Natural attenuation of landfill leachate plumes

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Description

Natural attenuation as a remediantion technology is being considered for landfill leachate plumes. The demonstration of mass removal of target pollutants by natural remediation and the evaluation of residual risk is somewhat more omplicated than the approaches and protocols used in the context of petroleum hydrocarbons and chlorinated aliphatic compounds. The difference relates to the size of the source term and its influence on local hydrogeology, the mixture of pollutants and general organic matter and the often unidentified toxicity of the leachate. Based on the extensive research results described under "landfills" a conceptual model for natural attenuation at landfills is being developed.
StatusFinished
Effective start/end date01/01/199731/12/2000

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