron. Indications of in situ dechlorination were observed in periodic groundwater samples collected during field-scale electrical resistance heating from an average ambient temperature of about 19oC to near boiling. Dechlorination indicators included an increase in chloride concentration at the onset of heating and observation of acetylene, ethene, and methane at elevated temperatures. The data collected in this study suggest that dechlorination can occur during ERH. The overall cost-effectiveness of ERH may be enhanced by fortuitous in situ dechlorination and, potentially, can be further enhanced by specifically designing and operating ERH to maximize in situ dechlorination.

  19. Impact of FeS Mineralogy on TCE Degradation

    EPA Science Inventory

    Iron- and sulfate-reducing conditions are often encountered in permeable reactive barrier (PRB) systems that are constructed to remove TCE from groundwater, which usually leads to the accumulation of FeS mineral phases in the matrix of the PRB. Poorly crystalline mackinawite (Fe...

  20. The Impact of FeS Mineralogy on TCE Degradation

    EPA Science Inventory

    Iron- and sulfate-reducing conditions are often encountered in permeable reactive barrier (PRB) systems that are constructed to remove TCE from groundwater, which usually leads to the accumulation of FeS mineral phases in the matrix of the PRB. Poorly crystalline mackinawite (Fe...

  1. TCE TRANSPORT AND DEGRADATION IN SOIL USING ELECTROOSMOSIS

    EPA Science Inventory

    Laboratory experiments were used to characterize the transport and chemical transformation of TCE in undisturbed soil cores. Electroosmotic fluid flow was vertically downwards from anode to cathode. A voltage of 1.4 V/cm was applied to the soil for 4 weeks. More than 95% of the T...

  2. KINETICS AND MECHANISMS FOR TCE OXIDATION BY PERMANGANATE

    EPA Science Inventory

    The oxidation of trichloroethylene (TCE) by permanganate was studied via a series of kinetic experiments. The goal in product identificationa dn parameterization of the oxidation kinetics was to assess the utility of this reaction as the basis for the in-situ remediation of grou...

  3. CHARACTERIZATION OF THE EFFECTS OF INHALED PERCHLOROETHYLENE ON SUSTAINED ATTENTION IN RATS PERFORMING A VISUAL SIGNAL DETECTION TASK

    EPA Science Inventory

    The aliphatic hydrocarbon perchloroethyelene (PCE) has been associated with neurobehavioral dysfunction including reduced attention in humans. The current study sought to assess the effects of inhaled PCE on sustained attention in rats performing a visual signal detection task (S...

  4. Coupling Surfactant Flushing and Bioaugmentation for PCE-DNAPL Source Zone Treatment

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    Cápiro, N. L.; Granbery, E. K.; Amos, B. K.; Löffler, F. E.; Pennell, K. D.

    2008-12-01

    Enhanced solubilization flushing using a biodegradable surfactant (Tween 80) was combined with bioaugmentation to initiate microbial reductive dechlorination and detoxify residual tetrachloroethene (PCE)- dense nonaqueous phase liquid (DNAPL). Dechlorination activity, spatial distribution of Dehalococcoides spp., and down-gradient plume development were monitored in a 2-D aquifer cell equipped with eighteen sampling ports. Saturation distributions of the PCE-DNAPL source zone were quantified using a light transmission system to determine the ganglia-to-pool (GTP) volume ratio, which was approximately 1.5 (i.e., 60% ganglia and 40% pools) prior to surfactant flushing. Flushing with three pore volumes (PVs) of 4% (w/w) Tween 80 solution recovered approximately 55% of the original PCE mass and reduced PCE effluent concentration from saturation (200 mg/L) to less than 50 mg/L. Following the introduction of reduced basal salts medium amended with 10 mM lactate, nine side ports located upstream and within the initial PCE- DNAPL source zone were augmented with Bio-Dechlor INOCULUM (BDI), a PCE-to-ethene dechlorinating consortium. Flux-averaged measurements of aqueous effluent samples revealed the conversion of PCE to cis-dichloroethene (DCE) with minimal lag time (7 days, approx. 1 PV), and vinyl chloride and ethene were detected within 10 PVs after bioaugmentation. Quantitative real-time PCR (qPCR) targeting Dehalococcoides spp. demonstrated growth once aqueous PCE concentrations decreased below inhibitory levels (~540 mM), with significant growth (2 to 4-orders of magnitude) near the remaining source zone. These results demonstrate the successful colonization of a pool-dominated (NAPL saturation >0.13) PCE- DNAPL source zone by a dechlorinating consortium following partial mass removal, and the potential for locally bioenhanced DNAPL dissolution.

  5. Design and operation of a mini-pilot plant for the removal of sulfur from coal using the perchloroethylene process

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    Thome, T.L.; Fullerton, K.L.; Lee, S.

    1994-12-31

    A mini-pilot plant has been designed and fabricated to study the removal of sulfur from coal using perchloroethylene in a continuous process. Perchloroethylene solvent is used in a recycle process stream to perform both physical and chemical cleaning of finely crushed coal. Organic sulfur is removed in an extraction stage using perchloroethylene at atmospheric pressure. Physical removal of pyrites and minerals takes place in a float/sink apparatus in which perchloroethylene is used as a heavy medium. The plant is used to study process efficiency, control, and to provide scale-up data. The process variables studied will include type of coal, solvent-to-coal ratio, and extraction time among others. Design of the plant using bench-scale data will be discussed. Unit operations will be discussed, including extraction, heavy medium separation, screen separation, and drying.

  6. Long-term perchloroethylene exposure: a limited meta-analysis of neurobehavorial deficits in occupationally and residentially exposed groups

    EPA Science Inventory

    The literature concerning the neurobehavioral and neurophysiological effects of long-term exposure to perchloroethylene (PERC) in humans was meta-analyzed to provide a quantitative review and synthesis. The useable data base from this literature comprised studies reporting effec...

  7. Characterization of Microbial Communities in TCE-Contaminated Seep Zone Sediments

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    ROBIN, BRIGMON

    2005-03-07

    Hundreds of sites across the United States contain trichloroethene (TCE) contamination, including the Department of Energy's Savannah River Site (SRS) in Aiken, South Carolina. Previous studies have indicated that microorganisms are capable of efficiently degrading TCE to nonhazardous end products. In this project, molecular and growth based methods were used for microbial characterization of a TCE impacted seepzone where TCE degradation is naturally occurring. The results from this work provide clear evidence that the SRB may play a significant role in TCE degradation along the Twin Lakes seepline.

  8. Properties and reactivity of chlorovinylcobalamin and vinylcobalamin and their implications for vitamin B12-catalyzed reductive dechlorination of chlorinated alkenes.

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    McCauley, Kevin M; Pratt, Derek A; Wilson, Scott R; Shey, Justin; Burkey, Theodore J; van der Donk, Wilfred A

    2005-02-01

    Vitamin B12-catalyzed reductive dechlorination of perchloroethylene (PCE) and trichloroethylene (TCE) is a potential strategy for cleanup of polluted environments. Presented are crystal structures of vinylcobalamin 2 and cis-chlorovinylcobalamin 1. They show a strong resistance toward photolysis. Reduction of 2 is difficult, but reduction of 1 occurs readily and produces 2. The mechanism of this latter reaction involves acetylene as an intermediate. These and other findings are discussed in the context of environmental studies on B12-catalyzed dechlorination of PCE and TCE and investigations of the haloalkene reductive dehalogenases that catalyze similar reactions. PMID:15669852

  9. Effects of retrofit emission controls and work practices on perchloroethylene exposures in small dry-cleaning shops.

    PubMed

    Ewers, Lynda M; Ruder, Avima M; Petersen, Martin R; Earnest, G Scott; Goldenhar, Linda M

    2002-02-01

    The effectiveness of commercially available interventions for reducing workers' perchloroethylene exposures in three small dry-cleaning shops was evaluated. Depending upon machine configuration, the intervention consisted of the addition of either a refrigerated condenser or a closed-loop carbon adsorber to the existing dry-cleaning machine. These relatively inexpensive (less than $5000) engineering controls were designed to reduce perchloroethylene emissions when dry-cleaning machine doors were opened for loading or unloading. Effectiveness of the interventions was judged by comparing pre- and postintervention perchloroethylene exposures using three types of measurements in each shop: (1) full-shift, personal breathing zone, air monitoring, (2) next-morning, end-exhaled worker breath concentrations of perchloroethylene, and (3) differences in the end-exhaled breath perchloroethylene concentrations before and after opening the dry-cleaning machine door. In general, measurements supported the hypothesis that machine operators' exposures to perchloroethylene can be reduced. However, work practices, especially maintenance practices, influenced exposures more than was originally anticipated. Only owners of dry-cleaning machines in good repair, with few leaks, should consider retrofitting them, and only after consultation with their machine's manufacturer. If machines are in poor condition, a new machine or alternative technology should be considered. Shop owners and employees should never circumvent safety features on dry-cleaning machines. PMID:11843197

  10. GeneCARD-FISH: detection of tceA and vcrA reductive dehalogenase genes in Dehalococcoides mccartyi by fluorescence in situ hybridization.

    PubMed

    Matturro, B; Rossetti, S

    2015-03-01

    Due to the direct involvement in the biodegradation of chlorinated solvents, reductive dehalogenase genes (RDase) are considered biomarkers of the metabolic potential of different strains of Dehalococcoides mccartyi (Dhc). This is known to be the only microbe able to completely reduce toxic chlorinated solvents to harmless ethene. In the last years, several Molecular Biological Tools (MBTs) have been developed to optimize the detectability of Dhc cells and/or the RDase genes, with particular attention to the most important indicators of ethene formation, namely tceA and vcrA genes. Despite qPCR has been indicated as the MBT of choice, the use of CARD-FISH recently demonstrated to provide a more accurate quantification of Dhc cells in a wide concentration range, overcoming the drawbacks of loosing nucleic acids during the preparation of the sample associated with qPCR. CARD-FISH assays usually target 16S rRNA and up to date no protocol able to discriminate different Dhc strains by detecting RDase genes has been developed. This study reports the first evidence of in situ detection of tceA and vcrA genes into Dhc cells by applying a new procedure named geneCARD-FISH. Dhc strains carrying tceA and vcrA genes were identified and quantified in a PCE-to-ethene dechlorinating microbial enrichment and overall they represented 58.63%2.45% and 40.46%1.86% of the total Dhc cells, respectively. These values were markedly higher than those obtained by qPCR, which strongly underestimated the actual concentration of vcrA gene (0.08%0.01% of Dhc 16S rRNA gene copies). The assay was successfully applied also for the analysis of environmental samples and remarkably strengthens the biomonitoring activities at field scale by providing the specific in situ discrimination of Dhc cells carrying the key-RDase genes. PMID:25595619

  11. Enhanced Reductive Dechlorination of TCE in a Basalt Aquifer

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    K. S. Sorenson; L. N. Peterson; R. Ely

    1999-04-01

    A field evaluation of enhanced reductive dechlorination of trichloroethene (TCE) in groundwater has been in progress since November 1998 to determine whether in situ biodegradation can be significantly enhanced through the addition of an electron donor (lactate). An in situ treatment cell was established in the residual source area of a large TCE plume in a fractured basalt aquifer utilizing continuous ground water extraction approximately 150 meters downgradient of the injection location. After a 1-month tracer test and baseline sampling period, the pulsed injection of lactate was begun. Ground water samples were collected from 11 sampling points on a biweekly basis and in situ water quality parameters were recorded every 4 hours at two locations. Within 2 weeks after the initial lactate injection, dissolved oxygen and redox potential were observed to decrease substantially at all sampling locations within 40 m of the injection well. Decreases in nitrate and sulfate concentrations were also observed. Both quantitative in situ rate estimation methods and qualitative measures such as changes in redox conditions, decreases in chlorine number, and changes in biomass indicator parameters are being used throughout the test to evaluate the extent to which biodegradation of TCE is enhanced.

  12. Enhanced Reductive Dechlorination of TCE in a Basalt Aquifer

    SciTech Connect

    Sorenson, Kent Soren; Peterson, Lance Nutting; Ely, R. L.

    1999-04-01

    A field evaluation of enhanced reductive dechlorination of trichloroethene (TCE) in ground water has been in progress since November 1998 to determine whether in situ biodegradation can be significantly enhanced through the addition of an electron donor (lactate). An in situ treatment cell was established in the residual source area of a large TCE plume in a fractured basalt aquifer utilizing continuous ground water extraction approximately 150 meters downgradient of the injection location. After a 1-month tracer test and baseline sampling period, the pulsed injection of lactate was begun. Ground water samples were collected from 11 sampling points on a biweekly basis and in situ water quality parameters were recorded every 4 hours at two locations. Within 2 weeks after the initial lactate injection, dissolved oxygen and redox potential were observed to decrease substantially at all sampling locations within 40 m of the injection well. Decreases in nitrate and sulfate concentrations were also observed. Both quantitative in situ rate estimation methods and qualitative measures such as changes in redox conditions, decreases in chlorine number, and changes in biomass indicator parameters are being used throughout the test to evaluate the extent to which biodegradation of TCE is enhanced.

  13. A Planet Hunters Search of the Kepler TCE Inventory

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Schwamb, Meg; Lintott, Chris; Fischer, Debra; Smith, Arfon; Boyajian, Tabetha; Brewer, John; Giguere, Matt; Lynn, Stuart; Schawinski, Kevin; Simpson, Rob; Wang, Ji

    2013-07-01

    NASA's Kepler spacecraft has spent the past 4 years monitoring ~160,000 stars for the signatures of transiting exoplanets. Planet Hunters (http://www.planethunters.org), part of the Zooniverse (http://www.zooniverse.org) collection of citizen science projects, uses the power of human pattern recognition via the World Wide Web to identify transits in the Kepler public data. We have demonstrated the success of a citizen science approach with the project's discoveries including PH1 b, a transiting circumbinary planet in a four star system., and over 20 previously unknown planet candidates. The Kepler team has released the list of 18,406 potential transit signals or threshold-crossing events (TCEs) identified in Quarters 1-12 (~1000 days) by their automated Transit Planet Search (TPS) algorithm. The majority of these detections found by TPS are triggered by transient events and are not valid planet candidates. To identify planetary candidates from the detected TCEs, a human review of the validation reports, generated by the Kepler pipeline for each TCE, is performed by several Kepler team members. We have undertaken an independent crowd-sourced effort to perform a systematic search of the Kepler Q1-12 TCE list. With the Internet we can obtain multiple assessments of each TCE's data validation report. Planet Hunters volunteers evaluate whether a transit is visible in the Kepler light curve folded on the expected period identified by TPS. We present the first results of this analysis.

  14. Dissolution Coupled Biodegradation of Pce by Inducing In-Situ Biosurfactant Production Under Anaerobic Conditions

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    Dominic, J.; Nambi, I. M.

    2013-12-01

    Biosurfactants have proven to enhance the bioavailability and thereby elevate the rate of degradation of Light Non Aqueous Phase Liquids (LNAPLs) such as crude oil and petroleum derivatives. In spite of their superior characteristics, use of these biomolecules for remediation of Dense Non Aqueous Phase Liquids (DNAPLs) such as chlorinated solvents is still not clearly understood. In this present study, we have investigated the fate of tetrachloroethylene (PCE) by inducing in-situ biosurfactants production, a sustainable option which hypothesizes increase in bioavailability of LNAPLs. In order to understand the effect of biosurfactants on dissolution and biodegradation under the inducement of in-situ biosurfactant production, batch experiments were conducted in pure liquid media. The individual influence of each process such as biosurfactant production, dissolution of PCE and biodegradation of PCE were studied separately for getting insights on the synergistic effect of each process on the fate of PCE. Finally the dissolution coupled biodegradation of non aqueous phase PCE was studied in conditions where biosurfactant production was induced by nitrate limitation. The effect of biosurfactants was differentiated by repeating the same experiments were the biosurfactant production was retarded. The overall effect of in-situ biosurfactant production process was evaluated by use of a mathematical model. The process of microbial growth, biosurfactant production, dissolution and biodegradation of PCE were translated as ordinary differential equations. The modelling exercise was mainly performed to get insight on the combined effects of various processes that determine the concentration of PCE in its aqueous and non-aqueous phases. Model simulated profiles of PCE with the kinetic coefficients evaluated earlier from individual experiments were compared with parameters fitted for observations in experiments with dissolution coupled biodegradation process using optimization routines. Complete disappearance of PCE from DNAPL and aqueous phase was observed in a span of 14 days in systems triggered with biosurfactant production through enhanced dissolution and biodegradation. Synergistic effect of dissolution process towards biodegradation was observed as bioavailability of PCE was increased by 3.1 times in systems with biosurfactant production. Modelling studies illustrate that biodegradation on the other hand synergistically enhanced dissolution by elevating the dissolution rates by 1.4 times. This study also suggests a mass transfer phenomenon is greatly influenced not only by surface active molecules but by microbes as well.

  15. Effect of Biomass Accumulation on Biologically Enhanced PCE DNAPL Dissolution: A Numerical Simulation

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Chu, M.; Kitanidis, P. K.; McCarty, P. L.

    2001-12-01

    Sites contaminated by dense nonaqueous phase liquids (DNAPLs) are among the most difficult to remediate. Recently, several batch and column experiments have shown the capability of using dechlorinating bacteria to accelerate the dissolution rate of DNAPL containing tetrachloroethene (PCE). Although some mathematical models have been proposed to describe the mechanisms of biologically enhanced dissolution, none of them has incorporated the effect of biomass accumulation on the reduction of local hydraulic conductivity of the porous medium. This study has developed a mathematical model that describes advection, dispersion, and reactions in a two-dimensional domain with groundwater flowing past the interface of a PCE DNAPL pool. As to the relationship between biomass and hydraulic conductivity, we have adopted published empirical correlations, including biofilm growth and plug-like growth. The inhibitory effect of PCE to bacteria and the effect of competition for a common electron donor within a microbial community have also been evaluated. The equations are solved numerically. Under the condition of no competition, our model shows that the PCE concentration profile is restricted to the vicinity of the PCE source (less than 0.5cm) when the dechlorinating activity is high. The impact of biomass accumulation is twofold: 1. Bioclogging reduces the local hydraulic conductivity significantly and thus decreases the flow past the water-DNAPL interface, slowing dissolution. 2. A high biotransformation rate of PCE increases the concentration gradient of PCE on the water-DNAPL interface, enhancing dissolution. When the mechanism of bioclogging is excluded, the mixing of the reactants is carried out by the advection of the electron donor and the transverse dispersion of PCE, overestimating the extent of enhanced dissolution. In contrast, when bioclogging is considered, the mixing of PCE and electron donor mainly depends on diffusion and/or transverse dispersion in biologically active zones. The competition study shows that the effectiveness of bio-enhanced dissolution will diminish quickly if no measure is taken to control the growth of other populations that compete for electron donor without biodegrading PCE.

  16. Laboratory and field evaluation of a SAW microsensor array for measuring perchloroethylene in breath.

    PubMed

    Groves, William A; Achutan, Chandran

    2004-12-01

    This article describes the laboratory and field performance evaluation of a small prototype instrument employing an array of six polymer-coated surface acoustic wave (SAW) sensors and a thermal desorption preconcentration unit for rapid analysis of perchloroethylene in breath. Laboratory calibrations were performed using breath samples spiked with perchloroethylene to prepare calibration standards spanning a concentration range of 0.1-10 ppm. A sample volume of 250 mL was preconcentrated on 40 mg of Tenax GR at a flow rate of 100 mL/min, followed by a dry air purge and thermal desorption at a temperature of 200 degrees C. The resulting pulse of vapor was passed over the sensor array at a flow rate of 20 mL/min and sensor responses were recorded and displayed using a laptop computer. The total time per analysis was 4.5 min. SAW sensor responses were linear, and the instrument's limit of detection was estimated to be 50 ppb based on the criterion that four of the six sensors show a detectable response. Field performance was evaluated at a commercial dry-cleaning operation by comparing prototype instrument results for breath samples with those of a portable gas chromatograph (NIOSH 3704). Four breath samples were collected from a single subject over the course of the workday and analyzed using the portable gas chromatograph (GC) and SAW instruments. An additional seven spiked breath samples were prepared and analyzed so that a broader range of perchloroethylene concentrations could be examined. Linear regression analysis showed excellent agreement between prototype instrument and portable GC breath sample results with a correlation coefficient of 0.99 and a slope of 1.04. The average error for the prototype instrument over a perchloroethylene breath concentration range of 0.9-7.2 ppm was 2.6% relative to the portable GC. These results demonstrate the field capabilities of SAW microsensor arrays for rapid analysis of organic vapors in breath. PMID:15742707

  17. Two-year evolution of perchloroethylene-induced color-vision loss.

    PubMed

    Gobba, F; Righi, E; Fantuzzi, G; Predieri, G; Cavazzuti, L; Aggazzotti, G

    1998-01-01

    Progression of perchloroethylene-induced color-vision impairment was studied in 33 dry-cleaner workers at 12 establishments in Modena, Italy. In an initial survey, we evaluated exposure with personal passive samplers, and we assessed color vision with the Lanthony D-15 desaturated panel. Two years later, workers were reexamined. In 19 workers (subgroup A), exposure to perchloroethylene had increased (median of 1.7 ppm versus 4.3 ppm, respectively), whereas in the remaining 14 workers (subgroup B) exposure was reduced (2.9 ppm versus 0.7 ppm, respectively). Color vision worsened in subgroup A, but no vision changes were apparent in subgroup B. The results indicated that an increase in exposure during a 2-y period, even if slight, can cause color vision to deteriorate. A similar slight reduction in exposure did not lead to color-vision improvement; perhaps this lack of improvement resulted from (a) an insufficient reduction in exposure, (b) an insufficient reduction in duration of exposure, or (c) irreversible perchloroethylene-induced color-vision loss. PMID:9814715

  18. Evaluation of perchloroethylene emissions from dry-cleaned fabrics. Final report, March-May 1988

    SciTech Connect

    Tichenor, B.A.; Sparks, L.E.; Jackson, M.D.

    1988-10-01

    This report gives results of short-term evaluation of perchloroethylene (perc) from dry-cleaned fabrics to determine: (1) how the introduction of fresh dry cleaning into a house affects the indoor concentration of perc, and (2) the effectiveness of 'airing-out' for reducing perc emissions. Small chamber tests were conducted to determine perc emission characteristics for three fabrics at several temperatures and air exchange rates. Test house studies were conducted to determine the indoor concentration of perc due to the placement of dry-cleaned clothing in the house. Based on study results, and assuming that test conditions were representative of normal dry-cleaning and consumer practices, the following conclusions were reached: (a) emissions from freshly dry-cleaned clothing cause elevated levels of perchloroethylene in residences; and (b) for the three fabrics tested, 'airing-out' of dry-cleaned clothing by consumers will not be effective in reducing perchloroethylene emissions. Significant variations in dry cleaning practices and/or in the mix of fabrics and clothing being cleaned could provide different results and conclusions.

  19. Bacteria associated with oak and ash on a TCE-contaminated site: Characterization of isolates with potential to avoid evapotranspiration of TCE

    SciTech Connect

    Weyens, N.; van der Lelie, D.; Taghavi, S.; Barac, T.; Boulet, J.; Artois, T.; Carleer, R.; Vangronsveld, J.

    2009-11-01

    Along transects under a mixed woodland of English Oak (Quercus robur) and Common Ash (Fraxinus excelsior) growing on a trichloroethylene (TCE)-contaminated groundwater plume, sharp decreases in TCE concentrations were observed, while transects outside the planted area did not show this remarkable decrease. This suggested a possibly active role of the trees and their associated bacteria in the remediation process. Therefore, the cultivable bacterial communities associated with both tree species growing on this TCE-contaminated groundwater plume were investigated in order to assess the possibilities and practical aspects of using these common native tree species and their associated bacteria for phytoremediation. In this study, only the cultivable bacteria were characterized because the final aim was to isolate TCE-degrading, heavy metal resistant bacteria that might be used as traceable inocula to enhance bioremediation. Cultivable bacteria isolated from bulk soil, rhizosphere, root, stem, and leaf were genotypically characterized by amplified rDNA restriction analysis (ARDRA) of their 16S rRNA gene and identified by 16S rRNA gene sequencing. Bacteria that displayed distinct ARDRA patterns were screened for heavy metal resistance, as well as TCE tolerance and degradation, as preparation for possible future in situ inoculation experiments. Furthermore, in situ evapotranspiration measurements were performed to investigate if the degradation capacity of the associated bacteria is enough to prevent TCE evapotranspiration to the air. Between both tree species, the associated populations of cultivable bacteria clearly differed in composition. In English Oak, more species-specific, most likely obligate endophytes were found. The majority of the isolated bacteria showed increased tolerance to TCE, and TCE degradation capacity was observed in some of the strains. However, in situ evapotranspiration measurements revealed that a significant amount of TCE and its metabolites was evaporating through the leaves to the atmosphere. The characterization of the isolates obtained in this study shows that the bacterial community associated with Oak and Ash on a TCE-contaminated site, was strongly enriched with TCE-tolerant strains. However, this was not sufficient to degrade all TCE before it reaches the leaves. A possible strategy to overcome this evapotranspiration to the atmosphere is to enrich the plant-associated TCE-degrading bacteria by in situ inoculation with endophytic strains capable of degrading TCE.

  20. Abiotic dechlorination in rock matrices impacted by long-term exposure to TCE.

    PubMed

    Schaefer, Charles E; Towne, Rachael M; Lippincott, David R; Lacombe, Pierre J; Bishop, Michael E; Dong, Hailiang

    2015-01-01

    Field and laboratory tests were performed to evaluate the abiotic reaction of trichloroethene (TCE) in sedimentary rock matrices. Hydraulically conductive fractures, and the rock directly adjacent to the hydraulically conductive fractures, within a historically contaminated TCE bedrock aquifer were used as the basis for this study. These results were compared to previous work using rock that had not been exposed to TCE (Schaefer et al., 2013) to assess the impact of long-term TCE exposure on the abiotic dechlorination reaction, as the longevity of these reactions after long-term exposure to TCE was hitherto unknown. Results showed that potential abiotic TCE degradation products, including ethane, ethene, and acetylene, were present in the conductive fractures. Using minimally disturbed slices of rock core at and near the fracture faces, laboratory testing on the rocks confirmed that abiotic dechlorination reactions between the rock matrix and TCE were occurring. Abiotic daughter products measured in the laboratory under controlled conditions were consistent with those measured in the conductive fractures, except that propane also was observed as a daughter product. TCE degradation measured in the laboratory was well described by a first order rate constant through the 118-d study. Observed bulk first-order TCE degradation rate constants within the rock matrix were 1.3×10(-8) s(-1). These results clearly show that abiotic dechlorination of TCE is occurring within the rock matrix, despite decades of exposure to TCE. Furthermore, these observed rates of TCE dechlorination are expected to have a substantial impact on TCE migration and uptake/release from rock matrices. PMID:25192648

  1. Trichloroethene Reductive Dehalogenase from Dehalococcoides ethenogenes: Sequence of tceA and Substrate Range Characterization

    PubMed Central

    Magnuson, Jon K.; Romine, Margaret F.; Burris, David R.; Kingsley, Mark T.

    2000-01-01

    The anaerobic bacterium Dehalococcoides ethenogenes is the only known organism that can completely dechlorinate tetrachloroethene or trichloroethene (TCE) to ethene via dehalorespiration. One of two corrinoid-containing enzymes responsible for this pathway, TCE reductive dehalogenase (TCE-RDase) catalyzes the dechlorination of TCE to ethene. TCE-RDase dehalogenated 1,2-dichloroethane and 1,2-dibromoethane to ethene at rates of 7.5 and 30 ?mol/min/mg, respectively, similar to the rates for TCE, cis-dichloroethene (DCE), and 1,1-DCE. A variety of other haloalkanes and haloalkenes containing three to five carbon atoms were dehalogenated at lower rates. The gene encoding TCE-RDase, tceA, was cloned and sequenced via an inverse PCR approach. Sequence comparisons of tceA to proteins in the public databases revealed weak sequence similarity confined to the C-terminal region, which contains the eight-iron ferredoxin cluster binding motif, (CXXCXXCXXXCP)2. Direct N-terminal sequencing of the mature enzyme indicated that the first 42 amino acids constitute a signal sequence containing the twin-arginine motif, RRXFXK, associated with the Sec-independent membrane translocation system. This information coupled with membrane localization studies indicated that TCE-RDase is located on the exterior of the cytoplasmic membrane. Like the case for the two other RDases that have been cloned and sequenced, a small open reading frame, tceB, is proposed to be involved with membrane association of TCE-RDase and is predicted to be cotranscribed with tceA. PMID:11097881

  2. Hydrogeologic investigation of the Malvern TCE Superfund Site, Chester County, Pennsylvania

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    Sloto, Ronald A.

    1997-01-01

    The Malvern TCE Superfund Site, a former solvent recycling facility that now stores and sells solvents, consists of a plant and disposal area, which are approximately 1,900 ft (feet) apart. The site is underlain by an unconfined carbonate bedrock aquifer in which permeability has been enhanced in places by solution. Water levels respond quickly to precipitation and show a similar seasonal variation, response to precipitation, and range of fluctuation. The altitude of water levels in wells at the disposal area is nearly identical because of the small hydraulic gradient. A comparison of water-table maps for 1983, 1993, and 1994 shows that the general shape of the water table and hydraulic gradients in the area have remained the same through time and for different climatic conditions. The plant area is underlain by dolomite of the Elbrook Formation. The dolomite at the plant area does not yield as much water as the dolomite at the disposal area because it is less fractured, and wells penetrate few water-bearing fractures. Yields of nine wells at the plant area range from 1 to 200 gal/min (gallons per minute); the median yield is 6 gal/min. Specific capacities range from 0.08 to 2 (gal/min)/ft (gallons per minute per foot). Aquifer tests were conducted in two wells; median transmissivities estimated from the aquifer-test data ranged from 528 to 839 feet squared per day. Maximum concentrations of volatile organic compounds (VOC's) in ground water at the plant area in 1996 were 53,900 ug/L (micrograms per liter) for trichloroethylene (TCE), 7,110 ug/L for tetrachloroethylene (PCE), and 17,700 ug/L for 1,1,1-trichloroethane (TCA). A ground-water divide is located between the plant area and the disposal area. Ground-water withdrawal for dewatering the Catanach quarry has caused a cone of depression in the water-table surface that reaches to the plant area. From the plant area, ground water flows 1.2 miles to the northeast and discharges to the Catanach quarry. The regional hydraulic gradient between the plant and the Catanach quarry is 0.019. Concentrations of VOC's in water from wells drilled northeast and donwgradient of the plant property boundary are one to two orders of magnitude less than concentrations in water from wells less than 100 ft away at the plant. A capture-zone analysis was performed for two wells at the plant area. The analysis showed that pumping well CC-19 at 20 gal/min would be sufficient to capture all ground-water flow from the plant area. Although water from other wells at the plant site contains higher concentrations of VOC's than water from well CC-19, pumping well CC-19 would induce the flow of water with higher concentrations of VOC's; however, pumping well CC-19 might causes VOC's to move lower into the aquifer. The disposal area is underlain by the Ledger Dolomite. The dolomite at the disposal area is much more fractured than the dolomite at the plant area. Although many of the fractures are filled or partially filled with clay, the dolomite at the disposal area yields more water than the dolomite at the plant area. Yields of eight wells at the disposal area range from 15 to more than 200 gal/min; the median yield is greater than 100 gal/min. Specific capacities range from 2 to 280 (gal/min)/ft. Aquifer tests were conducted in two wells; estimated transimissivities were 34,900 and 56,300 feet squared per day. Concentrations of VOC's in ground water are lower at the disposal area than at the plant area. Water samples collected from wells at the disposal area in 1996 had maximum concentrations of TCE of 768 ug/L, PCE of 111 ug/L, and TCA of 108 ug/L. These concentrations are lower than concentrations in water samples collected before cleanup of drums in the disposal area was completed in 1984. Ground water from the disposal area flows south-southeast toward Valley Creek. The hydraulic gradient between the disposal area and Valley Creek is 0.001. A well-defined p

  3. Biodegradation of perchloroethylene and chlorophenol co-contamination and toxic effect on activated sludge performance.

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    Li, Hui; Shen, Ting-Ting; Wang, Xiao-Li; Lin, Kuang-Fei; Liu, Yong-Di; Lu, Shu-Guang; Gu, Ji-Dong; Wang, Ping; Lu, Qiang; Du, Xiao-Ming

    2013-06-01

    This study investigated the effects of PCE and 2-CP co-contamination on growth of microbial community in terms of enzymatic activity and microbial diversity in activated sludge. Results showed that the activities of three key enzymes (dehydrogenase, phosphatase and urease) decreased significantly when PCE (in the range of 5-150 mg/L) was mixed with 2-CP (in the range of 25-150 mg/L). Especially, activity of dehydrogenase decreased by more than 93% as the concentration of PCE and 2-CP both reached 150 mg/L. PCR-DGGE revealed that short-term exposure with PCE and 2-CP did not lead to shift in the microbial community structure, while clone library demonstrated a significant change in the microbial diversity after long-term exposure. As the population of Alphaproteobacteria and Gamaproteobacteria decreased, with Actinobacteria eventually disappeared, species including Firmicutes, Bacteroidetes and Synergistetes became dominating groups. This study demonstrated that co-contamination with PCE and 2-CP affected the performance of activated sludge in a significant way. PMID:23587831

  4. Field and laboratory evaluation of a diffusive emitter for semipassive release of PCE to an aquifer

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    Arildskov, N.P.; Devlin, J.F.

    2000-02-01

    In controlled field experiments or model aquifers, it is sometimes desirable to introduce solutes below the water table without perturbing the flow system. Diffusive emitters offer a means of achieving that goal. In this study, two laboratory experiments were conducted to evaluate nylon tubing as a diffusive emitter for tetrachloroethene (PCE). The initial approach was to pump a saturated aqueous PCE solution through a piece of nylon tubing immersed in a flow-through contractor vessel. Millipore water was pumped through the contractor vessel at a constant rate. Due to PCE diffusion through the nylon, a steady-state concentration in the contractor vessel eventually developed. The process was well described by a computer model that accounted for retarded diffusion through the nylon. In a second experiment, pieces of nylon tubing were exposed to a relatively low concentration of PCE in water for 10 days in gently rotated hypovials. With the aid of a second diffusion model, the bulk diffusion coefficient was obtained from the concentration history of the solution. With the different experimental conditions taken into account, there was reasonably good agreement between the bulk diffusion coefficients in the two experiments. The results were used in the field design of a semipassive release system. Evaluation of this system showed a lower than expected steady-state concentration of PCE inside the releasing wells. The difference is likely due to lower temperature, variable PCE concentrations in the nylon tubing, and nonideal mixing in the wells. The work has shown that laboratory derived diffusion coefficients for polymeric materials are likely to be larger than, but within an order of magnitude of, the effective diffusion coefficients exhibited by emitters in the field. Nevertheless, with temperature corrections taken into account and proper well development, these values could be used to design emitters that would suit most practical applications.

  5. Laboratory study of air sparging of TCE-contaminated saturated soils and ground water

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    Adams, J.A.; Reddy, K.R.

    1999-06-30

    Air sparging has proven to be an effective remediation technique for treating saturated soils and ground water contaminated by volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Since little is known about the system variables and mass transfer mechanisms important to air sparging, several researchers have recently performed laboratory investigations to study such issues. This paper presents the results of column experiments performed to investigate the behavior of dense nonaqueous phase liquids (DNAPLs), specifically trichloroethylene (TCE), during air sparging. The specific objectives of the study were (1) to compare the removal of dissolved TCE with the removal of dissolved light nonaqueous phase liquids (LNAPLs), such as benzene or toluene; (2) to determine the effect of injected air-flow rate on dissolved TCE removal; (3) to determine the effect of initial dissolved TCE concentration on removal efficiency; and (4) to determine the differences in removal between dissolved and pure-chase TCE. The test results showed that (1) the removal of dissolved TCE was similar to that of dissolved LNAPL; (2) increased air-injection rates led to increased TCE removal at lower ranges of air injection, but further increases at higher ranges of air injection did not increase the rate of removal, indicating a threshold removal rate had been reached; (3) increased initial concentration of dissolved TCE resulted in similar rates of removal; and (4) the removal pf pure-phase TCE was difficult using a low air-injection rate, but higher air-injection rates led to easier removal.

  6. Surfactant foam/bioaugmentation technology for in situ treatment of TCE-DNAPLs.

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    Rothmel, R. K.; Peters, R. W.; St. Martin, E.; Deflaun, M. F.; Energy Systems; Envirogen, Inc.

    1998-06-01

    Chlorinated solvents such as trichloroethylene (TCE) are prevalent aquifer contaminants. Depending on the degree of contamination, their physical properties may cause them to occur as dense nonaqueous-phase liquids (DNAPLs) making them difficult to remediate by pump-and-treat methods. Successful in situ bioremediation requires mobilization and dispersion of DNAPLs in order to reduce sediment concentrations to levels nontoxic to degradative bacteria. A bench-scale study was conducted to evaluate a novel remediation technology that utilized surfactant foam for mobilizing and dispersing TCE-DNAPLs combined with a bioaugmentation technology to remediate TCE in situ. Results using the anionic surfactant Steol CS-330 showed that foam injected into TCE-DNAPL-contaminated sand columns enhanced mobilization of TCE-DNAPLs. Mobilization was maximized when the foam was injected in a pulsed operation. Injection of foam followed by artificial groundwater (AGW) and then by foam again resulted in flushing 75% of the initial TCE-DNAPL through an 8-in. column (884 cm3 of sand). The residual TCE was dispersed within the column at concentration levels compatible with biodegradation (<500 {micro}g/g). Adding the TCE-degrading bacterial strain ENV 435 simultaneously with the second pulse of foam resulted in 95-99% degradation of the residual TCE. This level of remediation was achieved with a total of 3 pore volumes (foam/AGW/foam + bacteria) and an aqueous column retention time of 1 h.

  7. Steam and air co-injection in removing residual TCE in unsaturated layered sandy porous media.

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    Peng, Sheng; Wang, Ning; Chen, Jiajun

    2013-10-01

    Steam and air co-injection is a promising technique for volatile and semi-volatile organic contaminant remediation in heterogeneous porous media. In this study, removal of trichloroethene (TCE) with steam-air co-injection was investigated through a series of 2D sandbox experiments with different layered sand structures, and through numerical simulations. The results show that a layered structure with coarse sand, in which steam and air convection are relatively rapid, resulted in a higher removal rate and a larger removal ratio than those observed in an experiment using finer sand; however, the difference was not significant, and the removal ratios from three experiments ranged from 85% to 94%. Slight downward movement of TCE was observed for Experiment 1 (TCE initially in a fine sand zone encased in a coarse sand), while no such movement was observed for Experiment 2 (TCE initially in two fine sand layers encased in a coarse sand) or 3 (TCE initially in a silty sand zone encased in a coarse sand). Simulations show accumulation of TCE at the interface of the layered sands, which indicates a capillary barrier effect in restraining the downward movement of TCE. This effect is illustrated further by a numerical experiment with homogeneous coarse sand, in which continuous downward TCE movement to the bottom of the sandbox was simulated. Another numerical experiment with higher water saturation was also conducted. The results illustrate a complicated influence of water saturation on TCE removal in a layered sand structure. PMID:23962760

  8. A PCE/GMPLS-based collision-avoiding wavelength assignment scheme for WSONs

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    Xie, Jiuyu; Zhang, Min; Zhang, Lifang; Ji, Yuefeng; Zhang, Jie; Ye, Peida

    2010-12-01

    In order to solve the wavelength resource reserve collision problem in distributed wavelength assignment senario for PCE/GMPLS-based WSONs, a half-centralized wavelength assignment scheme has been proposed, which efficiently avoids the collision by adding several functions to PCE and doing some extensions to the GMPLS signaling. Simulation results show that the proposed scheme performs much better in decreasing total blocking probability than two traditional ones under various traffic conditions, especially when the traffic load is low while the arrival rate is high.

  9. Reductive Dechlorination of Tetrachloroethene to Ethene by a Two-Component Enzyme Pathway

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    Magnuson, Jon K.; Stern, Robert V.; Gossett, James M.; Zinder, Stephen H.; Burris, David R.

    1998-01-01

    Two membrane-bound, reductive dehalogenases that constitute a novel pathway for complete dechlorination of tetrachloroethene (perchloroethylene [PCE]) to ethene were partially purified from an anaerobic microbial enrichment culture containing Dehalococcoides ethenogenes 195. When titanium(III) citrate and methyl viologen were used as reductants, PCE-reductive dehalogenase (PCE-RDase) (51 kDa) dechlorinated PCE to trichloroethene (TCE) at a rate of 20 ?mol/min/mg of protein. TCE-reductive dehalogenase (TCE-RDase) (61 kDa) dechlorinated TCE to ethene. TCE, cis-1,2-dichloroethene, and 1,1-dichloroethene were dechlorinated at similar rates, 8 to 12 ?mol/min/mg of protein. Vinyl chloride and trans-1,2-dichloroethene were degraded at rates which were approximately 2 orders of magnitude lower. The light-reversible inhibition of TCE-RDase by iodopropane and the light-reversible inhibition of PCE-RDase by iodoethane suggest that both of these dehalogenases contain Co(I) corrinoid cofactors. Isolation and characterization of these novel bacterial enzymes provided further insight into the catalytic mechanisms of biological reductive dehalogenation. PMID:10671186

  10. Socioeconomic disparities in indoor air, breath, and blood perchloroethylene level among adult and child residents of buildings with or without a dry cleaner.

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    Storm, Jan E; Mazor, Kimberly A; Shost, Stephen J; Serle, Janet; Aldous, Kenneth M; Blount, Benjamin C

    2013-04-01

    In many cities, dry cleaners using perchloroethylene are frequently located in multifamily residential buildings and often cause elevated indoor air levels of perchloroethylene throughout the building. To assess individual perchloroethylene exposures associated with co-located dry cleaners, we measured perchloroethylene in residential indoor air, and in blood and breath of adults and children residing in buildings with a dry cleaner as part of the New York City (NYC) Perc Project. We also measured perchloroethylene in indoor air, and in blood and breath of residents of buildings without a dry cleaner for comparison. Here, we evaluate whether an environmental disparity in perchloroethylene exposures is present. Study participants are stratified by residential building type (dry cleaner or reference) and socioeconomic characteristics (race/ethnicity and income); measures of perchloroethylene exposure are examined; and, the influence of stratified variables and other factors on perchloroethylene exposure is assessed using multivariate regression. All measures of perchloroethylene exposure for residents of buildings with a dry cleaner indicated a socioeconomic disparity. Mean indoor air perchloroethylene levels were about five times higher in minority (82.5 ug/m(3)) than in non-minority (16.5 ug/m(3)) households, and about six times higher in low-income (105.5 ug/m(3)) than in high income (17.8 ug/m(3)) households. Mean blood perchloroethylene levels in minority children (0.27 ng/mL) and adults (0.46 ng/mL) were about two and three times higher than in non-minority children (0.12 ng/mL) and adults (0.15 ng/mL), respectively. Mean blood perchloroethylene levels in low income children (0.34 ng/mL) and adults (0.62 ng/mL) were about three and four times higher than in high income children (0.11 ng/mL) and adults (0.14 ng/mL), respectively. A less marked socioeconomic disparity was observed in perchloroethylene breath levels with minority and low income residents having slightly higher levels than non-minority and high income residents. Multivariate regression affirmed that indoor air perchloroethylene level in dry cleaner buildings was the single most important factor determining perchloroethylene in blood and breath. Neither age, gender, nor socioeconomic status significantly influenced perchloroethylene levels in breath or blood. We previously reported that increased indoor air, breath, and blood perchloroethylene levels among NYC Perc Project child participants were associated with an increased risk for slightly altered vision. Thus, the disproportionately elevated perchloroethylene exposures of minority and low-income child residents of buildings with a dry cleaner shown here constitutes an environmental exposure disparity with potential public health consequences. Among residents of buildings without a dry cleaner, we observed some small increases in perchloroethylene breath and blood levels among non-minority or high income residents compared to minority or low income residents. These differences were not attributable to differences in indoor air levels of perchloroethylene which did not differ across socioeconomic categories, but appear to be associated with more frequent exposures dry cleaned garments. PMID:23453848

  11. PCE/K-10 Activities for Career Education, Grades 4-6.

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    Portland Public Schools, OR. Area II Office.

    The Portland (Oregon) Public School Project Career Education (PCE) Activities for grades 4-6 is based on the city's overall Area 2 program goals for career education which proposed that children completing school should have sufficient knowledge and competencies to enter into a field of employment or an advanced training program in that field.

  12. FIELD MEASUREMENT OF VAPOR INTRUSION RATES AT A PCE SITE (ABSTRACT ONLY)

    EPA Science Inventory

    A field study was performed to evaluate vapor intrusion (VI) of tetrachloroethylene (PCE) and other chlorinated solvents at a commercial retail site in Dallas, TX. The building is approximately 40 years old and once housed a dry cleaning operation. Results from an initial site ch...

  13. Sewer Gas: An Indoor Air Source of PCE to Consider During Vapor Intrusion Investigations

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    Pennell, Kelly G.; Scammell, Madeleine Kangsen; McClean, Michael D.; Ames, Jennifer; Weldon, Brittany; Friguglietti, Leigh; Suuberg, Eric M.; Shen, Rui; Indeglia, Paul A.; Heiger-Bernays, Wendy J.

    2013-01-01

    The United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) is finalizing its vapor intrusion guidelines. One of the important issues related to vapor intrusion is background concentrations of volatile organic chemicals (VOCs) in indoor air, typically attributed to consumer products and building materials. Background concentrations can exist even in the absence of vapor intrusion and are an important consideration when conducting site assessments. In addition, the development of accurate conceptual models that depict pathways for vapor entry into buildings is important during vapor intrusion site assessments. Sewer gas, either as a contributor to background concentrations or as part of the site conceptual model, is not routinely evaluated during vapor intrusion site assessments. The research described herein identifies an instance where vapors emanating directly from a sanitary sewer pipe within a residence were determined to be a source of tetrachloroethylene (PCE) detected in indoor air. Concentrations of PCE in the bathroom range from 2.1 to 190 ug/m3 and exceed typical indoor air concentrations by orders of magnitude resulting in human health risk classified as an “Imminent Hazard” condition. The results suggest that infiltration of sewer gas resulted in PCE concentrations in indoor air that were nearly two-orders of magnitude higher as compared to when infiltration of sewer gas was not known to be occurring. This previously understudied pathway whereby sewers serve as sources of PCE (and potentially other VOC) vapors is highlighted. Implications for vapor intrusion investigations are also discussed. PMID:23950637

  14. Adult Neuropsychological Performance Following Prenatal and Early Postnatal Exposure to Tetrachloroethylene (PCE)-contaminated Drinking Water

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    Janulewicz, Patricia A; White, Roberta F; Martin, Brett M; Winter, Michael R; Weinberg, Janice M; Vieira, Veronica; Aschengrau, Ann

    2012-01-01

    This population-based retrospective cohort study examined adult performance on a battery of neuropsychological tests in relation to prenatal and early postnatal exposure to tetrachloroethylene (PCE)-contaminated drinking water on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Subjects were identified through birth records from 1969 through 1983. Exposure was modeled using pipe network information from town water departments, a PCE leaching and transport algorithm, EPANet water flow modeling software, and a Geographic Information System (GIS). Results of crude and multivariate analyses among 35 exposed and 28 unexposed subjects showed no association between prenatal and early postnatal exposure and decrements on tests that assess abilities in the domains of omnibus intelligence, academic achievement or language. The results were suggestive of an association between prenatal and early postnatal PCE exposure and diminished performance on tests that assessed abilities in the domains of visuospatial functioning, learning and memory, motor, attention and mood. Because the sample size was small, most findings were not statistically significant. Future studies with larger sample sizes should be conducted to further define the neuropsychological consequences of early developmental PCE exposure. PMID:22522125

  15. Sewer Gas: An Indoor Air Source of PCE to Consider During Vapor Intrusion Investigations.

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    Pennell, Kelly G; Scammell, Madeleine Kangsen; McClean, Michael D; Ames, Jennifer; Weldon, Brittany; Friguglietti, Leigh; Suuberg, Eric M; Shen, Rui; Indeglia, Paul A; Heiger-Bernays, Wendy J

    2013-01-01

    The United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) is finalizing its vapor intrusion guidelines. One of the important issues related to vapor intrusion is background concentrations of volatile organic chemicals (VOCs) in indoor air, typically attributed to consumer products and building materials. Background concentrations can exist even in the absence of vapor intrusion and are an important consideration when conducting site assessments. In addition, the development of accurate conceptual models that depict pathways for vapor entry into buildings is important during vapor intrusion site assessments. Sewer gas, either as a contributor to background concentrations or as part of the site conceptual model, is not routinely evaluated during vapor intrusion site assessments. The research described herein identifies an instance where vapors emanating directly from a sanitary sewer pipe within a residence were determined to be a source of tetrachloroethylene (PCE) detected in indoor air. Concentrations of PCE in the bathroom range from 2.1 to 190 ug/m(3) and exceed typical indoor air concentrations by orders of magnitude resulting in human health risk classified as an "Imminent Hazard" condition. The results suggest that infiltration of sewer gas resulted in PCE concentrations in indoor air that were nearly two-orders of magnitude higher as compared to when infiltration of sewer gas was not known to be occurring. This previously understudied pathway whereby sewers serve as sources of PCE (and potentially other VOC) vapors is highlighted. Implications for vapor intrusion investigations are also discussed. PMID:23950637

  16. Adult neuropsychological performance following prenatal and early postnatal exposure to tetrachloroethylene (PCE)-contaminated drinking water.

