Full-scale MTBE biobarrier - Presentation of final results from a 3-year ESTCP demonstration at Port Hueneme, CA

Karen D. Miller, Paul C. Johnson, Cristin L. Bruce

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Abstract

The ESTCP program sponsored a full-scale MTBE-BTEX biobarrier demonstration at the Naval Base Ventura County, Port Hueneme, CA, where dissolved MTBE plume is approximately 500 ft wide and about 1 mi long. This passive flow through biobarrier system was designed to biodegrade MTBE, TBA, and other dissolved hydrocarbons leaving the downgradient edge of a residual gasoline impacted source zone. Upgradient MTBE concentrations were ≤ 10 mg/L, and the BTEX concentrations were ≤ 1-2 mg/L. MTBE, TBA, and BTEX concentrations were reduced to < 0.005 mg/L downgradient of the biobarrier. No evidence of clogging of the biobarrier was observed. Microcosm studies conducted in the air only, oxygen only, and bioaugmented zones of the biobarrier were presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)945-946
Number of pages2
JournalSoil and Sediment Contamination
Volume11
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 1 2002

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Soil Science
  • Pollution
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis

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