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Plymouth, MA, United States

Begley J.F.,Molecular Translations Inc. | Czarnecki M.,Northeastern University | Kemen S.,Molecular Translations Inc. | Verardo A.,Molecular Translations Inc. | And 3 more authors.
Ground Water Monitoring and Remediation | Year: 2012

Contamination of groundwater with chlorinated ethenes is common and represents a threat to drinking water sources. Standard anaerobic bioremediation methods for the highly chlorinated ethenes PCE and TCE are not always effective in promoting complete degradation. In these cases, the target contaminants are degraded to the daughter products DCE and/or vinyl chloride. This creates an additional health risk, as vinyl chloride is even more toxic and carcinogenic than its precursors. New treatment modalities are needed to deal with this widespread environmental problem. We describe successful bioremediation of a large, migrating, dilute vinyl chloride plume in Massachusetts with an aerobic biostimulation treatment approach utilizing both oxygen and ethene. Initial microcosm studies showed that adding ethene under aerobic conditions stimulated the rapid degradation of VC in site groundwater. Deployment of a full-scale treatment system resulted in plume migration cutoff and nearly complete elimination of above-standard VC concentrations. © 2011, The Author(s). Ground Water Monitoring & Remediation © 2011, National Ground Water Association.

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