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Treatment Methods for Petroleum-Contaminated Soils

The cover of the 'Treatments of Petroleum-Contaminated Soil in Cold, Wet, Remote Regions' document.

Climate, utility access, and accessibility present serious challenges for treating petroleum-contaminated soils in the Tongass and Chugach National Forests of Alaska. The report, Treatment of Petroleum-Contaminated Soil in Cold, Wet, Remote Regions (02711-2801-MTDC), explains the various hazards caused by different petroleum products and discusses effective ways to treat contaminated sites. Sponsored by the Washington Office Environmental Compliance and Protection Program, the report culminates 3 years of study by University of Alaska professors, David Barnes and Shawna Laderach. The treatment technologies covered in the report include: excavation and proper disposal, thermal desorption, incineration, soil washing, ex situ vapor extraction, composting, landfarming, soil vapor extraction, barometric pumping, and bioventing. Although this report will only be available electronically, a Tech Tip summarizing the findings will be prepared later this year.

The report, Treatment of Contaminated Soil in Cold, Wet, Remote Regions (0271–2801–MTDC), is available on the Internet at: /cgi-bin/

For more information, contact Charlie Showers, program leader (phone: 406–329–3945, fax: 406–329–3719, e-mail:

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