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    Janulewicz, Patricia A; White, Roberta F; Martin, Brett M; Winter, Michael R; Weinberg, Janice M; Vieira, Veronica; Aschengrau, Ann

    2012-01-01

    This population-based retrospective cohort study examined adult performance on a battery of neuropsychological tests in relation to prenatal and early postnatal exposure to tetrachloroethylene (PCE)-contaminated drinking water on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Subjects were identified through birth records from 1969 through 1983. Exposure was modeled using pipe network information from town water departments, a PCE leaching and transport algorithm, EPANet water flow modeling software, and a Geographic Information System (GIS). Results of crude and multivariate analyses among 35 exposed and 28 unexposed subjects showed no association between prenatal and early postnatal exposure and decrements on tests that assess abilities in the domains of omnibus intelligence, academic achievement or language. The results were suggestive of an association between prenatal and early postnatal PCE exposure and diminished performance on tests that assessed abilities in the domains of visuospatial functioning, learning and memory, motor, attention and mood. Because the sample size was small, most findings were not statistically significant. Future studies with larger sample sizes should be conducted to further define the neuropsychological consequences of early developmental PCE exposure. PMID:22522125

  17. Hydration of alumina cement containing ferrotitanium slag with polycarboxylate-ethers (PCE) additives

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    Rechkalov, Denis; Chernogorlov, Sergey; Abyzov, Victor

    2016-01-01

    The paper is discussing results of study of alumina binder containing aluminous cement and ferrotitanium slag from aluminothermic process by Kliuchevskoi Ferroalloys corp. with various additives containing polycarboxylate-ethers (PCE). Selecting ferrotitanium slag as additive is based on the fact that its content of alumina and phase composition is closest to the alumina cement. The composition of the ferrotitanium slag is displayed. In order to compensate the decrease in strength caused by addition of ferrotitanium slag having low activity, PCE additives were added. As PCE additives were used Melflux 1641F, Melflux 2651F and Melflux PP200F by BASF. The effect of additives on the hydration of the binder, depending on the amount and time of additives hardening is shown. The composition of the hydration products in the cement was studied by physico-chemical analysis: derivatography and X-ray analysis. It is found that in the early stages of hardening PCE additives have inhibitory effect on hydration processes and promote new phase amorphization. The optimal content of additives was investigated. The basic properties of the binders have been tested. It was observed that the modified binders meet the requirements of Russian National State Standard GOST 969 to the alumina cement.

  18. Crystallization and preliminary X-ray diffraction studies of the pneumococcal teichoic acid phosphorylcholine esterase Pce

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    Lagartera, Laura; Gonzlez, Ana; Stelter, Meike; Garca, Pedro; Kahn, Richard; Menndez, Margarita; Hermoso, Juan A.

    2005-02-01

    The modular choline-binding protein Pce, the phosphorylcholine esterase from S. pneumoniae, has been crystallized by the hanging-drop vapour-diffusion method. A SAD data set from a derivative with a gadolinium complex has been collected to 2.7 resolution.

  19. Au Nanocluster assisted PCE improvement in PEDOT: PSS - Si Hybrid Devices

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    Sharma, Manisha; Pudasaini, Pushpa Raj; Ayon, Arturo A.

    2015-03-01

    Poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):poly(styrene sulfonate) (PEDOT:PSS), a P-type organic polymer is frequently employed in the fabrication of heterojunction p-n solar cell devices due to its proper HOMO-LUMO band gap as well as its tunable conductivity. In this report we describe the incorporation of gold (Au) nanoclusters in the PEDOT:PSS blend and its influence on the power-conversion-efficiency (PCE) on planar silicon (Si) hybrid heterojunction solar cell devices. Specifically, the reference samples without the aforementioned nanoclusters, were measured to exhibit a 6.10% PCE, value that increased to 7.55% upon the addition of the Au nanoclusters. The observed increase in the PCE is attributed to the enhanced electrical conductivity of the PEDOT:PSS films due to the incorporation of the nanoclusters, which is directly reflected in their improved fill factor. It is further theorized that the presence of Au nanoclusters in the insulating PSS layer in the PEDOT:PSS blend have a positive influence in the charge collection effectiveness of the devices produced. Considering that the Au nanoparticles involved in this research exercise had an average size of only 4 nm, it is considered that plasmonic effects did not play a relevant role in the observed PCE improvement.

  20. PCE based parallel resource reservation scheme for inter-domain path in optical network

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    Wang, Zongwei; Peng, Yunfeng; Wang, Yin

    2011-12-01

    A new scheme of optical LSP parallel resource reservation based on PCE architecture is proposed to minimize the adverse effect from wavelength continuity constraint when provisioning lightpath in WDM optical networks. Lightpath setup delay and blocking probability are prominently decreased, evaluated by simulations.

  1. Cognitive ATI Research: A Simulated Laboratory Environment in (PCE-)Prolog.

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    Kamsteeg, Paul A.; Bierman, Dick J.

    A study of 228 undergraduate psychology students examined the effectiveness of a prototype of "heatlab," a laboratory simulation written in PCE-PROLOG, intended for remedying misconceptions of the concepts "heat" and "temperature." The effect of varying the amount of structure on students' understanding and the possibility of an interaction…

  2. The Impact of Composition on the Physical Properties and Evaporative Mass Transfer of a PCE-Diesel Immiscible Liquid

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    Carroll, Kenneth C.; Taylor, Renee; Gray, Evan; Brusseau, Mark L.

    2010-01-01

    The impact of immiscible-liquid composition on mass transfer between immiscible liquid and vapor was evaluated for a complex mixture of chlorinated solvents and petroleum hydrocarbons. A mixture of PCE (tetrachloroethene) and diesel was discovered at a site in Tucson, Arizona. Partitioning of PCE into a previously spilled diesel free product has been observed, with resultant concentrations of PCE above 15% by weight. The density, viscosity, surface tension, and interfacial tension were measured for PCE-diesel mixtures with PCE fractions from 7 to 32%, and the results indicated that immiscible-liquid composition did impact the physical properties of the PCE-diesel mixture. Comparison of gas and aqueous phase partitioning results to predictions based on Raoult's Law indicated that the immiscible liquid behaved essentially as an ideal mixture. Flow-cell experiments were conducted to characterize PCE removal from the PCE-diesel mixture via vapor extraction. The effluent concentrations for the experiment conducted with free-phase immiscible liquid were comparable to equilibrium values. Conversely, they were significantly lower for the experiment wherein a residual saturation of immiscible liquid was distributed within sand. These results suggest that evaporation for the latter experiment was constrained by rate-limited mass transfer, which was attributed to dilution effects associated with a nonuniform immiscible-liquid distribution. PMID:18926630

  3. Functional Analysis of Esterase TCE2 Gene from Tetranychus cinnabarinus (Boisduval) involved in Acaricide Resistance

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    Shi, Li; Wei, Peng; Wang, Xiangzun; Shen, Guangmao; Zhang, Jiao; Xiao, Wei; Xu, Zhifeng; Xu, Qiang; He, Lin

    2016-01-01

    The carmine spider mite, Tetranychus cinnabarinus is an important pest of crops and vegetables worldwide, and it has the ability to develop resistance against acaricides rapidly. Our previous study identified an esterase gene (designated TCE2) over-expressed in resistant mites. To investigate this gene’s function in resistance, the expression levels of TCE2 in susceptible, abamectin-, fenpropathrin-, and cyflumetofen-resistant strains were knocked down (65.02%, 63.14%, 57.82%, and 63.99%, respectively) via RNA interference. The bioassay data showed that the resistant levels to three acaricides were significantly decreased after the down-regulation of TCE2, indicating a correlation between the expression of TCE2 and the acaricide-resistance in T. cinnabarinus. TCE2 gene was then re-engineered for heterologous expression in Escherichia coli. The recombinant TCE2 exhibited α-naphthyl acetate activity (483.3 ± 71.8 nmol/mg pro. min−1), and the activity of this enzyme could be inhibited by abamectin, fenpropathrin, and cyflumetofen, respectively. HPLC and GC results showed that 10 μg of the recombinant TCE2 could effectively decompose 21.23% fenpropathrin and 49.70% cyflumetofen within 2 hours. This is the first report of a successful heterologous expression of an esterase gene from mites. This study provides direct evidence that TCE2 is a functional gene involved in acaricide resistance in T. cinnabarinus. PMID:26725309

  4. 78 FR 17777 - Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) Program Availability of Application Packages

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    ... Federal Register at 44 FR 72113 on December 13, 1979. Section 163 gives the IRS authority to enter into... Internal Revenue Service Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) Program Availability of Application Packages... of the availability of Application Packages for the 2014 Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE)...

  5. 76 FR 30243 - Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) Program Availability of Application Packages

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    .... Regulations were published in the Federal Register at 44 FR 72113 on December 13, 1979. Section 163 gives the... Internal Revenue Service Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) Program Availability of Application Packages... of the availability of Application Packages for the 2012 Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE)...

  6. 77 FR 20695 - Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) Program Availability of Application Packages

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    ... Federal Register at 44 FR 72113 on December 13, 1979. Section 163 gives the IRS authority to enter into... Internal Revenue Service Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) Program Availability of Application Packages... of the availability of Application Packages for the 2013 Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE)...

  7. 75 FR 22437 - Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) Program Availability of Application Packages

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    2010-04-28

    ... were published in the Federal Register at 44 FR 72113 on December 13, 1979. Section 163 gives the IRS... Internal Revenue Service Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) Program Availability of Application Packages... of the availability of Application Packages for the 2011 Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE)...

  8. 77 FR 6863 - Proposed Collection; Comment Request for VITA/TCE Program Forms

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    ... Internal Revenue Service Proposed Collection; Comment Request for VITA/TCE Program Forms AGENCY: Internal...(c)(2)(A)). Currently, the IRS is soliciting comments concerning VITA/TCE Program Forms 14310, 8653... 20224, or through the Internet, at Allan.M.Hopkins@irs.gov . SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title:...

  9. MICROFRACTURE SURFACE GEOCHEMISTRY AND ADHERENT MICROBIAL POPULATION METABOLISM IN TCE-CONTAMINATED COMPETENT BEDROCK

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    A TCE-contaminated competent bedrock site in Portsmouth, NH was used to determine if a relation existed between microfracture (MF) surface geochemistry and the ecology and metabolic activity of attached microbes relative to terminal electron accepting processes (TEAPs) and TCE bi...

  10. Functional Analysis of Esterase TCE2 Gene from Tetranychus cinnabarinus (Boisduval) involved in Acaricide Resistance.

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    Shi, Li; Wei, Peng; Wang, Xiangzun; Shen, Guangmao; Zhang, Jiao; Xiao, Wei; Xu, Zhifeng; Xu, Qiang; He, Lin

    2016-01-01

    The carmine spider mite, Tetranychus cinnabarinus is an important pest of crops and vegetables worldwide, and it has the ability to develop resistance against acaricides rapidly. Our previous study identified an esterase gene (designated TCE2) over-expressed in resistant mites. To investigate this gene's function in resistance, the expression levels of TCE2 in susceptible, abamectin-, fenpropathrin-, and cyflumetofen-resistant strains were knocked down (65.02%, 63.14%, 57.82%, and 63.99%, respectively) via RNA interference. The bioassay data showed that the resistant levels to three acaricides were significantly decreased after the down-regulation of TCE2, indicating a correlation between the expression of TCE2 and the acaricide-resistance in T. cinnabarinus. TCE2 gene was then re-engineered for heterologous expression in Escherichia coli. The recombinant TCE2 exhibited ?-naphthyl acetate activity (483.3??71.8?nmol/mg pro. min(-1)), and the activity of this enzyme could be inhibited by abamectin, fenpropathrin, and cyflumetofen, respectively. HPLC and GC results showed that 10??g of the recombinant TCE2 could effectively decompose 21.23% fenpropathrin and 49.70% cyflumetofen within 2?hours. This is the first report of a successful heterologous expression of an esterase gene from mites. This study provides direct evidence that TCE2 is a functional gene involved in acaricide resistance in T. cinnabarinus. PMID:26725309

  11. Surfactant-enhanced remediation of a trichloroethene-contaminated aquifer. 2. Transport of TCE

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    Sahoo, D.; Smith, J.A.; Imbrigiotta, T.E.; Mclellan, H.M.

    1998-01-01

    Field studies were conducted under an induced gradient in a trichloroethene (TCE)-contaminated aquifer at Picatinny Arsenal, NJ, to study (a) the rate-limited desorption of TCE from aquifer sediments to water and (b) the effect of a surfactant (Triton X-100) on the desorption and transport of TCE. Clean water was injected into the contaminated aquifer for 206 day. Triton X-100 was added for a 36-day period (days 36-71 from the start of clean water injection). The effect of Triton X-100 on the desorption and transport of TCE in the field was examined by observing the concentrations of these two solutes in four monitoring wells 3-9 m from the injection wells. These data show a small but discernible increase in the TCE concentration in two of the wells corresponding approximately to the time when surfactant reaches the wells; in the other two monitoring wells, the increase in TCE concentration is negligible. A solute transport model that assumes local sorption equilibrium and used a laboratory-derived distribution coefficient could not adequately describe TCE desorption and transport observed in the aquifer. Two model formulations that accounted for rate-limited sorption - two-site and multisite models - fit the data well. TCE concentrations after surfactant injection were underpredicted by the models unless mass transfer rate was increased to account for the effect of surfactant on the rate of TCE desorption. The concentration data from the two wells and the model analysis suggest that the rate of TCE desorption is increased (by approximately 30%) as a result of Triton X-100 injection.Field studies were conducted under an induced gradient in a trichloroethene (TCE)-contaminated aquifer at Picatinny Arsenal, NJ, to study (a) the rate-limited desorption of TCE from aquifer sediments to water and (b) the effect of a surfactant (Triton X-100) on the desorption and transport of TCE. Clean water was injected into the contaminated aquifer for 206 day. Triton X-100 was added for a 36-day period (days 36-71 from the start of clean water injection). The effect of Triton X-100 on the desorption and transport of TCE in the field was examined by observing the concentrations of these two solutes in four monitoring wells 3-9 m from the injection wells. These data show a small but discernible increase in the TCE concentration in two of the wells corresponding approximately to the time when surfactant reaches the wells; in the other two monitoring wells, the increase in TCE concentration is negligible. A solute transport model that assumes local sorption equilibrium and used a laboratory-derived distribution coefficient could not adequately describe TCE desorption and transport observed in the aquifer. Two model formulations that accounted for rate-limited sorption - two-site and multisite models - fit the data well. TCE concentrations after surfactant injection were underpredicted by the models unless mass transfer rate was increased to account for the effect of surfactant on the rate of TCE desorption. The concentration data from the two wells and the model analysis suggest that the rate of TCE desorption is increased (by approximately 30%) as a result of Triton X-100 injection.

  12. Effects of Chloromethanes on Growth of and Deletion of the pce Gene Cluster in Dehalorespiring Desulfitobacterium hafniense Strain Y51

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    Futagami, Taiki; Yamaguchi, Takehito; Nakayama, Shun-ichi; Goto, Masatoshi; Furukawa, Kensuke

    2006-01-01

    The dehalorespiring Desulfitobacterium hafniense strain Y51 efficiently dechlorinates tetrachloroethene (PCE) to cis-1,2-dichloroethene (cis-DCE) via trichloroethene by PceA reductive dehalogenase encoded by the pceA gene. In a previous study, we found that the significant growth inhibition of strain Y51 occurred in the presence of commercial cis-DCE. In this study, it turned out that the growth inhibition was caused by chloroform (CF) contamination of cis-DCE. Interestingly, CF did not affect the growth of PCE-nondechlorinating SD (small deletion) and LD (large deletion) variants, where the former fails to transcribe the pceABC genes caused by a deletion of the promoter and the latter lost the entire pceABCT gene cluster. Therefore, PCE-nondechlorinating variants, mostly LD variant, became predominant, and dechlorination activity was significantly reduced in the presence of CF. Moreover, such a growth inhibitory effect was also observed in the presence of carbon tetrachloride at 1 ?M, but not carbon dichloride even at 1 mM. PMID:16957221

  13. Factors Influencing TCE Anaerobic Dechlorination Investigated via Simulations of Microcosm Experiments

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    Mao, X.; Harkness, M.; Lee, M. D.; Mack, E. E.; Dworatzek, S.; Acheson, C.; McCarty, P.; Barry, D. A.; Gerhard, J. I.

    2006-12-01

    SABRE (Source Area BioREmediation) is a public-private consortium whose charter is to determine if enhanced anaerobic bioremediation can result in effective and quantifiable treatment of chlorinated solvent DNAPL source areas. The focus of this 4-year, $5.7 million research project is a field site in the United Kingdom containing a TCE DNAPL source area. In preparation, a microcosm study was performed to determine the optimal combination of factors to support reductive dechlorination of TCE in site soil and groundwater. The study consisted of 168 bottles distributed between four laboratories (Dupont, GE, SiREM, and Terra Systems) and tested the impact of six carbon substrates (lactate, acetate, methanol, SRS (soybean oil), hexanol, butyl acetate), bioaugmentation with KB-1 bacterial culture, three TCE levels (100 mg/L, 400 mg/L, and 800 mg/L) and two sulphate levels (200 mg/L, >500 mg/L) on TCE dechlorination. This research presents a numerical model designed to simulate the main processes occurring in the microcosms, including substrate fermentation, sequential dechlorination, toxic inhibition, and the influence of sulphate concentration. In calibrating the model to over 60 of the microcosm experiments, lumped parameters were employed to quantify the effect of key factors on the conversion rate of each chlorinated ethene in the TCE degradation sequence. Results quantify the benefit (i.e., increased stepwise dechlorination rate) due to both bioaugmentation and the presence of higher sulphate concentrations. Competitive inhibition is found to increase in significance as TCE concentrations increase; however, inclusion of Haldane inhibition is not supported. Over a wide range of experimental conditions and dechlorination steps, SRS appears to induce relatively little hydrogen limitation, thereby facilitating relatively quick conversion of TCE to ethene. In general, hydrogen limitation is found to increase with increasing TCE concentration and with bioaugmentation, and is most pronounced in the dechlorination of TCE to DCE.

  14. Use of emulsified vegetable oil to support bioremediation of TCE DNAPL in soil columns

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    Harkness, Mark; Fisher, Angela

    2013-08-01

    The interaction between emulsified vegetable oil (EVO) and trichloroethylene (TCE) dense non-aqueous phase liquid (DNAPL) was observed using two soil columns and subsequent reductive dechlorination of TCE was monitored over a three year period. Dyed TCE DNAPL (~ 75 g) was emplaced in one column (DNAPL column), while the second was DNAPL-free (plume column). EVO was added to both columns and partitioning of the EVO into the TCE DNAPL was measured and quantified. TCE (1.9 mM) was added to the influent of the plume column to simulate conditions down gradient of a DNAPL source area and the columns were operated independently for more than one year, after which they were connected in series. Initially limited dechlorination of TCE to cDCE was observed in the DNAPL column, while the plume column supported complete reductive dechlorination of TCE to ethene. Upon connection and reamendment of the plume column with EVO, near saturation levels of TCE from the effluent of the DNAPL column were rapidly dechlorinated to c-DCE and VC in the plume column; however, this high rate dechlorination produced hydrochloric acid which overwhelmed the buffering capacity of the system and caused the pH to drop below 6.0. Dechlorination efficiency in the columns subsequently deteriorated, as measured by the chloride production and Dehalococcoides counts, but was restored by adding sodium bicarbonate buffer to the influent groundwater. Robust dechlorination was eventually observed in the DNAPL column, such that the TCE DNAPL was largely removed by the end of the study. Partitioning of the EVO into the DNAPL provided significant operational benefits to the remediation system both in terms of electron donor placement and longevity.

  15. Effectiveness of stimulating PCE reductive dechlorination: a step-wise approach.

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    Ni, Zhuobiao; Smit, Martijn; Grotenhuis, Tim; van Gaans, Pauline; Rijnaarts, Huub

    2014-08-01

    Reductive dechlorination of tetrachloroethene (PCE) and its daughter products in aquifers is often hampered by Fe(III) reducing conditions. Rigorous treatment to adjust the redox potential and stimulate dechlorination may be costly and potentially have negative effects on other aquifer functions. A step-wise experimental strategy was applied to investigate the effectiveness of various adjustment scenarios. Batch experiments with ascorbic acid (AA) and sodium lactate (SL) showed that 75?mol electron equivalents per gram dry mass of aquifer material was required to reach a sufficiently low redox potential for the onset of PCE dechlorination. Similar effects of either AA or SL on the measured redox potential suggest electron donors are not specific. However, the relative rates of Fe(III) and sulphate reduction appeared to be specific to the electron donor applied. While redox potential stabilised around -450mV after titration and sulphate was reduced to zero in both treatments, in the AA treatment a faster production of Fe(2+) was observed with a final concentration of 0.46mM compared to only 0.07mM in the SL treatment. In subsequent batch experiments with aquifer material that was pre-treated with AA or SL, PCE reductive dechlorination occurred within 30days. Further stimulation tests with extra electron donor or inoculum revealed that adding electron donor can accelerate the initiation of PCE biodegradation. However, bioaugmentation with dechlorinating bacteria is required to achieve complete reductive dechlorination to ethene. The findings from step-wise approaches are relevant for improving the cost-effectiveness of the design and operation of in-situ bioremediation at initially unfavourable environmental conditions. PMID:24995946

  16. Effectiveness of stimulating PCE reductive dechlorination: A step-wise approach

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Ni, Zhuobiao; Smit, Martijn; Grotenhuis, Tim; van Gaans, Pauline; Rijnaarts, Huub

    2014-08-01

    Reductive dechlorination of tetrachloroethene (PCE) and its daughter products in aquifers is often hampered by Fe(III) reducing conditions. Rigorous treatment to adjust the redox potential and stimulate dechlorination may be costly and potentially have negative effects on other aquifer functions. A step-wise experimental strategy was applied to investigate the effectiveness of various adjustment scenarios. Batch experiments with ascorbic acid (AA) and sodium lactate (SL) showed that 75 ?mol electron equivalents per gram dry mass of aquifer material was required to reach a sufficiently low redox potential for the onset of PCE dechlorination. Similar effects of either AA or SL on the measured redox potential suggest electron donors are not specific. However, the relative rates of Fe(III) and sulphate reduction appeared to be specific to the electron donor applied. While redox potential stabilised around - 450 mV after titration and sulphate was reduced to zero in both treatments, in the AA treatment a faster production of Fe2 + was observed with a final concentration of 0.46 mM compared to only 0.07 mM in the SL treatment. In subsequent batch experiments with aquifer material that was pre-treated with AA or SL, PCE reductive dechlorination occurred within 30 days. Further stimulation tests with extra electron donor or inoculum revealed that adding electron donor can accelerate the initiation of PCE biodegradation. However, bioaugmentation with dechlorinating bacteria is required to achieve complete reductive dechlorination to ethene. The findings from step-wise approaches are relevant for improving the cost-effectiveness of the design and operation of in-situ bioremediation at initially unfavourable environmental conditions.

  17. A risk-based cleanup criterion for PCE in soil. [Tetrachloroethylene

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    Daniels, J.I.; McKone, T.E.; Hall, L.C.

    1990-09-26

    The most important attribute of a chemical contaminant at a hazardous-wastes site for decision makers to consider with regard to its cleanup is the potential risk associated with human exposure. For this reason we have developed a strategy for establishing a risk-based cleanup criterion for chemicals in soil. We describe this strategy by presenting a cleanup criterion for tetrachloroethylene (PCE) in soil associated with a representative California landscape. We being by discussing the environmental fate and transport model, developed at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), that we used to predict the equilibrium concentration of PCE in five environmental media from a steady-state source in soil. Next, we explain the concept and application of pathway-exposure factors (PEFs), the hazard index, and cancer-potency factors (CPFs) for translating the predicted concentrations of PCE into estimated potential hazard or risk for hypothetically exposed individuals. Finally, the relationship between concentration and an allowable level of risk is defined and the societal and financial implications are discussed. 22 refs., 6 tabs.

  18. Solubilities of Toluene, Benzene and TCE in High-Biomass Systems

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    Barton, John W.; Vodraska, Christopher D; Flanary, Sandie A.; Davison, Brian H

    2008-01-01

    We report measurements of solubility limits for benzene, toluene, and TCE in systems that contain varying levels of biomass up to 0.13 g/mL. The solubility limit increased from 20 to 48 mM when biomass (in the form of yeast) was added to aqueous batch systems containing benzene. The toluene solubility limit increased from 4.9 to greater than 20 mM. For TCE, the solubility increased from 8 mM to more than 1000 mM. Solubility for TCE was most heavily impacted by biomass levels, changing by two orders of magnitude.

  19. Biodegradation of high concentrations of tetrachloroethene in a continuous flow column system

    SciTech Connect

    Isalou, M; Sleep, B.E.; Liss, S.N.

    1998-11-15

    A long-term (2.5 years) study of the anaerobic biodegradation of high concentrations of perchloroethylene (PCE) was carried out in a continuously operated laboratory column filled with sand which was inoculated with biomass from an anaerobic digester. Concentrations of PCE fed to the column were increased from 12 {micro}M to over 600 {micro}M over 21 months, with methanol added as electron donor. Vinyl chloride (VC) was the terminal product of PCE dechlorination for the first 21 months at which point significant conversion of VC to ethylene (ETH) was detected. The onset of ETH production coincided with acetogenesis becoming the primary pathway for methanol metabolism. ETH production occurred in the column in the presence of PCE and TCE. Varying methanol:PCE molar ratios from 1.4 to 7.5 had little effect on the transformation of PCE and TCE to VC. The degradation of VC to ETH was much more sensitive, and VC accumulated when the methanol:PCE molar ratio dropped below 5.0. Withdrawal of PCE from the system for a 5 month period and maintenance of the column on methanol alone did not result in the loss of PCE degradation capability of the consortium.

  20. Laboratory evaluation of a two-stage treatment system for TCE cometabolism by a methane-oxidizing mixed culture

    SciTech Connect

    Smith, L.H.; McCarty, P.L.

    1997-08-20

    The objective of this research was to evaluate several factors affecting the performance of a two-stage treatment system employing methane-oxidizing bacteria for trichloroethylene (TCE) biodegradation. The system consists of a completely mixed growth reactor and a plug-flow transformation reactor in which the TCE is cometabolized. Laboratory studies were conducted with continuous growth reactors and batch experiments simulating transformation reactor conditions. Performance was characterized in terms of TCE transformation capacity (T{sub C}, g TCE/g cells), transformation yield (T{sub Y}, g TCE/g CH{sub 4}), and the rate coefficient ratio k{sub TCE}/K{sub S,TCE} (L/mg-d). The growth reactor variables studied were solids retention time (SRT) and nutrient nitrogen (N) concentration. Formate and methane were evaluated as potential transformation reactor amendments.

  1. Highly organic natural media as permeable reactive barriers: TCE partitioning and anaerobic degradation profile in eucalyptus mulch and compost.

    PubMed

    ztrk, Zuhal; Tansel, Berrin; Katsenovich, Yelena; Sukop, Michael; Laha, Shonali

    2012-10-01

    Batch and column experiments were conducted with eucalyptus mulch and commercial compost to evaluate suitability of highly organic natural media to support anaerobic decomposition of trichloroethylene (TCE) in groundwater. Experimental data for TCE and its dechlorination byproducts were analyzed with Hydrus-1D model to estimate the partitioning and kinetic parameters for the sequential dechlorination reactions during TCE decomposition. The highly organic natural media allowed development of a bioactive zone capable of decomposing TCE under anaerobic conditions. The first order TCE biodecomposition reaction rates were 0.23 and 1.2d(-1) in eucalyptus mulch and compost media, respectively. The retardation factors in the eucalyptus mulch and compost columns for TCE were 35 and 301, respectively. The results showed that natural organic soil amendments can effectively support the anaerobic bioactive zone for remediation of TCE contaminated groundwater. The natural organic media are effective environmentally sustainable materials for use in permeable reactive barriers. PMID:22795070

  2. Review of a draft addendum to the health-assessment document for perchloroethylene. Final report

    SciTech Connect

    Not Available

    1987-01-27

    The Committee previously reviewed a draft Health Assessment Document on May 9-20, 1984 and an Addendum is desirable because of newly available data, primarily an inhalation bioassay of rodents by the National Toxicology Program. The Subcommittee believes it is reasonable to describe the weight of the epidemiological evidence in humans as conforming to the EPA guideline for carcinogen risk-assessment definition of inadequate. The Subcommittee concluded that the animal evidence of carcinogenicity is limited because of positive results in only one strain of mouse of a type of tumor that is common and difficult to interpret. Therefore, the Subcommittee concluded that perchloroethylene belongs in the overall weight-of-the-evidence category C (possible human carcinogen).

  3. In-situ bioremediation of TCE-contaminated groundwater

    SciTech Connect

    Travis, B.J.; Rosenberg, N.D.

    1998-12-31

    This is the final report of a two-year, Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) project at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). A barrier to wider use of in situ bioremediation technology is that results are often variable and difficult to predict. In situ bioremediation has shown some very notable and well publicized successes, but implementation of the technology is complex. An incomplete understanding of the effects of variable site characteristics and the lack of adequate tools to predict and measure success have made the design, control and validation of bioremediation more empirical than desired. The long-term objective of this project is to improve computational tools used to assess and optimize the expected performance of bioremediation at a site. An important component of the approach is the explicit inclusion of uncertainties and their effect on the end result. The authors have extended their biokinetics model to include microbial competition and predation processes. Predator species can feed on the microbial species that degrade contaminants, and the simulation studies show that species interactions must be considered when designing in situ bioremediation systems. In particular, the results for TCE indicate that protozoan grazing could reduce the amount of biodegradation by about 20%. These studies also indicate that the behavior of barrier systems can become complex due to predator grazing.

  4. Design and optimization of a 36 MT/day pilot plant for the removal of sulfur from coal using the perchloroethylene process

    SciTech Connect

    Thome, T.L.; Fullerton, K.L.; Lee, S.

    1994-12-31

    Perchloroethylene solvent can be used for both the physical and chemical cleaning of high sulfur, finely crushed coals. Previous studies using bench-scale extractions have shown that perchloroethylene solvent can remove from 20% to 60% of the organic sulfur in many coals. Associated research using glass tube settlers has demonstrated the potential for using perchloroethylene as a heavy medium for the removal of pyrites and mineral matter using a float/sink process. Additionally, a mini-plot plant has been designed and fabricated to study the cleaning of coal using perchloroethylene in a continuous process. Data from the studies are used to develop models for the unit operations in the coal cleaning process. The models are then used to support the design of a 36 MT/day pilot plant planned for future construction. Studies are done using ASPEN to assess the optimal configuration for the 36 MT/day pilot plant unit operations and to evaluate overall plant efficiency.

  5. Plume Development and Mass Flux Following Surfactant-Based Treatment of Heterogeneous PCE-DNAPL Source Zones

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Suchomel, E. J.; Pennell, K. D.

    2004-12-01

    The zones of contamination at typical chlorinated solvent-contaminated sites can be divided into two regions: a source zone in which free-phase contaminants (dense nonaqueous phase liquids, or DNAPLs) are present, and a solute plume containing only dissolved-phase contaminants. Currently, pump-and-treat is the most common method for achieving dissolved-phase plume containment; however, it is widely recognized that this approach is generally ineffective for source zone mass removal. As a result, a number of innovative technologies for in situ DNAPL source zone treatment have been developed, but mass removal using these methods is often incomplete. In addition, the effects of partial source zone mass removal on subsequent dissolved-phase plume development and contaminant flux remain poorly understood. To address these issues laboratory-scale experiments were conducted in a two dimensional (2-D) aquifer cell having overall dimensions of 150 cm (length) by 48 cm (height) by 1.4 cm (internal thickness) and containing both source zone and down-gradient "plume" regions. The aquifer cells were packed under water-saturated conditions with Accusand (either 20/30 sieve size or a mixture of 50% 20/30 and 50% 40/50 sieve sizes). Within the source zone, three layers of F-70 Ottawa sand lenses were emplaced to mimic heterogeneous regions of lower permeability media. Following tetrachloroethene (PCE) release and redistribution in the source zone, a solubilizing surfactant solution containing 4% Tween 80 was used to achieve sequential PCE mass removals ranging from 30% to 80%. At the conclusion of each surfactant flood, down-gradient contaminant concentrations and mass fluxes were monitored at a hydraulic gradient of 1x10-3. The PCE-DNAPL distributions in the source zone were quantified using light transmission prior to and following each surfactant flood. PCE-DNAPL distribution was expressed in terms of a ganglia to pool ratio (G:P), for which the volume of PCE above residual saturation (Sr = 11%) was considered to be "pooled". Results from three aquifer cell experiments are reported here; the first two cells contained highly-pooled source zones having an initial G:P values of 0.26:1 (80% pooled) and 0.50:1 (70% pooled), while the third contained a moderately-pooled source zone with a G:P value of 1.6:1 (40% pooled). For the first highly-pooled cell, flux-averaged effluent PCE concentrations cell decreased from 150 mg/L to 70 mg/L after 45% PCE mass removal, with a subsequent reduction to 5 mg/L following 80% PCE mass removal. Similar behavior was observed for the second highly pooled cell, with effluent PCE concentrations decreasing from 100 mg/L to 50 mg/L following 60% PCE mass removal and subsequently to 20 mg/L following 80% PCE mass removal. Effluent PCE concentrations in the moderately pooled aquifer cell were not statistically different from the initial value of 100 mg/L after 40% PCE mass removal, but subsequently decreased to approximately 30 mg/L following 75% PCE mass removal. Differences in post-treatment plume development and mass flux between the experiments were attributed to (a) preferential removal of PCE mass that existed as entrapped ganglia and were readily solubilized during the surfactant flood, and (b) the persistence of DNAPL pools which accounted for 40 to 80% of the initial PCE mass. Results obtained from these studies provide direct experimental evidence of the potential impacts of DNAPL source zone architecture and partial mass removal on plume development and reductions in contaminant mass flux.

  6. UNCERTAINTY ANALYSIS OF TCE USING THE DOSE EXPOSURE ESTIMATING MODEL (DEEM) IN ACSL

    EPA Science Inventory

    The ACSL-based Dose Exposure Estimating Model(DEEM) under development by EPA is used to perform art uncertainty analysis of a physiologically based pharmacokinetic (PSPK) model of trichloroethylene (TCE). This model involves several circulating metabolites such as trichloroacet...

  7. IDENTIFICATION OF CHLOROMETHANE FORMATION PATHS DURING ELECTROCHEMICAL DECHLORINATION OF TCE USING GRAPHITE ELECTRODES

    EPA Science Inventory

    The purpose of this research is to investigate the formation of chloromethane during TCE dechlorination in a mixed electrochemical reactor using graphite electrodes. Chloromethane was the major chlorinated organic compound detected in previous dechlorination experiments. In order...

  8. Comparison of TCeMA and TDMA for Inter-Satellite Communications using OPNET Simulation

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    Hain, Regina Rosales; Ramanathan, Ram; Bergamo, Marcos; Wallett, Thomas M.

    2003-01-01

    A robust data link protocol, enabling unique physical and MAC layer technologies and sub-network level protocols, is needed in order to take advantage of the full potential of using both TDMA and CDMA in a satellite communication network. A novel MAC layer protocol, TDMA with CDMA-encoding multiple access (TCeMA) integrated with null-steered digital beam-forming spatial multiplexing, is investigated to support flexible spacecraft communications. Abstract models of the TCeMA and TDMA processes are developed in OPNFiT and a comparison of the performances of TCeMA and TDMA in a satellite network simulation are made. TCeMA provides the better connectivity and capacity with respect to TDMA for satellite communication traffic.

  9. IDENTIFICATION OF CHLOROMETHANE FROMATION PATHS DURING ELECTROCHEMICAL DECHLORINATION OF TCE USING GRAPHITE ELECTRODES

    EPA Science Inventory

    The purpose of this research is to investigate the formation of chloromethane during TCE dechlorination in a mixed electrochemical reactor using graphite electrodes. Chloromethane was the major chlorinated organic compound detected in previous dechlorination experiments. In order...

  10. Theoretical study of the SNV reaction of trichloroethylene (TCE) and CH3S- as a model for glutathione conjugation of TCE.

    PubMed

    Shim, J Y; Boone, P F; Richard, A M

    1999-04-01

    Trichloroethylene (TCE), a major environmental pollutant, is activated to mutagenic and nephrotoxic intermediates through a glutathione (GSH) conjugation pathway. Three product isomers of GSH-TCE conjugation, having potentially different toxicities, are theoretically possible: cis- or trans-S-(1, 2-dichlorovinyl)glutathione (cis- or trans-1,2-DCVG, respectively) or 2,2-DCVG. This study involved application of ab initio molecular orbital theory to computing potential energy profiles (PEPs) and predicting product outcome of the reaction of CH3S- with TCE as a model for GSH-TCE conjugation in biological systems. A goal of this study was to determine the extent to which a body of chemical knowledge pertaining to nucleophilic vinylic substitution (SNV) reactions, of which the GSH-TCE conjugation is a representative example, is relevant to this biological conjugation problem. PEPs were computed for all studied species at the HF/6-31+G level of theory; electron correlation effects were estimated at the MP2/6-31+G and MP4/6-31+G levels, and the influence of solvation was estimated using the PS-GVB solvation model. Multiple proposed reaction pathways were considered, including conjugation at the C1 or C2 site on TCE, by in-plane (sigma) or out-of-plane (pi) approach of the nucleophile. Some aspects of the MP2 and HF PEPs were found to differ significantly. However, on the basis of comparison of activation barriers, calculations at all levels of theory predict preference for C2 conjugation over C1 conjugation and formation of the trans-1,2-DCVM product over the cis-1,2-DCVM product. These predictions are consistent with GSH-TCE conjugation results from in vivo experiments. In contrast, relative product energies appear to be a poor indicator of the product outcome for this system. Hence, theoretical consideration of the reaction chemistry in the vicinity of the site of nucleophilic addition appears to be necessary and sufficient to predict the outcome of the enzyme-mediated GSH-TCE conjugation. PMID:10207118

  11. An evaluation of retrofit engineering control interventions to reduce perchloroethylene exposures in commercial dry-cleaning shops.

    PubMed

    Earnest, G Scott; Ewers, Lynda M; Ruder, Avima M; Petersen, Martin R; Kovein, Ronald J

    2002-02-01

    Real-time monitoring was used to evaluate the ability of engineering control devices retrofitted on two existing dry-cleaning machines to reduce worker exposures to perchloroethylene. In one dry-cleaning shop, a refrigerated condenser was installed on a machine that had a water-cooled condenser to reduce the air temperature, improve vapor recovery, and lower exposures. In a second shop, a carbon adsorber was retrofitted on a machine to adsorb residual perchloroethylene not collected by the existing refrigerated condenser to improve vapor recovery and reduce exposures. Both controls were successful at reducing the perchloroethylene exposures of the dry-cleaning machine operator. Real-time monitoring was performed to evaluate how the engineering controls affected exposures during loading and unloading the dry-cleaning machine, a task generally considered to account for the highest exposures. The real-time monitoring showed that dramatic reductions occurred in exposures during loading and unloading of the dry-cleaning machine due to the engineering controls. Peak operator exposures during loading and unloading were reduced by 60 percent in the shop that had a refrigerated condenser installed on the dry-cleaning machine and 92 percent in the shop that had a carbon adsorber installed. Although loading and unloading exposures were dramatically reduced, drops in full-shift time-weighted average (TWA) exposures were less dramatic. TWA exposures to perchloroethylene, as measured by conventional air sampling, showed smaller reductions in operator exposures of 28 percent or less. Differences between exposure results from real-time and conventional air sampling very likely resulted from other uncontrolled sources of exposure, differences in shop general ventilation before and after the control was installed, relatively small sample sizes, and experimental variability inherent in field research. Although there were some difficulties and complications with installation and maintenance of the engineering controls, this study showed that retrofitting engineering controls may be a feasible option for some dry-cleaning shop owners to reduce worker exposures to perchloroethylene. By installing retrofit controls, a dry-cleaning facility can reduce exposures, in some cases dramatically, and bring operators into compliance with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) peak exposure limit of 300 ppm. Retrofit engineering controls are also likely to enable many dry-cleaning workers to lower their overall personal TWA exposures to perchloroethylene. PMID:11843196

  12. Modeling the uptake and transpiration of TCE using phreatophytic trees. Master`s Thesis

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    Wise, D.P.

    1997-12-01

    Phytoremediation is a recent addition to the numerous methods used today to remediate ground water contaminants. It is proving more effective and efficient compared to existing remediation techniques. The use of phreatophytes, or water seeking trees, has great potential for phytoremediation. These trees are fast growing, long lived, grow their roots down to the ground water table, transpire large amounts of water, and are proven to actively remove contaminants from the soil horizon. The purpose of this research is to develop quantitative concepts for understanding the dynamics of TCE uptake and transpiration by phreatophytic trees over a short rotation woody crop time frame. This will he done by constructing a system dynamics model of this process and running it over a wide range of conditions. This research will offer managers a tool to simulate long-term uptake and transpiration of TCE at potential sites. The results of this study indicate that TCE is actively removed from the soil horizon by phreatophytic trees and a significant proportion of this TCE is then transpired. Changes in soil horizon parameters, xylem flow rates, and variables in the uptake equation greatly influence TCE uptake rates as well as transpiration. Also, parameters used in equations representing flows in and out of the leaf greatly influence transpiration. Better understanding of these processes is essential for managers to accurately predict the amount of TCE removed and transpired during potential phytoremediation projects.

  13. Endophytic bacteria improve phytoremediation of Ni and TCE co-contamination

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    Weyens, N.; van der Lelie, D.; Croes, S.; Dupae, J.; Newman, L.; Carleer, R.; Vangronsveld, J.

    2010-07-01

    The aim of this work was to investigate if engineered endophytes can improve phytoremediation of co-contaminations by organic pollutants and toxic metals. As a model system, yellow lupine was inoculated with the endophyte Burkholderia cepacia VM1468 possessing (a) the pTOM-Bu61 plasmid, coding for constitutive trichloroethylene (TCE) degradation, and (b) the ncc-nre Ni resistance/sequestration system. Plants were exposed to Ni and TCE and (a) Ni and TCE phytotoxicity, (b) TCE degradation and evapotranspiration, and (c) Ni concentrations in the roots and shoots were determined. Inoculation with B. cepacia VM1468 resulted in decreased Ni and TCE phytotoxicity, as measured by 30% increased root biomass and up to 50% decreased activities of enzymes involved in anti-oxidative defence in the roots. In addition, TCE evapotranspiration showed a decreasing trend and a 5 times higher Ni uptake was observed after inoculation. Engineered endophytes can improve phytoremediation of mixed contaminations via enhanced degradation of organic contaminants and improved metal uptake and translocation.

  14. Effects of a nutrient-surfactant compound on solubilization rates of TCE

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    Gillespie, M.T.; Strong-Gunderson, J.M.

    1997-12-31

    BioTreat{trademark}, a commercially available nutrient-surfactant compound, was investigated for its ability to solubilize TCE. Potential mechanisms for enhancing biodegradation rates by the use of nutrient-surfactant mixtures are: increased solubilization of TCE into the aqueous phase, and increased nutrients for the bacteria and greater numbers of colony forming units (CFUs). In aqueous systems, no measured solubilization of 0.1 and 1.0 ppm TCE from the headspace into the liquid phase was observed with BioTreat added at concentrations <0.5%. However, at BioTreat concentrations in excess of the CMC (>0.5%), increased solubilization of TCE was measured. A second question was the nutrient effect of BioTreat on the growth of the TCE-degrading bacterium, Burkholderia cepacia G4 PR1{sub 301}. The added nutrients provided by BioTreat was evident and lead to increased cell numbers. The effect of BioTreat on the expression of ortho-monooxgenase, the enzyme necessary for TCE degradation by B. cepacia was also investigated. Enzyme expression as detected by a calorimetric assay was inhibited for BioTreat concentrations >0.05%. 17 refs., 5 figs., 3 tabs.

  15. [Steam and air co-injection in removing TCE in 2D-sand box].

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    Wang, Ning; Peng, Sheng; Chen, Jia-Jun

    2014-07-01

    Steam and air co-injection is a newly developed and promising soil remediation technique for non-aqueous phase liquids (NAPLs) in vadose zone. In this study, in order to investigate the mechanism of the remediation process, trichloroethylene (TCE) removal using steam and air co-injection was carried out in a 2-dimensional sandbox with different layered sand structures. The results showed that co-injection perfectly improved the "tailing" effect compared to soil vapor extraction (SVE), and the remediation process of steam and air co-injection could be divided into SVE stage, steam strengthening stage and heat penetration stage. Removal ratio of the experiment with scattered contaminant area was higher and removal speed was faster. The removal ratios from the two experiments were 93.5% and 88.2%, and the removal periods were 83.9 min and 90.6 min, respectively. Steam strengthened the heat penetration stage. The temperature transition region was wider in the scattered NAPLs distribution experiment, which reduced the accumulation of TCE. Slight downward movement of TCE was observed in the experiment with TCE initially distributed in a fine sand zone. And such downward movement of TCE reduced the TCE removal ratio. PMID:25244869

  16. Degradation of TCE using sequential anaerobic biofilm and aerobic immobilized bed reactor

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    Chapatwala, Kirit D.; Babu, G. R. V.; Baresi, Larry; Trunzo, Richard M.

    1995-01-01

    Bacteria capable of degrading trichloroethylene (TCE) were isolated from contaminated wastewaters and soil sites. The aerobic cultures were identified as Pseudomonas aeruginosa (four species) and Pseudomonas fluorescens. The optimal conditions for the growth of aerobic cultures were determined. The minimal inhibitory concentration values of TCE for Pseudomonas sps. were also determined. The aerobic cells were immobilized in calcium alginate in the form of beads. Degradation of TCE by the anaerobic and dichloroethylene (DCE) by aerobic cultures was studied using dual reactors - anaerobic biofilm and aerobic immobilized bed reactor. The minimal mineral salt (MMS) medium saturated with TCE was pumped at the rate of 1 ml per hour into the anaerobic reactor. The MMS medium saturated with DCE and supplemented with xylenes and toluene (3 ppm each) was pumped at the rate of 1 ml per hour into the fluidized air-uplift-type reactor containing the immobilized aerobic cells. The concentrations of TCE and DCE and the metabolites formed during their degradation by the anaerobic and aerobic cultures were monitored by GC. The preliminary study suggests that the anaerobic and aerobic cultures of our isolates can degrade TCE and DCE.

  17. Monitoring Natural Biodegradation of TCE in Fractured Sedimentary Rocks Using delta 13C of TCE and its Degradation Products: Estimating Isotopic Fractionation Factor under Field Conditions

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    Revesz, K.; Shapiro, A. M.; Tiedeman, C.; Goode, D. J.; Lacombe, P. J.; Imbrigiotta, T. E.

