The effects of various amendments on the biostimulation of perchlorate reduction in laboratory microcosm and flowthrough soil columns


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Perchlorate (ClO4-) is a contaminant of concern in groundwater and drinking water. In the presence of a suitable electron donor, perchlorate can be reduced to non-toxic chloride via either biotic or abiotic mechanisms. The objective of this study was to evaluate a variety of amendments (Emulsified Oil Substrate (EOS®598), EHC® and a compost/mulch mixture) and supplemental nutrients to stimulate in situ perchlorate bioremediation. Both laboratory microcosm and column experiments were conducted with groundwater from a contaminated site that had an initial perchlorate concentration of about 500μg/L. Complete perchlorate removal was observed within 5-12days in all the microcosms. The addition of 1g/L (NH4)2HPO4 as nutrient increased the reduction rate of perchlorate in EOS and compost/mulch microcosms, but had no effect in the EHC amended microcosms. Two different flowthrough experiments were conducted. Phase 1 used two parallel columns packed with EOS-amended compost/mulch/gravel media and EHC-amended compost/mulch/gravel media, while in Phase 2, a series of varying length columns ranging from 0.15m to 0.60m were packed with EOS-amended soil and EHC-amended soil. No perchlorate was detected in the effluent of both EOS- and EHC-amended compost/mulch/gravel columns after 20days. In Phase 2, no significant treatment difference was observed between the EOS- and EHC-amended soil columns. Complete perchlorate removal was observed after 6 to 11days in all different length columns when they were operated at a hydraulic loading rate of 0.15m3/m2-d. Perchlorate removal was completely lost in all the columns when the hydraulic loading rate was increased to 0.60m3/m2-d. Nitrate competed with perchlorate for electrons, and was a preferred acceptor over perchlorate. Overall, based on the results of this study, the two commercial amendments can be considered as effective means for perchlorate bioremediation, although EHC had a shorter period of effectiveness. © 2013 Elsevier B.V..

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Wang, Y; Jin, L; Deshusses, MA; Matsumoto, MR

Published Date

  • October 1, 2013

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 232 /

Start / End Page

  • 388 - 396

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1385-8947

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.cej.2013.07.060

Citation Source

  • Scopus