Mobility and sorption of bis-2-chloroethyl ether in an aquifer material.


Active treatment of BCEE (bis-2-chloroethyl ether) is being currently performed in the on-site Cohansey Aquifer at the Lipari Superfund Site. Remediation of BCEE in the underlying Kirkwood aquifer is being considered, necessitating investigations of BCEE geochemistry in aquifer material from the site. It is currently unknown to what extent BCEE is present in the dissolved, sorbed, or free-product phase in the Kirkwood Sand aquifer material. A series of partition coefficient sorption, column leach, and column loading tests were conducted to determine BCEE sorption to, and mobility in, the Kirkwood Sand aquifer material. The leach studies indicated that up to 50% of BCEE spiked (as free-phase product) onto two aquifer material column designs could be leached in approximately 18h, due to the high aqueous solubility of BCEE. Dissolved BCEE concentrations then began to plateau as sorption reactions hindered further leaching, resulting in up to 80% removal after 48h. Column loading and batch sorption experiments suggest that BCEE mobility is limited by sorption rather than solubility factors. Tracer tests in both column loading and batch sorption tests indicate sorption hinders leaching of BCEE from the Kirkwood Sand material.

DOI: 10.1016/j.jhazmat.2009.02.138

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@article{Bednar2009MobilityAS, title={Mobility and sorption of bis-2-chloroethyl ether in an aquifer material.}, author={Anthony J. Bednar and Robert A. Kirgan and Richard A Karn and Becca Donovan and M F Mohn and Drorit Sirkis}, journal={Journal of hazardous materials}, year={2009}, volume={168 2-3}, pages={1041-6} }