    2008-12-01

    The isotopic ratio of 13C/12C, expressed in delta13CVPDB per mill for trichloroethene (TCE), can differentiate between microbial degradation and other processes (dilution, dispersion, and sorption) that can also affect the concentration of TCE and its degradation products. The delta13C of TCE isotopically fractionates during microbial degradation; however, it remains practically unchanged during other processes. The isotope fractionation factor (alpha) estimated under laboratory conditions, however, may not be representative of microbial degradation in natural ground waters. Estimating alpha under field conditions provides evidence of the presence or absence of in situ microbial degradation and provides valuable information on the in situ processes that affect the fate and transport of chlorinated hydrocarbons. Our modified analytical method of analyzing for the isotopic ratio proved to be comparable to previously published methods. Isotope values were stable within analytical uncertainty in sample sizes ranging from 22 to 2200 nanomoles. Prepared standard mixtures of TCE and DCEs (trans- and cis- dichloroethene) were analyzed after every five field samples, and were stable during the time period that field samples were processed (a year). Water samples were collected from multiple boreholes completed in the fractured mudstone underlying the former Naval Air Warfare Center, West Trenton, NJ, and analyzed for delta13C of the chlorinated hydrocarbons. The results showed an ongoing natural microbial degradation following the typical dehalogenation pathway: TCE to DCE (trans- and cis-dichloroethene) to VC (vinyl chloride). The carbon isotope enrichment due to fractionation was smaller between TCE to DCE degradation than the enrichment between DCE to VC degradation, which is consistent with previous investigations. Results also showed a correlation between delta13C of TCE and the transmissivity of the boreholes where water samples were collected. We assumed that boreholes with extremely low transmissivity behaved analogously to microbial batch reactors. The value of alpha obtained from the borehole interval with the lowest transmissivity was 0.99345, which is in the range of published values: 0.9862 to 0.9934. We consider this value to represent the "field alpha" for microbial degradation in the absence of other processes. Values of alpha in other boreholes that differ from the field alpha could point to other processes affecting the delta13C and concentration of TCE. The value of alpha from the various monitored intervals is referred to as the "apparent alpha". The apparent alpha is characteristic of the borehole and the time at which the concentrations and the isotope values were measured. The difference between the apparent alpha and the field alpha provides insight into hydrologic conditions around the well. Results from one well showed fluctuation in the TCE concentrations, which were correlated with the calculated apparent alpha, and pointed to the recent introduction of TCE into the ground water that had not been significantly degraded. Recent drilling in the vicinity of this well may have remobilized free-phase TCE.

  18. Experimental determination of the thermodynamic parameters affecting the adsorption behaviour and dispersion effectiveness of PCE superplasticizers

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    Plank, J.; Sachsenhauser, B.; Reese, J. de

    2010-05-15

    For adsorption of three different allylether-based PCE superplasticizers on CaCO{sub 3} surface, the thermodynamic parameters DELTAH, DELTAS and DELTAG were determined experimentally. The GIBBS standard free energy of adsorption DELTAG{sub 0ads}, the standard enthalpy of adsorption DELTAH{sub 0ads} and the standard entropy of adsorption DELTAS{sub 0ads} applying to an unoccupied CaCO{sub 3} surface were obtained via a linear regression of ln K (equilibrium constant) versus 1 / T (VAN'T HOFF plot). Additionally, the thermodynamic parameters characteristic for a CaCO{sub 3} surface loaded already with polymer (isosteric conditions) were determined using a modified CLAUSIUS-CLAPEYRON equation. For all PCE molecules, negative DELTAG values were found, indicating that adsorption of these polymers is energetically favourable and a spontaneous process. Adsorption of PCEs possessing short side chains is mainly instigated by electrostatic attraction and a release of enthalpy. Contrary to this, adsorption of PCEs with long side chains occurs because of a huge gain in entropy. The gain in entropy results from the release of counter ions attached to the carboxylate groups of the polymer backbone and of water molecules and ions adsorbed on the CaCO{sub 3} surface. With increased surface loading, however, DELTAG{sub isosteric} decreases and adsorption ceases when DELTAG becomes 0. The presence of Ca{sup 2+} ions in the pore solution strongly impacts PCE adsorption, due to complexation of carboxylate groups and a reduced anionic charge amount of the molecule. In the presence of Ca{sup 2+}, adsorption of allylether-based PCEs is almost exclusively driven by a gain in entropy. Consequently, PCEs should produce a strong entropic effect upon adsorption to be effective cement dispersants. Molecular architecture, anionic charge density and molecular weight as well as the type of anchor groups present in a superplasticizer determine whether enthalpy or entropy is the dominant force for superplasticizer adsorption.

  19. In-situ field tests for site characterization and remediation

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    Vogel, C.M.

    1995-09-01

    An effort is under way at the Groundwater Remediation Field Laboratory National Test Site at Dover AFB to conduct a field demonstration of bioventing of a controlled release containing a mixture of JP-4 jet fuel and trichloroethylene (TCE). The main objective of the field experiment is to demonstrate that the fuel vapors will support the biological co-oxidation of TCE under the aerobic conditions provided by the bioventing system. Some highly chlorinated compounds, such as perchloroethylene (PCE), cannot be biodegraded under aerobic conditions. However, under the proper anaerobic conditions, PCE can be transformed to harmless degradation products via a series of sequential reductive dechlorination steps. A collaborative effort between the Air Force, Navy and EPA is taking place at Naval Air Station Fallon, Nevada, to determine if complete dechlorination of PCE can be efficiently stimulated in situ by the addition of suitable electron donors. Descriptions of these Air Force research demonstrations and results to date will be discussed in this presentation.

  20. Degradation of TCE with iron: The role of competing chromate and nitrate reduction

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    Schlicker, O.; Ebert, M.; Fruth, M.; Weidner, M.; Wuest, W.; Dahmke, A.

    2000-06-01

    This study evaluates the potential of using granular iron metal for the abiotic removal of the organic ground water pollutant trichloroethene (TCE) in the presence of the common inorganic co-contaminants chromate and nitrate, respectively. Their long-term column experiments indicate a competitive process between TCE dechlorination and reductive transformation of chromate and nitrate, which is reflected in a significantly delayed onset of TCE dechlorination. Delay times and therefore the ranges of the nonreactive flowpaths increased with increasing experimental duration, resulting in a migration of the contaminants through the iron metal treatment zone. The present investigation also indicates that the calculated migration rates of TCE and the added cocontaminants chromate and nitrate are linearly related to the initial content of the cocontaminants. With an average pore water velocity of 0.6 m/d and a surface area concentration of 0.55 m{sup 2}/mL in the column, the calculated migration rates varied between 0.10 cm/d and 5.86 cm/d. The particular similarity between the values of TCE migration and the migration of the strong oxidants chromate and nitrate and the long-term steady state of the TCE dechlorination in the absence of the chromate and nitrate indicates that these competitive transformations are the driving force for the gradual passivation of the granular iron due to the buildup of an electrically insulating Fe(III)-oxyhydroxide. Based on these passivation processes, general formulae were developed that allow a simplified approximation of breakthrough times for the contaminants TCE, chromate, and nitrate.

  1. Microbial enhancement of TCE and 1,2-DCA solute flux in UF-membrane bioreactors

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    Inguva, S.; Boensch, M.; Shreve, G.S.

    1998-09-01

    An ultrafiltration membrane process was used to remove and biograde chlorinated aliphatic hydrocarbons trichloroethylene (TCE) and 1,2-dichloroethane (1,2-DCA) from dilute aqueous streams. The effect of microbial biodegradative activity on TCE and 1,2-DCA solute flux in a polypropylene membrane was examined using microbial strains Pseudomonas cepacia PRI{sub 31} for the biodegradation of TCE and Xanthobacter autotrophicus GJ10 for the biodegradation of 1,2-DCA. Initial experiments were conducted in diaphragm cells in the absence of microorganisms to determine the diffusion coefficient of 1,2-DCA and TCE in the polypropylene ultrafiltration (UF) membranes. The diffusivities were 4.7 {times} 10{sup {minus}8} cm{sup 2}/s for 1,2-DCA and 1.41 {times} 10{sup {minus}7} cm{sup 2}/s for TCE. Subsequent experiments were conducted with microorganisms on the permeate side to examine the effect of microbial degradation of 1,2-DCA and TCE on the solute flux across the UF membrane. Experiments were conducted sequentially in batch and flow diaphragm cells and then in a hollow-fiber UF module to systematically examine the effect of microbial activity on the solute flux in each configuration and the ability of mathematical models to predict the microbial enhancement of solute flux. Microbial biodegradation of TCE and 1,2-DCA significantly enhanced the solute flux, and experimental results were correlated with steady- and nonsteady-state solute component balance models for the flow and batch diaphragm cells, respectively. Model and experimental results agree well. Implications for using membrane bioreactors to treat CAH contaminated groundwater and industrial effluents are discussed.

  2. Results of the Lasagna{trademark} Phase IIa field demonstration for the remediation of TCE in clay soils

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    Athmer, C.J.; Ho, S.V.; Hughes, B.M.; Clausen, J.L.; Johnstone, F.; Hines, R.L.

    1998-12-31

    The Lasagna{trademark} technology is an integrated in-situ treatment in which established geotechnical methods are used to install degradation zones directly in the contaminated soil and electrokinetics is utilized to move the contaminants through those zones until the treatment is completed. The Phase IIa demonstration was the second field demonstration at a trichloroethylene (TCE) contaminated site in Paducah, Ky. The first demonstration, Phase I, proved that TCE could be mobilized and captured using Lasagna{trademark}. This second demonstration measured 30 feet by 21 feet by 45 feet deep and showed for the first time TCE, including pure phase residual TCE, could be mobilized in tight soils using electrokinetics and degraded in-situ using iron filings. Over 95% removal of TCE was observed in areas of the demonstration site including pure phase residual TCE regions.

  3. No radioadaptive response to micronucleated polychromatic erythrocyte (MN-PCE) induction in murine peripheral blood in vivo

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    Morales-Ramirez, P.; Vallarino-Kelly, T.; Rodriguez-Reyes, R.

    1997-10-01

    The effect of conditioning pretreatment with 0.025 Gy of gamma rays on micronucleated polychromatic erythrocyte (MN-PCE) induction by 1.0 or 0.1 Gy of gamma rays was determined in murine peripheral blood. The adaptive and challenge doses as well as the timing of their administration were taken from a previously reported experiment. The response was determined by the strategy of measuring the area below the curve (ABC) of MN-PCE induction vs. time. This strategy permits one to determine an index of total damage and to establish if conditioning exposure affects the timing of MN-PCE appearance in the blood stream, which in turn could cause an apparent difference in response between the conditioned and the unconditioned groups at specific times. The results indicate that low dose gamma ray pretreatment does not protect against MN-PCE induction by the challenge gamma ray dose, and that there was no change on the kinetics of MN-PCE appearance in peripheral blood. 29 refs., 3 figs., 2 tabs.

  4. Applying laboratory results to the field: In situ bioremediation of TCE

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    Lazarr, N.R.C.; LaPat-Polasko, L.T.

    1995-12-31

    Based on the results of bench-scale testing using groundwater and soil collected from a trichloroethylene (TCE)-contaminated aquifer, the critical elements to promoting bioremediation of TCE were oxygen and nutrients. Further laboratory study verified TCE biodegradation in site groundwater without the addition of a cometabolic inducer under aerobic conditions. To evaluate the effectiveness of injecting an oxygen source and nutrients into the aquifer for site remediation, a pilot-scale study was initiated. The testing plan included a bromide tracer study, an aquifer pump test, and multiple operational modes to evaluate contaminant dilution during reinjection scenarios, preferential flow due to aquifer heterogeneities, and bioremediation of TCE. Construction and permitting activities associated with an integrated above-ground and in situ treatment facility were completed in July of 1994. To date amendment of extracted groundwater with hydrogen peroxide and nutrients prior to reinjection has resulted in high levels of dissolved oxygen and a steady decrease in TCE concentrations in site monitoring wells.

  5. TCE degradation by toluene/benzene monooxygenase of Pseudomonas aeruginosa JI104 and Escherichia coli recombinant

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    Koizumi, Junichi; Kitayama, Atsushi

    1995-12-31

    Pseudomonas aeruginosa JI104 incorporates more than three degradation pathways for aromatic compounds such as benzene, toluene, and xylene. A dioxygenase and two monooxygenases were cloned in Escherichia coli XL1-Blue. The dioxygenase yielding cis-toluene dihydrodiol and one of the monooxygenases producing o-cresol from toluene did not exhibit conspicuous activity in trichloroethylene (TCE) oxygenation, although DNA sequencing proved that the former enzyme was an isozyme of toluene dioxygenase of the known TCE decomposer P.putida F1. The other toluene/benzene monooxygenase that could generate o-, m-, and p-cresol simultaneously from toluene showed TCE oxygenation activity resulting in TCE decomposition in E. coli. The activity was inhibited competitively by toluene, ethylbenzene, and o- and m-xylene: their inhibition constants were greater than those of propylbenzene and p-xylene. When the E. coli recombinant harboring the monooxygenase was induced by isopropyl {beta}-D-thiogalactopyranoside (IPTG) and incubated in the absence of toluene, TCE degradation activity decreased during incubation, compared to that with toluene. Toluene probably controlled the lifetime of the enzyme.

  6. Experimental and theoretical investigation of vibrational spectra of coordination polymers based on TCE-TTF.

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    Olejniczak, Iwona; Lapiński, Andrzej; Swietlik, Roman; Olivier, Jean; Golhen, Stéphane; Ouahab, Lahcène

    2011-08-01

    The room-temperature infrared and Raman spectra of a series of four isostructural polymeric salts of 2,3,6,7-tetrakis(2-cyanoethylthio)-tetrathiafulvalene (TCE-TTF) with paramagnetic (Co(II), Mn(II)) and diamagnetic (Zn(II), Cd(II)) ions, together with BF(4)(-) or ClO(4)(-) anions are reported. Infrared and Raman-active modes are identified and assigned based on theoretical calculations for neutral and ionized TCE-TTF using density functional theory (DFT) methods. It is confirmed that the TCE-TTF molecules in all the materials investigated are fully ionized and interact in the crystal structure through cyanoethylthio groups. The vibrational modes related to the C=C stretching vibrations of TCE-TTF are analyzed assuming the occurrence of electron-molecular vibration coupling (EMV). The presence of the antisymmetric C=C dimeric mode provides evidence that charge transfer takes place between TCE-TTF molecules belonging to neighboring polymeric networks. PMID:21648046

  7. Effect of perchloroethylene and its metabolites on intercellular communication in clone 9 rat liver cells

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    Benane, S.G.; Blackman, C.F.; House, D.E.

    1996-08-09

    Gap junction intercellular communication (IC) is thought to be important in chemical carcinogenesis as abnormalities in IC have been found in cancer cells. Perchloroethylene (PERC) is metabolized in rodent liver to dichloroacetic acid (DCA) and trichloroacetic acid (TCA), which are rodent liver carcinogens. Chloral hydrate (CH) and trichloroethanol (TCEth) are kidney metabolites. We used Lucifer yellow scrape-load dye transfer as a measure of IC to look at the effect of PERC, DCA, TCA, CH, and TCEth on Clone 9 cell cultures (normal rat liver cells). Four independent experiments were performed for each chemical using exposure times of 1, 4, 6, 24, 48, and 168 h. Concentrations for each chemical varied and were based on preliminary data on effect and cytotoxicity. To compare the relative effectiveness of each chemical to cause biological change, we identified the lowest concentration needed to produce 50% reduction in IC, were PERC (0.3 mM) >> TCA (3.8 mM) > TCEth (6.6 mM) = CH (7.0 mM) >> DCA (41 mM). Time-course data indicated that PERC, DCA, and TCA produced reduction in IC in a similar fashion, but 5 mM CH or TCEth exhibited variances from these results and may indicate specific cell responses to these chemicals. The mechanism(s) responsible for inhibition of IC by these structurally related chemicals needs to be established. 44 refs., 5 figs.

  8. Structural characterization of bagasse-derived composts with different maturities and their solubility enhancing effect on PCE and toluene.

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    Fan, Chihhao; Tsai, Minzhe; Tsui, Lo

    2014-06-01

    This study aimed to explore the structure variation of bagasse-derived composts during their maturation process. The surface tension and dissolved carbon content of their extract (compost tea) were measured, and the compost structure was analyzed using FTIR and (13)C NMR. The FTIR and (13)C NMR analyses showed that the alkyl and aromatic contents of the investigated composts increased as the composting time increased from 0 to 6 months. The aqueous solubility enhancements of tetrachloroethene (PCE) and toluene by bagasse-derived compost tea with different maturities were investigated. The PCE and toluene solubility enhancement experiments were conducted at various compost concentrations. The most PCE and toluene solubility were enhanced by 3 and 6-month bagasse-derived composts, respectively. This observation was due to the structural transformation from alkyl to aromatic functional groups in the composting process. PMID:24530166

  9. In situ, subsurface monitoring of vapor-phase TCE using fiber optics

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    Rossabi, J.; Colston, B. Jr.; Brown, S.; Milanovich, F.; Lee, L.T. Jr.

    1993-03-05

    A vapor-phase, reagent-based, fiber optic trichloroethylene (TCE) sensor developed by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) was demonstrated at the Savannah River Site (SRS) in two configurations. The first incorporated the sensor into a down-well instrument bounded by two inflatable packers capable of sealing an area for discrete depth analysis. The second involved an integration of the sensor into the probe tip of the Army Corps of Engineers Waterways Experiment Station (WES) cone penetrometry system. Discrete depth measurements of vapor-phase concentrations of TCE in the vadose zone were successfully made using both configurations. These measurements demonstrate the first successful in situ sensing (as opposed to sampling) of TCE at a field site.

  10. Field study of TCE diffusion profiles below DNAPL to assess aquitard integrity.

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    Parker, Beth L; Cherry, John A; Chapman, Steven W

    2004-10-01

    An area where a free-product accumulation of trichloroethylene (TCE) dense non-aqueous phase liquid (DNAPL) occurs at the bottom of a 10-m-thick surficial sand aquifer was studied to determine the integrity of the underlying, 20-m-thick, clayey silt aquitard formed of glaciolacustrine sediment. TCE concentration-versus-depth profiles determined from aquitard cores collected at five locations indicated penetration of detectable TCE 2.5 to 3.0 m into the aquitard. Two of the profiles show persistent DNAPL at the aquitard interface, while two others indicate that DNAPL, present initially, was completely dissolved away producing concentration declines at the aquitard interface. The fifth profile suggests shallow DNAPL penetration (<0.5 m) into the aquitard, however, this penetration, which was likely caused by cross-contamination during core collection or cone penetrometry (CPT) of the aquitard interface, did not increase the maximum depth of TCE penetration. Combining the field profiles with one-dimensional model simulations, downward migration of the aqueous TCE front, defined as the EPA MCL of 5 microg/l, which was below the analytical detection limit, was projected to a distance between 4 and 5 m below the top of the aquitard. Using a single set of estimated aquitard parameter values, simulations of aqueous TCE migration into the aquitard provided a good fit to four of the field profiles with a migration time of 35 to 45 years, consistent with the history of TCE use at the site. These simulations indicate aqueous TCE migration is diffusion-dominated with only small advective influence by the downward groundwater velocity of 2 to 3 cm/year or less in the aquitard due to pumping of the underlying aquifer to supply water to the facility in the past 50 years. The applicability of the parameter values was confirmed by in situ diffusion experiments of 1-year duration, in which stainless steel cylinders containing DNAPL were inserted into the aquitard. The diffusion-dominated nature of the profiles indicates that the aquitard provides long-term protection of the underlying aquifer from contamination from this DNAPL zone. Simulations of long-term migration of the TCE solute front indicate breakthrough to the lower aquifer at 1200 years for the no advection scenario and at 500 years if the strong downward hydraulic gradient persists. However, even after breakthrough, the mass flux through the aquitard to the underlying aquifer remains relatively low, and when considered in terms of potential impacts to pumping wells, concentrations are not expected to increase significantly above present-day MCLs. The use of contaminant profiles of different time and distance scales, in addition to hydraulic data, dramatically improves the ability to assess aquitard integrity, and provides improved transport parameter values for estimating contaminant arrival times and fluxes. The apparent lack of deep preferential pathways for TCE migration, such as open fractures, is probably due to the softness of the silty aquitard deposit and minimal physical or chemical weathering of the aquitard provides long-term protection of the underlying aquifer from contamination from this DNAPL zone. Simulations of long-term migration of the TCE solute front indicate breakthrough to the lower aquifer at 1200 years for the no advection scenario and at 500 years if the strong downward hydraulic gradient persists. However, even after the breakthrough, the mass flux through the aquitard to the underlying aquifer remains relatively low, and when considered in terms of potential impacts to pumping wells , concentrations are not expected to increase significantly above present-day MCLs. The use of contaminant profiles of different time and distance scales, in addition to hydraulic data, dramatically improves the ability to assess aquitard integrity, and provides improved transport parameter values for estimating contaminant arrival times and fluxes. The apparent lack of deep preferential pathways for TCE migration, such as open fractures, is probably due to the softness

  11. Hydrodechlorination of TCE in a circulated electrolytic column at high flow rate.

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    Fallahpour, Noushin; Yuan, Songhu; Rajic, Ljiljana; Alshawabkeh, Akram N

    2016-02-01

    Palladium-catalytic hydrodechlorination of trichloroethylene (TCE) by cathodic H2 produced from water electrolysis has been tested. For a field in-well application, the flow rate is generally high. In this study, the performance of Pd-catalytic hydrodechlorination of TCE using cathodic H2 is evaluated under high flow rate (1 L min(-1)) in a circulated column system, as expected to occur in practice. An iron anode supports reduction conditions and it is used to enhance TCE hydrodechlorination. However, the precipitation occurs and high flow rate was evaluated to minimize its adverse effects on the process (electrode coverage, clogging, etc.). Under the conditions of 1 L min(-1) flow, 500 mA current, and 5 mg L(-1) initial TCE concentration, removal efficacy using iron anodes (96%) is significantly higher than by mixed metal oxide (MMO) anodes (66%). Two types of cathodes (MMO and copper foam) in the presence of Pd/Al2O3 catalyst under various currents (250, 125, and 62 mA) were used to evaluate the effect of cathode materials on TCE removal efficacy. The similar removal efficiencies were achieved for both cathodes, but more precipitation generated with copper foam cathode (based on the experiments done by authors). In addition to the well-known parameters such as current density, electrode materials, and initial TCE concentration, the high velocities of groundwater flow can have important implications, practically in relation to the flush out of precipitates. For potential field application, a cost-effective and sustainable in situ electrochemical process using a solar panel as power supply is being evaluated. PMID:26344148

  12. The need for bioaugmentation after thermal treatment of a TCE-contaminated aquifer: Laboratory experiments

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    Friis, A. K.; Albrechtsen, H.-J.; Cox, E.; Bjerg, P. L.

    2006-12-01

    A microcosm study was conducted to evaluate the need for bioaugmentation after a thermal treatment to anaerobically dechlorinate trichloroethene (TCE) to ethene. The microcosms were either: heated to 100 C and slowly cooled to simulate thermal remediation while bioaugmenting when the declining temperature reached 10 C; or kept at ambient groundwater temperatures (10 C) and bioaugmented for comparison. Aquifer samples from three sediment locations within a TCE-polluted source zone were investigated in duplicate microcosms. In biostimulated (5 mM lactate) and heated microcosms, no conversion of TCE was observed in 4 out of 6 microcosms, and in the remaining microcosms the dechlorination of TCE was incomplete to cDCE ( cis-dichloroethene). By comparison, complete TCE dechlorination to ethene was observed in 4 out of 6 heated microcosms that were bioaugmented with a highly enriched dechlorinating mixed culture, KB-1, but no electron donor, and also in 4 of 6 microcosms that were augmented with KB-1 and an electron donor (5 mM lactate). These data suggest that electron donor released during heating, was capable of promoting complete dechlorination coincident with bioaugmentation. Heated microcosms demonstrated less methanogenesis than unheated microcosms, even with elevated H 2 concentrations and addition of KB-1, which contains methanogens. This suggests that the heating process suppressed the native microbial community, which can decrease competition with the bioaugmented culture and increase the effectiveness of dechlorination following a thermal treatment. Specifically, cDCE removal rates were four to six times higher in heated than unheated bioaugmented microcosms. This study confirms the need for bioaugmentation following a laboratory thermal treatment to obtain complete dechlorination of TCE.

  13. Visualization of TCE recovery mechanisms using surfactant-polymer solutions in a two-dimensional heterogeneous sand model.

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    Robert, Thomas; Martel, Richard; Conrad, Stephen H; Lefebvre, Ren; Gabriel, Uta

    2006-06-30

    This research focused on the optimization of TCE dissolution in a physical two-dimensional model providing a realistic representation of a heterogeneous granular aquifer. TCE was infiltrated in the sand pack where it resided both in pools and in zones of residual saturation. Surfactant was initially injected at low concentration to minimize TCE remobilization at first contact but was incrementally increased later during the experiment. Xanthan gum was added to the injected surfactant solution to optimize the sweep efficiency through the heterogeneous medium. Photographs and digital image analysis illustrated the interactions between TCE and the injected fluids. During the polymer flood, the effects of heterogeneities inside the sand pack were greatly reduced by the increased fluid viscosity and the shear-thinning effects of the polymer. The polymer also improved the contact between the TCE ganglia and the surfactant-polymer solution, thereby promoting dissolution. Surfactants interacted with the polymer reducing the overall viscosity of the solution. At first contact with a 0.5%(mass) surfactant solution, the TCE pools drained and some remobilization occurred. However, no TCE bank was formed and TCE did not penetrate into any previously uncontaminated areas. As a result, TCE surface area was increased. Subsequent surfactant floods at higher surfactant concentrations did not trigger more remobilization. TCE was mainly dissolved by the solution with the highest surfactant concentration. Plugging from bacterial growth or microgel formation associated to the polymer at the inflow screen prevented the full completion of the experiment. However, more than 90% of TCE was recovered with the circulation of less than 6 pore volumes of surfactant-polymer solution. PMID:16624443

  14. Visualization of TCE recovery mechanisms using surfactant polymer solutions in a two-dimensional heterogeneous sand model

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    Robert, Thomas; Martel, Richard; Conrad, Stephen H.; Lefebvre, Ren; Gabriel, Uta

    2006-06-01

    This research focused on the optimization of TCE dissolution in a physical two-dimensional model providing a realistic representation of a heterogeneous granular aquifer. TCE was infiltrated in the sand pack where it resided both in pools and in zones of residual saturation. Surfactant was initially injected at low concentration to minimize TCE remobilization at first contact but was incrementally increased later during the experiment. Xanthan gum was added to the injected surfactant solution to optimize the sweep efficiency through the heterogeneous medium. Photographs and digital image analysis illustrated the interactions between TCE and the injected fluids. During the polymer flood, the effects of heterogeneities inside the sand pack were greatly reduced by the increased fluid viscosity and the shear-thinning effects of the polymer. The polymer also improved the contact between the TCE ganglia and the surfactant-polymer solution, thereby promoting dissolution. Surfactants interacted with the polymer reducing the overall viscosity of the solution. At first contact with a 0.5% mass surfactant solution, the TCE pools drained and some remobilization occurred. However, no TCE bank was formed and TCE did not penetrate into any previously uncontaminated areas. As a result, TCE surface area was increased. Subsequent surfactant floods at higher surfactant concentrations did not trigger more remobilization. TCE was mainly dissolved by the solution with the highest surfactant concentration. Plugging from bacterial growth or microgel formation associated to the polymer at the inflow screen prevented the full completion of the experiment. However, more than 90% of TCE was recovered with the circulation of less than 6 pore volumes of surfactant-polymer solution.

  15. Microbial community changes associated with a shift from reductive dechlorination of PCE to reductive dechlorination of cis-DCE and VC

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    Flynn, S.J.; Loeffler, F.E.; Tiedje, J.M.

    2000-03-15

    Subcultures that reductively dechlorinate cis-dichloroethene (cis-DCE) or vinyl chloride (VC) were derived from three independent enrichments that completely dechlorinated tetrachloroethene (PCE) to ethene in order to study the reductive dechlorination of the lesser chlorinated ethenes. These subcultures completely dechlorinated cis-DCE and VC and could be transferred indefinitely in basal salts minimal medium with H{sub 2} as the electron donor. After 10 transfers (1% V/V) the cis-DCE and VC-dechlorinating subcultures from two of the PCE enrichments failed to dechlorinate PCE, but the subcultures from the third PCE enrichment maintained the ability to dechlorinate PCE. Analysis of the 16S rRNA genes from these enrichments by terminal restriction fragment length polymorphism (T-RFLP) and denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis (DGGE) demonstrated shifts in the community composition of the subcultures that had lost the PCE-dechlorinating activity but not in the subcultures that maintained the PCE-dechlorinating activity. Analysis of the changes in community composition of the different enrichments suggested that at least two populations were responsible for the sequential dechlorination of PCE to ethene in these cultures and that consortia can cooperate in the complete dechlorination of PCE.

  16. The PACSAT Communications Experiment (PCE). Final report, August 13, 1990--February 12, 1992

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    Not Available

    1993-02-12

    While VITA (Volunteers in Technical Assistance) is the recognized world leader in low earth orbiting (LEO) satellite technology (below 1 GHz), its involvement in communications technologies is to facilitate renewable energy technology transfer to developing countries. A communications payload was incorporated into the UoSat 2 satellite (Surrey Univ., UK), launched in 1984; a prototype satellite (PCE) was also launched Jan 1990. US DOE awarded a second grant to VITA to design and test the prototype ground stations (command and field), install field ground stations in several developing country sites, pursue the operational licensing process, and transfer the evaluation results to the design of an operating system. This report covers the principal tasks of this grant.

  17. System for In-Situ Detection of Plant Exposure to Trichloroethylene (TCE)

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    Lewis, Mark D. (Inventor); Anderson, Daniel J. (Inventor); Newman, Lee A. (Inventor); Keith, Amy G. (Inventor)

    2013-01-01

    A system detects a plant's exposure to trichloroethylene (TCE) through plant leaf imaging. White light impinging upon a plant's leaf interacts therewith to produce interacted light. A detector is positioned to detect at least one spectral band of the interacted light. A processor coupled to the detector performs comparisons between photonic energy of the interacted light at the one or more spectral bands thereof and reference data defining spectral responses indicative of leaf exposure to TCE. An output device coupled to the processor provides indications of the comparisons.

  18. PD-CATALYZED TCE DECHLORINATION IN GROUNDWATER: SOLUTE EFFECTS, BIOLOGICAL CONTROL, AND OXIDATIVE CATALYST REGENERATION. (R825421)

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    The performance of a Pd-on-src="/ncer/pubs/images/gamma.gif">-Al2O3 catalyst for
    dechlorination of trichloroethylene (TCE) was evaluated in synthetic and real
    groundwater. Low initial TCE conversions were used to provide maximum ...

  19. Use Of Statistical Tools To Evaluate The Reductive Dechlorination Of High Levels Of TCE In Microcosm Studies

    EPA Science Inventory

    A large, multi-laboratory microcosm study was performed to select amendments for supporting reductive dechlorination of high levels of trichloroethylene (TCE) found at an industrial site in the United Kingdom (UK) containing dense non-aqueous phase liquid (DNAPL) TCE. The study ...

  20. Health assessment for Whitehall Wells, Whitehall, Michigan, Region 5. CERCLIS No. MID980701254. Preliminary report

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    Not Available

    1989-04-14

    The Whitehall Wells (WW) are listed on the National Priorities List. Tap water in Whitehall City was found to contain 4 ppb of perchloroethylene (PCE). Two of the city's five production wells contained up to 6 ppb PCE, and nearby monitor wells contained up to 5 ppb 1,1-dichloroethane, 68 ppb trichloroethylene (TCE), 28 ppb chloroform, and 474 ppb cis-1,2-dichloroethylene. Analysis of soil, surface water, and especially ground water within the City of Whitehall clearly demonstrate the presence of chemical contaminants in the environment. The site is of potential public health concern because of the risk to human health that could result from possible exposure to hazardous substances at levels that may result in adverse health effects over time; human exposure to perchloroethylene has occurred via ground water.

  1. A field method for near real-time analysis of perchloroethylene in end-exhaled breath.

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    Sweet, Nathaniel D; Burroughs, G E; Ewers, Lynda; Talaska, Glenn

    2004-08-01

    The field method for near real-time analysis of perchloroethylene (Perc) in breath is simple, fast, and reproducible for Perc breath analysis in field settings and should prove useful in industrial hygiene practice. The method allows Perc monitoring with good specificity to the sub-part per million (ppm) level within minutes of exposure. A commercially available, portable gas chromatograph with a photoionization detector was used in these analyses. Gas chromatograph settings were optimized in the laboratory for measurement of Perc in Tedlar bags. Laboratory development of the method included evaluation of the sensitivity, specificity, precision, and speed of analysis for Perc. Replicate aliquots of Perc at concentrations ranging from 0.01 to 100 ppm were used to construct a calibration curve. The mean retention time for Perc was 238 sec. The impact of potential interference by acetone, toluene, isoprene, methanol, ethanol, acetaldehyde, carbon tetrachloride, benzene, or chloroform was evaluated by mixing Perc with each compound and performing analyses. Measurements of Perc in human breath samples collected in Tedlar bags in a workplace setting were made and compared to measurements of the same samples made by an established analytical method using charcoal tubes (National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health [NIOSH] Method 1003). The accuracy, precision, and speed of the gas chromatograph method were determined. Measurements made with the new method were within a margin of +/- 8.8% (95% CI, n = 6) of measurements made according to NIOSH Method 1003 for field samples in the range of 0.9 to 6 ppm. Method precision was determined by calculating the pooled coefficient of variation for all measurements (replicates = 3) made in the field and was found to be 5.8%. PMID:15238304

  2. A control technology evaluation of state-of-the-art, perchloroethylene dry-cleaning machines.

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    Earnest, G Scott

    2002-05-01

    NIOSH researchers evaluated the ability of fifth-generation dry-cleaning machines to control occupational exposure to perchloroethylene (PERC). Use of these machines is mandated in some countries; however, less than 1 percent of all U.S. shops have them. A study was conducted at a U.S. dry-cleaning shop where two fifth-generation machines were used. Both machines had a refrigerated condenser as a primary control and a carbon adsorber as a secondary control to recover PERC vapors during the dry cycle. These machines were designed to lower the PERC concentration in the cylinder at the end of the dry cycle to below 290 ppm. A single-beam infrared photometer continuously monitors the PERC concentration in the machine cylinder, and a door interlock prevents opening until the concentration is below 290 ppm. Personal breathing zone air samples were measured for the machine operator and presser. The operator had time-weighted average (TWA) PERC exposures that were less than 2 ppm. Highest exposures occurred during loading and unloading the machine and when performing routine machine maintenance. All presser samples were below the limit of detection. Real-time video exposure monitoring showed that the operator had peak exposures near 160 ppm during loading and unloading the machine (below the OSHA maximum of 300 ppm). This exposure (160 ppm) is an order of magnitude lower than exposures with more traditional machines that are widely used in the United States. The evaluated machines were very effective at reducing TWA PERC exposures as well as peak exposures that occur during machine loading and unloading. State-of-the-art dry-cleaning machines equipped with refrigerated condensers, carbon adsorbers, drum monitors, and door interlocks can provide substantially better protection than more traditional machines that are widely used in the United States. PMID:12018399

  3. Health-hazard evaluation report HETA 85-083-1705, Summit Finishing Company, Inc. , Mooresville, Indiana. [Perchloroethylene concentrations

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    Daniels, W.J.; Kramkowski, R.S.

    1986-06-01

    An evaluation of employee exposures to chemicals used in electroplating operations was made. At the time of the study there were 67 employees, about 26 of whom were involved directly in the production operations. Airborne concentrations of perchloroethylene did not exceed OSHA standards, but they did exceed the NIOSH recommended exposure level on both a ceiling and time weighted average basis. Environmental samples collected for cyanides, inorganic acids, metals, and formaldehyde were below their respective evaluation criteria at the time of the survey. The authors conclude that a potential health hazard existed from exposures to perchloroethlyene. A significant number of employees reported acute mucous membrane irritation. The authors made recommendations.

  4. Betula pendula: A Promising Candidate for Phytoremediation of TCE in Northern Climates.

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    Lewis, Jeffrey; Qvarfort, Ulf; Sjstrm, Jan

    2015-01-01

    Betula pendula (Silver birch) trees growing on two contaminated sites were evaluated to assess their capacity to phytoscreen and phytoremediate chlorinated aliphatic compounds and heavy metals. Both locations are industrially-contaminated properties in central Sweden. The first was the site of a trichloroethylene (TCE) spill in the 1980s while the second was polluted with heavy metals by burning industrial wastes. In both cases, sap and sapwood from Silver birch trees were collected and analyzed for either chlorinated aliphatic compounds or heavy metals. These results were compared to analyses of the surface soil, vadose zone pore air and groundwater. Silver birch demonstrated the potential to phytoscreen and possibly phytoremediate TCE and related compounds, but it did not demonstrate the ability to effectively phytoextract heavy metals when compared with hyperaccumulator plants. The capacity of Silver birch to phytoremediate TCE appears comparable to tree species that have been employed in field-scale TCE phytoremediation efforts, such as Populus spp. and Eucalyptus sideroxylon rosea. PMID:25174420

  5. Formulation design for target delivery of iron nanoparticles to TCE zones

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    Wang, Ziheng; Acosta, Edgar

    2013-12-01

    Nanoparticles of zero-valent iron (NZVI) are effective reducing agents for some dense non-aqueous phase liquid (DNAPL) contaminants such as trichloroethylene (TCE). However, target delivery of iron nanoparticles to DNAPL zones in the aquifer remains an elusive feature for NZVI technologies. This work discusses three strategies to deliver iron nanoparticles to DNAPL zones. To this end, iron oxide nanoparticles coated with oleate (OL) ions were used as stable analogs for NZVI. The OL-coated iron oxide nanoparticles are rendered lipophilic via (a) the addition of CaCl2, (b) acidification, or (c) the addition of a cationic surfactant, benzethonium chloride (BC). Mixtures of OL and BC show promise as a target delivery strategy due to the high stability of the nanoparticles in water, and their preferential partition into TCE in batch experiments. Column tests show that while the OL-BC coated iron oxide nanoparticles remain largely mobile in TCE-free columns, a large fraction of these particles are retained in TCE-contaminated columns, confirming the effectiveness of this target delivery strategy.

  6. LESSONS LEARNED FROM IN-SITU RESISTIVE HEATING OF TCE AT FORT LEWIS, WASHINGTON

    EPA Science Inventory

    The EGDY is the source of a potentially expanding, three mile long TCE plume in a sole source drinking water aquifer. Thermal remediation is being employed to reduce source mass loading to the dissolved phase aquifer plume and reduce the time to reach site cleanup goals. This i...

  7. Abiotic and Biotic Transformation of TCE under Sulfate Reducing Conditions: the Role of Spatial Heterogeneity

    EPA Science Inventory

    At a number of sites in the USA, passive reactive barriers built with shredded plant mulch have been constructed to treat ground water contaminated with TCE. These barriers are called biowalls because anaerobic biodegradation of the plant mulch is expected to provide substrates...

  8. Treatment of co-mingled benzene, toluene and TCE in groundwater.

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    Chen, Liang; Liu, Yulong; Liu, Fei; Jin, Song

    2014-06-30

    This work addressed a hypothetical but practical scenario that includes biological oxidation and reductive dechlorination in treating groundwater containing co-mingled plume of trichloroethene (TCE), benzene and toluene. Groundwater immediately downgradient from the commonly used zero-valent iron (ZVI) has shown alkaline pH (up to 10.7). The elevated pH may influence BTEX compounds (i.e., benzene, toluene, ethyl benzene, and xylenes) biodegradation, which could also be inhibited by elevated concentrations of TCE. Data from this work suggests that the inhibition coefficients (IC) value for 100 ?g/L and 500 ?g/L of TCE on benzene and toluene degradation are 2.1-2.8 at pH 7.9, and 3.5-6.1 at pH 10.5. For a co-mingled plume, it appears to be more effective to reduce TCE by ZVI before addressing benzene and toluene biodegradation. The ample buffering capacity of most groundwater and the adaptation of benzene and toluene-degrading microbes are likely able to eliminate the adverse influence of pH shifts downgradient from a ZVI-PRB. PMID:24857895

  9. A SEARCH FOR RESIDUAL BEHAVIORAL EFFECTS OF TRICHLOROETHYLENE (TCE) IN RATS EXPOSED AS YOUNG ADULTS

    EPA Science Inventory

    Trichloroethylene (TCE) is a solvent of concern to the EPA due to its extensive use in industry, its prevalence in urban air, and its appearance in water supplies. Human clinical studies have associated short and long-termsolvent exposures with cognitive dysfunction including att...

  10. Superfund Record of Decision (EPA Region 3): Malvern TCE, Malvern, PA, November 26, 1997

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    Not Available

    1998-09-01

    This decision document presents the final selected remedial action for the Malvern TCE Superfund Site (Site). This remedy addresses an alternate water supply, capping of soils and groundwater remediation at the Main Plant Area, excavation and off-Site treatment and disposal of contaminated soils at the Former Disposal Area, and Natural Attenuation of groundwater at the Former Disposal Area.

  11. RATE OF TCE DEGRADATION IN A PLANT MULCH PASSIVE REACTIVE BARRIER (BIOWALL)

    EPA Science Inventory

    A passive reactive barrier was installed at the OU-1 site at Altus Air Force Base, Oklahoma to treat TCE contamination in ground water from a landfill. Depth to ground water varies from 1.8 to 2.4 meters below land surface. To intercept and treat the plume of contaminated groun...

  12. REMEDIATION OF TCE-CONTAMINATED GROUNDWATER BY A PERMEABLE REACTIVE BARRIER FILLED WITH PLANT MULCH (BIOWALL)

    EPA Science Inventory

    A pilot-scale permeable reactive barrier filled with plant mulch was installed at Altus Air Force Base (in Oklahoma, USA) to treat trichloroethylene (TCE) contamination in ground water emanating from a landfill. The barrier was constructed in June 2002. It was 139 meters long, 7 ...

  13. EFFECTIVE REMOVAL OF TCE IN A LABORATORY MODEL OF A PRB CONSTRUCTED WITH PLANT MULCH

    EPA Science Inventory

    Ground water contaminated with TCE is commonly treated with a permeable reactive barrier (PRB) constructed with zero-valence iron. The cost of iron as the reactive matrix has driven a search for less costly alternatives, and composted plant mulch has been used as an alternative ...

  14. FIELD SCALE EVALUATION OF TREATMENT OF TCE IN A BIOWALL AT THE OU-1 SITE

    EPA Science Inventory

    A passive reactive barrier (Biowall) was installed at the OU-1 site at Altus Air Force Base, Oklahoma to treat TCE contamination in ground water from a landfill. Depth to ground water varies from 1.8 to 2.4 meters below land surface. To intercept and treat the plume of contamin...

  15. Initial Results of ISCO for a Large TCE DNAPL Source Area

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    Thompson, S.L.; Cross, P.E.

    2008-07-01

    This paper will describe the results of an in situ chemical oxidation (ISCO) remedial action currently in progress to address subsurface contamination by trichloroethene (TCE) dense nonaqueous phase liquid (DNAPL). The U.S. Department of Energy is responsible for the cleanup of environmental media at the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant (PORTS) in southern Ohio. The X-701B Solid Waste Management Unit is an unlined surface impoundment at PORTS which was operated from 1954 to 1988. A TCE plume in groundwater emanates from the unit and is approximately 2,200 feet in length. Metals, radioactive inorganics, and other organic chemicals are also present at lower concentrations in the groundwater. An ongoing 1.6-acre TCE DNAPL source area for the plume is believed to exist up-gradient in the vicinity of the X-701B pond. The extent of the source area is inferred from actual recovery of DNAPL in production wells and from detection of TCE concentrations between 100 and 1,000 mg/L in monitoring wells. Previous remedial activities at X-701B have included a Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) closure and a technology demonstration that recirculated permanganate solutions between two horizontal wells. Results of sampling after these remedial activities showed that the permanganate effectively destroyed TCE in portions of the aquifer where adequate contact was achieved, but that uniform distribution by the recirculation system was problematic. As a result, the TCE concentration in the groundwater eventually rebounded after the treatment. To overcome distribution issues and to more aggressively remediate the source, a new remediation approach is being implemented for the unit. The new approach involves the injection of Modified Fenton's Reagent directly into the source area using temporary direct push injection points. This new approach provides the ability to overcome limitations imposed by heterogeneities in the subsurface by injecting relatively small quantities of reagent into a large number of temporary injection points across the source area. These injections are then repeated, as necessary, on a grid pattern until performance goals are achieved. The remediation is being implemented in four phases under a work plan approved by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency. Phase I, the pilot test, was conducted over a small portion of the source area. Phase II currently involves full-scale treatment of the source area. In Phase III, the source area will be monitored for TCE rebound. Phase IV will involve limited treatment for the down-gradient portion of the plume. (authors)

  16. Fingerprinting TCE in a bedrock aquifer using compound-specific isotope analysis.

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    Lojkasek-Lima, Paulo; Aravena, Ramon; Parker, Beth L; Cherry, John A

    2012-01-01

    A dual isotope approach based on compound-specific isotope analysis (CSIA) of carbon (C) and chlorine (Cl) was used to identify sources of persistent trichloroethylene (TCE) that caused the shut-down in 1994 of a municipal well in an extensive fractured dolostone aquifer beneath Guelph, Ontario. Several nearby industrial properties have known subsurface TCE contamination; however, only one has created a comprehensive monitoring network in the bedrock. The impacted municipal well and many monitoring wells were sampled for volatile organic compounds (VOCs), inorganic parameters, and CSIA. A wide range in isotope values was observed at the study site. The TCE varies between -35.6 and -21.8 and from 1.6 to 3.2 for ?(13) C and ?(37) Cl, respectively. In case of cis-1,2-dichloroethene, the isotope values range between -36.3 and -18.9 and from 2.4 to 4.7 for ?(13) C and ?(37) Cl, respectively. The dual isotope approach represented by a plot of ?(13) C vs. ?(37) Cl shows the municipal well samples grouped in a domain clearly separate from all other samples from the property with the comprehensive well network. The CSIA results collected under non-pumping and short-term pumping conditions thus indicate that this particular property, which has been studied intensively for several years, is not a substantial contributor of the TCE presently in the municipal well under non-pumping conditions. This case study demonstrates that CSIA signatures would have been useful much earlier in the quest to examine sources of the TCE in the municipal well if bedrock monitoring wells had been located at several depths beneath each of the potential TCE-contributing properties. Moreover, the CSIA results show that microbial reductive dechlorination of TCE occurs in some parts of the bedrock aquifer. At this site, the use of CSIA for C and Cl in combination with analyses of VOC and redox parameters proved to be important due to the complexity introduced by biodegradation in the complex fractured rock aquifer. It is highly recommended to revisit the study when the municipal well is back into full operation. PMID:22220911

  17. INFLUENCE OF HYDRAULIC RETENTION TIME ON EXTENT OF PCE DECHLORINATION AND PRELIMINARY CHARACTERIZATION OF THE ENRICHMENT CULTURE. (R826694C703)

    EPA Science Inventory

    The extent of tetrachloroethene (PCE) dechlorination in two chemostats was evaluated as a function of hydraulic retention time (HRT). The inoculum of these chemostats was from an upflow anaerobic sludge blanket (UASB) reactor that rapidly converts PCE to vinyl chloride (VC) an...

  18. The effect of temperature on capillary pressure-saturation relationships for air-water and perchloroethylene-water systems

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    She, Hugh Y.; Sleep, Brent E.

    1998-10-01

    The temperature dependence of capillary pressure-saturation relationships was measured for air-water and perchloroethylene-water systems in silica sand. Changes in capillary pressures, irreducible water phase saturations, and residual nonwetting saturations with temperature were determined. Relationships for temperature dependence of contact angle and interfacial tension were incorporated into the van Genuchten [1980] model and fitted to the data. Capillary pressures at constant degrees of saturation decreased as temperature increased. Hysteresis decreased, irreducible water saturations increased, and residual nonwetting saturations decreased as temperature increased. The magnitude of the change in capillary pressures could not be explained by the temperature dependence of wetting-nonwetting interfacial tensions alone. Derived parameters for the temperature dependence of the contact angle predicted an increase of contact angle of roughly 45-50 for air-water and perchloroethylene systems with a temperature increase from 20 to 80C, while literature studies suggest that contact angles should decrease with increasing temperature. It was concluded that the parametric relationship for temperature effects incorporated into the van Genuchten [1980] model fit the data well, but other effects in addition to changes in interfacial tension and contact angle played a role in the temperature dependence of capillary pressure-saturation relationships.

  19. Change of pH and Iron Ion Concentration During Photodegradation of TCE with Ferrioxalate/UVvis Process

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    Hareyama, Wataru; Suto, Koichi; Inoue, Chihiro; Chida, Tadashi; Nakazawa, Hiroshi

    2006-05-15

    Recently, some studies show various organic compounds such as pesticides and dyes degraded with the irradiation of ultraviolet light and visible light in the presence of oxalic acid and ferric ion (ferrioxalate/UVvis process). The process has much advance than other technologies because it can utilize the wavelength of 300{approx}450nm and also under the condition of neutral pH. Chlorinated organic compounds such as trichloroethene (TCE), which have caused ground water pollution on a lot of sites, have never been applied by photodegradation with this process. In this study, we showed the degradation of TCE in the presence of oxalic acid and iron ion and the change of pH, ferric and ferrous ion concentration during the photodegradation of TCE with ferrioxalate/UV-vis process. TCE was degraded in the presence of oxalic acid and iron ion. In the reactions, the equilibrium of oxalate ion and iron ion is important since it determines the amount of ferrioxalate complex which absorbs light and induces the reactions of the degradation of TCE. Thus, the pH value and iron ion concentration are the important factors which determine the amount of ferrioxalate complex. The pH is nearly constant during the photodegradation of TCE. The ferrous ion concentration was decreased as soon as beginning photodegradation of TCE, and then the ferrous ion concentration and ferric ion concentration became constant.

