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  • Journal of Hazardous Materials 162 (2009) 222229

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    the Kansas City Plant, Kansas City, MO, a case study where a PRB was installed and failed. It is shownthat additional quantitatively directed site exploration during the design phase could have prevented theremedial failure that was caused by missing a geologic body having high hydraulic conductivity at thesouth end of the barrier. The most contributing input parameter approach using head uncertainty clearlyindicatedwhere the next sampling should bemade toward the high hydraulic conductivity zone. This casestudy demonstrates the need to include the specic design as well as site characterization uncertainty

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    le reactive barriers (PRBs) are being employed as antment technology for groundwater contamination. Aned to intercept a plume of contaminated groundwaterer the natural gradient and transform the contaminantironmentally acceptable form. The goal is to have con-vels below target concentration at compliance pointsent of the barrier. The barrier is made out of a reac-that is selected based on the type of contaminant. Theon form of reactive media is zero-valent iron (Fe0).xample, chlorinated organics come in contact with Fe0,entially degraded into nontoxic dehalogenated organicand inorganic chloride [1]. The ability of a PRB to

    te a compound is a signicant benet, especially for anse non-aqueous phase liquid (DNAPL). This is becausels of a DNAPL contamination cannot be easily locatedntinue to generate a plume of dissolved hydrocarbonsh the pump and treat (PT) technique can control such

    ding author. Tel.: +1 816 235 6495; fax: +1 816 235 5535.resses: (J. Lee), (A.J. Graettinger), (J. Moylan), (H.W. Reeves).

    a DNAPL plume, PT requires extensive long-term maintenance andcontinual energy input. In contrast, a DNAPL plume can be con-trolledwithaPRBwithminimalmaintenancebecausePRBsoperatein a totally passive manner. Other advantages of PRBs are: (1) con-taminants are treated away from the surface, which minimizesworker and public exposure to toxic contaminants and (2) wasteconstituents are concentrated into a relatively small volumewithinthe treatment zone, which is the barrier itself.

    There are several disadvantages of using PRBs though. First,long-term performance of PRBs may generate preferential owsthrough the barrier with pore clogging, thus the PRB itself becomesheterogeneous and ineffective for treatment [3]. Second, hydraulicheterogeneity of the subsurface around the barrier can cause somuch uncertainty in performance that use of a passive PRB is pre-cluded [4]. Schipper et al. [5] investigated the effect of hydraulicconductivity change during the construction of denitrication walland found that the performance of permeable wall approacheswas highly dependent on the aquifer material. Gupta and Fox [6]implemented groundwater ow modeling and particle trackingtechniques to nd how aquifer heterogeneity affects the perfor-mance of PRB for different design parameters such as the capturezone width, residence time, ow velocity, and discharge.

    US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) [7] reported the useof PRBs for contaminated groundwater treatment at 47 sites in

    see front matter 2008 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.hazmat.2008.05.026d site exploration for permeable reactiv

    ea,, Andrew J. Graettingerb, John Moylanc, Howaf Geosciences, University of Missouri-Kansas City, Kansas City, MO 64110, United Statesf Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Alabama, Box 870205 Tuscaloosa,Street, Shawnee Mission, KS 66205, United Statesl Survey, USGS Michigan Water Science Center, 6250 Mercantile Way, Suite 5, Lansing,

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    Permeable reactive barriers (PRBs) aretypically owing under natural gradiea PRB. A design-specic site exploratiosented. TheQDEapproach employs thrsensitivity of model outputs, and (3) coto explore based on a specic design. Sproduces a higher probability of succ/ locate / jhazmat

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    employed for in situ site remediation of groundwater that isite characterization is of critical importance to the success ofroach called quantitatively directed exploration (QDE) is pre-tially relatedmatrices: (1) covariance of input parameters, (2)nce of model outputs to identify the most important locationling at the location that most reduces overall site uncertaintyf a particular design. The QDE approach is demonstrated on

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    the United States, Canada, and selected locations abroad. One ofthe lessons learned from this study was the importance of exten-sive site characterization during the design phase, which is theperiod whethe best rein the EPACanyon casization affecontinuousdichloroethduring opepassing arowhich wasThe Fry Cauranium cofunnelsnoincompleteconning ugroundwatethe PRB insan obliquesite-specicgeneity.

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    QDEes: (outplemea sited fnce,il inn the remedial design parameters are determined andmedial option is selected. Two cases were presentedreport, The Kansas City Plant (KCP) case and the Frye, which demonstrate how insufcient site character-cted the performance of the PRBs. At the KCP site atrench PRB was designed and installed to treat 1,2-ylene (1,2-DCE) and vinyl chloride (VC). It was foundration that a high concentration of contaminants wasund the endof the barrier due to a high conductive zone,not detected during the design site exploration phase.nyon site adopted a funnel-and-gate design to treatntamination in groundwater. Although the design hadow barriers to block the bypass of contaminants, thecontact between the uneven surface of the underlyingnit and the gates provided pathways for contaminatedr. In addition, a large bedrock nosewas detected duringtallation and resulted in re-orientation of the PRB withangle into the funnels. Therefore, the design should bewith a thorough understanding of subsurface hetero-

    gested that a design phase of site exploration beo select an appropriate remediation technique, whichwed by a design-specic site exploration. Additionaltion is usually not considered after the remedial designase studies indicate that if additional site explorationerformed with a specic design in mind, many casesfailure could have been avoided. It should be noted

    ditional site exploration should be design-specic soitional information can be used to optimize the designto avoid potential failure.ects of site characterization that should be evaluatedementing a PRB are: (1) hydrogeology, (2) contaminantgeochemistry, and (4) microbiology [8]. Hydrogeologiction must be done accurately as it determines ground-atterns and the distribution of the contaminant plume.ow patterns may cause bypass of contaminant aroundand lead to a potential failure of remediation. It is alsohave an adequate contaminant characterization (suchconcentration) and totalmass of contaminant as thesedetermine the dimensions of the PRB. Geochemicaltion is needed for estimating the expected life of abecause, for example, the potential effect of precipi-up on the medium may cause bypassing of the barrier.ial aspects of the PRB should be known as well sinceions of nativemicrobial populations, contaminants, andrier materials are quite complex.l documented in the literature that hydrogeologic sitetion is critical to the success of a PRB, yet there arew studies emphasizing site characterization for PRBs.udies focus on the determination of PRB design param-as length, thickness, angle, or hydraulic conductivityier and simply employ a groundwater ow model toe design parameter determination (for example, Scott[9]). Although not the primary focus of a paper, somes been published on the uncertainty of site conditionsith PRBs design parameters [10]. Heterogeneity of the

    gic settings and its effect on theperformanceof PRBshasarily considered [11,12]. Typically a stochastic approachnte Carlo simulation is employed to propagate hydro-certainty through a model to the result. Accountinginty


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