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Pilot-scale Research of Novel Amendment Delivery for in situ Sediment Remediation

Upal Ghosh

Grant Number: R01ES16182
Funding Period: 2008-2011
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Funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act is supporting pilot-scale research of Dr. Upal Ghosh at the University of Maryland-Baltimore County. Dr. Gohsh is evaluating the effectiveness of a novel approach to alter the binding capacity of sediments to reduce the release of PCBs and DDT from sediment and reduce human exposure to such contaminants. The supplement is aimed at accelerating the assessment of the performance of the treatment technology in the field. Dr. Ghosh is developing an in-situ amendment technology that is capable of tracking the fate of PCB sorption and biodegradation process simultaneously. This tool will be used to assess if and how microbial dechlorination processes continue to attenuate PCB concentrations below an actively treated layer of sediment.

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