  20. Evaluation of the effects of nanoscale zero-valent iron (nZVI) dispersants on intrinsic biodegradation of trichloroethylene (TCE).

    PubMed

    Chang, Y C; Huang, S C; Chen, K F

    2014-01-01

    In this study, the biodegradability of nanoscale zero-valent iron (nZVI) dispersants and their effects on the intrinsic biodegradation of trichloroethylene (TCE) were evaluated. Results of a microcosm study show that the biodegradability of three dispersants followed the sequence of: polyvinyl alcohol-co-vinyl acetate-co-itaconic acid (PV3A) > polyoxyethylene (20) sorbitan monolaurate (Tween 20) > polyacrylic acid (PAA) under aerobic conditions, and PV3A > Tween 20 > PAA under anaerobic conditions. Natural biodegradation of TCE was observed under both aerobic and anaerobic conditions. No significant effects were observed on the intrinsic biodegradation of TCE under aerobic conditions with the presence of the dispersants. The addition of PAA seemed to have a slightly adverse impact on anaerobic TCE biodegradation. Higher accumulation of the byproducts of anaerobic TCE biodegradation was detected with the addition of PV3A and Tween 20. The diversity of the microbial community was enhanced under aerobic conditions with the presence of more biodegradable PV3A and Tween 20. The results of this study indicate that it is necessary to select an appropriate dispersant for nZVI to prevent a residual of the dispersant in the subsurface. Additionally, the effects of the dispersant on TCE biodegradation and the accumulation of TCE biodegrading byproducts should also be considered. PMID:24901632

  1. Optimizing binary phase and amplitude filters for PCE, SNR, and discrimination

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    Downie, John D.

    1992-01-01

    Binary phase-only filters (BPOFs) have generated much study because of their implementation on currently available spatial light modulator devices. On polarization-rotating devices such as the magneto-optic spatial light modulator (SLM), it is also possible to encode binary amplitude information into two SLM transmission states, in addition to the binary phase information. This is done by varying the rotation angle of the polarization analyzer following the SLM in the optical train. Through this parameter, a continuum of filters may be designed that span the space of binary phase and amplitude filters (BPAFs) between BPOFs and binary amplitude filters. In this study, we investigate the design of optimal BPAFs for the key correlation characteristics of peak sharpness (through the peak-to-correlation energy (PCE) metric), signal-to-noise ratio (SNR), and discrimination between in-class and out-of-class images. We present simulation results illustrating improvements obtained over conventional BPOFs, and trade-offs between the different performance criteria in terms of the filter design parameter.

  2. Mammalian cytochrome CYP2E1 triggered differential gene regulation in response to trichloroethylene (TCE) in a transgenic poplar

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    Kang, Jun Won; Wilkerson, Hui-Wen; Farin, Federico M.; Bammler, Theo K.; Beyer, Richard P.; Strand, Stuart E.

    2011-01-01

    Trichloroethylene (TCE) is an important environmental contaminant of soil, groundwater, and air. Studies of the metabolism of TCE by poplar trees suggest that cytochrome P450 enzymes are involved. Using poplar genome microarrays, we report a number of putative genes that are differentially expressed in response to TCE. In a previous study, transgenic hybrid poplar plants expressing mammalian cytochrome P450 2E1 (CYP2E1) had increased metabolism of TCE. In the vector control plants for this construct, 24 h following TCE exposure, 517 genes were upregulated and 650 genes were downregulated over 2-fold when compared with the non-exposed vector control plants. However, in the transgenic CYP2E1 plant, line 78, 1,601 genes were upregulated and 1,705 genes were downregulated over 2-fold when compared with the non-exposed transgenic CYP2E1 plant. It appeared that the CYP2E1 transgenic hybrid poplar plants overexpressing mammalian CYP2E1 showed a larger number of differentially expressed transcripts, suggesting a metabolic pathway for TCE to metabolites had been initiated by activity of CYP2E1 on TCE. These results suggest that either the over-expression of the CYP2E1 gene or the abundance of TCE metabolites from CYP450 2E1 activity triggered a strong genetic response to TCE. Particularly, cytochrome p450s, glutathione S-transferases, glucosyltransferases, and ABC transporters in the CYP2E1 transgenic hybrid poplar plants were highly expressed compared with in vector controls. PMID:20213342

  3. Translating the IHE Teaching File and Clinical Trial Export (TCE) profile document templates into functional DICOM structured report objects.

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    Kamauu, Aaron W C; DuVall, Scott L; Liimatta, Andrew P; Wiggins, Richard H; Avrin, David E

    2008-12-01

    The Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) Teaching File and Clinical Trial Export (TCE) integration profile describes a standard workflow for exporting key images from an image manager/archive to a teaching file, clinical trial, or electronic publication application. Two specific digital imaging and communication in medicine (DICOM) structured reports (SR) reference the key images and contain associated case information. This paper presents step-by-step instructions for translating the TCE document templates into functional and complete DICOM SR objects. Others will benefit from these instructions in developing TCE compliant applications. PMID:17805930

  4. Modeling of TCE and Toluene Toxicity to Pseudomonas putida F1

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    Singh, R.; Olson, M. S.

    2009-12-01

    Prediction of viable bacterial distribution with respect to contaminants is important for efficient bioremediation of contaminated ground-water aquifers, particularly those contaminated with residual NAPLs. While bacterial motility and chemotaxis may help situate bacteria close to high concentrations of contaminant thereby enhancing bioremediation, prolonged exposure to high concentrations of contaminates is toxic to contaminant-degrading bacteria. The purpose of this work is to model the toxicity of trichloroethylene and toluene to Pseudomonas putida F1. The Live/Dead bacterial viability assay was used to determine the toxic effect of chemical contaminants on the viability of P. putida F1 in a sealed zero head-space experimental environment. Samples of bacterial suspensions were exposed to common ground-water pollutants, TCE and toluene, for different durations. Changes in live and dead cell populations were monitored over the course of experiments using fluorescence microscopy. Data obtained from these toxicity experiments were fit to simple linear and exponential bacterial decay models using non-linear regression to describe loss of bacterial viability. TCE toxicity to P. putida F1 was best described with an exponential decay model (Figure 1a), with a decay constant kTCE = 0.025 h-4.95 (r2 = 0.956). Toluene toxicity showed a marginally better fit to the linear decay model (Figure 1b) (r2 = 0.971), with a decay constant ktoluene = 0.204 h-1. Best-fit model parameters obtained for both TCE and toluene were used to predict bacterial viability in toxicity experiments with higher contaminant concentrations and matched well with experimental data. Results from this study can be used to predict bacterial accumulation and viability near NAPL sources, and thus may be helpful in improving bioremediation performance assessment of contaminated sites. Figure 1: Survival ratios (S = N/No) of P. putida F1 in TCE- (a) and toluene- (b) stressed samples (observed (x), linear model () and exponential model (---)) and non-TCE stressed samples (o) at different time intervals throughout toxicity experiments. Error bars represent standard errors for five replicate experiments.

  5. FY01 Phytoremediation of Chlorinated Ethenes in Southern Sector Seepline Sediments of SRS

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    Brigmon, R.L.

    2004-01-30

    This treatability study is now in the second year of deployment for the Southern Sector Phytoremediation Project. Phytoremediation is the use of vegetation and associated media to treat contaminated soils, sediments, and groundwater. Phytoremediation is a rapidly developing technology that promises effective and safe cleanup of certain hazardous wastes. This ongoing work addresses the fate of volatile organic contaminants (VOCs) in an experiment that simulates a vegetated seepline supplied with trichloroethylene- (TCE-) and perchloroethylene- (PCE-) contaminated groundwater. The primary objective is to determine how the trees and sediments uptake groundwater TCE and PCE, biodegrade it, and/or transform it. The experimental focus of this project is the biological removal of VOCs from seepline groundwater and sediments.

  6. Retardation of volatile organic compounds in ground water in low organic carbon sediments

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    Hoffman, F.

    1995-04-01

    It is postulated that adsorption onto aquifer matrix surfaces is only one of the processes that retard contaminants in ground water in unconsolidated sediments; others include hydrodynamic dispersion, abiotic/biotic degradation, matrix diffusion, partitioning to organic carbon, diffusion into and retention in dead-end pores, etc. This work aims at these processes in defining the K{sub d} of VOCs in sediments with low organic carbon content. Experiments performed include an initial column experiment for VOC (TCE and perchloroethylene(PCE)) retardation tests on geological materials, PCE and TCE data from LLNL sediments, and a preliminary multilayer sampler experiment. The VOC K{sub d}s in low organic carbon permeable aquifer materials are dependent on the VOC composition and independent of aquifer grain size, indicating that sorption was not operative and that the primary retarding factors are diffusion controlled. The program of future experiments is described.

  7. Case study: In-situ methods for the recovery of dissolved and free-phase TCE

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    Lindhult, E.C.; Edelman, M.J.; Buggey, T.R.; Hart, M.A.

    1997-12-31

    Two-phase vacuum extraction (VE) technology, which simultaneously removes groundwater and soil vapor from the subsurface, has been applied at a dense non-aqueous phase liquid (DNAPL) site with promising results. The two-phase VE (a.k.a. dual-phase VE) has been used to enhance groundwater recovery to attain a zone of capture by enhancing groundwater yields from groundwater recovery wells not attainable from pumping alone. Operation of the two-phase VE system has resulted in the recovery of significant quantities of DNAPL, consisting primarily of trichloroethylene (TCE). Controlled pumping has been applied to recover the free-phase TCE. This paper presents a summary of site conditions, description of the two-phase VE and groundwater remediation system, and conclusions from the site remediation.

  8. Retaining and recovering enzyme activity during degradation of TCE by methanotrophs

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    Palumbo, A.V.; Strong-Gunderson, J.M.; Carroll, S.

    1997-12-31

    To determine if compounds added during trichloroethylene (TCE) degradation could reduce the loss of enzyme activity or increase enzyme recovery, different compounds serving as energy and carbon sources, pH buffers, or free radical scavengers were tested. Formate and formic acid (reducing power and a carbon source), as well as ascorbic acid and citric acid (free radical scavengers) were added during TCE degradation at a concentration of 2 mM. A saturated solution of calcium carbonate was also tested to address pH concerns. In the presence of formate and methane, only calcium carbonate and formic acid had a beneficial effect on enzyme recovery. The calcium carbonate and formic acid both reduced the loss of enzyme activity and resulted in the highest levels of enzyme activity after recovery. 19 refs., 3 figs.

  9. Impact of turbidity on TCE and degradation products in ground water

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    Paul, C.J.; Puls, R.W.

    1997-06-01

    Elevated particulate concentrations in ground water samples can bias contaminant concentration data. This has been particularly problematic for metal analyses where artificially increased turbidity levels can affect metals concentrations and confound interpretation of the data. However, few studies have been conducted to determine the impact of particulates on trichloroethylene (TCE), cis-dichloroethylene (c-DCE), and vinyl chloride concentrations. Laboratory batch studies and field investigations were conducted to evaluate the effects of suspended solids on VOC concentrations in ground water samples analyzed by purge-and-trap gas chromatography. Three different solids were used to assess the effects of suspended particulates. The solids were aquifer material from a field site in North Carolina and two reference clay minerals (kaolinite and Na-montmorillonite). During the laboratory portion of this study, the solids were used to determine effects on TCE concentrations under controlled laboratory conditions. The same solids were used in a field study to compare the laboratory results with field results.

  10. TCE field-scale simulation using immobile-mobile waste phase model

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    Hamm, L.L.; Aleman, S.E.; Shadday, M.A.

    1997-05-01

    Groundwater contamination resulting from releases of chlorinated volatile organic compounds into the environment is commonplace. Industrial solvents, such as trichloroethylene (TCE), were historically released into top soils as a means of disposal. At numerous sites nationwide, cleanup efforts are underway. To evaluate the benefits associated with proposed remediation alternatives, flow and transport modeling is playing an ever increasing role. In many situations site characterization of contaminant source terms is very sketchy, resulting in a lack of necessary data to develop a reliable source term model directly from a database. As such, investigators are forced into an approach of estimating the source term in an inverse modeling fashion. Field-scale attempts are made here to predict the fate and transport of TCE under various remediation alternatives. Under a no action scenario, inverse modeling to establish the source term is performed where comparison to field measurements are made.

  11. Numerical simulation of transport and sequential biodegradation of chlorinated aliphatic hydrocarbons using CHAIN_2D

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    Schaerlaekens, J.; Mallants, D.; Imnek, J.; van Genuchten, M. Th.; Feyen, J.

    1999-12-01

    Microbiological degradation of perchloroethylene (PCE) under anaerobic conditions follows a series of chain reactions, in which, sequentially, trichloroethylene (TCE), cis-dichloroethylene (c-DCE), vinylchloride (VC) and ethene are generated. First-order degradation rate constants, partitioning coefficients and mass exchange rates for PCE, TCE, c-DCE and VC were compiled from the literature. The parameters were used in a case study of pump-and-treat remediation of a PCE-contaminated site near Tilburg, The Netherlands. Transport, non-equilibrium sorption and biodegradation chain processes at the site were simulated using the CHAIN_2D code without further calibration. The modelled PCE compared reasonably well with observed PCE concentrations in the pumped water. We also performed a scenario analysis by applying several increased reductive dechlorination rates, reflecting different degradation conditions (e.g. addition of yeast extract and citrate). The scenario analysis predicted considerably higher concentrations of the degradation products as a result of enhanced reductive dechlorination of PCE. The predicted levels of the very toxic compound VC were now an order of magnitude above the maximum permissible concentration levels.

  12. PCE dissolution and simultaneous dechlorination by nanoscale zero-valent iron particles in a DNAPL source zone.

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    Fagerlund, F; Illangasekare, T H; Phenrat, T; Kim, H-J; Lowry, G V

    2012-04-01

    While the capability of nanoscale zero-valent iron (NZVI) to dechlorinate organic compounds in aqueous solutions has been demonstrated, the ability of NZVI to remove dense non-aqueous phase liquid (DNAPL) from source zones under flow-through conditions similar to a field scale application has not yet been thoroughly investigated. To gain insight on simultaneous DNAPL dissolution and NZVI-mediated dechlorination reactions after direct placement of NZVI into a DNAPL source zone, a combined experimental and modeling study was performed. First, a DNAPL tetrachloroethene (PCE) source zone with emplaced NZVI was built inside a small custom-made flow cell and the effluent PCE and dechlorination byproducts were monitored over time. Second, a model for rate-limited DNAPL dissolution and NZVI-mediated dechlorination of PCE to its three main reaction byproducts with a possibility for partitioning of these byproducts back into the DNAPL was formulated. The coupled processes occurring in the flow cell were simulated and analyzed using a detailed three-dimensional numerical model. It was found that subsurface emplacement of NZVI did not markedly accelerate DNAPL dissolution or the DNAPL mass-depletion rate, when NZVI at a particle concentration of 10g/L was directly emplaced in the DNAPL source zone. To react with NZVI the DNAPL PCE must first dissolve into the groundwater and the rate of dissolution controls the longevity of the DNAPL source. The modeling study further indicated that faster reacting particles would decrease aqueous contaminant concentrations but there is a limit to how much the mass removal rate can be increased by increasing the dechlorination reaction rate. To ensure reduction of aqueous contaminant concentrations, remediation of DNAPL contaminants with NZVI should include emplacement in a capture zone down-gradient of the DNAPL source. PMID:22326687

  13. Electrochemically induced dual reactive barriers for transformation of TCE and mixture of contaminants in groundwater

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    Mao, Xuhui; Yuan, Songhu; Fallahpour, Noushin; Ciblak, Ali; Howard, Joniqua; Padilla, Ingrid; Loch-Caruso, Rita; Alshawabkeh, Akram N.

    2012-01-01

    A novel reactive electrochemical flow system consisting of iron anode and porous cathode is proposed for the remediation of mixture of contaminants in groundwater. The system consists of a series of sequentially arranged electrodes, a perforated iron anode, a porous copper cathode followed by a mesh-type mixed metal oxide anode. The iron anode generates ferrous species and a chemically reducing environment, the porous cathode provides a reactive electrochemically reducing barrier, and the inert anode provides proton and oxygen to neutralize the system. The redox conditions of the electrolyte flowing through this system can be regulated by controlling the distribution of the electric current. Column experiments are conducted to evaluate the process and study the variables. The electrochemical reduction on a copper foam cathode produced an electrode-based reductive potential capable of reducing TCE and nitrate. Rational electrodes arrangement, longer residence time of electrolytes and higher surface area of foam electrode improve the reductive transformation of TCE. More than 82.2% TCE removal efficiency is achieved for the case of low influent concentration (< 7.5 mg/L) and high current (> 45 mA). The ferrous species produced from the iron anode not only enhance the transformation of TCE on the cathode, but also facilitates transformation of other contaminants including dichromate, selenate and arsenite. Removal efficiencies greater than 80% are achieved for these contaminants from flowing contaminated water. The overall system, comprising the electrode-based and electrolyte-based barriers, can be engineered as a versatile and integrated remedial method for a relatively wide spectrum of contaminants and their mixtures. PMID:23067023

  14. Tetrachloroethylene (PCE, Perc) levels in residential dry cleaner buildings in diverse communities in New York City.

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    McDermott, Michael J; Mazor, Kimberly A; Shost, Stephen J; Narang, Rajinder S; Aldous, Kenneth M; Storm, Jan E

    2005-10-01

    Fugitive tetrachloroethylene (PCE, perc) emissions from dry cleaners operating in apartment buildings can contaminate residential indoor air. In 1997, New York State and New York City adopted regulations to reduce and contain perc emissions from dry cleaners located in residential and other buildings. As part of a New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) study, indoor air perc levels were determined in 65 apartments located in 24 buildings in New York City where dry cleaners used perc on site. Sampling occurred during 2001-2003, and sampled buildings were dispersed across minority and nonminority as well as low-income and higher income neighborhoods. For the entire study area, the mean apartment perc level was 34 microg/m3, 10-fold lower than mean apartment levels of 340-360 microg/m3 documented before 1997. The maximum detected perc level was 5,000 microg/m3, 5-fold lower than the maximum of 25,000 microg/m3 documented before 1997. Despite these accomplishments, perc levels in 17 sampled apartments still exceeded the NYSDOH residential air guideline of 100 microg/m3, and perc levels in 4 sampled apartments exceeded 1,000 microg/m3. Moreover, mean indoor air perc levels in minority neighborhoods (75 microg/m3) were four times higher than in nonminority households (19 microg/m3) and were > 10 times higher in low-income neighborhoods (256 microg/m3) than in higher income neighborhoods (23 microg/m3). Logistic regression suitable for clustered data (apartments within buildings) indicated that perc levels on floors 1-4 were significantly more likely to exceed 100 microg/m3 in buildings located in minority neighborhoods (odds ratio = 6.7; 95% confidence interval, 1.5-30.5) than in nonminority neighborhoods. Factors that may be contributing to the elevated perc levels detected, especially in minority and low-income neighborhoods, are being explored. PMID:16203243

  15. Tetrachloroethylene (PCE, Perc) Levels in Residential Dry Cleaner Buildings in Diverse Communities in New York City

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    McDermott, Michael J.; Mazor, Kimberly A.; Shost, Stephen J.; Narang, Rajinder S.; Aldous, Kenneth M.; Storm, Jan E.

    2005-01-01

    Fugitive tetrachloroethylene (PCE, perc) emissions from dry cleaners operating in apartment buildings can contaminate residential indoor air. In 1997, New York State and New York City adopted regulations to reduce and contain perc emissions from dry cleaners located in residential and other buildings. As part of a New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) study, indoor air perc levels were determined in 65 apartments located in 24 buildings in New York City where dry cleaners used perc on site. Sampling occurred during 20012003, and sampled buildings were dispersed across minority and nonminority as well as low-income and higher income neighborhoods. For the entire study area, the mean apartment perc level was 34 ?g/m3, 10-fold lower than mean apartment levels of 340360 ?g/m3 documented before 1997. The maximum detected perc level was 5,000 ?g/m3, 5-fold lower than the maximum of 25,000 ?g/m3 documented before 1997. Despite these accomplishments, perc levels in 17 sampled apartments still exceeded the NYSDOH residential air guideline of 100 ?g/m3, and perc levels in 4 sampled apartments exceeded 1,000 ?g/m3. Moreover, mean indoor air perc levels in minority neighborhoods (75 ?g/m3) were four times higher than in nonminority households (19 ?g/m3) and were > 10 times higher in low-income neighborhoods (256 ?g/m3) than in higher income neighborhoods (23 ?g/m3). Logistic regression suitable for clustered data (apartments within buildings) indicated that perc levels on floors 14 were significantly more likely to exceed 100 ?g/m3 in buildings located in minority neighborhoods (odds ratio = 6.7; 95% confidence interval, 1.530.5) than in nonminority neighborhoods. Factors that may be contributing to the elevated perc levels detected, especially in minority and low-income neighborhoods, are being explored. PMID:16203243

  16. Toward Distributed Translucent Wavelength Switched Optical Networks under GMPLS/PCE Architecture

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    Wang, Xin; Chap, Tithra; Xu, Sugang; Tanaka, Yoshiaki

    Recently, the GMPLS controlled WSON has emerged as a promising optical transport network. In order to guarantee the optical signal transmission feature without deformation, the optoelectronic 3R regenerators still need to be sparsely placed in the network, termed as translucent networks. The growing size and complexity of the translucent network requires a transition of control plane to move from the traditional centralized model to a fully distributed architecture in the future. However, centrally designed routing, wavelength assignment, and 3R regenerator allocation approaches become unfeasible under the distributed paradigm due to the outdated and inconsistent network state information. A common solution is to accelerate the update frequency of network state, but the fundamental problem remains that the inaccurate state information is still inevitable. Furthermore, it adds a significant increase to the control traffic volume which adversely degrades the performance and scalability of the network control system. In order to mitigate the impact of having inaccurate state information on network performance in the distributed systems, a novel RWA approach is proposed in this paper, termed as routing and distributed wavelength assignment with top ranked probing wavelength set computation. In our proposal, the wavelength assignment is performed by signalling process with a set of carefully preselected probing wavelengths. This set is dynamically computed based on the resource utilization each time the network state is refreshed. The PCE module is adopted in WSON control plane to be responsible for the computation of RWA and 3R allocation. The performance of the proposed approach is studied by extensive simulations. The experiment results reveal that by employing the proposed scheme, without loss on the blocking performance the inaccuracy of the wavelength availability information can be well tolerated, and the set-up delay in lightpath provisioning can be kept at a low level.

  17. In Situ Redox Manipulation of Subsurface Sediments from Fort Lewis, Washington: Iron Reduction and TCE Dechlorination Mechanisms

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    Szecsody, J.E.; Fruchter, J.S.; Sklarew, D.S.; Evans, J.C.

    2000-03-17

    The feasibility of chemically treating sediments from the Ft. Lewis, Washington, Logistics Center to develop a permeable barrier for dechlorination of TCE was investigated in a series of laboratory experiments.

  18. Development of a slow polycolloid-releasing substrate (SPRS) biobarrier to remediate TCE-contaminated aquifers.

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    Liang, S H; Kuo, Y C; Chen, S H; Chen, C Y; Kao, C M

    2013-06-15

    In this study, an in situ slow polycolloid-releasing substrate (SPRS) biobarrier system was developed to continuously provide biodegradable substrates for the enhancement of trichloroethylene (TCE) reductive dechlorination. The produced SPRS contained vegetable oil (used as a slow-released substrate), cane molasses [used as an early-stage (fast-degradable) substrate], and surfactants [Simple Green (SG) and soya lecithin (SL)]. An emulsification study was performed to evaluate the globule droplet size and stability of SPRS. The distribution and migration of the SPRS were evaluated in a column experiment, and an anaerobic microcosm study was performed to assess the capability of SPRS to serve as a slow and long-term carbon-releasing substrate for TCE dechlorination. The results show that a stable oil-in-water (W/O, 50/50) emulsion (SPRS) with uniformly small droplets (D??, 0.93 ?m) has been produced, continuously supplying primary substrates. The emulsion containing the surfactant mixture (with 72 mg/L SL and 71 mg/L SG) had a small absolute value of the zeta potential, which reduced the inter-particle repulsion, leading the emulsion droplets to adhere to one another after collision. The addition of SPRS creates anaerobic conditions and leads to a more complete and thorough removal of TCE through biodegradation and sorption mechanisms. PMID:23611795

  19. Phylogenetic analysis of TCE-dechlorinating consortia enriched on a variety of electron donors.

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    Freeborn, Ryan A; West, Kimberlee A; Bhupathiraju, Vishvesh K; Chauhan, Sadhana; Rahm, Brian G; Richardson, Ruth E; Alvarez-Cohen, Lisa

    2005-11-01

    Two rapidly fermented electron donors, lactate and methanol, and two slowly fermented electron donors, propionate and butyrate, were selected for enrichment studies to evaluate the characteristics of anaerobic microbial consortia that reductively dechlorinate TCE to ethene. Each electron donor enrichment subculture demonstrated the ability to dechlorinate TCE to ethene through several serial transfers. Microbial community analyses based upon 16S rDNA, including terminal restriction fragment length polymorphism (T-RFLP) and clone library/sequencing, were performed to assess major changes in microbial community structure associated with electron donors capable of stimulating reductive dechlorination. Results demonstrated that five phylogenic subgroups or genera of bacteria were present in all consortia, including Dehalococcoides sp., low G+C Gram-positives (mostly Clostridium and Eubacterium sp.), Bacteroides sp., Citrobacter sp., and delta Proteobacteria (mostly Desulfovibrio sp.). Phylogenetic association indicates that only minor shifts in the microbial community structure occurred between the four alternate electron donor enrichments and the parent consortium. Inconsistent detection of Dehalococcoides spp. in clone libraries and T-RFLP of enrichment subcultures was resolved using quantitative polymerase chain reaction (Q-PCR). Q-PCR with primers specific to Dehalococcoides 16S rDNA resulted in positive detection of this species in all enrichments. Our results suggest that TCE-dechlorinating consortia can be stably maintained on a variety of electron donors and that quantities of Dehalococcoides cells detected with Dehalococcoides specific 16S rDNA primer/probe sets do not necessarily correlate well with solvent degradation rates. PMID:16294874

  20. Electrolytic Manipulation of Persulfate Reactivity by Iron Electrodes for TCE Degradation in Groundwater

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    Yuan, Songhu; Liao, Peng; Alshawabkeh, Akram N.

    2014-01-01

    Activated persulfate oxidation is an effective in situ chemical oxidation process for groundwater remediation. However, reactivity of persulfate is difficult to manipulate or control in the subsurface causing activation before reaching the contaminated zone and leading to a loss of chemicals. Furthermore, mobilization of heavy metals by the process is a potential risk. An effective approach using iron electrodes is thus developed to manipulate the reactivity of persulfate in situ for trichloroethylene (TCE) degradation in groundwater, and to limit heavy metals mobilization. TCE degradation is quantitatively accelerated or inhibited by adjusting the current applied to the iron electrode, following k1 = 0.00053Iv + 0.059 (?122 A/m3 ? Iv ? 244 A/m3) where k1 and Iv are the pseudo first-order rate constant (min?1) and volume normalized current (A/m3), respectively. Persulfate is mainly decomposed by Fe2+ produced from the electrochemical and chemical corrosion of iron followed by the regeneration via Fe3+ reduction on the cathode. SO4? and OH co-contribute to TCE degradation, but OH contribution is more significant. Groundwater pH and oxidation-reduction potential can be restored to natural levels by the continuation of electrolysis after the disappearance of contaminants and persulfate, thus decreasing adverse impacts such as the mobility of heavy metals in the subsurface. PMID:24328192

  1. The role of microbial reductive dechlorination of TCE at a phytoremediation site

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    Godsy, E.M.; Warren, E.; Paganelli, V.V.

    2003-01-01

    In April 1996, a phytoremediation field demonstration site at the Naval Air Station, Fort Worth, Texas, was developed to remediate shallow oxic ground water (< 3.7 m deep) contaminated with chlorinated ethenes. Microbial populations were sampled in February and June 1998. The populations under the newly planted cottonwood trees had not yet matured to an anaerobic community that could dechlorinate trichloroethene (TCE) to cis-1,2-dichloroethene (DCE); however, the microbial population under a mature (???22-year-old) cottonwood tree about 30 m southwest of the plantings had a mature anaerobic population capable of dechlorinating TCE to DCE, and DCE to vinyl chloride (VC). Oxygen-free sediment incubations with contaminated groundwater also demonstrated that resident microorganisms were capable of the dechlorination of TCE to DCE. This suggests that a sufficient amount of organic material is present for microbial dechlorination in aquifer microniches where dissolved O2 concentrations are low. Phenol, benzoic acid, acetic acid, and a cyclic hydrocarbon, compounds consistent with the degradation of root exudates and complex aromatic compounds, were identified by gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GC/MS) in sediment samples under the mature cottonwood tree. Elsewhere at the site, transpiration and degradation by the cottonwood trees appears to be responsible for loss of chlorinated ethenes.

  2. Characterization of four TCE-dechlorinating microbial enrichments grown with different cobalamin stress and methanogenic conditions.

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    Men, Yujie; Lee, Patrick K H; Harding, Katie C; Alvarez-Cohen, Lisa

    2013-07-01

    To investigate the important supportive microorganisms responsible for trichloroethene (TCE) bioremediation under specific environmental conditions and their relationship with Dehalococcoides (Dhc), four stable and robust enrichment cultures were generated using contaminated groundwater. Enrichments were maintained under four different conditions exploring two parameters: high and low TCE amendments (resulting in inhibited and uninhibited methanogenic activity, respectively) and with and without vitamin B?? amendment. Lactate was supplied as the electron donor. All enrichments were capable of reductively dechlorinating TCE to vinyl chloride and ethene. The dechlorination rate and ethene generation were higher, and the proportion of electrons used for dechlorination increased when methanogenesis was inhibited. Biologically significant cobalamin biosynthesis was detected in the enrichments without B?? amendment. Comparative genomics using a genus-wide microarray revealed a Dhc genome similar to that of strain 195 in all enrichments, a strain that lacks the major upstream corrin ring biosynthesis pathway. Seven other bacterial operational taxonomic units (OTUs) were detected using clone libraries. OTUs closest to Pelosinus, Dendrosporobacter, and Sporotalea (PDS) were most dominant. The Clostridium-like OTU was most affected by B?? amendment and active methanogenesis. Principal component analysis revealed that active methanogenesis, rather than vitamin B?? limitation, exerted a greater effect on the community structures even though methanogens did not seem to play an essential role in providing corrinoids to Dhc. In contrast, acetogenic bacteria that were abundant in the enrichments, such as PDS and Clostridium sp., may be potential corrinoid providers for Dhc. PMID:23640361

  3. Long Term Remote Monitoring of TCE Contaminated Groundwater at Savannah River Site

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    Duran, C.; Gudavalli, R.; Lagos, L.; Tansel, B.; Varona, J.; Allen, M.

    2004-10-06

    The purpose of this study was to develop a mobile self powered remote monitoring system enhanced for field deployment at Savannah River Site (SRS). The system used a localized power source with solar recharging and has wireless data collection, analysis, transmission, and data management capabilities. The prototype was equipped with a Hydrolab's DataSonde 4a multi-sensor array package managed by a Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system, with an adequate pumping capacity of water samples for sampling and analysis of Trichloroethylene (TCE) in contaminated groundwater wells at SRS. This paper focuses on a study and technology development efforts conducted at the Hemispheric Center for Environmental Technology (HCET) at Florida International University (FIU) to automate the sampling of contaminated wells with a multi-sensor array package developed using COTS (Commercial Off The shelf) parts. Bladder pumps will pump water from different wells to the sensors array, water quality TCE indicator parameters are measured (i.e. pH, redox, ORP, DO, NO3 -, Cl-). In order to increase user access and data management, the system was designed to be accessible over the Internet. Remote users can take sample readings and collect data remotely over a web. Results obtained at Florida International University in-house testing and at a field deployment at the Savannah River Site indicate that this long term monitoring technique can be a feasible solution for the sampling of TCE indicator parameters at remote contaminated sites.

  4. In situ detection of organic molecules: Optrodes for TCE (trichloroethylene) and CHCl sub 3

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    Angel, S. M.; Langry, K. C.; Ridley, M. N.

    1990-05-01

    We have developed new absorption-based chemical indicators for detecting chloroform (CHCl{sub 3}) and trichloroethylene (TCE). These indicators were used to make very sensitive optical chemical sensors (optrodes) for each of these two contaminants. Concentrations below 10 ppb can be accurately measured using these sensors. Furthermore, they are selective and do not response to similar contaminants commonly found with TCE and CHCl{sub 3} in contaminated groundwater. In addition, the sensor response is linearly proportional to the chemical concentration. In this report, we describe the details of this optrode and the putative reaction sequences of the indicator chemistries with CHCl{sub 3} and TCE and present an analysis of the spectral data obtained from the reaction products. A key part of the development of this optrode was designing a simple readout device. The readout is a dual-channel fiber-optic fluorimeter modified to measure transmission or absorption of light. The system is controlled by a lap-top microcomputer and is fully field portable. In addition to describing the final absorption optrode, details of the chemical indicator reactions are presented for both absorption- (colorimetric) and fluorescence-based optrodes. Finally, we report on the syntheses of several compounds used to evaluate the indicator chemical reactions that led to the development of the absorption optrode. 23 refs., 26 figs., 1 tab.

  5. Intercalation of TCE by Sediment-Associated Clay Minerals and Implications for Low-Concentration Elution Tailing and Back Diffusion

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    Matthieu, D. E.; Brusseau, M. L.; Bowden, M. E.; Johnson, G. R.; Artiola, J. F.; Curry, J. E.

    2011-12-01

    Pump-and-treat systems are widely used to remediate hazardous waste sites wherein groundwater is contaminated by compounds such as TCE (trichloroethene). It is well known that removal of contaminant mass by pump and treat becomes less effective over time, with a persistent mass discharge causing greatly extended operational periods. One mechanism potentially responsible for this persistent mass discharge is "back diffusion", wherein dissolved contaminant stored in lower-permeability layers diffuses into the higher-permeability zones that are more readily swept via pump and treat. Because the lower-permeability layers typically contain high fractions of clay minerals, a question of great interest is whether contaminant-clay interactions may influence the back-diffusion process. For example, intercalation of TCE into the interlayer spaces of clay minerals could potentially exacerbate diffusive mass-transfer limitations. The primary objectives of this research were to evaluate the long-term elution of TCE from aquifer sediments, and to examine the potential for TCE intercalation. Sediment samples were collected from a TCE-contaminated field site in Tucson, AZ. A widely used Na- Montmorillonite specimen clay was used as a control. Miscible-displacement experiments were conducted to characterize TCE elution behavior. X-ray diffraction, conducted with a controlled environment chamber, was used to characterize smectite interlayer d-spacing for three treatments (bulk dry sample, sample mixed with synthetic groundwater, sample mixed with TCE-saturated synthetic groundwater). Extensive elution tailing was observed for the column experiments. Results of the XRD analysis indicate a greater d-spacing for the samples treated with TCE-saturated synthetic groundwater for all field samples as well as the specimen clay.

  6. Lineage-affiliated transcription factors bind the Gata3 Tce1 enhancer to mediate lineage-specific programs.

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    Ohmura, Sakie; Mizuno, Seiya; Oishi, Hisashi; Ku, Chia-Jui; Hermann, Mary; Hosoya, Tomonori; Takahashi, Satoru; Engel, James Douglas

    2016-03-01

    The transcription factor GATA3 is essential for the genesis and maturation of the T cell lineage, and GATA3 dysregulation has pathological consequences. Previous studies have shown that GATA3 function in T cell development is regulated by multiple signaling pathways and that the Notch nuclear effector, RBP-J, binds specifically to the Gata3 promoter. We previously identified a T cell-specific Gata3 enhancer (Tce1) lying 280 kb downstream from the structural gene and demonstrated in transgenic mice that Tce1 promoted T lymphocyte-specific transcription of reporter genes throughout T cell development; however, it was not clear if Tce1 is required for Gata3 transcription in vivo. Here, we determined that the canonical Gata3 promoter is insufficient for Gata3 transcriptional activation in T cells in vivo, precluding the possibility that promoter binding by a host of previously implicated transcription factors alone is responsible for Gata3 expression in T cells. Instead, we demonstrated that multiple lineage-affiliated transcription factors bind to Tce1 and that this enhancer confers T lymphocyte-specific Gata3 activation in vivo, as targeted deletion of Tce1 in a mouse model abrogated critical functions of this T cell-regulatory element. Together, our data show that Tce1 is both necessary and sufficient for critical aspects of Gata3 T cell-specific transcriptional activity. PMID:26808502

  7. Preliminary technology report for Southern Sector bioremediation

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    Brigmon, R.L.; White, R.; Hazen, T.C.; Jones, D.; Berry, C.

    1997-06-01

    This project was designed to demonstrate the potential of intrinsic bioremediation and phytoremediation in the Southern Sector of the A/M-Area at the Savannah River Site. A subsurface plume of trichloroethylene (TCE) and perchloroethylene (PCE) is present in the Lost Lake aquifer upgradient of the study site and is predicted to impact the area at some point in the future. The surface area along the Lost lake aquifer seep line where the plume is estimated to emerge was identified. Ten sites along the seep line were selected for biological, chemical, and contaminant treatability analyses. A survey was undertaken in this area to to quantify the microbial and plant population known to be capable of remediating TCE and PCE. The current groundwater quality upgradient and downgradient of the zone of influence was determined. No TCE or PCE was found in the soils or surface water from the area tested at this time. A TCE biodegradation treatability test was done on soil from the 10 selected locations. From an initial exposure of 25 ppm of TCE, eight of the samples biodegraded up to 99.9 percent of all the compound within 6 weeks. This biodegradation of TCE appears to be combination of aerobic and anaerobic microbial activity as intermediates that were detected in the treatability test include vinyl chloride (VC) and the dichloroethenes (DCE) 1,2-cis-dichloroethylene and 1,1-dichloroethylene. The TCE biological treatability studies were combines with microbiological and chemical analyses. The soils were found through immunological analysis with direct fluorescent antibodies (DFA) and microbiological analysis with direct fluorescent antibodies (DFA) and microbiological analysis to have a microbial population of methanotrophic bacteria that utilize the enzyme methane monooxygenase (MMO) and cometabolize TCE.

  8. Spatial and temporal dynamics of organohalide-respiring bacteria in a heterogeneous PCE-DNAPL source zone.

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    Cpiro, Natalie L; Lffler, Frank E; Pennell, Kurt D

    2015-11-01

    Effective treatment of sites contaminated with dense non-aqueous phase liquids (DNAPLs) requires detailed understanding of the microbial community responses to changes in source zone strength and architecture. Changes in the spatial and temporal distributions of the organohalide-respiring Dehalococcoides mccartyi (Dhc) strains and Geobacter lovleyi strain SZ (GeoSZ) were examined in a heterogeneous tetrachloroethene- (PCE-) DNAPL source zone within a two-dimensional laboratory-scale aquifer flow cell. As part of a combined remedy approach, flushing with 2.3 pore volumes (PVs) of 4% (w/w) solution of the nonionic, biodegradable surfactant Tween 80 removed 55% of the initial contaminant mass, and resulted in a PCE-DNAPL distribution that contained 51% discrete ganglia and 49% pools (ganglia-to-pool ratio of 1.06). Subsequent bioaugmentation with the PCE-to-ethene-dechlorinating consortium BDI-SZ resulted in cis-1,2-dichloroethene (cis-DCE) formation after 1 PV (ca. 7 days), while vinyl chloride (VC) and ethene were detected 10 PVs after bioaugmentation. Maximum ethene yields (ca. 90 ?M) within DNAPL pool and ganglia regions coincided with the detection of the vcrA reductive dehalogenase (RDase) gene that exceeded the Dhc 16S rRNA genes by 2.01.3 and 4.01.7 fold in the pool and ganglia regions, respectively. Dhc and GeoSZ cell abundance increased by up to 4 orders-of-magnitude after 28 PVs of steady-state operation, with 1 to 2 orders-of-magnitude increases observed in close proximity to residual PCE-DNAPL. These observations suggest the involvement of these dechlorinators the in observed PCE dissolution enhancements of up to 2.3 and 6.0-fold within pool and ganglia regions, respectively. Analysis of the solid and aqueous samples at the conclusion of the experiment revealed that the highest VC (?155 ?M) and ethene (?65 ?M) concentrations were measured in zones where Dhc and GeoSZ were predominately attached to the solids. These findings demonstrate dynamic responses of organohalide-respiring bacteria in a heterogeneous DNAPL source zone, and emphasize the influence of source zone architecture on bioremediation performance. PMID:26348832

  9. Spatial and temporal dynamics of organohalide-respiring bacteria in a heterogeneous PCE-DNAPL source zone

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    Cápiro, Natalie L.; Löffler, Frank E.; Pennell, Kurt D.

    2015-11-01

    Effective treatment of sites contaminated with dense non-aqueous phase liquids (DNAPLs) requires detailed understanding of the microbial community responses to changes in source zone strength and architecture. Changes in the spatial and temporal distributions of the organohalide-respiring Dehalococcoides mccartyi (Dhc) strains and Geobacter lovleyi strain SZ (GeoSZ) were examined in a heterogeneous tetrachloroethene- (PCE-) DNAPL source zone within a two-dimensional laboratory-scale aquifer flow cell. As part of a combined remedy approach, flushing with 2.3 pore volumes (PVs) of 4% (w/w) solution of the nonionic, biodegradable surfactant Tween® 80 removed 55% of the initial contaminant mass, and resulted in a PCE-DNAPL distribution that contained 51% discrete ganglia and 49% pools (ganglia-to-pool ratio of 1.06). Subsequent bioaugmentation with the PCE-to-ethene-dechlorinating consortium BDI-SZ resulted in cis-1,2-dichloroethene (cis-DCE) formation after 1 PV (ca. 7 days), while vinyl chloride (VC) and ethene were detected 10 PVs after bioaugmentation. Maximum ethene yields (ca. 90 μM) within DNAPL pool and ganglia regions coincided with the detection of the vcrA reductive dehalogenase (RDase) gene that exceeded the Dhc 16S rRNA genes by 2.0 ± 1.3 and 4.0 ± 1.7 fold in the pool and ganglia regions, respectively. Dhc and GeoSZ cell abundance increased by up to 4 orders-of-magnitude after 28 PVs of steady-state operation, with 1 to 2 orders-of-magnitude increases observed in close proximity to residual PCE-DNAPL. These observations suggest the involvement of these dechlorinators the in observed PCE dissolution enhancements of up to 2.3 and 6.0-fold within pool and ganglia regions, respectively. Analysis of the solid and aqueous samples at the conclusion of the experiment revealed that the highest VC (≥ 155 μM) and ethene (≥ 65 μM) concentrations were measured in zones where Dhc and GeoSZ were predominately attached to the solids. These findings demonstrate dynamic responses of organohalide-respiring bacteria in a heterogeneous DNAPL source zone, and emphasize the influence of source zone architecture on bioremediation performance.

  10. Characterization of uranium surfaces machined with aqueous propylene glycol-borax or perchloroethylene-mineral oil coolants

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    Cristy, S.S.; Bennett, R.K. Jr.; Dillon, J.J.; Richards, H.L.; Seals, R.D.; Byrd, V.R.

    1986-12-31

    The use of perchloroethylene (perc) as an ingredient in coolants for machining enriched uranium at the Oak Ridge Y-12 Plant has been discontinued because of environmental concerns. A new coolant was substituted in December 1985, which consists of an aqueous solution of propylene glycol with borax (sodium tetraborate) added as a nuclear poison and with a nitrite added as a corrosion inhibitor. Uranium surfaces machined using the two coolants were compared with respects to residual contamination, corrosion or corrosion potential, and with the aqueous propylene glycol-borax coolant was found to be better than that of enriched uranium machined with the perc-mineral oil coolant. The boron residues on the final-finished parts machined with the borax-containing coolant were not sufficient to cause problems in further processing. All evidence indicated that the enriched uranium surfaces machined with the borax-containing coolant will be as satisfactory as those machined with the perc coolant.

  11. A study of the effect of perchloroethylene exposure on the reproductive outcomes of wives of dry-cleaning workers

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    Eskenazi, B.; Fenster, L.; Hudes, M.; Wyrobek, A.J.; Katz, D.F.; Gerson, J.; Rempel, D.M. )

    1991-01-01

    The purpose of this investigation was to compare the reproductive outcomes of wives of men exposed to perchloroethylene in the dry-cleaning industry compared to those of wives of laundry workers. Seventeen female partners of dry cleaners and 32 partners of laundry workers were interviewed. The number of pregnancies and the standardized fertility ratios were similar between the two groups. Wives of dry cleaners did not have higher rates of spontaneous abortions. However, wives of dry cleaners were more than twice as likely to have a history of attempting to become pregnant for more than 12 months or to have sought care for an infertility problem. Cox proportional hazards models indicated that dry-cleaners' wives had half of the per-cycle pregnancy rate of wives of laundry workers, when controlling for other potential confounders (estimated rate ratio of 0.54, 95% C.I. = 0.23, 1.27).

  12. Analysis of TCE Fate and Transport in Karst Groundwater Systems Using Statistical Mixed Models

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    Anaya, A. A.; Padilla, I. Y.

    2012-12-01

    Karst groundwater systems are highly productive and provide an important fresh water resource for human development and ecological integrity. Their high productivity is often associated with conduit flow and high matrix permeability. The same characteristics that make these aquifers productive also make them highly vulnerable to contamination and a likely for contaminant exposure. Of particular interest are trichloroethylene, (TCE) and Di-(2-Ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP). These chemicals have been identified as potential precursors of pre-term birth, a leading cause of neonatal complications with a significant health and societal cost. Both of these contaminants have been found in the karst groundwater formations in this area of the island. The general objectives of this work are to: (1) develop fundamental knowledge and determine the processes controlling the release, mobility, persistence, and possible pathways of contaminants in karst groundwater systems, and (2) characterize transport processes in conduit and diffusion-dominated flow under base flow and storm flow conditions. The work presented herein focuses on the use of geo-hydro statistical tools to characterize flow and transport processes under different flow regimes, and their application in the analysis of fate and transport of TCE. Multidimensional, laboratory-scale Geo-Hydrobed models (GHM) were used for this purpose. The models consist of stainless-steel tanks containing karstified limestone blocks collected from the karst aquifer formation of northern Puerto Rico. The models integrates a network of sampling wells to monitor flow, pressure, and solute concentrations temporally and spatially. Experimental work entails injecting dissolved CaCl2 tracers and TCE in the upstream boundary of the GHM while monitoring TCE and tracer concentrations spatially and temporally in the limestone under different groundwater flow regimes. Analysis of the temporal and spatial concentration distributions of solutes indicates a highly heterogeneous system resulting in large preferential flow components. The distributions are highly correlated with statistically-developed spatial flow models. High degree of tailing in breakthrough curves indicate significant amount of mass limitations, particularly in diffuse flow regions. Higher flow rates in the system result in increasing preferential flow region volumes, but lower mass transfer limitations. Future work will involve experiments with non-aqueous phase liquid TCE, DEHP, and a mixture of these, and geo-temporal statistical modeling. This work is supported by the U.S. Department of Energy, Savannah River (Grant Award No. DE-FG09-07SR22571), and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS, Grant Award No. P42ES017198).

  13. Factors Affecting the Reactivity, Efficiency, and Lifetime of Iron Nanoparticles for In Situ Degradation of TCE

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    Lowry, G. V.; Liu, Y.; Majetich, S.

