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Field investigation of natural attenuation of chlorinated solvents--Picatinny Arsenal, New Jersey

Flow through soil columns set up in a laboratory.
USGS scientists conducted a column study to determined desorption rates of trichloroethylene (TCE) from contaminated aquifer sediments. Desorption was an important continuing source of TCE to the plume (circa 1993).

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Trichloroethylene (TCE), which is a common cleaning solvent and degreaser, has contaminated a sand and gravel aquifer near Picatinny, New Jersey. Investigations have focused on measuring natural processes that are removing TCE from ground water (such as degradation by microbes and loss as vapors to the atmosphere), identifying causes for the persistence of TCE in the aquifer, and field testing new remediation technologies.

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