    2003-12-01

    Over the past decade, laboratory and field studies have demonstrated that Fe0 can rapidly transform dissolved chlorinated organic solvents into non-toxic compounds. Using nanoscale Fe0 (\\~100nm particles) offers a host of novel in situ subsurface remediation options because particles can be delivered into the small pores of porous media where residual contamination resides. Using Fe0 nanoparticles for in situ groundwater remediation is a recent nanotechnology application and little is known about the optimal properties for these particles. The objective of this research is to determine the factors controlling reactivity, lifetime, and efficiency of Fe0 nanoparticles so more reactive and efficient Fe0 nanoparticles can be developed. The physical and chemical properties of two types of Fe0 nanoparticles; Fe0 (AR-2, Toda America, Inc.) and Boron-doped Fe0 particles synthesized by NaBH4 reduction of Fe2+(aq) (Fe0/B) were determined before and after reaction with TCE in water using TEM, HRTEM, magnetometry, BET N2 adsorption, electron diffraction, and ICP-AES. The TCE transformation rate and efficiency (% of total Fe oxidized used to dechlorinate TCE) afforded by each type of particle were measured. Under identical reaction conditions, Fe0 nanoparticles (kobs=0.013 Lg-1d-1) are ~2 orders of magnitude less reactive than boron-doped (Fe0/B) particles (kobs=1.3 Lg-1d-1). The oxidized surface of Fe0 nanoparticles prevents them from corroding and limits the rate of TCE dechlorination. The presence of boron appears to mitigate this effect. Although the Fe0/B particles are highly reactive, HRTEM shows a clear core-shell composition of these particles before reaction. Dissolution of the boron-containing oxide layer formed on the Fe0/B particles may be responsible for their higher reactivity. TEM indicates the presence of acicular 200nm by 15nm a-Fe2O3 particles in Fe0/B particles that have been fully reacted with TCE in water, suggesting that the Fe-oxides formed away from the Fe0/B particle surface. The efficiency of completely reacted Fe0/B particles was relatively low at ~10%. This indicates a tradeoff between reaction rate and efficiency, and suggests that optimal Fe0-based nanoparticles may not necessarily be those that afford the fastest dechlorination rates.

  14. A PCE groundwater plume discharging to a river: influence of the streambed and near-river zone on contaminant distributions.

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    Conant, Brewster; Cherry, John A; Gillham, Robert W

    2004-09-01

    An investigation of a tetrachloroethene (PCE) groundwater plume originating at a dry cleaning facility on a sand aquifer and discharging to a river showed that the near-river zone strongly modified the distribution, concentration, and composition of the plume prior to discharging into the surface water. The plume, streambed concentration, and hydrogeology were extensively characterized using the Waterloo profiler, mini-profiler, conventional and driveable multilevel samplers (MLS), Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) surveys, streambed temperature mapping (to identify discharge zones), drivepoint piezometers, and soil coring and testing. The plume observed in the shallow streambed deposits was significantly different from what would have been predicted based on the characteristics of the upgradient plume. Spatial and temporal variations in the plume entering the near-river zone contributed to the complex contaminant distribution observed in the streambed where concentrations varied by factors of 100 to 5000 over lateral distances of less than 1 to 3.5 m. Low hydraulic conductivity semi-confining deposits and geological heterogeneities at depth below the streambed controlled the pattern of groundwater discharge through the streambed and influenced where the plume discharged into the river (even causing the plume to spread out over the full width of the streambed at some locations). The most important effect of the near-river zone on the plume was the extensive anaerobic biodegradation that occurred in the top 2.5 m of the streambed, even though essentially no biodegradation of the PCE plume was observed in the upgradient aquifer. Approximately 54% of the area of the plume in the streambed consisted solely of PCE transformation products, primarily cis-1,2-dichloroethene (cDCE) and vinyl chloride (VC). High concentrations in the interstitial water of the streambed did not correspond to high groundwater-discharge zones, but instead occurred in low discharge zones and are likely sorbed or retarded remnants of past high-concentration plume discharges. The high-concentration areas (up to 5529 microg/l of total volatile organics) in the streambed are of ecological concern and represent potential adverse exposure locations for benthic and hyporheic zone aquatic life, but the effect of these exposures on the overall health of the river has yet to be determined. Even if the upgradient source of PCE is remediated and additional PCE is prevented from reaching the streambed, the high-concentration deposits in the streambed will likely take decades to hundreds of years to flush completely clean under natural conditions because these areas have low vertical groundwater flow velocities and high retardation factors. Despite high concentrations of contaminants in the streambed, PCE was detected in the surface water only rarely due to rapid dilution in the river and no cDCE or VC was detected. Neither the sampling of surface water nor the sampling of the groundwater from the aquifer immediately adjacent to the river gave an accurate indication of the high concentrations of PCE biodegradation products present in the streambed. Sampling of the interstitial water of the shallow streambed deposits is necessary to accurately characterize the nature of plumes discharging to rivers. PMID:15336797

  15. CIS-DCE AND VC MICROBIAL COMMUNITY CHANGES ASSOCIATED WITH A SHIFT FROM REDUCTIVE DECHLORINATION OF PCE TO REDUCTIVE DECHLORINATION OF

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    Subcultures that reductively dechlorinate cis-dichloroethene (cis-DCE) or vinyl chloride (VC) were derived from three independent enrichments that completely dechlorinated tetrachloroethene (PCE) to ethene in order to study the reductive dechlorination of the lesser chlorinated e...

  16. Use of statistical tools to evaluate the reductive dechlorination of high levels of TCE in microcosm studies

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    Harkness, Mark; Fisher, Angela; Lee, Michael D.; Mack, E. Erin; Payne, Jo Ann; Dworatzek, Sandra; Roberts, Jeff; Acheson, Carolyn; Herrmann, Ronald; Possolo, Antonio

    2012-04-01

    A large, multi-laboratory microcosm study was performed to select amendments for supporting reductive dechlorination of high levels of trichloroethylene (TCE) found at an industrial site in the United Kingdom (UK) containing dense non-aqueous phase liquid (DNAPL) TCE. The study was designed as a fractional factorial experiment involving 177 bottles distributed between four industrial laboratories and was used to assess the impact of six electron donors, bioaugmentation, addition of supplemental nutrients, and two TCE levels (0.57 and 1.90 mM or 75 and 250 mg/L in the aqueous phase) on TCE dechlorination. Performance was assessed based on the concentration changes of TCE and reductive dechlorination degradation products. The chemical data was evaluated using analysis of variance (ANOVA) and survival analysis techniques to determine both main effects and important interactions for all the experimental variables during the 203-day study. The statistically based design and analysis provided powerful tools that aided decision-making for field application of this technology. The analysis showed that emulsified vegetable oil (EVO), lactate, and methanol were the most effective electron donors, promoting rapid and complete dechlorination of TCE to ethene. Bioaugmentation and nutrient addition also had a statistically significant positive impact on TCE dechlorination. In addition, the microbial community was measured using phospholipid fatty acid analysis (PLFA) for quantification of total biomass and characterization of the community structure and quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR) for enumeration of Dehalococcoides organisms (Dhc) and the vinyl chloride reductase (vcrA) gene. The highest increase in levels of total biomass and Dhc was observed in the EVO microcosms, which correlated well with the dechlorination results.

  17. Public health assessment for Newton County Wells (a/k/a Silver Creek TCE), Joplin, Jasper County, Missouri, Region 7: CERCLIS number MOD985798339. Final report

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    1999-07-19

    The Newton County TCE site contains an uncontrolled groundwater plume of trichloroethylene (TCE) contamination. The source of contamination is believed to be FAG Bearings. From 1973 to 1982, FAG Bearings produced ball bearings using TCE as a commercial degreaser. It is alleged that improper disposal and leaks of an alleged closed system of TCE led to the contamination of soil at the industrial site, the groundwater aquifer, and subsequently, 82 private water wells. Exposure pathways at the site consist of inhalation of, ingestion of, and dermal contact with TCE-contaminated groundwater and surface water. Because completed and potential exposure pathways exist, the Newton County TCE site has been classified as a Public Health Hazard.

  18. Simulating the fate and transport of TCE from groundwater to indoor air.

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    Yu, Soonyoung; Unger, Andre J A; Parker, Beth

    2009-07-21

    This work provides an exploratory analysis on the relative importance of various factors controlling the fate and transport of volatile organic contaminants (in this case, TCE) from a DNAPL source zone located below the water table and into the indoor air. The analysis is conducted using the multi-phase compositional model CompFlow Bio, with the base scenario problem geometry reminiscent of a field experiment conducted by Rivett [Rivett, M.O., (1995), Soil-gas signatures from volatile chlorinated solvents: Borden field experiments. Groundwater, 33(1), 84-98.] at the Borden aquifer where groundwater was observed to transport a contaminant plume a substantial distance without vertical mass transport of the contaminant across the capillary fringe and into the vadose zone. Results for the base scenario model indicate that the structure of the permeability field was largely responsible for deflecting the groundwater plume upward towards the capillary fringe, permitting aqueous phase diffusion to transport the TCE into the vadose zone. Alternative permeability realizations, generated as part of a Monte Carlo simulation process, at times deflected the groundwater plume downwards causing the extended thickness of the saturated zone to insulate the vadose zone from exposure to the TCE by upward diffusive transport. Comparison of attenuation coefficients calculated using the CompFlow Bio and Johnson and Ettinger [Johnson, P.C. and Ettinger, R.A., (1991), Heuristic model for predicting the intrusion rate of contaminant vapors into buildings. Environmental Science and Technology, 25, 1445-1452.] heuristic model exhibited fortuitous agreement for the base scenario problem geometry, with this agreement diverging for the alternative permeability realizations as well as when parameters such as the foundation slab fracture aperture, the indoor air pressure drop, the capillary fringe thickness, and the infiltration rate were varied over typical ranges. PMID:19525028

  19. The influence of different geotechnically relevant amendments on the reductive degradation of TCE by nZVI

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    Freitag, Peter; Schöftner, Philipp; Waldner, Georg; Reichenauer, Thomas G.; Nickel, Claudia; Spitz, Marcus; Dietzel, Martin

    2014-05-01

    Trichloroethylene (TCE) was widely used as a cleaning and degreasing agent. Companies needing these agents were often situated in or close to built up areas, so spillage led to contaminated sites which now can only be remediated using in situ techniques. The situation is compounded by the fact that TCE tends to seep through ground water bodies forming pools at the bottom of the aquifer. When reacting with TCE, nanoscale zero valent iron (nZVI) is known to reduce it into non-toxic substances. The difficulty is to bring it in contact with the pollutant. Attempts using passive insertion into the groundwater via wells yielded mixed results. Reasons for this are that ZVI tends to coagulate, to sediment and to adsorb on the matrix of the aquifer. Also, in inhomogeneous aquifers a passive application of nZVI can be difficult and might not bring the desired results, due to existence of preferential flow paths. A possible solution to this problem is the physical in situ mixing of ZVI into the contaminant source. This can, in principle, be done by adapting jet grouting - a method that uses a high pressure slurry jet, consisting of water and geotechnical additives ("binders"), to mix and compact zones ("columns") in soil. These columns are commonly used to solve foundation problems but can also be used to solve the problem of delivering nZVI to TCE source zones. This paper examines the influence binders have on the degradation reaction between TCE and nZVI. The necessity of these binders is explained by the fact that the subsoil structure is rearranged during the jetting process leading to subsidence on the surface. These subsidences could result in damage to neighbouring structures. A series of batch experiments was conducted in this study. Contaminated groundwater was brought into contact with samples of slurries commonly used in geotechnical applications. We tested the effects of concresole, bentonite, zeolithe, fly ash, slag sand and cement on the kinetics of TCE degradation by nZVI. The degradation of TCE was measured using GC Headspace samples. Furthermore, additional experiments were conducted to investigate the interaction between binders and TCE as well as binders and nZVI. The results of these experiments led to the conclusion that jet grouting could be well suited for the delivery of nZVI to TCE contaminated source zones. Currently, soil column experiments and large-scale experiments in test facilities are performed to confirm the batch testing results.

  20. Chemical oxidation of contaminants in clay or sandy soil

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    Gates, D.D.; Cline, S.R.; Siegrist, R.L.

    1995-11-01

    This paper describes laboratory studies conducted at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), investigating the feasibility of the application of low-strength hydrogen peroxide (H{sub 2}O{sub 2}) or potassium permanganate (KMnO{sub 4}) solutions to remediate soil contaminated with volatile organic compounds (VOCs). A statistically designed screening study was completed that evaluated the effect of several factors on chemical oxidation treatment efficiency. This study revealed that the most important factors include oxidant type, oxidant concentration, reaction time and soil type. Using the optimum treatment conditions, greater than 90% reduction of trichloroethylene (TCE) and perchloroethylene (PCE) was achieved using in situ chemical oxidation.

  1. Superfund explanation of signifcant difference for the record of decision (EPA Region 3): Bendix Flight Systems Division, Bridgewater Township, South Montrose, Susquehanna County, PA, January 1996

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    1996-12-01

    The Bendix Superfund Site is an active aircraft instrument manufacturing plant. This disposal practices resulted in contamination of the soil and groundwater, with chemicals including trichloroethylene (`TCE`), perchloroethylene (`PCE`), 1,1,1-trichloroethylene (`TCA`), vinyl chloride, benzene, and xylene. The responsible party requested that the remedy be changed to provide for soil excavation and aeration on the west side of the plant instead of vacuum extraction. This ESD allows for the same remedial action (i.e mechanical soils aeration) to occur for soils on the west side of the plant as was specified in the Record of Decision for the east side of the plant.

  2. Laboratory and pilot field-scale testing of surfactants for environmental restoration of chlorinated solvent DNAPLs

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    Jackson, R.E.; Fountain, J.C.

    1994-12-31

    This project is composed of two phases and has the objective of demonstrating surfactant-enhanced aquifer remediation (SEAR) as a practical remediation technology at DOE sites with ground water contaminated by dense, non-aqueous phase liquids (DNAPLs), in particular, chlorinated solvents. The first phase of this project, Laboratory and Pilot Field Scale Testing, which is the subject of the work so far, involves (1) laboratory experiments to examine the solubilization of multiple component DNAPLs, e.g., solvents such as perchloroethylene (PCE) and trichloroethylene (TCE), by dilute surfactant solutions, and (2) a field test to demonstrate SEAR technology on a small scale and in an existing well.

  3. Radiation induced dechlorination of some chlorinated hydrocarbons in aqueous suspensions of various solid particles

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    M?ka, V.; Bu?ata, M.; ?uba, V.; Silber, R.; Juha, L.

    2015-07-01

    Radiation induced dechlorination of trichloroethylene (TCE) and tetrachloroethylene (PCE) in aqueous solutions containing the active carbon (AC) or cupric oxide (CuO) as the modifiers was studied. The obtained results were compared to the previously studied dechlorination of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). Both modifiers were found to decrease the efficiency of dechlorination. The AC modifier acts mainly via adsorption of the aliphatic (unlike the aromatic) hydrocarbons and the CuO oxide mainly inhibits the mineralization of the perchloroethylene. The results presented in this paper will be also helpful for the studies of the impact of chlorinated hydrocarbons on the membrane permeability of living cells.

  4. Health assessment for Sturgis Municipal Wells, St. Joseph County, Michigan, Region 5. CERCLIS No. MID980703011. Preliminary report

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    Not Available

    1989-03-10

    The Sturgis Municipal Wells are listed on the National Priorities List. Routine sampling in June 1982 revealed that two of the four municipal water supply wells serving the City of Sturgis (pop. 10,000) were contaminated with trichloroethylene (TCE) and perchloroethylene (PCE). TCE concentrations ranging from 11-74 ppb were detected in both wells. Twenty-eight water samples were taken from existing wells (monitoring, test and production wells) in fall 1987. An industrial process well at Ross Laboratories contained 219 ppb TCE. Soil gas sampling, also performed in fall 1987, revealed several hot spots throughout the city. The following compounds were detected (maximum concentrations in ng/l): TCE, 47,200; PCE, 290,000; 1,1-dichloroethane, 2,040; 1,2-dichloroethane, 1,092; 1,1,1-trichloroethane, 23,600; and toluene; 3,680. The site is of public health concern because of the risk to human health caused by probable human exposure to hazardous substances at levels that may result in adverse human health effects over time. Human exposure to TCE has and is probably occurring via contaminated ground water, and potentially through surface water, soils, and air.

  5. Phylogenetic Microarray Analysis of a Microbial Community Performing Reductive Dechlorination at a TCE-contaminated Site

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    Lee, Patrick K. H.; Warnecke, F.; Brodie, Eoin L.; Macbeth, Tamzen W.; Conrad, Mark E.; Andersen, Gary L.; Alvarez-Cohen, Lisa

    2012-01-01

    A high-density phylogenetic microarray (PhyloChip) was applied to track bacterial and archaeal populations through different phases of remediation at Ft. Lewis, WA, a trichloroethene (TCE)-contaminated groundwater site. Biostimulation with whey, and bioaugmentation with a Dehalococcoides-containing enrichment culture were strategies implemented to enhance dechlorination. As a measure of species richness, over 1300 operational taxonomic units (OTUs) were detected in DNA from groundwater samples extracted during different stages of treatment and in the bioaugmentation culture. In order to determine active members within the community, 16S rRNA from samples were analyzed by microarray and ~600 OTUs identified. A cDNA clone library of the expressed 16S rRNA corroborated the observed diversity and activity of some of the phyla. Principle component analysis of the treatment plot samples revealed that the microbial populations were constantly changing during the course of the study. Dynamic analysis of the archaeal population showed significant increases in methanogens at the later stages of treatment that correlated with increases in methane concentrations of over two orders of magnitude. Overall, the PhyloChip analyses in this study have provided insights into the microbial ecology and population dynamics at the TCE-contaminated field site useful for understanding the in situ reductive dechlorination processes. PMID:22091783

  6. In Situ Chemical Reduction of Aquifer Sediments: Enhancement of Reactive Iron Phases and TCE Dechlorination

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    Szecsody, Jim E.; Fruchter, Jonathan S.; Williams, Mark D.; Vermeul, Vince R.; Sklarew, Debbie S.

    2004-07-29

    In situ chemical reduction of aquifer sediments is currently being used for chromate and TCE remediation by forming a permeable reactive barrier. The chemical and physical processes that occur during abiotic reduction of natural sediments by sodium dithionite were investigated. In different aquifer sediments, 15 to 25% of Fe{sup III} -oxides were dissolved/reduced, which produces primarily adsorbed Fe{sup II}, and some siderite. The sediment reduction rate ({approx} 5h) was the chemically controlled (58 kJ/mole) reduction of a minor phase (<20%). It was necessary to maintain neutral to high pH to maintain reduction efficiency and prevent iron mobilization, as reduction generated H{sup +}. Sequential extractions on reduced sediment showed that adsorbed ferrous iron and iron oxides on the clay size fraction controlled TCE reactivity, and not structural ferrous iron in clay. The mass and rate of field-scale reduction of aquifer sediments were generally predicted with laboratory data using a single reduction reaction.

  7. Development of KMnO(4)-releasing composites for in situ chemical oxidation of TCE-contaminated groundwater.

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    Liang, S H; Chen, K F; Wu, C S; Lin, Y H; Kao, C M

    2014-05-01

    The objective of this study was to develop a controlled-oxidant-release technology combining in situ chemical oxidation (ISCO) and permeable reactive barrier (PRB) concepts to remediate trichloroethene (TCE)-contaminated groundwater. In this study, a potassium permanganate (KMnO4)-releasing composite (PRC) was designed for KMnO4 release. The components of this PRC included polycaprolactone (PCL), KMnO4, and starch with a weight ratio of 1.14:2:0.96. Approximately 64% (w/w) of the KMnO4 was released from the PRC after 76 days of operation in a batch system. The results indicate that the released KMnO4 could oxidize TCE effectively. The results from a column study show that the KMnO4 released from 200g of PRC could effectively remediate 101 pore volumes (PV) of TCE-contaminated groundwater (initial TCE concentration=0.5mg/L) and achieve up to 95% TCE removal. The effectiveness of the PRC system was verified by the following characteristics of the effluents collected after the PRC columns (barrier): (1) decreased TCE concentrations, (2) increased ORP and pH values, and (3) increased MnO2 and KMnO4 concentrations. The results of environmental scanning electron microscope (ESEM) analysis show that the PCL and starch completely filled up the pore spaces of the PRC, creating a composite with low porosity. Secondary micro-scale capillary permeability causes the KMnO4 release, mainly through a reaction-diffusion mechanism. The PRC developed could be used as an ISCO-based passive barrier system for plume control, and it has the potential to become a cost-effective alternative for the remediation of chlorinated solvent-contaminated groundwater. PMID:24568784

  8. Using slow-release permanganate candles to remove TCE from a low permeable aquifer at a former landfill.

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    Christenson, Mark D; Kambhu, Ann; Comfort, Steve D

    2012-10-01

    Past disposal of industrial solvents into unregulated landfills is a significant source of groundwater contamination. In 2009, we began investigating a former unregulated landfill with known trichloroethene (TCE) contamination. Our objective was to pinpoint the location of the plume and treat the TCE using in situ chemical oxidation (ISCO). We accomplished this by using electrical resistivity imaging (ERI) to survey the landfill and map the subsurface lithology. We then used the ERI survey maps to guide direct push groundwater sampling. A TCE plume (100-600 ?g L(-1)) was identified in a low permeable silty-clay aquifer (K(h)=0.5 md(-1)) that was within 6m of ground surface. To treat the TCE, we manufactured slow-release potassium permanganate candles (SRPCs) that were 91.4 cm long and either 5. cm or 7.6 cm in dia. For comparison, we inserted equal masses of SRPCs (7.6-cm versus 5.1-cm dia) into the low permeable aquifer in staggered rows that intersected the TCE plume. The 5.1-cm dia candles were inserted using direct push rods while the 7.6-cm SRPCs were placed in 10 permanent wells. Pneumatic circulators that emitted small air bubbles were placed below the 7.6-cm SRPCs in the second year. Results 15 months after installation showed significant TCE reductions in the 7.6-cm candle treatment zone (67-85%) and between 10% and 66% decrease in wells impacted by the direct push candles. These results support using slow-release permanganate candles as a means of treating chlorinated solvents in low permeable aquifers. PMID:22784864

  9. Use of gene probes to assess the impact and effectiveness of aerobic In situ bioremediation of TCE.

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    Hazen, Terry C.; Chakraborty, Romy; Fleming, James M.; Gregory, Ingrid R.; Bowman, John P.; Jimenez, Luis; Zhang, Dai; Pfiffner, Susan M.; Brockman, Fred J.; Sayler, Gary S.

    2009-03-01

    Gene probe hybridization was used to determine distribution and expression of co-metabolic genes at a contaminated site as it underwent in situ methanotrophic bioremediation of trichloroethylene (TCE). The bioremediation strategies tested consisted of a series of air, air:methane, and air:methane:nutrient pulses using a horizontal injection well. Sediment core samples (n=367) taken from 0 (surface)-43m depth were probed for genes coding for soluble methane monooxygenase (sMMO) and toluene dioxygenase (TOD), which are known to cometabolize TCE. The same samples were also probed for genes coding for methanol dehydrogenase (MDH) to access changes in methylotrophic bacterial populations. Hybridization results showed that the frequency of detection of sMMO genes were stimulated approximately 250% following 1% methane:air (v/v) injection. Subsequent 4% methane:air (v/v) injection resulted in an 85% decline probably due to nutrient limitations, since subsequent addition of nutrients (gaseous nitrogen and phosphorus) caused an increase in the frequency of detection of sMMO genes. Detection of TOD genes declined during the process becoming non-detectable by the final treatment. These patterns indicate methanotrophs displaced heterotrophs containing TOD genes. Active transcription of sMMO and TOD was evidenced by hybridization to mRNA. These analyses combined with studies showing the concomitant decline in TCE concentrations, increases in methanotroph viable counts, increased mineralization rates of TCE, and increases in chloride inventories provide multiple lines of evidence that TCE remediation was caused specifically by methanotrophs. This work suggests that sMMO genes are responsible for most, if not all, of the biodegradation of TCE observed. This study demonstrated that the use of nucleic acid analytical methods provided a gene specific assessment of the effects of in situ treatment technologies.

  10. Use of gene probes to assess the impact and effectiveness of aerobic in situ bioremediation of TCE

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    Hazen, Terry C.; Chakraborty, Romy; Fleming, James M.; Gregory, Ingrid R.; Bowman, John P.; Jimenez, Luis; Zhang, Dai; Pfiffner, Susan M.; Brockman, Fred J.; Sayler, Gary S.

    2009-03-15

    Gene probe hybridization was used to determine distribution and expression of co-metabolic genes at a contaminated site as it underwent in situ methanotrophic bioremediation of trichloroethylene (TCE). The bioremediation strategies tested included a series of air, air:methane, and air:methane:nutrient pulses of the test plot using horizontal injection wells. During the test period, the levels of TCE reduced drastically in almost all test samples. Sediment core samples (n = 367) taken from 0 m (surface)-43 m depth were probed for gene coding for methanotrophic soluble methane monooxygenase (sMMO) and heterotrophic toluene dioxygenase (TOD), which are known to co-metabolize TCE. The same sediment samples were also probed for genes coding for methanol dehydrogenase (MDH) (catalyzing the oxidation of methanol to formaldehyde) to assess specifically changes in methylotrophic bacterial populations in the site. Gene hybridization results showed that the frequency of detection of sMMO genes were stimulated approximately 250% following 1% methane:air (v/v) injection. Subsequent injection of 4% methane:air (v/v) resulted in an 85% decline probably due to nutrient limitations, since addition of nutrients (gaseous nitrogen and phosphorus) thereafter caused an increase in the frequency of detection of sMMO genes. Detection of TOD genes declined during the process, and eventually they were non-detectable by the final treatment, suggesting that methanotrophs displaced the TOD gene containing heterotrophs. Active transcription of sMMO and TOD was evidenced by hybridization to mRNA. These analyses combined with results showing the concomitant decline in TCE concentrations, increases in chloride concentration and increases in methanotroph viable counts, provide multiple lines of evidence that TCE remediation was caused specifically by methanotrophs. Our results suggest that sMMO genes are responsible for most, if not all, of the observed biodegradation of TCE. This study demonstrates that the use of nucleic acid analytical methods provided a gene specific assessment of the effects of in situ treatment technologies.

  11. Assessment of trichloroethylene (TCE) exposure in murine strains genetically-prone and non-prone to develop autoimmune disease.

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    Keil, Deborah E; Peden-Adams, Margie M; Wallace, Stacy; Ruiz, Phillip; Gilkeson, Gary S

    2009-04-01

    There is increasing laboratory and epidemiologic evidence relating exposure to trichloroethylene (TCE) with autoimmune disease including scleroderma and lupus. New Zealand Black/New Zealand White (NZBWF1) and B6C3F1 mice were exposed to TCE (0, 1, 400 or 14,000 ppb) via drinking water for 27 or 30 weeks, respectively. NZBWF1 mice spontaneously develop autoimmune disease while B6C3F1 mice, a standard strain used in immunotoxicology testing, are not genetically prone to develop autoimmune disease. During the TCE exposure period, serum levels of total IgG, and autoantibodies (anti-ssDNA, -dsDNA, and -glomerular antigen [GA]) were monitored. At the termination of the study, renal pathology, natural killer (NK) cell activity, total IgG levels, autoantibody production, T-cell activation, and lymphocytic proliferative responses were evaluated. TCE did not alter NK cell activity, or T- and B-cell proliferation in either strain. Numbers of activated T-cells (CD4+/CD44+) were increased in the B6C3F1 mice but not in the NZBWF1 mice. Renal pathology, as indicated by renal score, was significantly increased in the B6C3F1, but not in the NZBWF1 mice. Serum levels of autoantibodies to dsDNA and ssDNA were increased at more time points in B6C3F1, as compared to the NZBWF1 mice. Anti-GA autoantibodies were increased by TCE treatment in early stages of the study in NZBWF1 mice, but by 23 weeks of age, control levels were comparable to those of TCE-exposed animals. Serum levels anti-GA autoantibodies in B6C3F1 were not affected by TCE exposure. Overall, these data suggest that TCE did not contribute to the progression of autoimmune disease in autoimmune-prone mice during the period of 11-36 weeks of age, but rather lead to increased expression of markers associated with autoimmune disease in a non-genetically prone mouse strain. PMID:19241258

  12. In-depth survey report: Perchloroethylene exposures in commercial dry cleaners at Brown`s Cleaners, Santa Monica, California

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    Earnest, G.S.; Spencer, A.B.

    1995-05-08

    A field study was conducted at Brown`s Cleaners in Santa Monica, California to document control measures taken to reduce worker exposure to perchloroethylene (127184) and provide recommendations to reduce exposure further. Dry cleaning was accomplished at this location using two Boewe Passat machines. The shop had 16 employees. Personal samples were collected for two workers, the machine operator and a presser. All personal samples were well below the 25 parts per million (ppm) recommended limit. The operator of the machine had the higher exposure level, ranging from 0.31 to 4.9ppm. The bulk of the exposure occurred during loading and unloading operations and during machine maintenance. Controls at the site were excellent. However, the authors suggest that during loading of the machine the operator should ensure that the purge cycle runs immediately prior to the machine doors being opened or minor design changes should be made. Use of personal protective equipment during the maintenance of the equipment was very good. Chemical splash goggles and proper protective gloves should be used during spotting operations to reduce dermal exposure to the hazardous chemicals.

  13. Surfactant properties and tetrachloroethene (PCE) solubilisation ability of humic acid-like substances extracted from maize plant and from organic wastes: a comparative study.

    PubMed

    Adani, Fabrizio; Tambone, Fulvia; Davoli, Enrico; Scaglia, Barbara

    2010-02-01

    Humic acid-like substance (HA-like substance) extracted from maize plant residue at an yield of 81.1+/-4.9gkg(-1) of dry matter (dm) was tested for surfactant properties and ability to solubilise tetrachloroethene (PCE). Critical micelle concentration (CMC) of HA-like substance was detected to be 1986mgL(-1). Both, HA-like substance composition and average molecular weight [MW] affected CMC and a multiple linear regression model was proposed: CMC=12246-56.19 alkyl-C - 0.532MW (R(2)=0.90; P<0.01, n=7) where CMC was given in mgL(-1), alkyl-C was the percentage of total C, and MW was given in Da. Maize-HA-like substance solubilised PCE at the rate of 0.05g of PCE for each gram of maize-HA-like substance, which was 3.6-9.6 times lower than the data obtained in our earlier work using HA extracted from organic wastes, but was higher than that obtained with commercial HA from leonardite. Taking into consideration the two-site model of solubilisation of PCE in surfactant (i.e., solute partitioning into the micellar hydrophobic core and dissolution and/or binding into the hydrophilic non-ionic shell) and macromolecular composition of HA-like substance, the non-ionic hydrophile-alkyl lipophile balance was expected to control PCE solubilisation as the good multiple linear regression indicated: logK(dom)=-1.37+0.062 alkyl-C +0.055 O-alkyl-C (R(2)=0.93, P<0.05, n=6), where logK(dom) represents the micelle-water partitioning of PCE (mLg(-1)) and alkyl-C and O-alkyl-C represent the content of these two kinds of C detected by CP MAS (13)C NMR (as % of the total C). PMID:20044126

  14. Hydraulic Containment of TCE Contaminated Groundwater at the DOE Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant

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    Lewis, A.C.; Rieske, D.P.G.; Baird, D.R.P.E.

    2008-07-01

    This paper will describe the progress of a groundwater remedial action at the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant (PORTS), a Department of Energy (DOE) facility that enriched uranium from the early 1950's until 2000. The X-749 southern boundary hydraulic containment system, combining a four-well extraction system with a previously constructed subsurface barrier wall, has been employed at PORTS. The hydraulic containment project has been implemented as part of containment and remediation of the X-749/X-120 area trichloroethylene (TCE) contaminant. The X-749/X-120 groundwater contaminant plume is located in the south central section (Quadrant I) of the PORTS facility. The plume is associated with the former X-120 Goodyear Training Facility and a landfill known as the X-749 Contaminated Materials Disposal Facility. The principal contaminants of concern are chlorinated solvents (primarily TCE) and technetium-99 (Tc-99). A subsurface barrier wall (X-749 South Barrier Wall) was completed in 1994 at the PORTS southern reservation boundary as an interim remedial measure to slow the advancement of the leading edge of the contaminated groundwater plume or to prevent the plume from migrating off DOE property. Remedial measures identified by Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (Ohio EPA) included installation of a barrier wall around the eastern and southern portions of the X-749 landfill to provide source control and installation of a phyto-remediation system to help contain groundwater flow and remove volatile organic compounds. Previous remedial measures that were implemented as elements of 'closures' on the X-749 landfill included a multimedia cap, barrier walls, and a groundwater collection system. Despite these measures, the X-749/X-120 groundwater plume has migrated beyond the southern DOE property boundary. Current TCE concentrations in off-site groundwater monitoring wells are below the preliminary remediation goal and drinking water maximum contaminant level for TCE of 5 {mu}g/kg, but continue to increase. Hydraulic containment was selected as the method for controlling the plume at the southern DOE property boundary. Recent borings and pumping tests indicate that approximately a 400-foot section of the existing subsurface barrier wall near the DOE property boundary may been improperly keyed into the Sunbury Shale bedrock which underlies the unconsolidated uppermost Gallia sand and gravel aquifer (Gallia). This gap is reported to be as much as 4 vertical feet. In addition, the X-749 groundwater plume is migrating around the western end of the X-749 South Barrier Wall. Four groundwater extraction wells were installed at the DOE property boundary to provide hydraulic control of the plume currently flowing under and around the existing subsurface barrier wall. Placement of the new extraction wells was based on groundwater modeling and data collected from pumping tests in the area. The extracted groundwater is being sent to the on-site X-622 Groundwater Treatment Facility via subsurface piping. The hydraulic containment system began operation in June 2007. The preliminary water elevations from monitoring wells in the vicinity of two of the four extraction wells demonstrate a significant decrease in groundwater potentiometric head in the southern boundary area. The current extraction rates should be adequate to contain the leading edge of the contaminant plume. Monitoring wells in the area will continue to be sampled on a quarterly basis. (authors)

  15. Application of fluorescent antibody and enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays for TCE and PAH degrading bacteria

    SciTech Connect

    Brigmon, R.L.; Franck, M.; Brey, J.; Scott, D.; Lanclos, K.; Fliermans, C.

    1996-07-01

    Historically, methods used to identify methanotrophic and polyaromatic hydrocarbon-degrading (PAH) bacteria in environmental samples have been inadequate because isolation and identification procedures are time-consuming and often fail to separate specific bacteria from other environmental microorganisms. Methanotrophic bacteria have been isolated and characterized from TCE-contaminated soils (Bowman et al. 1993; Fliermans et al., 1988). Fliermans et al., (1988) and others demonstrated that cultures enriched with methane and propane could cometabolically degrade a wide variety of chlorinated aliphatic hydrocarbons including ethylene; 1,2-cisdichloroethylene (c-DCE); 1,2-trans-dichloroethylene (t-DCE); vinyl chloride (VC); toluene; phenol and cresol. Characterization of select microorganisms in the natural setting is important for the evaluation of bioremediation potential and its effectiveness. This realization has necessitated techniques that are selective, sensitive and easily applicable to soils, sediments, and groundwater (Fliermans, et al., 1994). Additionally these techniques can identify and quantify microbial types in situ in real time

  16. Why Litigation-Driven History Matters: Lessons Learned from the Secret History of TCE.

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    Zahniser, Keith A

    2015-02-01

    Litigation drives extensive historical research but often allows only select observers to see the results. Historians have conducted untold studies for litigation that become "secret histories" because these histories are not published. An example is the historical use and regulation of the chemical trichloroethylene (TCE), a hazardous chemical at issue in much environmental litigation, but a topic virtually absent in the secondary literature. This practice seems to contravene accepted standards of open scholarship. Although not directly aligned with the traditional academic model of historical practice, however, historical research and writing for litigation achieve legitimate and important results without abandoning the discipline's professional standards. History done by consultants for litigation is neither a history of compromised standards nor as "secret" as feared. PMID:26281240

  17. An Approach Using Gas Monitoring to Find the Residual TCE Location in the Unsaturated Zone of Woosan Industrial Complex (WIC), Korea

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Koh, Y.; Lee, S.; Yang, J.; Lee, K.

    2012-12-01

    An area accommodating various industrial facilities has fairly high probability of groundwater contamination with multiple chlorinated solvents such as trichloroethene (TCE), carbon tetrachloride (CT), and chloroform (CF). Source tracing of chlorinated solvents in the unsaturated zone is an essential procedure for the management and remediation of contaminated area. From the previous study on seasonal variations in hydrological stresses and spatial variations in geologic conditions on a TCE plume, the existence of residual DNAPLs at or above the water table has proved. Since TCE is one of the frequently detected VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) in groundwater, residual TCE can be detected by gas monitoring. Therefore, monitoring of temporal and spatial variations in the gas phase TCE contaminant at an industrial complex in Wonju, Korea, were used to find the residual TCE locations. As pilot tests, TCE gas samples collected in the unsaturated zone at 4 different wells were analyzed using SPME (Solid Phase MicroExtraction) fiber and Gas Chromatography (GC). The results indicated that detecting TCE in gas phase was successful from these wells and TCE analysis on gas samples, collected from the unsaturated zone, will be useful for source area characterization. However, some values were too high to doubt the accuracy of the current method, which needs a preliminary lab test with known concentrations. The modified experiment setups using packer at different depths are in process to find residual TCE locations in the unsaturated zone. Meanwhile, several PVD (polyethylene-membrane Passive Vapor Diffusion) samplers were placed under water table to detect VOCs by equilibrium between air in the vial and VOCs in pore water.

  18. Combined removal of a BTEX, TCE, and cis-DCE mixture using Pseudomonas sp. immobilized on scrap tyres.

    PubMed

    Lu, Qihong; de Toledo, Renata Alves; Xie, Fei; Li, Junhui; Shim, Hojae

    2015-09-01

    The simultaneous aerobic removal of a mixture of benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, and o,m,p-xylene (BTEX); cis-dichloroethylene (cis-DCE); and trichloroethylene (TCE) from the artificially contaminated water using an indigenous bacterial isolate identified as Pseudomonas plecoglossicida immobilized on waste scrap tyres was investigated. Suspended and immobilized conditions were compared for the removal of these volatile organic compounds. For the immobilized system, toluene, benzene, and ethylbenzene were completely removed, while the highest removal efficiencies of 99.0??0.1, 96.8??0.3, 73.6??2.5, and 61.6??0.9% were obtained for o-xylene, m,p-xylene, TCE, and cis-DCE, respectively. The sorption kinetics of contaminants towards tyre surface was also evaluated, and the sorption capacity generally followed the order of toluene?>?benzene?>?m,p-xylene?>?o-xylene?>?ethylbenzene?>?TCE?>?cis-DCE. Scrap tyres showed a good capability for the simultaneous sorption and bioremoval of BTEX/cis-DCE/TCE mixture, implying a promising waste material for the removal of contaminant mixture from industrial wastewater or contaminated groundwater. PMID:25956516

  19. Content Instruction through a Foreign Language. A Report on the 1992-1993 TCE Programme. Research and Fieldwork No. 18.

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    Rasanen, Anne, Ed.; Marsh, David, Ed.

    This volume of articles is a report from the national teacher in-service development program in teaching content through a foreign language at the Continuing Education Centre of the University of Jyvaskyla, Finland. This publication is mainly in English, because of the basic rationale of the Teaching Content through English (TCE) programme, and

  20. Abiotic Removal of TCE and cis-DCE by Magnetite under Aerobic Conditions in Ground Water (Maryland)

    EPA Science Inventory

    The former Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant (TCAAP) is located just north of St. Paul, Minnesota. Disposal of chlorinated solvents at the Building102 site on the TCAAP contaminated groundwater in the shallow, unconsolidated sand aquifer with TCE and cis-DCE. Concentrations of ...

  1. Abiotic and Biotic Transformation of TCE under Sulfate Reducing Conditions: the Role of Spatial Heterogeneity (Monterey, CA)

    EPA Science Inventory

    At a number of sites in the USA, passive reactive barriers built with shredded plant mulch have been constructed to treat ground water contaminated with TCE. These barriers are called biowalls because anaerobic biodegradation of the plant mulch is expected to provide substrates ...

  2. CARD-FISH analysis of a TCE-dechlorinating biocathode operated at different set potentials.

    PubMed

    Di Battista, Antonella; Verdini, Roberta; Rossetti, Simona; Pietrangeli, Biancamaria; Majone, Mauro; Aulenta, Federico

    2012-11-15

    Bioelectrochemical systems (BES) are increasingly being considered for bioremediation applications, such as the reductive transformation of chlorinated hydrocarbons in subsurface environments. These systems typically rely on a polarized solid-state electrode (i.e. a cathode) serving as electron donor for the microbially catalyzed reductive dechlorination of chlorinated contaminants. The microorganisms involved in dechlorinating biocathodes are not still identified. Particularly, it is not clear whether the same microorganisms responsible for the reductive dechlorination in 'conventional' bioremediation systems (i.e. those based on the supply of soluble substrates as electron donors) also play a role in BES. Here, we analyzed by CARD-FISH, the microbial composition of a dechlorinating biocathode operated at different set potential, in the range from -250 mV to -750 mV (vs. the standard hydrogen electrode, SHE). The rate and extent of TCE dechlorination, as well as of competing metabolisms (i.e. methanogenesis), were found to increase as the cathode potential decreased. The higher metabolic activities observed at the more reducing cathode potentials were mirrored by a higher total biomass concentration (as DAPI-stained cells) in the cathode effluent. CARD-FISH analysis revealed that Dehalococcoides was the dominant dechlorinating bacterial genus (from 65% to 100% of Bacteria) in the range from -550 mV to -750 mV, whereas it was abruptly outcompeted by other (yet unidentified) members of the Chloroflexi phylum, when the cathode was controlled in the range from -250 mV to -450 mV. Most probably, the observed changes in the microbial composition of the biocathode were driven by changes in the dominant mechanisms of electron transfer to TCE: mediated by the electrolytic production of H(2) gas (in the range from -550 mV to -750 mV), or direct (in the range of cathode potentials from -250 mV to -450 mV). PMID:22728722

  3. Analysis of sources of bulk conductivity change in saturated silica sand after unbuffered TCE oxidation by permanganate

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    Hort, Ryan D.; Revil, André; Munakata-Marr, Junko

    2014-09-01

    Time lapse resistivity surveys could potentially improve monitoring of permanganate-based in situ chemical oxidation (ISCO) of organic contaminants such as trichloroethene (TCE) by tracking changes in subsurface conductivity that result from injection of permanganate and oxidation of the contaminant. Bulk conductivity and pore fluid conductivity changes during unbuffered TCE oxidation using permanganate are examined through laboratory measurements and conductivity modeling using PHREEQC in fluid samples and porous media samples containing silica sand. In fluid samples, oxidation of one TCE molecule produces three chloride ions and one proton, resulting in an increase in fluid electrical conductivity despite the loss of two permanganate ions in the reaction. However, in saturated sand samples in which up to 8 mM TCE was oxidized, at least 94% of the fluid conductivity associated with the presence of protons was removed within 3 h of sand contact, most likely through protonation of silanol groups found on the surface of the sand grains. Minor conductivity effects most likely associated with pH-dependent reductive dissolution of manganese dioxide were also observed but not accounted for in pore-fluid conductivity modeling. Unaccounted conductivity effects resulted in an under-calculation of post-reaction pore fluid conductivity of 2.1% to 5.5%. Although small increases in the porous media formation factor resulting from precipitation of manganese dioxide were detected (about 3%), these increases could not be confirmed to be statistically significant. Both injection of permanganate and oxidation of TCE cause increases in bulk conductivity that would be detectable through time-lapse resistivity surveys in field conditions.

  4. Analysis of sources of bulk conductivity change in saturated silica sand after unbuffered TCE oxidation by permanganate.

    PubMed

    Hort, Ryan D; Revil, André; Munakata-Marr, Junko

    2014-09-01

    Time lapse resistivity surveys could potentially improve monitoring of permanganate-based in situ chemical oxidation (ISCO) of organic contaminants such as trichloroethene (TCE) by tracking changes in subsurface conductivity that result from injection of permanganate and oxidation of the contaminant. Bulk conductivity and pore fluid conductivity changes during unbuffered TCE oxidation using permanganate are examined through laboratory measurements and conductivity modeling using PHREEQC in fluid samples and porous media samples containing silica sand. In fluid samples, oxidation of one TCE molecule produces three chloride ions and one proton, resulting in an increase in fluid electrical conductivity despite the loss of two permanganate ions in the reaction. However, in saturated sand samples in which up to 8mM TCE was oxidized, at least 94% of the fluid conductivity associated with the presence of protons was removed within 3h of sand contact, most likely through protonation of silanol groups found on the surface of the sand grains. Minor conductivity effects most likely associated with pH-dependent reductive dissolution of manganese dioxide were also observed but not accounted for in pore-fluid conductivity modeling. Unaccounted conductivity effects resulted in an under-calculation of post-reaction pore fluid conductivity of 2.1% to 5.5%. Although small increases in the porous media formation factor resulting from precipitation of manganese dioxide were detected (about 3%), these increases could not be confirmed to be statistically significant. Both injection of permanganate and oxidation of TCE cause increases in bulk conductivity that would be detectable through time-lapse resistivity surveys in field conditions. PMID:25064184

  5. Development of an updated PBPK model for trichloroethylene and metabolites in mice, and its application to discern the role of oxidative metabolism in TCE-induced hepatomegaly

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    Evans, M.V. Chiu, W.A.; Okino, M.S.; Caldwell, J.C.

    2009-05-01

    Trichloroethylene (TCE) is a lipophilic solvent rapidly absorbed and metabolized via oxidation and conjugation to a variety of metabolites that cause toxicity to several internal targets. Increases in liver weight (hepatomegaly) have been reported to occur quickly in rodents after TCE exposure, with liver tumor induction reported in mice after long-term exposure. An integrated dataset for gavage and inhalation TCE exposure and oral data for exposure to two of its oxidative metabolites (TCA and DCA) was used, in combination with an updated and more accurate physiologically-based pharmacokinetic (PBPK) model, to examine the question as to whether the presence of TCA in the liver is responsible for TCE-induced hepatomegaly in mice. The updated PBPK model was used to help discern the quantitative contribution of metabolites to this effect. The update of the model was based on a detailed evaluation of predictions from previously published models and additional preliminary analyses based on gas uptake inhalation data in mice. The parameters of the updated model were calibrated using Bayesian methods with an expanded pharmacokinetic database consisting of oral, inhalation, and iv studies of TCE administration as well as studies of TCE metabolites in mice. The dose-response relationships for hepatomegaly derived from the multi-study database showed that the proportionality of dose to response for TCE- and DCA-induced hepatomegaly is not observed for administered doses of TCA in the studied range. The updated PBPK model was used to make a quantitative comparison of internal dose of metabolized and administered TCA. While the internal dose of TCA predicted by modeling of TCE exposure (i.e., mg TCA/kg-d) showed a linear relationship with hepatomegaly, the slope of the relationship was much greater than that for directly administered TCA. Thus, the degree of hepatomegaly induced per unit of TCA produced through TCE oxidation is greater than that expected per unit of TCA administered directly, which is inconsistent with the hypothesis that TCA alone accounts for TCE-induced hepatomegaly. In addition, TCE-induced hepatomegaly showed a much more consistent relationship with PBPK model predictions of total oxidative metabolism than with predictions of TCE area-under-the-curve in blood, consistent with toxicity being induced by oxidative metabolites rather than the parent compound. Therefore, these results strongly suggest that oxidative metabolites in addition to TCA are necessary contributors to TCE-induced liver weight changes in mice.

  6. Development and evaluation of a harmonized physiologically based pharmacokinetic (PBPK) model for perchloroethylene toxicokinetics in mice, rats, and humans

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    Chiu, Weihsueh A.; Ginsberg, Gary L.

    2011-06-15

    This article reports on the development of a 'harmonized' PBPK model for the toxicokinetics of perchloroethylene (tetrachloroethylene or perc) in mice, rats, and humans that includes both oxidation and glutathione (GSH) conjugation of perc, the internal kinetics of the oxidative metabolite trichloroacetic acid (TCA), and the urinary excretion kinetics of the GSH conjugation metabolites N-Acetylated trichlorovinyl cysteine and dichloroacetic acid. The model utilizes a wider range of in vitro and in vivo data than any previous analysis alone, with in vitro data used for initial, or 'baseline,' parameter estimates, and in vivo datasets separated into those used for 'calibration' and those used for 'evaluation.' Parameter calibration utilizes a limited Bayesian analysis involving flat priors and making inferences only using posterior modes obtained via Markov chain Monte Carlo (MCMC). As expected, the major route of elimination of absorbed perc is predicted to be exhalation as parent compound, with metabolism accounting for less than 20% of intake except in the case of mice exposed orally, in which metabolism is predicted to be slightly over 50% at lower exposures. In all three species, the concentration of perc in blood, the extent of perc oxidation, and the amount of TCA production is well-estimated, with residual uncertainties of {approx} 2-fold. However, the resulting range of estimates for the amount of GSH conjugation is quite wide in humans ({approx} 3000-fold) and mice ({approx} 60-fold). While even high-end estimates of GSH conjugation in mice are lower than estimates of oxidation, in humans the estimated rates range from much lower to much higher than rates for perc oxidation. It is unclear to what extent this range reflects uncertainty, variability, or a combination. Importantly, by separating total perc metabolism into separate oxidative and conjugative pathways, an approach also recommended in a recent National Research Council review, this analysis reconciles the disparity between those previously published PBPK models that concluded low perc metabolism in humans and those that predicted high perc metabolism in humans. In essence, both conclusions are consistent with the data if augmented with some additional qualifications: in humans, oxidative metabolism is low, while GSH conjugation metabolism may be high or low, with uncertainty and/or interindividual variability spanning three orders of magnitude. More direct data on the internal kinetics of perc GSH conjugation, such as trichlorovinyl glutathione or tricholorvinyl cysteine in blood and/or tissues, would be needed to better characterize the uncertainty and variability in GSH conjugation in humans. - Research Highlights: >We analyze perchloroethylene (perc) toxicokinetics with a physiological model. >Results from previous analyses lumping metabolic pathways are inconsistent. >Separately tracking oxidation and conjugation pathways reconciles these results. >Available data are adequate for predicting perc blood levels and oxidation by P450. >High uncertainty remains for human conjugation of perc with glutathione.

  7. Survey of hazardous organic compounds in the groundwater, air and wastewater effluents near the Tehran automobile industry.

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    Kargar, Mahdi; Nadafi, Kazem; Nabizadeh, Ramin; Nasseri, Simin; Mesdaghinia, Alireza; Mahvi, Amir Hossein; Alimohammadi, Mahmood; Nazmara, Shahrokh; Rastkari, Noushin

    2013-02-01

    Potential of wastewater treatment in car industry and groundwater contamination by volatile organic compounds include perchloroethylene (PCE), trichloroethylene (TCE) and dichloromethane (DCM) near car industry was conducted in this study. Samples were collected in September through December 2011 from automobile industry. Head-space Gas chromatography with FID detector is used for analysis. Mean PCE levels in groundwater ranged from 0 to 63.56 ?g L(-1) with maximum level of 89.1 ?g L(-1). Mean TCE from 0 to 76.63 ?g L(-1) with maximum level of 112 ?g L(-1). Due to the data obtained from pre treatment of car staining site and conventional wastewater treatment in car factory, the most of TCE, PCE and DCM removed by pre aeration. Therefor this materials entry from liquid phase to air phase and by precipitation leak out to the groundwater. As a consequence these pollutants have a many negative health effect on the workers by air and groundwater. PMID:23160750

  8. Remediation of groundwater contaminated with DNAPLs by biodegradable oil emulsion.

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    Lee, Young-Chul; Kwon, Tae-Soon; Yang, Jung-Seok; Yang, Ji-Won

    2007-02-01

    Emulsion-based remediation with biodegradable vegetable oils was investigated as an alternative technology for the treatment of subsurface DNAPLs (dense non-aqueous phase liquids) such as TCE (trichloroethylene) and PCE (perchloroethylene). Corn and olive oil emulsions obtained by homogenization at 8000rpm for 15min were used. The emulsion droplets prepared with corn and olive oil gave a similar size distribution (1-10microm) and almost all of initially injected oil, >90%, remained in a dispersed state. In batch experiments, 2% (v/v) oil emulsion could adsorb up to 11,000ppm of TCE or 18,000ppm of PCE without creating a free phase. Results of one-dimensional column flushing studies indicated that contaminants with high aqueous solubility could be efficiently removed by flushing with vegetable oil emulsions. Removal efficiencies exceeded 98% for TCE and PCE with both corn and olive oil emulsions. The results of this study show that flushing with biodegradable oil emulsion can be used for the remediation of groundwater contaminated by DNAPLs. PMID:17049732

  9. Development of primers for amplifying genes encoding CprA- and PceA-like reductive dehalogenases in anaerobic microbial consortia, dechlorinating trichlorobenzene and 1,2-dichloropropane.

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    von Wintzingerode, F; Schltelburg, C; Hauck, R; Hegemann, W; Gbel, U B.

    2001-04-01

    Gene sequence alignments of the reductive dehalogenases PceA (Dehalospirillum multivorans) and CprA (Desulfitobacterium dehalogenans) were used to develop specific PCR primers binding to conserved regions of these sequences. These primers enabled us to amplify and subsequently sequence cprA-like gene fragments from the chlororespiring species Dehalobacter restrictus, Desulfitobacterium sp. strain PCE1, and D. hafniense. No specific amplicons were obtained from the chlororespiring species D. frappieri, D. chlororespirans, and Desulfomonile tiedjei. Furthermore, we were able to amplify and sequence cprA/pceA-like gene fragments from both trichlorobenzene (TCB)- and 1,2-dichloropropane (DCP)-dechlorinating microbial consortia using the novel primers. Subsequent sequence analysis of the fragments obtained from the microbial consortia revealed a group of four clusters (I-IV). Of these, clusters I and II showed the highest similarities to the cprA-like gene of Dehalobacter restrictus (79.0 and 96.2%, respectively). Cluster III comprised cprA-like sequences found in both the TCB- and the DCP-dechlorinating consortia, whereas sequences of cluster IV were most similar to the pceA gene of Dehalospirillum multivorans (97.8%). Our detection of genes encoding reductive dehalogenases, the key enzymes of chlororespiration, supports the hypothesis that reductive dechlorination of TCB and DCP occurs via a respiratory pathway. PMID:11295458

  10. Transformation capacities of chlorinated organics by mixed cultures enriched on methane, propane, toluene, or phenol

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    Chang, H.L.; Alvarez-Cohen, L. . Dept. of Civil Engineering)

    1995-03-05

    The degradation of trichloroethylene (TCE), chloroform (CF), and 1,2-dichloroethane (1,2-DCA) by four aerobic mixed cultures (methane, propane, toluene, and phenol oxidizers) growth under similar chemostat conditions was measured. Methane and propane oxidizers were capable of degrading both saturated and unsaturated chlorinated organics (TCE, CF, and 1,2-DCA). Toluene and phenol oxidizers degraded TCE but were not able to degrade CF, 1,2-DCA, or other saturated organics. None of the cultures tested were able to degrade perchloroethylene (PCE) or carbon tetrachloride (CCl[sub 4]). For the four cultures tested, degradation of each of the chlorinated organics resulted in cell inactivation due to product toxicity. In all cases, the toxic products were rapidly depleted, leaving no toxic residues in solution. Among the four tested cultures, the resting cells of methane oxidizers exhibited the highest transformation capacities (T[sub c]) for TCE, CF, and 1,2-DCA. The T[sub c] for each chlorinated organic was observed to be inversely proportional to the chlorine carbon ratio (Cl/C). The addition of low concentrations of growth substrate or some catabolic intermediates enhanced TCE transformation capacities and degradation rates, presumably due to the regeneration of reducing energy (NADH); however, addition of higher concentrations of most amendments reduced TCE transformation capacities and degradation rates. Reducing energy limitations and amendment toxicity may significantly affect T[sub c] measurements, causing a masking of the toxicity associated with chlorinated organic degradation.

  11. The in-situ decontamination of sand and gravel aquifers by chemically enhanced solubilization of multiple-compound DNAPLs with surfactant solutions: Phase 1 -- Laboratory and pilot field-scale testing and Phase 2 -- Solubilization test and partitioning and interwell tracer tests. Final report

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    1997-10-24

    Laboratory, numerical simulation, and field studies have been conducted to assess the potential use of micellar-surfactant solutions to solubilize chlorinated solvents contaminating sand and gravel aquifers. Ninety-nine surfactants were screened for their ability to solubilize trichloroethene (TCE), perchloroethylene (PCE), and carbon tetrachloride (CTET). The field test was conducted in the alluvial aquifer which is located 20 to 30 meters beneath a vapor degreasing operation at Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant. This aquifer has become contaminated with TCE due to leakage of perhaps 40,000 liters of TCE, which has generated a plume of dissolved TCE extending throughout an area of approximately 3 km{sup 2} in the aquifer. Most of the TCE is believed to be present in the overlying lacustrine deposits and in the aquifer itself as a dense, non-aqueous phase liquid, or DNAPL. The objective of the field test was to assess the efficacy of the surfactant for in situ TCE solubilization. Although the test demonstrated that sorbitan monooleate was unsuitable as a solubilizer in this aquifer, the single-well test was demonstrated to be a viable method for the in situ testing of surfactants or cosolvents prior to proceeding to full-scale remediation.

  12. Affinity for risky behaviors following prenatal and early childhood exposure to tetrachloroethylene (PCE)-contaminated drinking water: a retrospective cohort study

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    2011-01-01

    Background Many studies of adults with acute and chronic solvent exposure have shown adverse effects on cognition, behavior and mood. No prior study has investigated the long-term impact of prenatal and early childhood exposure to the solvent tetrachloroethylene (PCE) on the affinity for risky behaviors, defined as smoking, drinking or drug use as a teen or adult. Objectives This retrospective cohort study examined whether early life exposure to PCE-contaminated drinking water influenced the occurrence of cigarette smoking, alcohol consumption, and drug use among adults from Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Methods Eight hundred and thirty-one subjects with prenatal and early childhood PCE exposure and 547 unexposed subjects were studied. Participants completed questionnaires to gather information on risky behaviors as a teenager and young adult, demographic characteristics, other sources of solvent exposure, and residences from birth through 1990. PCE exposure was estimated using the U.S. EPA's water distribution system modeling software (EPANET) that was modified to incorporate a leaching and transport model to estimate PCE exposures from pipe linings. Results Individuals who were highly exposed to PCE-contaminated drinking water during gestation and early childhood experienced 50-60% increases in the risk of using two or more major illicit drugs as a teenager or as an adult (Relative Risk (RR) for teen use = 1.6, 95% CI: 1.2-2.2; and RR for adult use = 1.5, 95% CI: 1.2-1.9). Specific drugs for which increased risks were observed included crack/cocaine, psychedelics/hallucinogens, club/designer drugs, Ritalin without a prescription, and heroin (RRs:1.4-2.1). Thirty to 60% increases in the risk of certain smoking and drinking behaviors were also seen among highly exposed subjects. Conclusions The results of this study suggest that risky behaviors, particularly drug use, are more frequent among adults with high PCE exposure levels during gestation and early childhood. These findings should be confirmed in follow-up investigations of other exposed populations. PMID:22136431

  13. Exposure of Daphnia magna to trichloroethylene (TCE) and vinyl chloride (VC): evaluation of gene transcription, cellular activity, and life-history parameters.

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    Houde, Magali; Douville, Mlanie; Gagnon, Pierre; Sproull, Jim; Cloutier, Franois

    2015-06-01

    Trichloroethylene (TCE) is a ubiquitous contaminant classified as a human carcinogen. Vinyl chloride (VC) is primarily used to manufacture polyvinyl chloride and can also be a degradation product of TCE. Very few data exist on the toxicity of TCE and VC in aquatic organisms particularly at environmentally relevant concentrations. The aim of this study was to evaluate the sub-lethal effects (10 day exposure; 0.1; 1; 10 g/L) of TCE and VC in Daphnia magna at the gene, cellular, and life-history levels. Results indicated impacts of VC on the regulation of genes related to glutathione-S-transferase (GST), juvenile hormone esterase (JHE), and the vitelline outer layer membrane protein (VMO1). On the cellular level, exposure to 0.1, 1, and 10 g/L of VC significantly increased the activity of JHE in D. magna and TCE increased the activity of chitinase (at 1 and 10 g/L). Results for life-history parameters indicated a possible tendency of TCE to affect the number of molts at the individual level in D. magna (p=0.051). Measurement of VG-like proteins using the alkali-labile phosphates (ALP) assay did not show differences between TCE treated organisms and controls. However, semi-quantitative measurement using gradient gel electrophoresis (213-218 kDa) indicated significant decrease in VG-like protein levels following exposure to TCE at all three concentrations. Overall, results indicate effects of TCE and VC on genes and proteins related to metabolism, reproduction, and growth in D. magna. PMID:25733190

  14. Anaerobic biotransformation of chlorinated aliphatic hydrocarbons: Ugly duckling to beautiful swan

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    Parkin, G.F.

    1999-10-01

    For many years anaerobic biological processes were reputed to be more sensitive than aerobic processes to toxic substances such as chlorinated aliphatic hydrocarbons (CAH) and thus a poor choice for treating water containing these compounds. This was especially true for water containing perchloroethylene (PCE) or trichloroethylene (TCE) because vinyl chloride, a human carcinogen, is produced when these two compounds are degraded anaerobically. Aerobic treatment with organisms containing oxygenase enzyme systems, which could fortuitously degrade a wide variety of chlorinated aliphatics (but not PCE), was favored. Recently, however, several enrichments and organisms have been isolated that will convert PCE and TCE into ethene and ethane, as shown by field data. Because of this evidence, anaerobic processes are now considered a significant alternative treatment for CAH contamination. Recent work at the University of Iowa, Iowa City, has focused on the effect of mixtures of CAHs on biotransformation of individual organic compounds and the potential for a combined methanogen-iron (Fe(0)) system to improve CAH bioremediation. At the concentration ranges tested, the presence of a mixture of CAHs seems to decrease rate of transformation of individual organics. However, there are important exceptions; in some cases a mixture of CAHs seems to facilitate transformation of an individual organic compound. Combination of an active methanogenic population with Fe(0) increases the rate and extent of transformation of carbon tetrachloride and chloroform. Results with PCE and 1,1,1-trichloroethane are less clear.

  15. Microbially enhanced dissolution and reductive dechlorination of PCE by a mixed culture: Model validation and sensitivity analysis

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    Chen, Mingjie; Abriola, Linda M.; Amos, Benjamin K.; Suchomel, Eric J.; Pennell, Kurt D.; Lffler, Frank E.; Christ, John A.

    2013-08-01

    Reductive dechlorination catalyzed by organohalide-respiring bacteria is often considered for remediation of non-aqueous phase liquid (NAPL) source zones due to cost savings, ease of implementation, regulatory acceptance, and sustainability. Despite knowledge of the key dechlorinators, an understanding of the processes and factors that control NAPL dissolution rates and detoxification (i.e., ethene formation) is lacking. A recent column study demonstrated a 5-fold cumulative enhancement in tetrachloroethene (PCE) dissolution and ethene formation (Amos et al., 2009). Spatial and temporal monitoring of key geochemical and microbial (i.e., Geobacter lovleyi and Dehalococcoides mccartyi strains) parameters in the column generated a data set used herein as the basis for refinement and testing of a multiphase, compositional transport model. The refined model is capable of simulating the reactive transport of multiple chemical constituents produced and consumed by organohalide-respiring bacteria and accounts for substrate limitations and competitive inhibition. Parameter estimation techniques were used to optimize the values of sensitive microbial kinetic parameters, including maximum utilization rates, biomass yield coefficients, and endogenous decay rates. Comparison and calibration of model simulations with the experimental data demonstrate that the model is able to accurately reproduce measured effluent concentrations, while delineating trends in dechlorinator growth and reductive dechlorination kinetics along the column. Sensitivity analyses performed on the optimized model parameters indicate that the rates of PCE and cis-1,2-dichloroethene (cis-DCE) transformation and Dehalococcoides growth govern bioenhanced dissolution, as long as electron donor (i.e., hydrogen flux) is not limiting. Dissolution enhancements were shown to be independent of cis-DCE accumulation; however, accumulation of cis-DCE, as well as column length and flow rate (i.e., column residence time), strongly influenced the extent of reductive dechlorination. When cis-DCE inhibition was neglected, the model over-predicted ethene production ten-fold, while reductions in residence time (i.e., a two-fold decrease in column length or two-fold increase in flow rate) resulted in a more than 70% decline in ethene production. These results suggest that spatial and temporal variations in microbial community composition and activity must be understood to model, predict, and manage bioenhanced NAPL dissolution.

  16. Microbially enhanced dissolution and reductive dechlorination of PCE by a mixed culture: model validation and sensitivity analysis.

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    Chen, Mingjie; Abriola, Linda M; Amos, Benjamin K; Suchomel, Eric J; Pennell, Kurt D; Lffler, Frank E; Christ, John A

    2013-08-01

    Reductive dechlorination catalyzed by organohalide-respiring bacteria is often considered for remediation of non-aqueous phase liquid (NAPL) source zones due to cost savings, ease of implementation, regulatory acceptance, and sustainability. Despite knowledge of the key dechlorinators, an understanding of the processes and factors that control NAPL dissolution rates and detoxification (i.e., ethene formation) is lacking. A recent column study demonstrated a 5-fold cumulative enhancement in tetrachloroethene (PCE) dissolution and ethene formation (Amos et al., 2009). Spatial and temporal monitoring of key geochemical and microbial (i.e., Geobacter lovleyi and Dehalococcoides mccartyi strains) parameters in the column generated a data set used herein as the basis for refinement and testing of a multiphase, compositional transport model. The refined model is capable of simulating the reactive transport of multiple chemical constituents produced and consumed by organohalide-respiring bacteria and accounts for substrate limitations and competitive inhibition. Parameter estimation techniques were used to optimize the values of sensitive microbial kinetic parameters, including maximum utilization rates, biomass yield coefficients, and endogenous decay rates. Comparison and calibration of model simulations with the experimental data demonstrate that the model is able to accurately reproduce measured effluent concentrations, while delineating trends in dechlorinator growth and reductive dechlorination kinetics along the column. Sensitivity analyses performed on the optimized model parameters indicate that the rates of PCE and cis-1,2-dichloroethene (cis-DCE) transformation and Dehalococcoides growth govern bioenhanced dissolution, as long as electron donor (i.e., hydrogen flux) is not limiting. Dissolution enhancements were shown to be independent of cis-DCE accumulation; however, accumulation of cis-DCE, as well as column length and flow rate (i.e., column residence time), strongly influenced the extent of reductive dechlorination. When cis-DCE inhibition was neglected, the model over-predicted ethene production ten-fold, while reductions in residence time (i.e., a two-fold decrease in column length or two-fold increase in flow rate) resulted in a more than 70% decline in ethene production. These results suggest that spatial and temporal variations in microbial community composition and activity must be understood to model, predict, and manage bioenhanced NAPL dissolution. PMID:23774611

  17. CuSCN-Based Inverted Planar Perovskite Solar Cell with an Average PCE of 15.6%.

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    Ye, Senyun; Sun, Weihai; Li, Yunlong; Yan, Weibo; Peng, Haitao; Bian, Zuqiang; Liu, Zhiwei; Huang, Chunhui

    2015-06-10

    Although inorganic hole-transport materials usually possess high chemical stability, hole mobility, and low cost, the efficiency of most of inorganic hole conductor-based perovskite solar cells is still much lower than that of the traditional organic hole conductor-based cells. Here, we have successfully fabricated high quality CH3NH3PbI3 films on top of a CuSCN layer by utilizing a one-step fast deposition-crystallization method, which have lower surface roughness and smaller interface contact resistance between the perovskite layer and the selective contacts in comparison with the films prepared by a conventional two-step sequential deposition process. The average efficiency of the CuSCN-based inverted planar CH3NH3PbI3 solar cells has been improved to 15.6% with a highest PCE of 16.6%, which is comparable to that of the traditional organic hole conductor-based cells, and may promote wider application of the inexpensive inorganic materials in perovskite solar cells. PMID:25938881

  18. Spectroscopic fingerprints for charge localization in the organic semiconductor (DOEO)4[HgBr4]TCE

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    Koplak, Oksana V.; Chernenkaya, Alisa; Medjanik, Katerina; Brambilla, Alberto; Gloskovskii, Andrei; Calloni, Alberto; Elmers, Hans-Joachim; Schnhense, Gerd; Ciccacci, Franco; Morgunov, Roman B.

    2015-05-01

    Changes of the electronic structure accompanied by charge localization and a transition to an antiferromagnetic ground state were observed in the organic semiconductor (DOEO)4[HgBr4]TCE. Localization starts in the temperature region of about 150 K and the antiferromagnetic state occurs below 60 K. The magnetic moment of the crystal contains contributions of inclusions (droplets), and individual paramagnetic centers formed by localized holes and free charge carriers at 2 K. Two types of inclusions of 100-400 nm and 2-5 nm sizes were revealed by transmission electron microscopy. Studying the temperature- and angular dependence of electron spin resonance (ESR) spectra revealed fingerprints of antiferromagnetic contributions as well as paramagnetic resonance spectra of individual localized charge carriers. The results point on coexistence of antiferromagnetic long and short range order as evident from a second ESR line. Photoelectron spectroscopy in the VUV, soft and hard X-ray range shows temperature-dependent effects upon crossing the critical temperatures around 60 K and 150 K. The substantially different probing depths of soft and hard X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy yield information on the surface termination. The combined investigation using complementary methods at the same sample reveals the close relation of changes in the transport properties and in the energy distribution of electronic states.

  19. Field performance of air-sparging system for removing TCE from groundwater

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    Rabideau, A.J.; Blayden, J.M.; Ganguly, C.

    1999-01-01

    The removal of volatile organic compounds from groundwater by air sparging (AS) is well-established, although reliable methods for predicting the time required to reach site closure have not been established. To develop and improved understanding of mass transfer processes that limit AS performance, two extended controlled shutdowns of an operating AS system were performed. Monitoring of TCE concentrations in source zone groundwater indicated tailing and rebound behavior similar to that observed for pump-and-treat systems. A simple two-compartment model provided a reasonable description of the 3-year AS history, using parameters calibrated from data collected during the first shutdown period. Comparison of the calibrated rate constants with parameters estimated from laboratory soil columns suggest that, for the study site, aqueous diffusion to discrete air channels has a stronger influence on system performance than rate-limited desorption. Predictions based on the calibrated model indicated that restoration of the source zone to drinking water standards would require approximately 1 decade for the current AS system.

  20. Public health assessment for Grand Traverse Overall Supply Company, Greilickville, Leelanau County, Michigan, Region 5. Cerclis No. MID017418559. Final report

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    Not Available

    1994-01-21

    The United States Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) placed the Grand Traverse Overall Supply site on the National Priorities List (NPL) on September 8, 1983. From 1953 through 1977, GTOS disposed of waste water from the process in a dry well and four lagoons on their property. Since 1977, they have used the township sewer system. In 1978, tetrachloroethylene (also known as perchloroethylene or PCE) and trichloroethylene (TCE) were found in the water in wells serving a school adjacent to GTOS and several nearby residences. The soil around the dry well was excavated and taken off-site for disposal. The lagoons were filled in, and covered with gravel or grass. The site currently poses no apparent public health hazard. Trace amounts of PCE in well water have been detected in the most recent testing, however, the amounts are below the level of public health concern.

  1. Anaerobic dechlorination and redox activities after full-scale Electrical Resistance Heating (ERH) of a TCE-contaminated aquifer

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    Friis, A. K.; Heron, G.; Albrechtsen, H.-J.; Udell, K. S.; Bjerg, P. L.

    2006-12-01

    The effects of Electrical Resistance Heating (ERH) on dechlorination of TCE and redox conditions were investigated in this study. Aquifer and groundwater samples were collected prior to and after ERH treatment, where sediments were heated to approximately 100 C. Sediment samples were collected from three locations and examined in microcosms for 250 to 400 days of incubation. Redox activities, in terms of consumed electron acceptors, were low in unamended microcosms with field-heated sediments, although they increased upon lactate-amendment. TCE was not dechlorinated or stalled at cDCE with field-heated sediments, which was similar or lower compared to the degree of dechlorination in unheated microcosms. However, in microcosms which were bioaugmented with a mixed anaerobic dechlorinating culture (KB-1) and lactate, dechlorination past cDCE to ethene was observed in field-heated sediments. Dechlorination and redox activities in microcosms with field-heated sediments were furthermore compared with controlled laboratory-heated microcosms, which were heated to 100 C for 10 days and then slowly cooled to 10 C. In laboratory-heated microcosms, TCE was not dechlorinated and redox activities remained low in unamended and lactate-amended sediments, although organic carbon was released to the aqueous phase. In contrast, in field-heated sediments, high aqueous concentrations of organic carbon were not observed in unamended microcosms, and TCE was dechlorinated to cDCE upon lactate amendment. This suggests that dechlorinating microorganisms survived the ERH or that groundwater flow through field-heated sediments carried microorganisms into the treated area and transported dissolved organic carbon downstream.

  2. Development and characterization of DehaloR^2, a novel anaerobic microbial consortium performing rapid dechlorination of TCE to ethene.

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    Ziv-El, Michal; Delgado, Anca G; Yao, Ying; Kang, Dae-Wook; Nelson, Katherine G; Halden, Rolf U; Krajmalnik-Brown, Rosa

    2011-12-01

    A novel anaerobic consortium, named DehaloR^2, that performs rapid and complete reductive dechlorination of trichloroethene (TCE) to ethene is described. DehaloR^2 was developed from estuarine sediment from the Back River of the Chesapeake Bay and has been stably maintained in the laboratory for over 2 years. Initial sediment microcosms showed incomplete reduction of TCE to DCE with a ratio of trans- to cis- isomers of 1.67. However, complete reduction to ethene was achieved within 10 days after transfer of the consortium to sediment-free media and was accompanied by a shift to cis-DCE as the prevailing intermediate metabolite. The microbial community shifted from dominance of the Proteobacterial phylum in the sediment to Firmicutes and Chloroflexi in DehaloR^2, containing the genera Acetobacterium, Clostridium, and the dechlorinators Dehalococcoides. Also present were Spirochaetes, possible acetogens, and Geobacter which encompass previously described dechlorinators. Rates of TCE to ethene reductive dechlorination reached 2.83 mM Cl- d(-1) in batch bottles with a Dehalococcoides sp. density of 1.54E+11 gene copies per liter, comparing favorably to other enrichment cultures described in the literature and identifying DehaloR^2 as a promising consortium for use in bioremediation of chlorinated ethene-impacted environments. PMID:21667274

  3. Analysis of flow processes during TCE infiltration in heterogeneous soils at the Savannah River Site, Aiken, South Carolina

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    Pruess, K.

    1992-06-01

    Contamination of soils and groundwater from volatile organic compounds (VOCs), such as organic solvents and hydrocarbon fuels, is a problem at many industrial facilities. Key to successfully characterizing, containing, and eventually remediating the contamination is a thorough understanding, based on sound scientific principles, of the complex interplay of physical, chemical, and biological processes in geologic media, which affect the migration and distribution of the contaminants, and their response to remediation operations. This report focusses on physical mechanisms that affect contaminant behavior under the conditions encountered at the Savannah River site (SRS). Although other contaminants are present at the site, for the purpose of this discussion we will restrict ourselves to the processes following a spill and infiltration of trichloroethylene (TCE), which is the main contaminant at the location of the Integrated Demonstration Project. We begin by briefly describing the main physical processes following release of TCE into the subsurface. Subsequently we will present simple engineering models that can help to evaluate contaminant migration processes in a semi-quantitative way. Finally, we will discuss results of detailed numerical simulations of TCE infiltration into a heterogeneous medium consisting of sands and clays. These simulations attempt to shed light on the initial distribution of contaminants at the site prior to the start of remediation operations. We also point out limitations of present numerical modeling capabilities, and identify issues that require further research in order that a realistic description of contaminant behavior in the subsurface may be achieved.

  4. Adverse Birth Outcomes and Maternal Exposure to Trichloroethylene and Tetrachloroethylene through Soil Vapor Intrusion in New York State

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    Lewis-Michl, Elizabeth L.; Gomez, Marta I.

    2011-01-01

    Background: Industrial spills of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in Endicott, New York (USA), have led to contamination of groundwater, soil, and soil gas. Previous studies have reported an increase in adverse birth outcomes among women exposed to VOCs in drinking water. Objective: We investigated the prevalence of adverse birth outcomes among mothers exposed to trichloroethylene (TCE) and tetrachloroethylene [or perchloroethylene (PCE)] in indoor air contaminated through soil vapor intrusion. Methods: We examined low birth weight (LBW), preterm birth, fetal growth restriction, and birth defects among births to women in Endicott who were exposed to VOCs, compared with births statewide. We used Poisson regression to analyze births and malformations to estimate the association between maternal exposure to VOCs adjusting for sex, mothers age, race, education, parity, and prenatal care. Two exposure areas were identified based on environmental sampling data: one area was primarily contaminated with TCE, and the other with PCE. Results: In the TCE-contaminated area, adjusted rate ratios (RRs) were significantly elevated for LBW [RR = 1.36; 95% confidence interval (CI): 1.07, 1.73; n = 76], small for gestational age (RR = 1.23; 95% CI: 1.03, 1.48; n = 117), term LBW (RR = 1.68; 95% CI: 1.20, 2.34; n = 37), cardiac defects (RR = 2.15; 95% CI: 1.27, 3.62; n = 15), and conotruncal defects (RR = 4.91; 95% CI: 1.58, 15.24; n = 3). In the PCE-contaminated area, RRs for cardiac defects (five births) were elevated but not significantly. Residual socioeconomic confounding may have contributed to elevations of LBW outcomes. Conclusions: Maternal residence in both areas was associated with cardiac defects. Residence in the TCE area, but not the PCE area, was associated with LBW and fetal growth restriction. PMID:22142966

  5. Effects of Reduced Sulfur Compounds on Pd-catalytic Hydrodechlorination of TCE in Groundwater by Cathodic H2 under Electrochemically-induced Oxidizing Conditions

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    Yuan, Songhu; Chen, Mingjie; Mao, Xuhui; Alshawabkeh, Akram N.

    2014-01-01

    Reduced sulfur compounds (RSCs) poison Pd catalysts for catalytic hydrodechlorination of contaminants in anoxic groundwater. This study investigates the effects of RSCs on Pd-catalytic hydrodechlorination of trichloroethylene (TCE) in oxic groundwater. Water electrolysis in an undivided electrolytic cell is used to produce H2 for TCE hydrodechlorination under oxidizing conditions. TCE is efficiently hydrodechlorinated to ethane, with significant accumulation of H2O2 under acidic conditions. Presence of sulfide at concentrations less than 93.8 μM moderately inhibits TCE hydrodechlorination and H2O2 production. Presence of sulfite at low concentrations (≤ 1 mM) significantly enhances TCE decay, while at high concentration (3 mM) inhibits initially and enhances afterwards when sulfite concentration declines to less than 1 mM. Using radical scavenging experiments and electron spin resonance assay, SO3•− which is generated from sulfite under oxidizing conditions is validated as the new reactive species contributing to the enhancement. This study reveals a distinct mechanism of effect of sulfite on TCE hydrodechlorination by Pd and H2 in oxic groundwater and presents an alternative approach to increasing resistance of Pd to RSCs poisoning. PMID:23962132

  6. Heterogeneous carbonaceous matter in sedimentary rock lithocomponents causes significant trichloroethylene (TCE) sorption in a low organic carbon content aquifer/aquitard system

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    Choung, Sungwook; Zimmerman, Lisa R.; Allen-King, Richelle M.; Ligouis, Bertrand; Feenstra, Stanley

    2014-10-01

    This study evaluated the effects of heterogeneous thermally altered carbonaceous matter (CM) on trichloroethylene (TCE) sorption for a low fraction organic carbon content (foc) alluvial sedimentary aquifer and aquitard system (foc = 0.046-0.105%). The equilibrium TCE sorption isotherms were highly nonlinear with Freundlich exponents of 0.46-0.58. Kerogen + black carbon was the dominant CM fraction extracted from the sediments and accounted for > 60% and 99% of the total in the sands and silt, respectively. Organic petrological examination determined that the kerogen included abundant amorphous organic matter (bituminite), likely of marine origin. The dark calcareous siltstone exhibited the greatest TCE sorption among aquifer lithocomponents and accounted for most sorption in the aquifer. The results suggest that the source of the thermally altered CM, which causes nonlinear sorption, was derived from parent Paleozoic marine carbonate rocks that outcrop throughout much of New York State. A synthetic aquifer-aquitard unit system (10% aquitard) was used to illustrate the effect of the observed nonlinear sorption on mass storage potential at equilibrium. The calculation showed that > 80% of TCE mass contained in the aquifer was sorbed on the aquifer sediment at aqueous concentration < 1000 ?g L- 1. These results show that sorption is likely a significant contributor to the persistence of a TCE groundwater plume in the aquifer studied. It is implied that sorption may similarly contribute to TCE persistence in other glacial alluvial aquifers with similar geologic characteristics, i.e., comprised of sedimentary rock lithocomponents that contain thermally altered CM.

  7. Effect of Enhanced-Solubilization Agents on Dissolution and Mass Flux from Uniformly Distributed Immiscible-Liquid Trichloroethene (TCE) in Homogeneous Porous Media

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    Tick, G. R.; Rincon, E. A.

    2008-12-01

    The use of enhanced-flushing technologies has emerged as a promising technique for the remediation of sites contaminated with immiscible liquids. An important aspect for the effective remediation of these sites depends on the physical heterogeneity of the subsurface and the related distribution of immiscible liquid present within porous media. A series of column experiments was conducted to quantify the effectiveness of four different flushing agents on the removal of uniformly distributed trichloroethene (TCE) in homogeneous quartz sand. The effectiveness of the flushing agents was evaluated by comparing elution profiles, flushing efficiencies, and mass flux behavior of TCE. The results of these experiments indicate that the addition of a chemical flushing agent greatly reduces the time needed to remove residual TCE compared to flushing with water alone (i.e. pump and treat). Based upon a mole-recovery analysis, methyl-?-cyclodextrin (MCD) showed the best efficiency in removing residual immiscible-liquid TCE from the system. Ethanol (EtOH) and dodecyl sulfate (SDS) outperformed all other flushing agents based on a normalized contaminant-mass recovery analysis and (SDS) outperformed all other agents based upon a normalized contaminant- mass/agent-mass recovery analysis. In contrast to the TCE mass-flux behavior resulting from MCD and hydroxypropyl-?-cyclodextrin (HPCD) flushing, EtOH and SDS flushing agents resulted in less ideal TCE mass-flux behavior indicating less efficient mass removal consistent to what might be observed in physically heterogeneous sediment or non-uniformly distributed immiscible-liquid contaminant.

  8. On synergetic effects at destroying of toluene and TCE by DC glow discharge and streamer corona at atmospheric pressure

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    Akishev, Yuri; Karalnik, Vladimir; Kochetov, Igor; Monich, Anton; Napartovich, Anatoly; Trushkin, Nikolay

    2003-10-01

    Results on toluene decomposition obtained from both experiments with DC glow discharge in gas flow and numerical calculations are compared in this report. In the case of a binary mixture of toluene and TCE (trichloroethylene), experiment shows synergetic effect, i.e. an addition of TCE in mixture increases the decomposition of toluene. Our numerical modeling showed this effect can be attributed to influence of ion-molecule reactions involving toluene and TCE molecules, which result in formation of heavy ions with better stability and lower mobility. The comparison of decomposition efficiencies between DC glow discharge and DC positive streamer corona is presented as well. In last case, the tested admixtures were toluene and TCE as well. Non-thermal plasma in humid airflow with dosed pollutants was created in a rectangular channel of 15 cm in width and 30 cm in length. The height of channel was 1.35 and 3.5 cm in the case of glow discharge and positive corona respectively. Gas flow velocity was 15-20 and 2.5 m/s in glow discharge and positive corona respectively. Humidity of airflow was varied up to 18% (volume concentration of water vapor). The electrode system consisted of 28 the paired elements (pin-to-crater) [1, 2] disposed evenly from each other. The pins served either as cathodes in the case of DC glow discharge or as anodes in the case of DC positive corona. Each pin had several emitting points. High-voltage power supply up to 30 kV was used to sustain both of the discharges mentioned above. Concentrations of toluene and TCE were varied from 15 to 500 ppm and measured with a gas chromatograph. 1. Yu. S. Akishev, M. E. Grushin, I. V. Kochetov, A. P. Napartovich, M. V. Pankin, and N. I. Trushkin, Plasma Physics Reports, 26, No. 2, 2000, pp. 157-163. 2. Yu. S. Akishev, A. A. Deryugin, V. B. Karalnik, I. V. Kochetov, A. P. Napartovich, and N. I. Trushkin, Fiz. Plazmy 20, 571 (1994) [Plasma Physics Reports, 20, 511 (1994)].

  9. Different activity levels of Dehalococcoides mccartyi revealed by FISH and CARD-FISH under non-steady and pseudo-steady state conditions.

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    Matturro, Bruna; Tandoi, Valter; Rossetti, Simona

    2013-09-25

    A mixed culture capable of dechlorinating perchloroethylene (PCE) to ethene was analyzed under non steady and pseudo-steady state conditions. Dehalococcoides mccartyi, considered to be the primary dechlorinating bacterium able to completely degrade chlorinated hydrocarbons to non toxic ethene, could be detected by CAtalyzed Reporter Deposition Fluorescence In Situ Hybridization (CARD-FISH) since the beginning of culture operation but highlighted by conventional FISH only during active PCE dechlorination to ethene and vinyl chloride (VC). Data generated from FISH and CARD-FISH analyses were compared to those generated from applying PCR-based techniques directed at defining cell abundances (Real Time PCR, qPCR) and assessing cell activities (Reverse Transcription qPCR, RT-qPCR) of Dehalococcoides strains involved in the PCE reductive dechlorination (RD) process. qPCR targeting reductive dehalogenase genes coding for enzymes involved in the individual steps of the RD process, showed that Dehalococcoides strains carrying the tceA gene dominated the community. This observation was consistent with PCE conversion products detected under pseudo-steady state (ethene and VC production), since this tceA gene is known to be associated to strains capable of reducing chlorinated solvents beyond 1,2-cis-dichloroethene (cis-DCE). In line with the FISH data, Dehalococcoides 16S rRNA and tceA genes were expressed only during pseudo-steady state conditions when PCE was converted completely to the final metabolic product ethene. Furthermore, Dehalococcoides cell abundances estimated by CARD-FISH correlated positively with their 16SrRNA gene copy numbers quantified by qPCR. This is consistent with the ability of both these methods to estimate total Dehalococcoides cell numbers including those with low metabolic activities. Thus, this study shows that application potential of FISH analysis to quantify rapidly and efficiently only active dechlorinators in complex communities. PMID:23917146

  10. Field and lab trials of PCE-based OSNR-aware dynamic restoration in multi-domain GMPLS-enabled translucent WSON.

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    Liu, Lei; Casellas, Ramon; Tsuritani, Takehiro; Morita, Itsuro; Okamoto, Shuichi; Martnez, Ricardo; Muoz, Ral

    2011-12-19

    Dynamic lightpath restoration is a key issue in wavelength switched optical networks (WSON). On the other hand, the introduction of the path computation element (PCE) and the generalized multi-protocol label switching (GMPLS) architectures into WSON as control plane technologies is expected to bring more intelligence and to enable the dynamic computation and control of end-to-end lightpaths in a cost-efficient manner. In this paper, for the first time and through a lab trial with four domains and a field trial located in Japan and Spain, we experimentally present PCE-based optical signal to noise ratio (OSNR)-aware dynamic restoration in multi-domain GMPLS-enabled translucent WSON, assessing the overall feasibility of the proposed techniques and quantitatively evaluating the service disruption time and path computation latency during end-to-end lightpath restoration. PMID:22274241

  11. Heterogeneous hyporheic zone dechlorination of a TCE groundwater plume discharging to an urban river reach.

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    Freitas, Juliana G; Rivett, Michael O; Roche, Rachel S; Durrant Ne Cleverly, Megan; Walker, Caroline; Tellam, John H

    2015-02-01

    The typically elevated natural attenuation capacity of riverbed-hyporheic zones is expected to decrease chlorinated hydrocarbon (CHC) groundwater plume discharges to river receptors through dechlorination reactions. The aim of this study was to assess physico-chemical processes controlling field-scale variation in riverbed-hyporheic zone dechlorination of a TCE groundwater plume discharge to an urban river reach. The 50-m long pool-riffle-glide reach of the River Tame in Birmingham (UK) studied is a heterogeneous high energy river environment. The shallow riverbed was instrumented with a detailed network of multilevel samplers. Freeze coring revealed a geologically heterogeneous and poorly sorted riverbed. A chlorine number reduction approach provided a quantitative indicator of CHC dechlorination. Three sub-reaches of contrasting behaviour were identified. Greatest dechlorination occurred in the riffle sub-reach that was characterised by hyporheic zone flows, moderate sulphate concentrations and pH, anaerobic conditions, low iron, but elevated manganese concentrations with evidence of sulphate reduction. Transient hyporheic zone flows allowing input to varying riverbed depths of organic matter are anticipated to be a key control. The glide sub-reach displayed negligible dechlorination attributed to the predominant groundwater baseflow discharge condition, absence of hyporheic zone, transition to more oxic conditions and elevated sulphate concentrations expected to locally inhibit dechlorination. The tail-of-pool-riffle sub-reach exhibited patchy dechlorination that was attributed to sub-reach complexities including significant flow bypass of a low permeability, high organic matter, silty unit of high dechlorination potential. A process-based conceptual model of reach-scale dechlorination variability was developed. Key findings of practitioner relevance were: riverbed-hyporheic zone CHC dechlorination may provide only a partial, somewhat patchy barrier to CHC groundwater plume discharges to a surface water receptor; and, monitoring requirements to assess the variability in CHC attenuation within a reach are expected to be onerous. Further research on transient hyporheic zone dechlorination is recommended. PMID:25461025

  12. Structural Magnetic Resonance Imaging in an Adult Cohort Following Prenatal and Early Postnatal Exposure to Tetrachloroethylene (PCE)-contaminated Drinking Water

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    Janulewicz, Patricia A; Killiany, Ronald J; White, Roberta F; Martin, Brett M; Winter, Michael R; Weinberg, Janice M; Aschengrau, Ann

    2013-01-01

    This population-based retrospective cohort study examined Structural Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) of the brain in relation to prenatal and early postnatal exposure to tetrachloroethylene (PCE)-contaminated drinking water on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Subjects were identified through birth records from 1969 through 1983. Exposure was modeled using pipe network information from town water departments, a PCE leaching and transport algorithm, EPANet water flow modeling software, and Geographic Information System (GIS) methodology. Brain imaging was performed on 26 exposed and 16 unexposed subjects. Scans were acquired on a Philips 3T whole body scanner using the ADNI T1-weighted MP-RAGE scan. The scans were processed by FreeSurfer version 4.3.1 software to obtain measurements of specific brain regions. There were no statistically significant differences between exposed and unexposed subjects on measures of white matter hypointensities (β: 127.5 mm3, 95% CI: −259.1, 1514.0), white matter volumes (e.g. total cerebral white matter: β: 21230.0 mm3, 95% CI: −4512.6, 46971.7) or gray matter volumes (e.g. total cerebral gray matter: β: 11976.0 mm3, 95% CI: −13657.2, 37609.3). The results of this study suggest that exposure to PCE during gestation and early childhood, at the levels observed in this population, is not associated with alterations in the brain structures studied. PMID:23571160

  13. Structural Magnetic Resonance Imaging in an adult cohort following prenatal and early postnatal exposure to tetrachloroethylene (PCE)-contaminated drinking water.

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    Janulewicz, Patricia A; Killiany, Ronald J; White, Roberta F; Martin, Brett M; Winter, Michael R; Weinberg, Janice M; Aschengrau, Ann

    2013-01-01

    This population-based retrospective cohort study examined Structural Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) of the brain in relation to prenatal and early postnatal exposure to tetrachloroethylene (PCE)-contaminated drinking water on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Subjects were identified through birth records from 1969 through 1983. Exposure was modeled using pipe network information from town water departments, a PCE leaching and transport algorithm, EPANet water flow modeling software, and Geographic Information System (GIS) methodology. Brain imaging was performed on 26 exposed and 16 unexposed subjects. Scans were acquired on a Philips 3T whole body scanner using the ADNI T1-weighted MP-RAGE scan. The scans were processed by FreeSurfer version 4.3.1 software to obtain measurements of specific brain regions. There were no statistically significant differences between exposed and unexposed subjects on the measures of white matter hypointensities (?: 127.5mm(3), 95% CI: -259.1, 1514.0), white matter volumes (e.g. total cerebral white matter: ?: 21230.0mm(3), 95% CI: -4512.6, 46971.7) or gray matter volumes (e.g. total cerebral gray matter: ?: 11976.0mm(3), 95% CI: -13657.2, 37609.3). The results of this study suggest that exposure to PCE during gestation and early childhood, at the levels observed in this population, is not associated with alterations in the brain structures studied. PMID:23571160

  14. Biobased surfactant-like molecules from organic wastes: the effect of waste composition and composting process on surfactant properties and on the ability to solubilize Tetrachloroethene (PCE).

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    Quadri, Giorgia; Chen, Xiaosong; Jawitz, James W; Tambone, Fulvia; Genevini, Pierluigi; Faoro, Franco; Adani, Fabrizio

    2008-04-01

    In this work, four surfactant-like humic acids (HAs) obtained from garden lignocellulose wastes and kitchen food wastes mixed with garden-lignocellulose wastes, both before and after composting, were tested for surfactant properties and the ability to solubilize tetrachloroethene (PCE). The waste-derived HAs showed good surfactant properties, lowering the water surface tension from 74 mN m(-1) to 45.4 +/- 4.4 mN m(-1), with a critical micelle concentration (CMC) of 1.54 +/- 1.68 g L(-1), which is lower than many synthetic ionic surfactants. CMC was affected by both waste origin and composting processes. The addition of food waste and composting reduced CMC by adding alkyl-C (measured by CP MAS 13C NMR) and N- and S-HA contents (amide molecules), so that a multistep regression was found [CMC = 24.6 - 0.189 alkyl C - 2.64 (N + S); R2 = 0.77, P < 0.10, n = 6]. The four HAs solubilized PCE at the rate of 0.18-0.47 g PCE/g aqueous biosurfactant. These results were much higher than those reported in the literature for a commercial HA (0.026 g/g), but they were in line with those measured in this work for nonionic surfactants such as Tween-80 (0.69 g/g) and Triton X-100 (1.08 g/g). PMID:18505006

  15. Acute Exposure to Perchlorethylene alters Rat Visual Evoked Potentials in Relation to Brain Concentration

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    These experiments sought to establish a dose-effect relationship between the concentration of perchloroethylene (PCE) in brain tissue and concurrent changes in visual function. A physiologically-based pharmacokinetic (PBPK) model was implemented to predict concentrations of PCE ...

  16. A Dechlorinating Community Resulting From In Situ Biostimulation of a TCE-contaminated Deep Fracture Basalt Aquifer

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    T. Wood; D. E. Cummings

    2004-12-01

    Sodium lactate additions to a trichloroethene (TCE) residual source area in deep, fractured basalt at a U.S. Department of Energy site have resulted in the enrichment of the indigenous microbial community, the complete dechlorination of nearly all aqueous-phase TCE to ethene, and the continued depletion of the residual source since 1999. The bacterial and archaeal consortia in groundwater obtained from the residual source were assessed by using PCR-amplified 16S rRNA genes. A clone library of bacterial amplicons was predominated by those from members of the class Clostridia (57 of 93 clones), of which a phylotype most similar to that of the homoacetogen Acetobacterium sp. strain HAAP-1 was most abundant (32 of 93 clones). The remaining Bacteria consisted of phylotypes affiliated with Sphingobacteria, Bacteroides, Spirochaetes, Mollicutes, and Proteobacteria and candidate divisions OP11 and OP3. The two proteobacterial phylotypes were most similar to those of the known dechlorinators Trichlorobacter thiogenes and Sulfurospirillum multivorans. Although not represented by the bacterial clones generated with broad-specificity bacterial primers, a Dehalococcoides-like phylotype was identified with genus-specific primers. Only four distinct phylotypes were detected in the groundwater archaeal library, including predominantly a clone affiliated with the strictly acetoclastic methanogen Methanosaeta concilii (24 of 43 clones). A mixed culture that completely dechlorinates TCE to ethene was enriched from this groundwater, and both communities were characterized by terminal restriction fragment length polymorphism (T-RFLP). According to T-RFLP, the laboratory enrichment community was less diverse overall than the groundwater community, with 22 unique phylotypes as opposed to 43 and a higher percentage of Clostridia, including the Acetobacterium population. Bioreactor archaeal structure was very similar to that of the groundwater community, suggesting that methane is generated primarily via the acetoclastic pathway, using acetate generated by lactate fermentation and acetogenesis in both systems.

  17. Comparison Of A Laboratory Consortium That Dechlorinates TCE To Ethene To The Field Community From Which It Was Derived

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    T. Wood; K. S. Sorenson; D. E. Cummings

    2004-12-01

    Sodium lactate additions to a trichloroethene (TCE) residual source area in deep, fractured basalt at a U.S. Department of Energy site have resulted in the enrichment of the indigenous microbial community, the complete dechlorination of nearly all aqueous-phase TCE to ethene, and the continued depletion of the residual source since 1999. The bacterial and archaeal consortia in groundwater obtained from the residual source were assessed by using PCR-amplified 16S rRNA genes. A clone library of bacterial amplicons was predominated by those from members of the class Clostridia (57 of 93 clones), of which a phylotype most similar to that of the homoacetogen Acetobacterium sp. strain HAAP-1 was most abundant (32 of 93 clones). The remaining Bacteria consisted of phylotypes affiliated with Sphingobacteria, Bacteroides, Spirochaetes, Mollicutes, and Proteobacteria and candidate divisions OP11 and OP3. The two proteobacterial phylotypes were most similar to those of the known dechlorinators Trichlorobacter thiogenes and Sulfurospirillum multivorans. Although not represented by the bacterial clones generated with broad-specificity bacterial primers, a Dehalococcoides-like phylotype was identified with genus-specific primers. Only four distinct phylotypes were detected in the groundwater archaeal library, including predominantly a clone affiliated with the strictly acetoclastic methanogen Methanosaeta concilii (24 of 43 clones). A mixed culture that completely dechlorinates TCE to ethene was enriched from this groundwater, and both communities were characterized by terminal restriction fragment length polymorphism (T-RFLP). According to T-RFLP, the laboratory enrichment community was less diverse overall than the groundwater community, with 22 unique phylotypes as opposed to 43 and a higher percentage of Clostridia, including the Acetobacterium population. Bioreactor archaeal structure was very similar to that of the groundwater community, suggesting that methane is generated primarily via the acetoclastic pathway, using acetate generated by lactate fermentation and acetogenesis in both systems.

  18. Global gene expression of Dehalococcoides within a robust dynamic TCE-dechlorinating community under conditions of periodic substrate supply.

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    West, Kimberlee A; Lee, Patrick K H; Johnson, David R; Zinder, Stephen H; Alvarez-Cohen, Lisa

    2013-05-01

    A microarray targeting four sequenced strains in the Dehalococcoides (Dhc) genus was used to analyze gene expression in a robust long-term trichloroethene (TCE)-degrading microbial community (designated ANAS) during feeding cycles that involve conditions of periodic substrate supply. The Dhc transcriptome was examined at three time-points throughout a batch feeding cycle: T1 (27 h) when TCE, dichloroethene (DCE), and vinyl chloride (VC) were present; T2 (54 h) when only VC remained; and T3 (13 days) when Dhc had been starved of substrate for 9 days. Ninety percent of the Dhc open reading frames (ORFs) that were detected in the ANAS DNA were found to be expressed as RNA sometime during the time course, demonstrating extraordinary utilization of the streamlined genome. Ninety-seven percent of these transcripts were differentially expressed during the time course indicating efficiency of transcription through regulation in Dhc. Most Dhc genes were significantly down-regulated at T3 , responding to a lack of substrate as would be expected. The tceA and vcrA genes, which code for proteins with known chlorinated ethene reduction functions, were highly expressed at both T1 and T2 , whereas two other putative reductive dehalogenase genes (DET0173 and DET1545) were most highly expressed at T2 , likely in response to the presence of VC. Hydrogenases were most highly expressed at T1 , reflecting their important role in accumulating electrons used to initiate reductive dechlorination and other biosynthesis pathways. Cobalamin transport genes were preferentially expressed at T2 , reflecting an increase in corrinoid transport as chloroethenes were degraded and a decrease in activity of the transport system after dehalogenation was complete. This is the first application of a microarray targeting a known genus, including both core genomes and identified strain-specific genes, to improve our understanding of transcriptional dynamics within an undefined microbial community. PMID:23280440

  19. The impact of additives found in industrial formulations of TCE on the wettability of sandstone.

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    Harrold, Gavin; Lerner, David N; Leharne, Stephen A

    2005-11-01

    The wettability of aquifer rocks is a key physical parameter which exerts an important control on the transport, residual trapping, distribution and eventual fate of chlorinated hydrocarbon solvents (CHSs) released into the subsurface. Typically chlorinated solvents are assumed to be non-wetting in water saturated rocks and unconsolidated sediments. However industrially formulated solvent products are often combined with basic additives such as alkylamines to improve their performance; and the mineral surfaces of aquifer rocks and sediments usually possess a range of acid and hydrogen-bonding adsorption sites. The presence of these sites provides a mechanism whereby the basic additives in CHSs can be adsorbed at the solvent phase/solid phase interface. Given the amphiphilic molecular structure of these additives, this may result in changes in the wetting conditions of the solid phase. The aim of this study was therefore to test this conjecture for two classes of additives (alkylamines and quaternary ammonium salts) that are often encountered in industrial solvent formulations. Wettability assessments were made on sandstone cores by means of measurements of spontaneous and forced water drainage and spontaneous and forced water imbibition and through contact angle measurements on a smooth quartz surface. No solvent/additive combination produced solvent wetting conditions, though dodecylamine and octadecylamine significantly reduced the water wetting preference of sandstone which frequently resulted in neutral wetting conditions. The large volume of spontaneous water drainage observed in wettability experiments involving cetyltrimethylammonium bromide and octadecyltrimethylammonium bromide, suggested that the sandstone cores in these tests remained strongly water wetting. However equilibrium static contact angles of around 60 degrees were measured on quartz suggesting that the sandstone surfaces should be close to neutral wetting conditions. This paradox was finally resolved by noting that contact between the solvent mixture and water in the sandstone core resulted in a final solvent phase which had an extremely low interfacial tension. It is therefore suspected that the observed spontaneous drainage of solvent from the core was driven by gravitational and buoyancy forces rather than strong water wetting conditions. Finally it was noted that the mobilisation of iron oxide coatings from the sandstone surface had a considerable influence in reducing the interfacial tension and in the formation and stabilisation of TCE/water emulsions. PMID:16099534

  20. The impact of additives found in industrial formulations of TCE on the wettability of sandstone

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    Harrold, Gavin; Lerner, David N.; Leharne, Stephen A.

    2005-11-01

    The wettability of aquifer rocks is a key physical parameter which exerts an important control on the transport, residual trapping, distribution and eventual fate of chlorinated hydrocarbon solvents (CHSs) released into the subsurface. Typically chlorinated solvents are assumed to be non-wetting in water saturated rocks and unconsolidated sediments. However industrially formulated solvent products are often combined with basic additives such as alkylamines to improve their performance; and the mineral surfaces of aquifer rocks and sediments usually possess a range of acid and hydrogen-bonding adsorption sites. The presence of these sites provides a mechanism whereby the basic additives in CHSs can be adsorbed at the solvent phase/solid phase interface. Given the amphiphilic molecular structure of these additives, this may result in changes in the wetting conditions of the solid phase. The aim of this study was therefore to test this conjecture for two classes of additives (alkylamines and quaternary ammonium salts) that are often encountered in industrial solvent formulations. Wettability assessments were made on sandstone cores by means of measurements of spontaneous and forced water drainage and spontaneous and forced water imbibition and through contact angle measurements on a smooth quartz surface. No solvent/additive combination produced solvent wetting conditions, though dodecylamine and octadecylamine significantly reduced the water wetting preference of sandstone which frequently resulted in neutral wetting conditions. The large volume of spontaneous water drainage observed in wettability experiments involving cetyltrimethylammonium bromide and octadecyltrimethylammonium bromide, suggested that the sandstone cores in these tests remained strongly water wetting. However equilibrium static contact angles of around 60 were measured on quartz suggesting that the sandstone surfaces should be close to neutral wetting conditions. This paradox was finally resolved by noting that contact between the solvent mixture and water in the sandstone core resulted in a final solvent phase which had an extremely low interfacial tension. It is therefore suspected that the observed spontaneous drainage of solvent from the core was driven by gravitational and buoyancy forces rather than strong water wetting conditions. Finally it was noted that the mobilisation of iron oxide coatings from the sandstone surface had a considerable influence in reducing the interfacial tension and in the formation and stabilisation of TCE/water emulsions.

  1. Determination of rate constants and branching ratios for TCE degradation by zero-valent iron using a chain decay multispecies model.

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    Hwang, Hyoun-Tae; Jeen, Sung-Wook; Sudicky, Edward A; Illman, Walter A

    2015-01-01

    The applicability of a newly-developed chain-decay multispecies model (CMM) was validated by obtaining kinetic rate constants and branching ratios along the reaction pathways of trichloroethene (TCE) reduction by zero-valent iron (ZVI) from column experiments. Changes in rate constants and branching ratios for individual reactions for degradation products over time for two columns under different geochemical conditions were examined to provide ranges of those parameters expected over the long-term. As compared to the column receiving deionized water, the column receiving dissolved CaCO3 showed higher mean degradation rates for TCE and all of its degradation products. However, the column experienced faster reactivity loss toward TCE degradation due to precipitation of secondary carbonate minerals, as indicated by a higher value for the ratio of maximum to minimum TCE degradation rate observed over time. From the calculated branching ratios, it was found that TCE and cis-dichloroethene (cis-DCE) were dominantly dechlorinated to chloroacetylene and acetylene, respectively, through reductive elimination for both columns. The CMM model, validated by the column test data in this study, provides a convenient tool to determine simultaneously the critical design parameters for permeable reactive barriers and natural attenuation such as rate constants and branching ratios. PMID:25827100

  2. Effect of toluene concentration and hydrogen peroxide on Pseudomonas plecoglossicida cometabolizing mixture of cis-DCE and TCE in soil slurry.

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    Li, Junhui; Lu, Qihong; de Toledo, Renata Alves; Lu, Ying; Shim, Hojae

    2015-12-01

    An indigenous Pseudomonas sp., isolated from the regional contaminated soil and identified as P. plecoglossicida, was evaluated for its aerobic cometabolic removal of cis-1,2-dichloroethylene (cis-DCE) and trichloroethylene (TCE) using toluene as growth substrate in a laboratory-scale soil slurry. The aerobic simultaneous bioremoval of the cis-DCE/TCE/toluene mixture was studied under different conditions. Results showed that an increase in toluene concentration level from 300 to 900 mg/kg prolonged the lag phase for the bacterial growth, while the bioremoval extent for cis-DCE, TCE, and toluene declined as the initial toluene concentration increased. In addition, the cometabolic bioremoval of cis-DCE and TCE was inhibited by the presence of hydrogen peroxide as the additional oxygen source, while the bioremoval of toluene (900 mg/kg) was enhanced after 9 days of incubation. The subsequent addition of toluene did not improve the cometabolic bioremoval of cis-DCE and TCE. The obtained results would help to enhance the applicability of bioremediation technology to the mixed waste contaminated sites. PMID:25963576

  3. Determination of rate constants and branching ratios for TCE degradation by zero-valent iron using a chain decay multispecies model

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Hwang, Hyoun-Tae; Jeen, Sung-Wook; Sudicky, Edward A.; Illman, Walter A.

    2015-06-01

    The applicability of a newly-developed chain-decay multispecies model (CMM) was validated by obtaining kinetic rate constants and branching ratios along the reaction pathways of trichloroethene (TCE) reduction by zero-valent iron (ZVI) from column experiments. Changes in rate constants and branching ratios for individual reactions for degradation products over time for two columns under different geochemical conditions were examined to provide ranges of those parameters expected over the long-term. As compared to the column receiving deionized water, the column receiving dissolved CaCO3 showed higher mean degradation rates for TCE and all of its degradation products. However, the column experienced faster reactivity loss toward TCE degradation due to precipitation of secondary carbonate minerals, as indicated by a higher value for the ratio of maximum to minimum TCE degradation rate observed over time. From the calculated branching ratios, it was found that TCE and cis-dichloroethene (cis-DCE) were dominantly dechlorinated to chloroacetylene and acetylene, respectively, through reductive elimination for both columns. The CMM model, validated by the column test data in this study, provides a convenient tool to determine simultaneously the critical design parameters for permeable reactive barriers and natural attenuation such as rate constants and branching ratios.

  4. Superfund Record of Decision (EPA Region 5): Charlevoix Site, Michigan (second remedial action), September 1985. Final report

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    Not Available

    1985-09-30

    The City of Charlevoix is located on the shores of Lake Michigan in Charlevoix County. The City's single municipal well supplies potable water to a year-round population of 3500 which increases to approximately 5,000 during the summer tourist season. In September 1981, while conducting tests for trihalogenated methane compounds, the Michigan Department of Public Health (MDPH) detected trichloroethylene (TCE) ranging in concentrations from 13 to 30 ppb in the Charlevoix water supply. Data from the monitoring program showed gradually rising levels of TCE and perchloroethylene (PCE) in the raw water. In June 1984, a Record of Decision was signed which approved an initial remedial measure (IRM) for an alternative water supply to replace the contaminated municipal well. The selected IRM consisted of a Lake Michigan water intake structure and a water filtration/flocculation treatment plant. The selected remedial action involves discharging the TCE and PCE plumes, under natural flow conditions, to Lake Michigan. The aquifer would be useable after 50 years. During that 50-year purging period, institutional restrictions on the installation of private wells in the contaminated aquifer will be enforced by local health officials. In addition, long-term monitoring of the plumes will continue. The estimated annual OandM costs for monitoring are $17,000.

  5. Electron beam treatment of chloroethylenes/air mixture in a flow reactor

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    Won, Yang-Soo; Han, Do-Hung; Stuchinskaya, Tatiana; Park, Wan-Sik; Lee, Hong-Seung

    2002-02-01

    Decomposition of chloroethylenes under electron beam irradiation in a flow reactor has been studied with different reaction environments, various initial concentrations and in the presence and absence of vaporized water. Three chlorinated ethylenesdichloroethylene (DCE), trichloroethylene (TCE), perchloroethylene (PCE)were used as model chlorocarbons. The degree of decomposition was 48% for DCE, 98% for TCE and 90% for PCE in air reaction environment at an initial concentration of 2000 ppm and a dose of 18-20 kGy irradiation. In the presence of water vapor (5600 ppm) decomposition of TCE was about 10% higher than in dry air. The main products were found to be CO, CO 2, HCl, dichloroacetic acid (DCAA), dichloroacetyl chloride (DCAC) and dichloroethyl ester acetic acid (DEAA). DCAA, DCAC and DEAA were identified as chloro-oxygenated hydrocarbons, which could be decomposed with CO and CO 2 production. Concentration profiles show that intermediate products and yields of CO and CO 2 decrease with decreasing number of chlorine substitutions in the initial hydrocarbons.

  6. Public health assessment for Sturgis Municipal Wells, Sturgis, St. Joseph County, Michigan, Region 5. CERCLIS No. MID980703011. Final report

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    1993-11-01

    The Sturgis Municipal Wells site was listed on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) National Priorities List (NPL) in September 1984. In 1982, two of the four wells supplying the City of Sturgis municipal water system were found to be contaminated with trichloroethylene (TCE). Traces of TCE were also found in food products prepared in a plant whose wells were contaminated. Tetrachloroethylene (also called perchloroethylene or PCE) also was found in the original contaminated municipal wells. The contamination in the groundwater has been linked to two source areas: the site of a former woodworking and furniture manufacturing facility and a manufacturer of automotive electrical equipment. TCE, PCE, and other volatile organic compounds have been found in groundwater from monitoring wells within the city, and in soil and soil gas from the source areas. The site currently poses an indeterminate public health hazard. Although there are no indications that exposure to contaminants is occurring at levels of health concern, there is no information available on air concentrations either in the open or in basements.

  7. Using trees to remediate groundwaters contaminated with chlorinated hydrocarbons. 1997 annual progress report

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    Gordon, M.P.; Newman, L.A.; Strand, S.E.

    1997-01-01

    'Metabolism of Chlorinated Hydrocarbons Laboratory and field tests with poplar in tissue culture, bioreactors, and field sites have shown that, unlike bacteria, these plants are able to carry out complete degradation of fully chlorinated alkanes and alkenes to carbon dioxide and chloride. Carbon dioxide was produced as a product of the degradation of trichloroethylene (TCE), carbon tetrachloride (CT), and perchloroethylene (PCE) when axenic tissue cultures of poplar cells were exposed to radiolabelled compounds. The apparent degradation of PCE and CT, fully chlorinated hydrocarbons, in these aerobic plants is remarkable when contrasted to the lack of comparable aerobic degradation by bacteria. Oxidized metabolites, such as trichloroethanol, and di- and trichloroacetic acid, were detected in cell cultures exposed to TCE, suggesting the involvement of cytochrome P450s or other monooxygenase activities. Mass balance experiments with small poplar plants in laboratory reactors showed that significant TCE and CT was volatilized from the leaves, while a similar fraction of radiolabeled carbon from these chlorinated solvents was retained in the plant tissue.'

  8. In situ redox manipulation of subsurface sediments from Fort Lewis, Washington: Iron reduction and TCE dechlorination mechanisms

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    JE Szecsody; JS Fruchter; DS Sklarew; JC Evans

    2000-03-21

    Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) conducted a bench-scale study to determine how effective chemically treated Ft. Lewis sediments can degrade trichloroethylene (TCE). The objectives of this experimental study were to quantify: (1) sediment reduction and oxidation reactions, (2) TCE degradation reactions, and (3) other significant geochemical changes that occurred. Sediment reduction and oxidation were investigated to determine the mass of reducible iron in the Ft. Lewis sediments and the rate of this reduction and subsequent oxidation at different temperatures. The temperature dependence was needed to be able to predict field-scale reduction in the relatively cold ({approximately}11 C) Ft. Lewis aquifer. Results of these experiments were used in conjunction with other geochemical and hydraulic characterization to design the field-scale injection experiment and predict barrier longevity. For example, the sediment reduction rate controls the amount of time required for the dithionite solution to fully react with sediments. Sediment oxidation experiments were additionally conducted to determine the oxidation rate and provide a separate measure of the mass of reduced iron. Laboratory experiments that were used to meet these objectives included: (1) sediment reduction in batch (static) systems, (2) sediment reduction in 1-D columns, and (3) sediment oxidation in 1-D columns. Multiple reaction modeling was conducted to quantify the reactant masses and reaction rates.

  9. Modelling of geochemical and isotopic changes in a column experiment for degradation of TCE by zero-valent iron

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    Prommer, Henning; Aziz, Lidia H.; Bolao, Nerea; Taubald, Heinrich; Schth, Christoph

    2008-04-01

    Zero-valent iron (ZVI) permeable-reactive barriers have become an increasingly used remediation option for the in situ removal of various organic and inorganic chemicals from contaminated groundwater. In the present study a process-based numerical model for the transport and reactions of chlorinated hydrocarbon in the presence of ZVI has been developed and applied to analyse a comprehensive data set from laboratory-scale flow-through experiments. The model formulation includes a reaction network for the individual sequential and/or parallel transformation of chlorinated hydrocarbons by ZVI, for the resulting geochemical changes such as mineral precipitation, and for the carbon isotope fractionation that occurs during each of the transformation reactions of the organic compounds. The isotopic fractionation was modelled by formulating separate reaction networks for lighter ( 12C) and heavier ( 13C) isotopes. The simulation of a column experiment involving the parallel degradation of TCE by hydrogenolysis and ?-elimination can conclusively reproduce the observed concentration profiles of all collected organic and inorganic data as well as the observed carbon isotope ratios of TCE and its daughter products.

  10. The application of a rate expression for the reductive dehalogenation of TCE-contaminated groundwater to the design and performance of a funnel-and-gate system

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    Holser, R.A.; McCutcheon, S.C.; Wolfe, N.L.

    1995-12-31

    Laboratory and pilot-scale experiments were performed to obtain data for the conversion of trichlorethene (TCE) in the presence of granular iron and iron/pyrite mixtures. A continuous flow system was used to treat artificial and natural groundwater over a range of flow rates. Axial concentration on profiles were determined for influent concentrations of up to 500 ppm TCE, An overall rate expression was developed from these results and the operating conditions associated with mass transfer control of the reaction identified. This rate expression was used to predict the performance of a prototype funnel and gate system. The influences of flow rate, residence time, and TCE concentration on the design of a funnel and gate system were considered in separate computer simulations.

  11. Heterogeneous carbonaceous matter in sedimentary rock lithocomponents causes significant trichloroethylene (TCE) sorption in a low organic carbon content aquifer/aquitard system.

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    Choung, Sungwook; Zimmerman, Lisa R; Allen-King, Richelle M; Ligouis, Bertrand; Feenstra, Stanley

    2014-10-15

    This study evaluated the effects of heterogeneous thermally altered carbonaceous matter (CM) on trichloroethylene (TCE) sorption for a low fraction organic carbon content (foc) alluvial sedimentary aquifer and aquitard system (foc=0.046-0.105%). The equilibrium TCE sorption isotherms were highly nonlinear with Freundlich exponents of 0.46-0.58. Kerogen+black carbon was the dominant CM fraction extracted from the sediments and accounted for >60% and 99% of the total in the sands and silt, respectively. Organic petrological examination determined that the kerogen included abundant amorphous organic matter (bituminite), likely of marine origin. The dark calcareous siltstone exhibited the greatest TCE sorption among aquifer lithocomponents and accounted for most sorption in the aquifer. The results suggest that the source of the thermally altered CM, which causes nonlinear sorption, was derived from parent Paleozoic marine carbonate rocks that outcrop throughout much of New York State. A synthetic aquifer-aquitard unit system (10% aquitard) was used to illustrate the effect of the observed nonlinear sorption on mass storage potential at equilibrium. The calculation showed that >80% of TCE mass contained in the aquifer was sorbed on the aquifer sediment at aqueous concentration <1000 μgL(-1). These results show that sorption is likely a significant contributor to the persistence of a TCE groundwater plume in the aquifer studied. It is implied that sorption may similarly contribute to TCE persistence in other glacial alluvial aquifers with similar geologic characteristics, i.e., comprised of sedimentary rock lithocomponents that contain thermally altered CM. PMID:25168960

  12. Superfund Record of Decision (EPA Region 7): Des Moines TCE Site, Operable Unit 3, Des Moines, IA. (Second remedial action), September 1992. Final report

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    Not Available

    1992-09-18

    The Des Moines TCE site is located southwest of downtown Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa. Land use in the area is predominantly industrial and commercial, and part of the site lies within the floodplain of the Raccoon River. Water from the Des Moines Water Works north infiltration gallery was found to be contaminated with trichloroethylene (TCE), dichloroethylene (DCE), and vinyl chloride at levels above accepted drinking water standards. The ROD addresses OU3, which encompasses potential sources of ground water contamination in an area north of the Raccoon River. The selected remedial action for OU3 includes no action with periodic groundwater monitoring.

  13. Time series geophysical monitoring of permanganate injections and in situ chemical oxidation of PCE, OU1 area, Savage Superfund Site, Milford, NH, USA.

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    Harte, Philip T; Smith, Thor E; Williams, John H; Degnan, James R

    2012-05-01

    In situ chemical oxidation (ISCO) treatment with sodium permanganate, an electrically conductive oxidant, provides a strong electrical signal for tracking of injectate transport using time series geophysical surveys including direct current (DC) resistivity and electromagnetic (EM) methods. Effective remediation is dependent upon placing the oxidant in close contact with the contaminated aquifer. Therefore, monitoring tools that provide enhanced tracking capability of the injectate offer considerable benefit to guide subsequent ISCO injections. Time-series geophysical surveys were performed at a superfund site in New Hampshire, USA over a one-year period to identify temporal changes in the bulk electrical conductivity of a tetrachloroethylene (PCE; also called tetrachloroethene) contaminated, glacially deposited aquifer due to the injection of sodium permanganate. The ISCO treatment involved a series of pulse injections of sodium permanganate from multiple injection wells within a contained area of the aquifer. After the initial injection, the permanganate was allowed to disperse under ambient groundwater velocities. Time series geophysical surveys identified the downward sinking and pooling of the sodium permanganate atop of the underlying till or bedrock surface caused by density-driven flow, and the limited horizontal spread of the sodium permanganate in the shallow parts of the aquifer during this injection period. When coupled with conventional monitoring, the surveys allowed for an assessment of ISCO treatment effectiveness in targeting the PCE plume and helped target areas for subsequent treatment. PMID:22459605

  14. Investigation of mechanisms contributing to slow desorption of hydrophobic organic compounds from mineral solids

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    Farrell, J.; Grassian, D.; Jones, M.

    1999-04-15

    Predicting the transport and fate of hydrophobic organic contaminants in underground aquifers requires a mechanistic understanding of sediment-contaminant interactions. This research investigates the mechanisms contributing to the slow desorption of hydrophobic organic compounds from water-saturated mineral solids. The mechanisms investigated were adsorption-retarded aqueous diffusion, micropore diffusion, high-energy micropore adsorption, and micropore blockage by precipitated minerals. To reduce the potential confounding effects of adsorbent heterogeneity, a set of homogeneous silica gel and glass bead adsorbents were used in the investigation. Desorption rates for the slow-desorbing fractions of chloroform (CF), trichloroethylene (TCE), and perchloroethylene (PCE) from silica gel did not conform to the pore-diffusion model for adsorption-retarded aqueous diffusion. This indicated that diffusion through adsorbent mesopores was not responsible for slow desorption from silica gel. Micropore-diffusion modeling of TCE desorption from three silica gels and microporous glass beads indicated that pores less than 2 nm in diameter were responsible for slow desorption. Desorption rates of CF, TCE, and PCE from silica gel were also measured in methanol solutions. Under methanol extraction conditions, desorption rates for all three compounds were 1--2 orders of magnitude less than under water-saturated conditions. The activation energy for TCE desorption from water-saturated silica gel was measured using temperature-programmed desorption. The TCE desorption activation energy of 15 kJ/mol was close to the dissolution enthalpy for silica gel of 13 kJ/mol. This supported the hypothesis that micropore blockage by precipitated minerals may be limiting contaminant desorption rates under water-saturated conditions.

  15. Assessing in situ mineralization of recalcitrant organic compounds in vadose zone sediments using ?13C and 14C measurements

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Kirtland, Brian C.; Aelion, C. Marjorie; Stone, Peter A.

    2005-01-01

    Few techniques exist to measure the biodegradation of recalcitrant organic compounds such as chlorinated hydrocarbons (CHC) in situ, yet predictions of biodegradation rates are needed for assessing monitored natural attenuation. Traditional techniques measuring O 2, CO 2, or chemical concentrations (in situ respiration, metabolite and soil air monitoring) may not be sufficiently sensitive to estimate biodegradation rates for these compounds. This study combined isotopic measurements ( 14C and ?13C of CO 2 and ?13C of CHCs) in conjunction with traditional methods to assess in situ biodegradation of perchloroethylene (PCE) and its metabolites in PCE-contaminated vadose zone sediments. CHC, ethene, ethane, methane, O 2, and CO 2 concentrations were measured over 56 days using gas chromatography (GC). ?13C of PCE, trichloroethylene (TCE) and cis-1,2-dichloroethylene (DCE), ?13C and 14C of vadose zone CO 2 and sediment organic matter, and ?13C, 14C, and ?D of methane were measured using a GC-isotope ratio mass spectrometer or accelerator mass spectrometer. PCE metabolites accounted for 0.2% to 18% of CHC concentration suggesting limited reductive dechlorination. Metabolites TCE and DCE were significantly enriched in 13C with respect to PCE indicating metabolite biodegradation. Average ?13C-CO 2 in source area wells (-23.5) was significantly lower compared to background wells (-18.4) indicating CHC mineralization. Calculated CHC mineralization rates were 0.003 to 0.01 mg DCE/kg soil/day based on lower 14C values of CO 2 in the contaminated wells (63% to 107% modern carbon (pMC)) relative to the control well (117 pMC). Approximately 74% of the methane was calculated to be derived from in situ CHC biodegradation based on the 14C measurement of methane (29 pMC). 14C-CO 2 analyses was a sensitive measurement for quantifying in situ recalcitrant organic compound mineralization in vadose zone sediments for which limited methodological tools exist.

  16. Improved Dechlorinating Performance of Upflow Anaerobic Sludge Blanket Reactors by Incorporation of Dehalospirillum multivorans into Granular Sludge

    PubMed Central

    Hrber, Christine; Christiansen, Nina; Arvin, Erik; Ahring, Birgitte K.

    1998-01-01

    Dechlorination of tetrachloroethene, also known as perchloroethylene (PCE), was investigated in an upflow anaerobic sludge blanket (UASB) reactor after incorporation of the strictly anaerobic, reductively dechlorinating bacterium Dehalospirillum multivorans into granular sludge. This reactor was compared to the reference 1 (R1) reactor, where the granules were autoclaved to remove all dechlorinating abilities before inoculation, and to the reference 2 (R2) reactor, containing only living granular sludge. All three reactors were fed mineral medium containing 3 to 57 ?M PCE, 2 mM formate, and 0.5 mM acetate and were operated under sterile conditions. In the test reactor, an average of 93% (mole/mole) of the effluent chloroethenes was dichloroethene (DCE), compared to 99% (mole/mole) in the R1 reactor. The R2 reactor, with no inoculation, produced only trichloroethene (TCE), averaging 43% (mole/mole) of the effluent chloroethenes. No dechlorination of PCE was observed in an abiotic control consisting of sterile granules without inoculum. During continuous operation with stepwise-reduced hydraulic retention times (HRTs), both the test reactor and the R1 reactor showed conversion of PCE to DCE, even at HRTs much lower than the reciprocal maximum specific growth rate of D. multivorans, indicating that this bacterium was immobilized in the living and autoclaved granular sludge. In contrast, the R2 reactor, with no inoculation of D. multivorans, only converted PCE to TCE under the same conditions. Immobilization could be confirmed by using fluorescein-labeled antibody probes raised against D. multivorans. In granules obtained from the R1 reactor, D. multivorans grew mainly in microcolonies located in the centers of the granules, while in the test reactor, the bacterium mainly covered the surfaces of granules. PMID:9572963

  17. Application of a long-lasting colloidal substrate with pH and hydrogen sulfide control capabilities to remediate TCE-contaminated groundwater.

    PubMed

    Sheu, Y T; Chen, S C; Chien, C C; Chen, C C; Kao, C M

    2015-03-01

    A long-lasting emulsified colloidal substrate (LECS) was developed for continuous carbon and nanoscale zero-valent iron (nZVI) release to remediate trichloroethylene (TCE)-contaminated groundwater under reductive dechlorinating conditions. The developed LECS contained nZVI, vegetable oil, surfactants (Simple Green and lecithin), molasses, lactate, and minerals. An emulsification study was performed to evaluate the globule droplet size and stability of LECS. The results show that a stable oil-in-water emulsion with uniformly small droplets (0.7 ?m) was produced, which could continuously release the primary substrates. The emulsified solution could serve as the dispensing agent, and nZVI particles (with diameter 100-200 nm) were distributed in the emulsion evenly without aggregation. Microcosm results showed that the LECS caused a rapid increase in the total organic carbon concentration (up to 488 mg/L), and reductive dechlorination of TCE was significantly enhanced. Up to 99% of TCE (with initial concentration of 7.4 mg/L) was removed after 130 days of operation. Acidification was prevented by the production of hydroxide ion by the oxidation of nZVI. The formation of iron sulfide reduced the odor from produced hydrogen sulfide. Microbial analyses reveal that dechlorinating bacteria existed in soils, which might contribute to TCE dechlorination. PMID:25463237

  18. A Three-electrode Column for Pd-Catalytic Oxidation of TCE in Groundwater with Automatic pH-regulation and Resistance to Reduced Sulfur Compound Foiling

    PubMed Central

    Yuan, Songhu; Chen, Mingjie; Mao, Xuhui; Alshawabkeh, Akram N.

    2013-01-01

    A hybrid electrolysis and Pd-catalytic oxidation process is evaluated for degradation of trichloroethylene (TCE) in groundwater. A three-electrode, one anode and two cathodes, column is employed to automatically develop a low pH condition in the Pd vicinity and a neutral effluent. Simulated groundwater containing up to 5 mM bicarbonate can be acidified to below pH 4 in the Pd vicinity using a total of 60 mA with 20 mA passing through the third electrode. By packing 2 g of Pd/Al2O3 pellets in the developed acidic region, the column efficiency for TCE oxidation in simulated groundwater (5.3 mg/L TCE) increases from 44 to 59 and 68% with increasing Fe(II) concentration from 0 to 5 and 10 mg/L, respectively. Different from Pd-catalytic hydrodechlorination under reducing conditions, this hybrid electrolysis and Pd-catalytic oxidation process is advantageous in controlling the fouling caused by reduced sulfur compounds (RSCs) because the in situ generated reactive oxidizing species, i.e., O2, H2O2 and OH, can oxidize RSCs to some extent. In particular, sulfite at concentrations less than 1 mM even greatly increases TCE oxidation by the production of SO4?, a strong oxidizing radical, and more OH. PMID:23121896

  19. A controlled field experiment on groundwater contamination by a multicomponent DNAPL: dissolved-plume retardation

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    Rivett, Michael O.; Allen-King, Richelle M.

    2003-10-01

    A natural gradient emplaced-source (ES) controlled field experiment was conducted at the Borden aquifer research site, Ontario, to study the transport of dissolved plumes emanating from residual dense nonaqueous-phase liquid (DNAPL) source zones. The specific objective of the work presented here is to determine the effects of solute and co-solute concentrations on sorption and retardation of dissolved chlorinated solvent-contaminant plumes. The ES field experiment comprised a controlled emplacement of a residual multicomponent DNAPL below the groundwater table and intensive monitoring of dissolved-phase plumes of trichloromethane (TCM), trichloroethylene (TCE), and perchloroethylene (PCE) plumes continuously generated in the aquifer down gradient from gradual source dissolution. Estimates of plume retardation (and dispersion) were obtained from 3-D numerical simulations that incorporated transient source input and flow regimes monitored during the test. PCE, the most retarded solute, surprisingly exhibited a retardation factor 3 times lower than observed in a previous Borden tracer test by Mackay et al. [Water Resour. Res. 22 (1986) 2017] conducted 150 m away. Also, an absence of temporal trend in PCE retardation contrasted with the previous Borden test. Supporting laboratory studies on ES site core indicated that sorption was nonlinear and competitive, i.e. reduced sorption of PCE was observed in the presence of TCE. Consideration of the effects of relatively high co-solute (TCE) concentration (competitive sorption) in addition to PCE concentration effects (nonlinear sorption) was necessary to yield laboratory-based PCE retardation estimates consistent with the field plume values. Concentration- and co-solute-based sorption and retardation analysis was also applied to the previous low-concentration pulse injection test of Mackay et al. [Water Resour. Res. 22 (1986) 2017] and was able to successfully predict the temporal field retardation trends observed in that test. While it is acknowledged that other "nonideal transport" effects may contribute, our analysis predicts differences in the PCE retardation magnitude and trend between the two experiments that are consistent with field observations based on the marked solute concentration differences that resulted from contrasting source conditions. Solute and co-solute concentration effects have heretofore received little attention, but may have wide significance in aquifers contaminated by point-source pollutants because many plumes contain mixed solutes over wide concentration ranges in strata that are likely subject to nonlinear sorption.

  20. Perchloroethylene dry cleaning facilities. General recommended operating and maintenance practices for dry cleaning equipment. (Only for use when manufacturers' information is unavailable). Final report

    SciTech Connect

    Not Available

    1994-10-01

    The purpose of the manual is to outline general recommended operating and maintenance practices for owners or operators of dry cleaning machines and emission control devices, only where efforts to obtain manufacturers' manuals are unsuccessful. Section 2.0 of this manual presents general recommended operation and maintenance practices for dry cleaning machines and auxiliary equipment. This section includes a brief description of the basic components in dry-to-dry and transfer machine systems, along with recommended operation and maintenance practices derived from sources with expert knowledge of the dry cleaning industry. Section 3.0 provides similar information for control devices. Section 4.0 presents a brief discussion of some of the most common causes of PCE vapor loss from dry cleaners.

  1. Relative importance of gas-phase diffusive and advective tichloroethene (TCE) fluxes in the unsaturated zone under natural conditions.

    PubMed

    Choi, Jee-Won; Tillman, Fred D; Smith, James A

    2002-07-15

    It was hypothesized that atmospheric pressure changes can induce gas flow in the unsaturated zone to such an extent that the advective flux of organic vapors in unsaturated-zone soil gas can be significant relative to the gas-phase diffusion flux of these organic vapors. To test this hypothesis, a series of field measurements and computer simulations were conducted to simulate and compare diffusion and advection fluxes at a trichloroethene-contaminated field site at Picatinny Arsenal in north-central New Jersey. Moisture content temperature, and soil-gas pressure were measured at multiple depths (including at land surface) and times for three distinct sampling events in August 1996, October 1996, and August 1998. Gas pressures in the unsaturated zone changed significantly over time and followed changes measured in the atmosphere. Gas permeability of the unsaturated zone was estimated using data from a variety of sources, including laboratory gas permeability measurements made on intact soil cores from the site, a field air pump test, and calibration of a gas-flow model to the transient, one-dimensional gas pressure data. The final gas-flow model reproduced small pressure gradients as observed in the field during the three distinct sampling events. The velocities calculated from the gas-flow model were used in transient, one-dimensional transport simulations to quantify advective and diffusive fluxes of TCE vapor from the subsurface to the atmosphere as a function of time for each sampling event. Effective diffusion coefficients used for these simulations were determined from independent laboratory measurements made on intact soil cores collected from the field site. For two of the three sampling events (August 1996 and August 1998), the TCE gas-phase diffusion flux at land surface was significantly greater than the advection flux over the entire sampling period. For the second sampling event (October 1996), the advection flux was frequently larger than the diffusion flux. When averaged over the second sampling event, the advection and diffusion fluxes were comparable in magnitude. Sensitivity analyses indicate that diffusion fluxes increase significantly with increases in air-filled porosity near land surface, whereas advection fluxes do not. For October 1996, the comparable advection and diffusion fluxes were caused by high moisture content near land surface and a subsequent reduction in the diffusion flux relative to the advection flux. These results indicate that under certain environmental conditions, the organic vapor advection flux from the unsaturated zone to the atmosphere may be equal to or greater than the diffusion flux. PMID:12141498

  2. Degradation of multi-DNAPLs by a UV/persulphate/ethanol system with the additional injection of a base solution.

    PubMed

    Jung, Jae-Gu; Do, Si-Hyun; Kwon, Yong-Jae; Kong, Sung-Ho

    2015-01-01

    This study was conducted to investigate the inhibited influences on and solution to the degradation of four types of dense non-aqueous phase liquids (DNAPLs) (i.e. perchloroethylene [PCE], trichloroethylene [TCE], chloroform [CF], and carbon tetrachloride [CT]) all at the same instance in groundwater (GW). Degradations of DNAPLs in de-ionized water (DW) and GW were carried out by applying an ultraviolet radiation-activated persulphate (UV/PS) system. PCE and TCE were degraded by over 90% and CT was only degraded by 25% in both DW and GW. However, CF was degraded by over 90% in DW, while it was only degraded by 50% in GW. First of all, degradations with an inorganic anion (either Cl- or HCO3-) indicated that the lower degradation of CF in GW was caused by the existence of the chloride ion. Moreover, the low CF degradation in GW was overcome by the additional injection of a base solution (sodium hydroxide [NaOH]) into the UV/PS system. The results showed that PCE, TCE, and CF were degraded by over 90%, respectively, when a molar ratio of [base]0:[PS]0 was larger than 0.5:1, but CT was still not effectively degraded in the UV/PS system. To achieve effective CT degradation, UV/PS with the ethanol (EtOH) system was evaluated and it was found that it degraded CT over 90%. However, at this time, CF was not effectively degraded in the UV/PS/EtOH system. Finally, degradations of DNAPLs in the UV/PS/EtOH system with the additional injection of a base solution were conducted and it showed that multi-DNAPLs were degraded by over 90%, respectively, when the molar ratio of [PS]0:[EtOH]0:[base]0 was 1:1:3. PMID:25342163

  3. Use of poly-beta-hydroxy-butyrate as a slow-release electron donor for the microbial reductive dechlorination of TCE.

    PubMed

    Aulenta, F; Fuoco, M; Canosa, A; Petrangeli Papini, M; Majone, M

    2008-01-01

    In situ anaerobic reductive dechlorination, using slow-release electron donors, is emerging as an effective and sustainable (low-cost and low-maintenance) technology to remediate aquifers contaminated by chloroethenes. In the present study, we investigated the use of poly-beta-hydroxy-butyrate (PHB), a fully biodegradable polymer, as a slow-release source of hydrogen and acetate for the reductive dechlorination of trichloroethene (TCE). Results of this study indicated that TCE dechlorination in PHB-amended microcosms was 2.3-times higher than in non-amended controls. This higher activity was explained by a higher H(2) level in PHB-amended microcosms. As usual, acetate was the major sink (approximately 90%) of reducing equivalents available from PHB degradation, whereas no acetotrophic dechlorination was observed. PMID:18413954

  4. Fermi Surface of the Dual-Layered Organic Superconductor ??\\prime2-(BEDT-TTF)2Ag(CF3)4(TCE) with Acentric Charge-Ordered Layers

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    Kawamoto, Tadashi; Mori, Takehiko; Terashima, Taichi; Uji, Shinya; Schlueter, John A.

    2013-02-01

    The band filling and Fermi surface in the dual-layered organic superconductor ??\\prime2-(BEDT-TTF)2Ag(CF3)4(TCE) with a charge-ordered ?\\prime-layer have been investigated, where BEDT-TTF stands for bis(ethylenedithio)tetrathiafulvalene and TCE stands for 1,1,2-trichloroethane. The de Haas--van Alphen (dHvA) oscillation indicates that the conducting layer is the ?-layer with a half-filled band; this is in agreement with the charge-ordered ?\\prime-layer due to the quarter-filled band. The effective cyclotron mass observed in the dHvA oscillation is larger than the calculated bare cyclotron mass. The BEDT-TTF superconductors including a ?-layer show the following trend: the higher the superconducting transition temperature of the material, the larger the mass enhancement.

  5. Concentration of 1,4-Dioxane in Wells Sampled During 2002-2009 in the Vicinity of the Tucson International Airport Area Superfund Site, Arizona

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    Tillman, Fred D

    2010-01-01

    Extensive groundwater contamination resulting from industrial activities led to the listing of the Tucson International Airport Area as a Superfund Site in 1983. Early investigations revealed elevated levels of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) including the chlorinated solvents trichloroethylene (TCE) and perchloroethylene (PCE) in wells in the area. Several responsible parties were identified and cleanup activities were begun in the late 1980s using technology designed for removal of VOCs. In 2002, the compound 1,4-dioxane was discovered in wells in the Tucson Airport Remediation Project (TARP) area. Since then, 1,4-dioxane has been detected throughout the TARP area, in some cases exceeding the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) drinking water advisory level of 3 ?g/L.

  6. Ozone-electron beam treatment for groundwater remediation

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    Gehringer, P.; Eschweiler, H.; Fiedler, H.

    1995-09-01

    Dose rate effect and low penetration are major disadvantages of electron beam irradiation. Addition of ozone before or during irradiation may eliminate the dose rate effect as shown for the remediation of a groundwater contaminated with trace amounts of chlorinated solvents such as trichloroethylene (TCE) and perchloroethylene (PCE). Beside the elimination of the dose rate effect the necessary radiation dose for pollutant decomposition is considerably lowered by the presence of ozone during irradiation. As a consequence the economy of the combined ozone/irradiation process becomes better than that of irradiation alone. Irradiation of turbulent water flows enables clean-up of water layers thicker than the maximum penetration of the electrons used. This effect is improved by the presence of ozone during irradiation, too.

  7. Scaling of silent electrical discharge reactors for hazardous organics destruction

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    Coogan, J.J.; Rosocha, L.A.; Brower, M.J.; Kang, M.; Schmidt, C.A.

    1993-07-01

    Silent electrical discharges are used to produce highly reactive free radicals that destroy hazardous compounds entrained in gaseous effluents at ambient gas temperatures and pressures. We have carried out destruction experiments at Los Alamos on a range of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), including trichloroethylene (TCE), carbon tetrachloride, perchloroethylene (PCE), and chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs). We have measured a ``nine-factor``, the amount of energy required to reduce the VOC concentration by a factor of ten. For practical reactor power densities, the ``nine-factor`` can be used to predict the destruction an removal efficiency (DRE) in terms of gas flow rate and the number of reactor modules. This report proposes a modular, stackable architecture for scaling up the reactor throughput.

  8. Investigation of the potential source area, contamination pathway, and probable release history of chlorinated-solvent-contaminated groundwater at the Capital City Plume Site, Montgomery, Alabama, 2008-2010

    USGS Publications Warehouse

    Landmeyer, James E.; Miller, Scott; Campbell, Bruce G.; Vroblesky, Don A.; Gill, Amy C.; Clark, Athena P.

    2011-01-01

    Detection of the organic solvent perchloroethylene (PCE) in a shallow public-supply well in 1991 and exposure of workers in 1993 to solvent vapors during excavation activities to depths near the water table provided evidence that the shallow aquifer beneath the capital city of Montgomery, Alabama, was contaminated. Investigations conducted from 1993 to 1999 by State and Federal agencies confirmed the detection of PCE in the shallow aquifer, as well as the detection of the organic solvent trichloroethylene (TCE) and various inorganic compounds, but the source of the groundwater contamination was not determined. In May 2000 the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed that the site, called the Capital City Plume (CCP) Site, be a candidate for the National Priorities List. Between 2000 and 2007, numerous site-investigation activities also did not determine the source of the groundwater contamination. In 2008, additional assessments were conducted at the CCP Site to investigate the potential source area, contamination pathway, and the probable release history of the chlorinated-solvent-contaminated groundwater. The assessments included the collection of (1) pore water in 2008 from the hyporheic zone of a creek using passive-diffusion bag samplers; (2) tissue samples in 2008 and 2009 from trees growing in areas of downtown Montgomery characterized by groundwater contamination and from trees growing in riparian zones along the Alabama River and Cypress Creek; and (3) groundwater samples in 2009 and 2010. The data collected were used to investigate the potential source area of contaminants detected in groundwater, the pathway of groundwater contamination, and constraints on the probable contaminant-release history. The data collected between 2008 and 2010 indicate that the PCE and TCE contamination of the shallow aquifer beneath the CCP Site most likely resulted from the past use and disposal of industrial wastewater from printing operations containing chlorinated solvents into the sanitary sewer and (or) stormwater systems of Montgomery. Moreover, chlorinated-solvent use and disposal occurred at least between the 1940s and 1970s at several locations occupied by printing operations. The data also indicate that PCE and TCE contamination continues to occur in the shallow subsurface near potential release areas and that PCE and TCE have been transported to the intermediate part of the shallow aquifer.

  9. Evaluating the potential for quantitative monitoring of in situ chemical oxidation of aqueous-phase TCE using in-phase and quadrature electrical conductivity

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    Hort, R. D.; Revil, A.; Munakata-Marr, J.; Mao, D.

    2015-07-01

    Electrical resistivity measurements can potentially be used to remotely monitor fate and transport of ionic oxidants such as permanganate (MnO4-) during in situ chemical oxidation (ISCO) of contaminants like trichloroethene (TCE). Time-lapse two-dimensional bulk conductivity and induced polarization surveys conducted during a sand tank ISCO simulation demonstrated that MnO4- plume movement could be monitored in a qualitative manner using bulk conductivity tomograms, although chargeability was below sensitivity limits. We also examined changes to in-phase and quadrature electrical conductivity resulting from ion injection, MnO2 and Cl- production, and pH change during TCE and humate oxidation by MnO4- in homogeneous aqueous solutions and saturated porous media samples. Data from the homogeneous samples demonstrated that inversion of the sand tank resistivity data using a common Tikhonov regularization approach was insufficient to recover an accurate conductivity distribution within the tank. While changes to in-phase conductivity could be successfully modeled, quadrature conductivity values could not be directly related to TCE oxidation product or MnO4- concentrations at frequencies consistent with field induced polarization surveys, limiting the utility of quadrature conductivity for monitoring ISCO.

  10. Development of an integrated, in-situ remediation technology. Topical report for task No. 9. Part I. TCE degradation using nonbiological methods, September 26, 1994--May 25, 1996

    SciTech Connect

    Shapiro, A.P.; Sivavec, T.M.; Baghel, S.S.

    1997-04-01

    Contamination in low-permeability soils poses a significant technical challenge for in situ remediation efforts. Poor accessibility to the contaminants and difficulty in delivery of treatment reagents have rendered existing in situ treatments such as bioremediation, vapor extraction, pump and treat rather ineffective when applied to low-permeability soils present at many contaminated sites. The technology is an integrated in situ treatment in which established geotechnical methods are used to install degradation zones directly in the contaminated soil and electro-osmosis is used to move the contaminants back and forth through those zones until the treatment is completed. The present Draft Topical Report for Task No. 9 summarizes laboratory investigations into TCE degradation using nonbiological methods. These studies were conducted by the General Electric Company. The report concentrates on zero valent iron as the reducing agent and presents data on TCE and daughter product degradation rates in batch experiments, column studies, and electroosmotic cells. It is shown that zero valent iron effectively degrades TCE in electroosmotic experiments. Daughter product degradation and gas generation are shown to be important factors in designing field scale treatment zones for the Lasagna{trademark} process.

  11. Tc of 11K Identified for the Third Polymorph of the (BEDT-TTF)(BEDT-TTF){<_2}Ag(CF{<_3}){<_4}(TCE) Organic Superconductor.

    SciTech Connect

    Kawamoto, T.; Mori, T.; Nakao, A.; Murakami, Y.; Schlueter, J. A.

    2012-01-01

    The crystal structure of the third polymorph of the organic superconductor (BEDT-TTF){sub 2}Ag(CF{sub 3}){sub 4}(TCE), where BEDT-TTF is bis(ethylenedithio)tetrathiafulvalene and TCE is 1,1,2-trichloroethane, has been investigated. The crystal consists of alternating stacks of two types of donor sheets, {Kappa}- and {alpha}-types. Although this structure is similar to the previously solved two-layered high-T{sub c} phase of (BEDT-TTF){sub 2}Ag(CF{sub 3}){sub 4}(TCE), the axis perpendicular to the conducting layer of the unit cell of the new phase is twice as large as that of the two-layered phase; thus, four layers form the repeating unit. Superconductivity is attributed to the {Kappa}-type conducting layer, because the {alpha}-type conducting layer is in an acentric charge-ordered state. The onset superconducting transition temperatures are approximately 11.0 and 9.5 K for the four-layered and two-layered phases, respectively.

  12. Tc of 11 K Identified for the Third Polymorph of the (BEDT-TTF)2Ag(CF3)4(TCE) Organic Superconductor

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Kawamoto, Tadashi; Mori, Takehiko; Nakao, Akiko; Murakami, Youichi; Schlueter, John A.

    2012-02-01

    The crystal structure of the third polymorph of the organic superconductor (BEDT-TTF)2Ag(CF3)4(TCE), where BEDT-TTF is bis(ethylenedithio)tetrathiafulvalene and TCE is 1,1,2-trichloroethane, has been investigated. The crystal consists of alternating stacks of two types of donor sheets, ?- and ?\\prime-types. Although this structure is similar to the previously solved two-layered high-Tc phase of (BEDT-TTF)2Ag(CF3)4(TCE), the axis perpendicular to the conducting layer of the unit cell of the new phase is twice as large as that of the two-layered phase; thus, four layers form the repeating unit. Superconductivity is attributed to the ?-type conducting layer, because the ?\\prime-type conducting layer is in an acentric charge-ordered state. The onset superconducting transition temperatures are approximately 11.0 and 9.5 K for the four-layered and two-layered phases, respectively.

  13. Final Report on Testing of Off-Gas Treatment Technologies for Abatement of Atmospheric Emissions of Chlorinated Volatile Organic Compounds

    SciTech Connect

    Jarosch, T.R.; Haselow, J.S.; Rossabi, J.; Burdick, S.A.; Raymond, R.; Young, J.E.; Lombard, K.H.

    1995-01-23

    The purpose of this report is to summarize the results of the program for off-gas treatment of atmospheric emissions of chlorinated volatile organic compounds (CVOCs), in particular trichloroethylene (TCE) and perchloroethylene (PCE). This program was funded through the Department of Energy Office of Technology Development`s VOC`s in Non-Arid Soils Integrated Demonstration (VNID). The off-gas treatment program was initiated after testing of in-situ air stripping with horizontal wells was completed (Looney et al., 1991). That successful test expectedly produced atmospheric emissions of CVOCs that were unabated. It was decided after that test that an off-gas treatment is an integral portion of remediation of CVOC contamination in groundwater and soil but also because several technologies were being developed across the United States to mitigate CVOC emissions. A single platform for testing off-gas treatment technologies would facilitate cost effective evaluation of the emerging technologies. Another motivation for the program is that many CVOCs will be regulated under the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990 and are already regulated by many state regulatory programs. Additionally, compounds such as TCE and PCE are pervasive subsurface environmental contaminants, and, as a result, a small improvement in terms of abatement efficiency or cost will significantly reduce CVOC discharges to the environment as well as costs to United States government and industry.

  14. Stripping volatile organic compounds and petroleum hydrocarbons from water by tray aeration

    SciTech Connect

    Labranche, D.F.; Collins, M.R.

    1997-03-01

    Volatile organic compounds (VOCS) and petroleum products are ubiquitous groundwater contaminants. Petroleum products, e.g., diesel fuel, contain a wide array of volatile, semivolatile, and long chain hydrocarbon compounds. This research sought to determine whether air stripping can provide a site specific treatment solution for petroleum contaminated groundwaters and to document the abilities and limitations of tray type (Shallow Tray) air stripping technology. Full factorial experimental trials were conducted to determine the influence of inlet water flow rate and temperature on trichloroethylene (TCE), perchloroethylene (PCE) and total petroleum hydrocarbon (TPH) removal. As expected, TPH removal controlled air stripper performance, and liquid temperature affected removal more than flow rate. The mass transfer rate of TCE and PCE from water to air was controlled by the compound`s volatility, while the TPH mass transfer rate was controlled by the compound`s concentration gradient. Results indicate that economical air stripping of VOC and TPH compounds can be achieved using low liquid flow rates (20-75 L/min) and medium liquid temperatures (16-28 deg C) in tray type air strippers.

  15. A comparison of the catalytic and photocatalytic properties of microporous TiO{sub 2} materials

    SciTech Connect

    Fu, X.; Zeltner, W.A.; Anderson, M.A.

    1995-12-31

    This paper discusses the results of bench-scale laboratory studies characterizing the performance of titania-based photocatalysts developed by sol-gel processing methods. Titanium dioxide and platinized titania were used to oxidize selected volatile organic compounds (VOCs), including trichloroethylene (TCE), perchloroethylene (PCE), ethylene, benzene, xylene, methylene chloride, and formaldehyde. All of these VOCs can be completely oxidized in test photoreactors when suitable conditions are provided. Test conditions and results are summarized. More reactive VOCs (TCE, PCE, formaldehyde) can be completely oxidized in photocatalytic systems if operating temperatures are high enough (ca 100{degrees}C) to desorb materials such as water vapor and reaction intermediates from the surface of the catalyst. Less reactive VOCs (benzene, xylene, methylene chloride) can be completely oxidized in reactors that combine both photocatalytic and heterogeneous catalytic processes if a platinized catalyst is employed and the reactor is operated at temperatures of ca 100{degrees}C to promote heterogeneous catalytic reactions. Studies indicate that few if any undesired byproducts are produce as long as the photoreactors are produced as long as the photoreactors are operated under conditions that completely oxidize the reactants.

  16. Surface-plasmon-resonance-enhanced cavity ring-down detection

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Pipino, Andrew C. R.; Woodward, John T.; Meuse, Curtis W.; Silin, Vitalii

    2004-01-01

    The cavity ring-down technique is used to probe the absolute optical response of the localized surface plasmon resonance (SPR) of a gold nanoparticle distribution to adsorption of trichloroethylene (TCE) and perchloroethylene (PCE) from the gas phase. Extended Mie theory for a coated sphere with a particle-size-dependent dielectric function is used to elucidate size-dispersion effects, the size-dependence of the SPR sensitivity to adsorption, and the kinetics of adsorption. An approximate Gaussian distribution of nanospheres with a mean diameter of 4.5 nm and a standard deviation of 1.1 nm, as determined by atomic force microscopy, is provided by the intrinsic granularity of an ultrathin, gold film, having a nominal thickness of ?0.18 nm. The cavity ring-down measurements employ a linear resonator with an intracavity flow cell, which is formed by a pair of ultrasmooth, fused-silica optical flats at Brewster's angle, where the Au film is present on a single flat. The total system intrinsic loss is dominated by the film extinction, while the angled flats alone contribute only ?510-5/flat to the total loss. Based on a relative ring-down time precision of 0.1% for ensembles averages of 25 laser shots from a pulsed optical parametric oscillator, the minimum detectable concentrations of PCE and TCE obtained by probing the SPR response are found to be 2 and 710-8 mol/L, respectively, based on a 30 s integration time.

  17. Six-phase soil heating for enhanced removal of contaminants: Volatile organic compounds in non-arid soils integrated demonstration, Savannah River Site

    SciTech Connect

    Gauglitz, P.A.; Bergsman, T.M.; Caley, S.M.

    1994-10-01

    In November 1993, Pacific Northwest Laboratory (PNL) and Savannah River Site (SRS) personnel conducted a demonstration of six-phase soil heating (SPSH) at the Savannah River Site (SRS) in Aiken, South Carolina. The demonstration was part of the Volatile Organic Compounds in Non-Arid Soils Integrated Demonstration being conducted near the M-Area operations at the SRS, along a corridor that once contained a process sewer leading to the M-Area seepage basin. In the early 1980s, this sewer line was discovered to be leaking process wastes into the subsurface and contributing to groundwater contamination in the vicinity of M-Area seepage basin. Although use of the sewer line has been discontinued, the slow release of chlorinated solvents such as trichloroethylene (TCE) and perchloroethylene (PCE) from the heterogeneous vadose zone soil continues to be a source of potential groundwater contamination. A significant portion of the VOCs at the demonstration site are retained in low-permeability clay zones. Previous studies have shown that the rate of conventional SVE remediation of the SRS clays is quite slow. The permeability of the clay is of order 10{sup {minus}12} cm{sup 2}, which makes this a particularly difficult interval to remediate. Thus, the challenge for SPSH is to effectively remediate this clay zone by accelerating the removal of TCE and PCE.

  18. Biological reductive dechlorination of chlorinated ethylenes: Implications for natural attenuation and biostimulation

    SciTech Connect

    Distefano, T.D.

    1995-12-31

    Chlorinated organic compounds are the most frequently found contaminants at many hazardous waste sites and industrial facilities. Numerous industries use chlorinated organics such as tetrachloroethylene also known as perchloroethylene (PCE) -- and trichloroethylene (TCE), as degreasing agents, paint strippers, and in textile processing. These solvents are often detected as soil and ground water contaminants due to improper storage and disposal practices. Laboratory and full-scale investigations have proven that complete biological transformation of PCE and TCE is possible under anaerobic conditions. Biological treatment of chlorinated ethenes has received much interest due to the prevalence of these contaminants and the need to develop technologies that destroy contaminants rather than transfer them to other media. The purpose of this paper is to give an overview of the biological process by which anaerobic bacteria biodegrade chlorinated ethylenes. The benefits of this process are discussed along with key findings that may be employed to determine if dechlorination is occurring under natural conditions. Requirements of these bacteria are described and an assessment of future research needs is provided.

  19. Stripping volatile organic compounds and petroleum hydrocarbons from water

    SciTech Connect

    LaBranche, D.F.; Collins, M. R.

    1996-05-01

    Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and petroleum products are ubiquitous groundwater contaminants. Petroleum products, for example, diesel fuel, contain a wide array of volatile, semivolatile, and large-chain hydrocarbon compounds. This research sought to determine whether air stripping can provide a site-specific treatment solution for petroleum-contaminated groundwaters and to document the abilities and limitations of tray-type (ShallowTray{sup TM}) air-stripping technology. Full factorial experimental trials were conducted to determine the influence of inlet water flow rate and temperature on trichloroethylene (TCE), perchloroethylene (PCE), and total petroleum hydrocarbon (TPH) removal. As expected, TPH removal controlled air stripper performance, and liquid temperature affected removal more than flow rate. The mass-transfer rate of TCE and PCE from water to air was controlled by the compound`s volatility, whereas the TPH mass-transfer rate was controlled by the compound`s concentration gradient. Results indicate that economical air stripping of VOC and TPH compounds can be achieved using low liquid flow rates (20 to 75 L/min), high air/water ratios (225 to 898), and medium liquid temperatures (16{degree}C to 28{degree}C) in tray-type air strippers. 19 refs., 7 figs., 6 tabs.

  20. Kinetics of chlorinated ethylene dehalogenation under methanogenic conditions

    SciTech Connect

    Skeen, R.S.; Gao, J.; Hooker, B.S.

    1995-12-20

    Kinetics were determined for methanogenic activity and chlorinated ethylene dehalogenation by a methanol-enriched, anaerobic sediment consortium. The culture reductively dechlorinated perchloroethylene (PCE) to trichloroethylene (TCE), 1,1-dichloroethylene (1,1-DCE), vinylchloride (VC), and ethylene and ethane. The absence of methanol or the addition of 2-bromoethanesulfonic acid in the presence of methanol suppressed both methanogenic activity and dechlorination. In contrast, acetate production continued in the presence of 2-bromoethanesulfonic acid. These results suggest that dechlorination was strongly linked to methane formation and not to acetate production. A kinetic model, developed to describe both methanogenesis and dechlorination, successfully predicted experimentally measured concentrations of biomass, methane, substrate, and chlorinated ethylenes. The average maximum specific dehalogenation rates for PCE, TCE, 1,1-DCE, and VC were 0.9 {+-} 0.6, 0.4 {+-} 0.1, 12 {+-} 0.1, and 2.5 {+-} 1.7 {micro}mol contaminant/g {center_dot} DW/day, respectively. This pattern for dechlorination rates is distinctly different than that reported for transition metal cofactors, where rates drop by approximately one order of magnitude as each successive chlorine is removed. The experimental results and kinetic analysis suggest that it will be impractical to targeting methanol consuming methanogenic organisms for in-situ groundwater restoration.

  1. Abiotic reductive dechlorination of cis-DCE by ferrous monosulfide mackinawite.

    PubMed

    Hyun, Sung Pil; Hayes, Kim F

    2015-11-01

    Cis-1,2,-dichloroethylene (cis-DCE) is a toxic, persistent contaminant occurring mainly as a daughter product of incomplete degradation of perchloroethylene (PCE) and trichloroethylene (TCE). This paper reports on abiotic reductive dechlorination of cis-DCE by mackinawite (FeS1-x), a ferrous monosulfide, under variable geochemical conditions. To assess in situ abiotic cis-DCE dechlorination by mackinawite in the field, mackinawite suspensions prepared in a field groundwater sample collected from a cis-DCE contaminated field site were used for dechlorination experiments. The effects of geochemical variables on the dechlorination rates were monitored. A set of dechlorination experiments were also carried out in the presence of aquifer sediment from the site over a range of pH conditions to better simulate the actual field situations. The results showed that the suspensions of freshly prepared mackinawite reductively transformed cis-DCE to acetylene, whereas the conventionally prepared powder form of mackinawite had practically no reactivity with cis-DCE under the same experimental conditions. Significant cis-DCE degradation by mackinawite has not been reported prior to this study, although mackinawite has been shown to reductively transform PCE and TCE. This study suggests feasibility of using mackinawite for in situ remediation of cis-DCE-contaminated sites with high S levels such as estuaries under naturally achieved or stimulated sulfate-reducing conditions. PMID:26278897

  2. The in-situ decontamination of sand and gravel aquifers by chemically enhanced solubilization of multiple-component DNAPLS with surfactant solutions. Topical report

    SciTech Connect

    1995-01-01

    Laboratory, numerical simulation, and field studies have been conducted to assess the potential use of micellar-surfactant solutions to solubilize chlorinated solvents contaminating sand and gravel aquifers. Laboratory studies were conducted at the State University of New York at Buffalo (SUNY) while numerical simulation and field work were undertaken by INTERA Inc. in collaboration with Martin Marietta Energy Systems Inc. at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant (PGDP) in Kentucky. Ninety-nine surfactants were screened for their ability to solubilize trichloroethene (TCE), perchloroethylene (PCE), and carbon tetrachloride (CTET). Ten of these were capable of solubilizing TCE to concentrations greater than 15,000 mg/L, compared to its aqueous solubility of 1,100 mg/L. Four surfactants were identified as good solubilizers of all three chlorinated solvents. Of these, a secondary alcohol ethoxylate was the first choice for in situ testing because of its excellent solubilizing ability and its low propensity to sorb. However, this surfactant did not meet the Commonwealth of Kentucky`s acceptance criteria. Consequently, it was decided to use a surfactant approved for use by the Food and Drug Administration as a food-grade additive. As a 1% micellar-surfactant solution, this sorbitan monooleate has a solubilization capacity of 16,000 mg TCE/L, but has a higher propensity to sorb to clays than has the alcohol ethoxylate.

  3. Efficient Degradation of TCE in Groundwater Using Pd and Electro-generated H2 and O2: A Shift in Pathway from Hydrodechlorination to Oxidation in the Presence of Ferrous Ions

    PubMed Central

    Yuan, Songhu; Mao, Xuhui; Alshawabkeh, Akram N.

    2012-01-01

    Degradation of trichloroethylene (TCE) in simulated groundwater by Pd and electro-generated H2 and O2 is investigated in the absence and presence of Fe(II). In the absence of Fe(II), hydrodechlorination dominates TCE degradation, with accumulation of H2O2 up to 17 mg/L. Under weak acidity, low concentrations of oxidizing •OH radical are detected due to decomposition of H2O2, slightly contributing to TCE degradation via oxidation. In the presence of Fe(II), the degradation efficiency of TCE at 396 μM improves to 94.9% within 80 min. The product distribution proves that the degradation pathway shifts from 79% hydrodechlorination in the absence of Fe(II) to 84% •OH oxidation in the presence of Fe(II). TCE degradation follows zeroth-order kinetics with rate constants increasing from 2.0 to 4.6 μM/min with increasing initial Fe(II) concentration from 0 to 27.3 mg/L at pH 4. A good correlation between TCE degradation rate constants and •OH generation rate constants confirms that •OH is the predominant reactive species for TCE oxidation. Presence of 10 mM Na2SO4, NaCl, NaNO3, NaHCO3, K2SO4, CaSO4 and MgSO4 does not significantly influence degradation, but sulfite and sulfide greatly enhance and slightly suppresses degradation, respectively. A novel Pd-based electrochemical process is proposed for groundwater remediation. PMID:22315993

  4. MICROSCOPIC OBSERVATION AND QUANTIFICATION OF ENHANCED DNAPL REMOVAL BY COSOLVENT-AIR FLOODING

    EPA Science Inventory

    The simultaneous injection of cosolvent and air has been suggested to improve sweep efficiency of cosolvent flooding for dense nonaqueous phase liquid (DNAPL) remediation. Glass micromodel experiments were conducted to investigate the factors that influence perchloroethylene (PCE...

  5. Bisphenol A

    MedlinePLUS

    ... Power Plant Off-road Vehicles Offices and Stores Oil and Gas Fields Outdoor Air Park Pests Pets Pharmacy River ... Dioxide Carbon Monoxide Chlorine Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) Chromium Crude Oil ... Gas Nitrogen Oxides Ozone Particulate Matter Perchlorate Perchloroethylene (PCE, ...

  6. Role of layer packing for the electronic properties of the organic superconductor (BEDT-TTF ) 2Ag (CF3)4(TCE )

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Altmeyer, Michaela; Valent, Roser; Jeschke, Harald O.

    2015-06-01

    The charge-transfer compound (BEDT-TTF ) 2Ag (CF3)4(TCE ) crystallizes in three polymorphs with different alternating layers: While a phase with a ? packing motif has a low superconducting transition temperature of Tc=2.6 K , two phases with higher Tc of 9.5 and 11 K are multilayered structures consisting of ?' and ? layers. We investigate these three systems within density functional theory and find that the ?' layer shows different degrees of charge order for the two ? -?' systems and directly influences the electronic behavior of the conducting ? layer. We discuss the origin of the distinct behavior of the three polymorphs and propose a minimal tight-binding Hamiltonian for the description of these systems based on projective molecular Wannier functions.

  7. Kinetics of the transformation of trichloroethylene and tetrachloroethylene by iron sulfide

    SciTech Connect

    Butler, E.C.; Hayes, K.F. . Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering)

    1999-06-15

    The transformation of trichloroethylene (TCE), tetrachloroethylene (PCE), and 1,1-dichloroethylene FeS in aqueous solution at pH 8.3 was studied in batch experiments. TCE and PCE were transformed by FeS with pseudo-first-order rate constants, corrected for partitioning to the sample headspace, of (1.49 [+-] 0.14) [times] 10[sup [minus]3] h[sup [minus]1] (TCE) and (5.7 [+-] 1.0) [times] 10[sup [minus]4] h[sup [minus]1] (PCE). A 17% decrease in the concentration of 1,3-DCE was observed over 120 days; however, no reaction products were detected. TCE and PCE transformation data were fit to a rate law assuming transformation of TCE via parallel reaction pathways to acetylene and cis-1,2-dichloroethylene (cis-DCE) and transformation of PCE via parallel reaction pathways to acetylene and TCE. Acetylene was the major reaction product for both TCE and PCE. Determination of rate constants for each reaction pathway indicated that TCE was transformed to acetylene 11.8 [+-] 1.1 times faster than to cis-DCE and that PCE was transformed to acetylene 8.2 [+-] 1.8 times faster than to TCE. Additional minor reaction products were vinyl chloride (VC) for TCE and cis-DCE for PCE. Detection of acetylene as the major product of both TCE and PCE transformation by FeS contrasts with the sequential hydrogenolysis products typically observed in the microbial transformation of these compounds, making acetylene a potential indicator of abiotic transformation of TCE and PCE by FeS in natural systems.

  8. Boosting sensitivity of organic vapor detection with silicone block polyimide polymers.

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    Potyrailo, Radislav A; Sivavec, Timothy M

    2004-12-01

    We demonstrate that silicone block polyimide polymers have an unusually high sensitivity to nonpolar organic vapors, including chlorinated organic solvent vapors. When 0.18-5.34-microm-thick films of silicone block polyimide polymers were deposited onto 10-MHz thickness shear mode (TSM) oscillators, these films were implemented to detect parts-per-billion concentrations of trichloroethylene (TCE) with a detection sensitivity of 0.5-23.5 Hz per 500 ppb of vapor. With a film thickness of 3.4 microm (91.5-kHz frequency shift upon film deposition), optimized for the minimal sensor noise of 0.04 Hz, the calculated detection limit of sensor response (S/N = 3) was 3 ppb of TCE. Detection limits for other chlorinated organic solvent vapors, such as perchloroethylene (PCE), cis-1,2-dichloroethylene (DCE), trans-1,2-DCE, 1,1-DCE, and vinyl chloride (VC) were 0.6, 6, 6, 11, and 13 ppb, respectively. Assuming only the mass-loading response when deposited onto the TSM devices, silicone block polyimide polymers have partition coefficients of over 200 000 to parts-per-billion concentrations of TCE that make them at least 100 times more sensitive than other known polymers for TCE detection. We observed that unlike conventional polyimides, water sensitivity of the new hybrid polyimides is suppressed because of the silicone soft block. Water sensitivity is comparable with the sensor response to nonpolar organic vapors. The high sensitivity and long-term stability of these sensor materials make them attractive for ultrasensitive practical sensors. PMID:15571355

  9. TNX Area Phase II Soil Vapor Extraction Test Treatability Study Report

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    Noonkester, Jay

    2000-11-01

    The Savannah River Technology Center (SRTC), at the Savannah River Site (SRS), operates a pilot scale testing facility in the TNX Area. Research conducted in the TNX Area generated wastewater that was disposed of in earthen basins until 1988. As a result of these operations, shallow groundwater and sediments beneath the TNX Area are contaminated with both dissolved and residual chlorinated volatile organic compounds (CVOCs) such as trichloroethylene (TCE), carbon tetrachloride, and perchloroethylene (PCE). In 1996, the SRS initiated an Interim Remedial Action to capture and contain the dissolved contamination that was greater that 500 {micro}g/L TCE (WSRC, 1999). The Interim Remedial Action included the installation of a recovery well network and air stripper, and a vertical recirculation well. The objective of the recovery well network and air stripper is to provide hydraulic containment of the contaminated groundwater and provide a mechanism for the treatment of purge water generated during monitoring of the Interim Remedial Action. A vertical recirculation well, TVR1A, was installed to test the in-well vapor stripping (IVS) technology. Results from the test indicated that the IVS technology was not effective in the TNX Area. A single well soil vapor extraction test was conducted during June of 1997 using well TVR1A and the existing vacuum extraction unit that was installed for the in-well vapor stripping test. The objective of the SVE test at TNX was to collect preliminary information for the design of a SVE system to remediate residual CVOCs in the sediments.

  10. Airlift recirculation well test results -- Southern sector

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    White, R.M.; Hiergesell, R.A.

    1997-08-01

    Chlorinated solvents used in the A and M-Areas at the Savannah River Site (SRS) from 1952--1982 have contaminated the groundwater under the site. A plume of groundwater contaminated with trichloroethylene (TCE) and perchloroethylene (PCE) in the Lost Lake aquifer is moving generally southward with the natural flow of groundwater. To comply with the requirements of the current SCDHEC Part B Permit, a series of wells is being installed to contain and treat the plume. Airlift Recirculation Wells (ARW) are a new and innovative technology with potential for more cost effective implementation than conventional pump and treat systems. Two Airlift Recirculation Wells have been installed and tested to quantify performance parameters needed to locate a line of these wells along the leading edge of the contaminant plume. The wells proved to be very sensitive to proper development, but after this requirement was met, performance was very good. The Zone of Capture has been estimated to be within a radius of 130--160 ft. around the wells. Thus a line of wells spaced at 250 ft. intervals could intercept the contaminant plume. At SSR-012, TCE was stripped from the groundwater at approximately 1.2 lb./day. The longer term effect of the recirculation wells upon the plume and the degree of recirculation within the aquifer itself will require additional data over a longer time period for an accurate review. Data collection is ongoing.

  11. 1992 toxic hazards research unit annual report. Annual report, 1 October 1991-30 September 1992

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    Wall, H.G.; Dodd, D.E.; Vinegar, A.; Schneider, M.G.

    1993-04-01

    This report presents a review of the activities of the Toxic Hazards Research Unit (THRU) for the period 1 October 1991 through 30 September 1992. The THRU conducts descriptive, mechanistic, and predictive toxicology research and toxicological risk assessments to provide data to predict health hazards and to assess health risks associated with human exposure to chemicals and materials associated with military systems and operational environments. The report includes summaries of ongoing or completed research activities for the individual toxicology research requirements of the U.S. Air Force, Army, and Navy; highlights of the research support elements and conference activities of the THRU; and appendices that describe the THRU organization and its publications and presentations. 1,3,3-Trinitroazetidine (TNAZ), 1,3,5-Trinitrobenzene (TNB), Carboxylic acid metabolite, Chlorofluorocarbon, Chloroform, Delayed neurotoxicity, Halon replacement, Hydraulic fluid, Hydrazine, Inhalation, Jet engine oil, Lactational transfer, Methylene chloride, MIL-H-19457C, Neurotoxic Esterase (NTE), OTTO Fuel II, Perchloroethylene (PCE), Physiologically Based Pharmacokinetic (PBPK) modeling, Polychlorotrifluoroethylene (pCTFE), Quantitative Structure-Activity Relationships (QSAR), Reproductive, Risk assessment, Smoke, Tetrachloroethylene (PCE), Toxic dust, Vinyl Chloride (VC) and Trichloroethylene (TCE) mixture.

  12. Competitive Sorption and Desorption of Chlorinated Organic Solvents (DNAPLs) in Engineered Natural Organic Matter

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    Tang, Jixin; Weber, Walter J., Jr.

    2004-03-31

    The effects of artificially accelerated geochemical condensation and maturation of natural organic matter on the sorption and desorption of trichloroethylene (TCE) and tetrachloroethylene (PCE) were studied. The sorption and desorption of TCE in the presence and absence of the competing PCE and 1,2-dichlorobenzene (DCB) were also examined. A sphagnum peat comprising geologically young organic matter was artificially ''aged'' using superheated water, thus increasing the aromaticity and the degree of condensation of its associated organic matter. The sorption of all solutes tested were increased remarkably and their respective desorptions reduced, by the aged peat. The sorption capacities and isotherm nonlinearities of the peat for both TCE and PCE were found to increase as treatment temperature increased. In the competitive sorption studies, both PCE and DCB were found to depress TCE sorption, with PCE having greater effects than DCB, presumably because the molecular structure o f the former is more similar to that of TCE.

  13. United States Air Force 611th Civil Engineer Squadron, Elmendorf AFB, Alaska. Final engineering evaluation/cost analysis potential tce impact to the drinking water supply, Galena Airport, Alaska

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    1996-02-05

    This decision document presents the selected removal action to address potential trichloroethene (TCE) impact to drinking water supply wells, located in the Installation Restoration Program (IRP) site ST009, otherwise known as the West Unit, at Galena Airport, Alaska. The information fron the RI Report is summarized, along with an analysis of potential removal action alternatives, in the Engineering Evaluation/Cost Analysis (EE/CA).

  14. Development of an integrated in-situ remediation technology. Topical report for task No. 11 entitled: Evaluation of TCE contamination before and after the field experiment, September 26, 1994--May 25, 1996

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    Hughes, B.M.; Athmer, C.J.; Sheridan, P.W.

    1997-04-01

    Contamination in low permeability soils poses a significant technical challenge to in-situ remediation efforts. Poor accessibility to the contaminants and difficulty in delivery of treatment reagents have rendered existing in-situ treatments such as bioremediation, vapor extraction, pump and treat rather ineffective when applied to low permeability soils present at many contaminated sites. The technology is an integrated in-situ treatment in which established geotechnical methods are used to install degradation zones directly in the contaminated soil and electro-osmosis is utilized to move the contaminants back and forth through those zones until the treatment is completed. The present Topical Report for Task No. 11 summarizes the results of TCE analysis in soil and carbon before and after conducting the field experiment. In addition, a discussion of the TCE material balance demonstrates that the Lasagna{trademark} process is effective in moving TCE from the contaminated soil into carbon treatment zones in the field experiment at DOE`s Gaseous Diffusion Plant in Paducah, Kentucky.

  15. Site remediation using photocatalytic VOC destruction of chlorinated hydrocarbons

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    Brunet, R.A.H.; Pearcey, R.; Kittrell, J.R.; Mackin, G.; Wise, C.A.

    1999-07-01

    An innovative environmental technology has been developed and demonstrated for cost-effective control of toxic air emissions, such as trichloroethylene (TCE) and perchloroethylene (PCE), found in soil and groundwater at hazardous waste sites and in industrial effluents. The technology uses UV light and a proprietary photocatalyst to adsorb and destroy pollutants at ambient conditions, even with high humidity. Air stripping and soil vapor extraction efficiently transfer the pollutants to the gas phase, where they can be economically treated by photocatalysis without the risk of hazardous by-product formation. The AIR2000 photocatalytic technology was successfully installed at the Stamina Mills Superfund site in Rhode Island, where a commercial scale unit is treating 700 cfm of up to 1,000 ppm TCE, mixed with PCE, dichloroethylene (DCE), trichloroethane (TCA), and vinyl chloride (VC) produced through a combination of soil vapor extraction (SVE) and air stripping. As part of the EPA SITE program, the system was monitored for overall destruction removal efficiency (DRE) and hazardous by-product formation. A DRE in excess of 99% was reported over the first four months of operation, with greater than 99.99% DRE achieved, without production of hazardous by-products. The operating cost of the system is approximately 20% of activated carbon adsorption, which provides approximately $1,500,000 in cost savings over the life of the Stamina Mills project. The Adsorption Integrated Reaction (AIR) process is the recipient of the 1997 SBIR Technology of the Year award, the 1998 EPA Environmental Technology Innovator Award, and the 1998 R and D 100 Award.

  16. CROWTM PROCESS APPLICATION FOR SITES CONTAMINATED WITH LIGHT NON-AQUEOUS PHASE LIQUIDS AND CHLORINATED HYDROCARBONS

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    L.A. Johnson, Jr.

    2003-06-30

    Western Research Institute (WRI) has successfully applied the CROWTM (Contained Recovery of Oily Wastes) process at two former manufactured gas plants (MGPs), and a large wood treatment site. The three CROW process applications have all occurred at sites contaminated with coal tars or fuel oil and pentachlorophenol (PCP) mixtures, which are generally denser than water and are classified as dense non-aqueous phase liquids (DNAPLs). While these types of sites are abundant, there are also many sites contaminated with gasoline, diesel fuel, or fuel oil, which are lighter than water and lie on top of an aquifer. A third site type occurs where chlorinated hydrocarbons have contaminated the aquifer. Unlike the DNAPLs found at MGP and wood treatment sites, chlorinated hydrocarbons are approximately one and a half times more dense than water and have fairly low viscosities. These contaminants tend to accumulate very rapidly at the bottom of an aquifer. Trichloroethylene (TCE) and perchloroethylene, or tetrachloroethylene (PCE), are the major industrial chlorinated solvents that have been found contaminating soils and aquifers. The objective of this program was to demonstrate the effectiveness of applying the CROW process to sites contaminated with light non-aqueous phase liquids (LNAPLs) and chlorinated hydrocarbons. Individual objectives were to determine a range of operating conditions necessary to optimize LNAPL and chlorinated hydrocarbon recovery, to conduct numerical simulations to match the laboratory experiments and determine field-scale recoveries, and determine if chemical addition will increase the process efficiency for LNAPLs. The testing consisted of twelve TCE tests; eight tests with PCE, diesel, and wood treatment waste; and four tests with a fuel oil-diesel blend. Testing was conducted with both vertical and horizontal orientations and with ambient to 211 F (99 C) water or steam. Residual saturations for the horizontal tests ranged from 23.6% PV to 0.3% PV. Also conducted was screening of 13 chemicals to determine their relative effectiveness and the selection of three chemicals for further testing.

  17. Phased Implementation of In Situ Chemical Oxidation for a Large TCE DNAPL Source Area at the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant, USA

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    Cross, Paul E.

    2007-07-01

    This paper describes the In Situ Chemical Oxidation (ISCO) remediation being implemented for the X-701B groundwater plume at the Department of Energy (DOE) Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant (PORTS). Modified Fenton's reagent is the principal oxidant for the remedy, and Direct Push Technology (DPT) is being used for delivery of the oxidant. Trichloroethene (TCE) is the primary contaminant of concern and is present within the unit as a dense non - aqueous phase liquid (DNAPL). A phased approach is being implemented to optimize the type, location, and mass of the oxidant injections. During Phase I, a unique near-real time monitoring approach was utilized to observe the transient effects of the oxidant injections on the formation. As a result of the positive results from Phase I, Ohio EPA has approved the final work plan for the remedy, and the approach is now being applied to the source area of the plume. The results from Phase I and the layout for the first series of Phase II injections are presented in this paper. Previous testing at the site has shown that the shallow, water-bearing formation is primarily composed of silty gravel and clay, and is both heterogeneous and anisotropic. These factors have significantly compromised earlier attempts to remediate the unit. A patented ISCO process from In-Situ Oxidative Technologies, Inc. (ISOTEC) was selected for the remediation of the plume. Phase I results indicate that oxidant delivery via DPT is feasible for the unit. Contaminant reduction to date has been minimal due to the small quantity of oxidant injected during Phase I. Contaminant rebound in the aqueous phase remains a concern and will be monitored closely during the remedy. (author)

  18. [Solute transport modeling application in groundwater organic contaminant source identification].

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    Wang, Shu-Fang; Wang, Li-Ya; Wang, Xiao-Hong; Lin, Pei; Liu, Jiu-Rong; Xin, Bao-Dong; He, Guo-Ping

    2012-03-01

    Investigation and numerical simulation, based on RT3D (reactive transport in 3-dimensions)were used to identify the source of tetrachloroethylene (PCE) and trichloroethylene (TCE) in the groundwater of a city in the north of China and reverse the input intensity. Multiple regressions were applied to analyze the influenced factors of input intensity of PCE and TCE using Stepwise function in Matlab. The results indicate that the factories and industries are the source of the PCE and TCE in groundwater. Natural attenuation was identified and the natural attenuation rates are 93.15%, 61.70% and 61.00% for PCE, and 70.05%, 73.66% and 63.66% for TCE in 173 days. The 4 source points identified by the simulation have released 0.910 6 kg PCE and 95.693 8 kg TCE during the simulation period. The regression analysis results indicate that local precipitation and the thickness of vadose zone are the main factors influencing organic solution transporting from surface to groundwater. The PCE and TCE concentration are found to be 0 and 5 mg x kg(-1) from surface to 35 cm in vadose zone. All above results suggest that PCE and TCE in groundwater are from the source in the surface. Natural attenuation occurred when PCE and TCE transporting from the surface to groundwater, and the rest was transported to groundwater through vadose zone. Local precipitation was one of the critical factors influencing the transportation of PCE and TCE to aquifer through sand, pebble and gravel of the Quaternary. PMID:22624366

  19. Desorption Behavior of Trichloroethene and Tetrachloroethene in U.S. Department of Energy Savannah River Site Unconfined Aquifer Sediments

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    Riley, Robert G.; Szecsody, Jim E.; Mitroshkov, Alexandre V.; Brown, Christopher F.

    2006-06-21

    The DOE Savannah River Site (SRS) is evaluating the potential applicability of the monitored natural attenuation (MNA) process as a contributor to the understanding of the restoration of its unconfined groundwater aquifer known to be contaminated with the chlorinated hydrocarbon compounds trichloroethylene (TCE) and tetrachloroethylene (PCE). This report discusses the results from aqueous desorption experiments on SRS aquifer sediments from two different locations at the SRS (A/M Area; P-Area) with the objective of providing technically defensible TCE/PCE distribution coefficient (Kd) data and data on TCE/PCE reversible and irreversible sorption behavior needed for further MNA evaluation.

  20. HEALTH ASSESSMENT DOCUMENT FOR TETRACHLOROETHYLENE (PERCHLOROETHYLENE)

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    Tetrachloroethylene (PERC) is believed to exert its adverse effects upon humans via metabolism by the liver. Concern that PERC is likely to be a human carcinogen is based upon the evidence of the National Cancer Institute bioassay, in which PERC induced a statistically significan...

  1. Interim report on testing of off-gas treatment technologies for abatement of atmospheric emissions of chlorinated volatile organic compounds

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    Haselow, J.S.; Jarosch, T.R.; Rossabi, J.; Burdick, S.; Lombard, K.

    1993-12-01

    The purpose of this report is to briefly summarize the results to date of the off-gas treatment program for atmospheric emissions of chlorinated volatile organic compounds (CVOCs), in particular trichloroethylene (TCE) and perchloroethylene (PCE). This program is part of the Department of Energy`s Office of Technology Development`s Integrated Demonstration for Treatment of Organics in Soil and Water at a Non-Arid Site. The off-gas treatment program was initiated after testing of in-situ air stripping with horizontal wells was completed. That successful test expectedly produced atmospheric emissions of CVOCs that were unabated. It was decided after that test that an off-gas treatment program would complement the Integrated Demonstration not only because off-gas treatment is an integral portion of remediation of CVOC contamination in groundwater and soil but also because several technologies were being developed across the US to mitigate CVOC emissions. A single platform for testing off-gas treatment technologies would facilitate systematic and unbiased evaluation of the emerging technologies.

  2. The state of permanganate with relation to in situ chemical oxidation

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    Veronda, Brenda; Dingens, Matthew

    2007-07-01

    In Situ Chemical Oxidation (ISCO) with permanganate had its beginnings over 10 years ago. Since that time, many sites have been successfully treated for organic compounds including chlorinated ethenes (perchloroethylene, trichloroethylene, etc.) phenols, explosives such as RDX, and many other organics. The successful application of ISCO with permanganate requires the integration of many site-specific factors into the remedial design. ISCO with permanganate is an effective technology, not only for its oxidative properties and persistence, but also for its application flexibility to remediate soil and groundwater. The merits of any type of treatment technology can be assessed in terms of effectiveness, ease of use, reaction rate, and cost. The use of permanganate for in situ chemical oxidation results in the complete mineralization of TCE and PCE and can result in treatment levels below detection limits. Permanganate is a single component oxidizer, which is easily handled, mixed and distributed to the subsurface. Permanganate is also inexpensive to design and implement as compared to other technologies. This presentation will provide a general overview of the application and safety aspects of ISCO with permanganate. This paper will discuss the advantages and limitations of this technology, typical cost ranges, site evaluation and application technologies. (authors)

  3. Field test of six-phase soil heating at the Savannah River Site

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    Gauglitz, P.A.; Roberts, J.S.; Bergsman, T.M.

    1994-11-01

    Six-Phase Soil Heating (SPSH) was demonstrated as a viable technology for heating low permeability soils containing volatile organic contaminants as part of the Volatile Organic Compounds in Non-Arid Soils Integrated Demonstration (VOC Non-Arid ID) at the Savannah River Site. The soil at the integrated demonstration site is contaminated with perchloroethylene (PCE) and trichloroethylene (TCE); the highest soil contamination occurs in clay rich zones that are ineffectively treated by conventional soil vapor extraction due to the very low permeability of the clay. The SPSH demonstration sought to heat the clay zone and enhance the performance of conventional soil vapor extraction. Thermocouples at 30 locations quantified the areal and vertical heating within the treated zone. Results show successful heating of the targeted clay zone that contained the higher levels of soil contamination. The clay-zone temperatures increased to 1,000 C after 8 days of heating and were maintained near 1,000 C for 17 days. Electrical heating removed 17,000 gal of water from the soil as steam, with peak removal rate of 1,500 gpd of condensed steam.

  4. SRS Data Report for Lynntech Soil Ozone Treatment Demonstration Adjacent to the 321-M Solvent Storage Tank Pad

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    Vangelas, K.M.

    2000-08-29

    At large industrial sites like the A/M Area of the Savannah River Site (SRS), undissolved dense non-aqueous phase liquid (DNAPL) in soil and groundwater is the most significant barrier to successful clean up. DNAPL acts as a reservoir that will continue to generate contaminant levels far above remediation concentration goals well into the future. In an effort to achieve remediation goals and reduce future costs, the SRS DNAPL program is evaluating technologies that will recycle or destroy DNAPL. In situ oxidation is one class of DNAPL destruction technologies. A demonstration of this class of technologies was conducted at SRS in the winter of 1999 and spring of 2000 employing ozone as the oxidant. Lynntech Inc. through a Small Business Innovative Research grant partnered with the Savannah River Site to demonstrate their soil ozone treatment technology. The Savannah River Site provided the demonstration location and field support of the test. This demonstration involved treating a small vadose zone DNAPL plume in the A/M Area over a 29 day period. Approximately 2000 pounds of DNAPL (perchloroethylene [PCE] and trichloroethylene [TCE]) were removed through the soil vapor extraction unit (SVEU). Soil core data indicate that approximately 300 pounds of DNAPL were removed from the test site. This report documents the data collected by SRS personnel during the demonstration of Lynntech's Soil Ozone Treatment Technology.

  5. Well Installation Report for Monitoring Wells TCM4, TCM5, and TCM8 and Pilot Hole TGSC-2A

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    Nichols, R.L.

    1998-10-26

    The shallow groundwater and sediments beneath the TNX Area are contaminated with both dissolved and residual chlorinated volatile organic compounds (CVOCs) such as trichloroethylene (TCE), carbon tetrachloride and perchloroethylene (PCE)..The Savannah River Technology Center (SRTC) is studying a new technology for remediating CVOCs known as GeoSiphon. The GeoSiphon Cell is a large diameter well uses granular cast iron for filter pack material and is operated by inducing a siphon to draw contaminated groundwater through the iron filter pack. As groundwater flows through the granular cast iron CVOCs are reduced to ethane, ethene, methane, and chloride ions. Previous laboratory and field studies (ETI, 1996, and Phifer et. al., 1997) conducted by SRTC have shown that granular cast iron is capable of remediating contaminated at TNX. SRTC will be conducting a Dual Cell test of the GeoSiphon technology in 1999 to study the hydraulic interaction of multiple cells operating simultaneously.T his report documents the installation of 3 monitoring wells and 1 pilot hole that were installed to support the Dual phase test. The three monitoring wells will be used to study the hydraulic interaction between the 2 GeoSiphon cells. Continuous core was collected from the proposed location for the second GeoSiphon Cell TGSC-2. Depth discrete samples collected from the core were analyzed for CVOCs.

  6. Enhanced organic contaminant sorption on soil treated with cationic surfactants

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    Brown, M.J.; Burris, D.R.

    1996-07-01

    Batch sorption and column transport laboratory experiments were performed to investigate the use of cationic surfactants to enhance sorption of dissolved organic contaminants in aquifer material with low organic carbon content. The experiments used sand from the Borden aquifer in Ontario, Canada, treated with hexadecyltrimethylammonium (HDTMA{sup +}) surfactant. Test results indicate that organic cations are strongly adsorbed by cation exchange reactions on the solid surface. Further adsorption occurs in admicelles, which form by hydrophobic interactions between adsorbed and mobile HDTMA{sup +} monomers. The nonlinear adsorption isotherm may be described by Langmuir adsorption theory. The retardation factor for HDTMA{sup +} on Borden aquifer material is approximately 460 when aqueous surfactant concentrations are less than 100 mg/l, while HDTMA{sup +} is relatively mobile at higher concentrations. Adsorbed HDTMA{sup +} mass increased f{sub oc} from 0.02 wt% on natural Borden aquifer material to 0.18 wt% on the treated sediments. Organic matter derived from the adsorbed HDTMA{sup +} is an effective partitioning medium for dissolved HOC, and results indicate that it may sorb HOC more efficiently than natural f{sub oc} on a unit weight basis. Batch sorption tests showed that sorption coefficients (K{sub d}) for trichloroethylene (TCE), perchloroethylene (PCE), and 1,2,4-trichlorobenzene (TCB) were 13 times higher on HDTMA{sup +} treated Borden aquifer material compared to the natural sediments.

  7. Variations of volatile chlorinated hydrocarbons in ambient air at industrial areas in Niigata

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    Kawata, K.; Mukai, H.; Tanabe, H.; Yasuhara, A.

    1996-07-01

    Typical volatile chlorinated hydrocarbons (VCHs), 1,1,1-trichloroethane (methyl chloroform, MCF), and trichloroethane (trichloroethylene, TCE) are used as degreasers or cleaners at electrical plants and metalworks; tetrachloroethane (perchloroethylene, PCE) as well as MCF is representative solve-its for dry cleaning. Tetrachloromethane (perchloromethane, PCM) utilized as material for chemicals. Some amounts of VCHs are lost in the process and are introduced to the environment by some routes. In particular, direct exhaust of VCHs into air is one of the most serious routes; 60 to 90 percents of the VCHs used at some metalworks and relative factories were estimated to be emitted into air. Previously reported were the concentration levels of the VCHs in ambient air at some areas the atmospheric VCH concentrations at industrial areas were affected with some factories which used the VCHs, whereas those at a suburban area were lower than those at industrial regions. Furthermore, they were higher in winter season than in summer season, which might be caused by -meteorological factors. In this paper, aerial variations of VCH concentrations during two to five years at three individual industrial areas (i.e., a metalware and houseware manufacturing area, a textile and dyeing industrial area and a chemical engineering area) are presented. 14 refs., 2 figs., 2 tabs.

  8. Fiber optic spectrochemical emission sensor: Detection of volatile chlorinated compounds in air and water using ultra-thin membranes

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    Anheier, N.C. Jr.; Olsen, K.B.; Osantowski, R.E.; Evans, J.C. Jr.; Griffin, J.W.

    1993-05-01

    Prior work on the fiber optic spectrochemical emission sensor called HaloSnif{trademark} has been extended to include an ultra-thin membrane which allows passage of volatile organic chlorinated compounds (VOCl). The membrane has been demonstrated to exclude H{sub 2}O during VOCl monitoring. The system is capable of measuring VOCl in gas-phase samples or aqueous solutions over a wide linear dynamic range. The lower limit of detection for trichloroethylene (TCE), perchloroethylene (PCE), carbon tetrachloride (CCl{sub 4}), and other related compounds in the gas-phase is 1 to 5 ppm{sub v/v}, and in the aqueous-phase is 5 to 10 mg/L. Waste site characterization and remediation activities often require chemical analysis in the vadose zone and in groundwater. These analyses are typically performed in analytical laboratories using widely accepted standardized methods such as gas chromatography, gas chromatography/mass spectrometry. The new developments with HaloSnif provide rapid field screening which can augment the standardized methods.

  9. Field verification of dioxin-furan emissions from the low temperature thermal treatment of chlorinated soils

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    Traister, M.

    1997-12-31

    Many industrial sites are affected with chlorinated compounds such as the common solvents perchloroethylene (PCE) and trichloroethylene (TCE). Several competent treatment methods are available to remediate soils affected with these compounds including low temperature thermal treatment (LTTT). The treatment of chlorinated solvents in soils with LTTT is of interest to many environmental managers. This paper presents a field-verified emission factor for dioxin and furan emissions for the LTTT of soils affected with chlorinated solvents. LTTT is a particularly advantageous treatment technology in such circumstances given the high volatility of most chlorinated solvents. A thermal process such as LTTT, however, may produce tetrachlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins (TCDD) and tetrachlorinated dibenzofurans (TCDF) as a result of the combustion of the chlorinated organic compounds. The generation of these by-products is a major concern when the benefits of remedial alternatives are reviewed. Several parameters of low temperature thermal treatment are examined in this paper. A general discussion of TCDD-TCDF formation and the influence of the chlorine content of the waste and corresponding