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Geoenvironmental Engineering

Contaminated Soils, Pollutant Fate, and Mitigation, 1st Edition

By Raymond N. Yong

CRC Press

320 pages

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Why do some contaminants remain in soils indefinitely? How much of a threat do they pose to human health or the environment? The need for effective and economic site decontamination arises daily. Geoenvironmental Engineering: Contaminated Soils, Pollutant Fate, and Mitigation discusses why soils remain contaminated, focusing on the development of the factors, properties, characteristics, and parameters of soils and individual contaminants.

Subjects covered include the basic properties of soils affecting accumulation of contaminants, long-term retention of contaminants and their fate, including the development of intermediate products. The author emphasizes the factors, interactions, and mechanisms important in the bonding and partitioning process. He provides the groundwork for determining the fate of pollutants in soils and sediments and their mitigation.

Geoenvironmental Engineering: Contaminated Soils, Pollutant Fate, and Mitigation focuses on why soils and sediments remain contaminated, not how they became contaminated in the first place. You will understand why specific contaminants remain in soils and sediments, how much of a threat they pose to human health and the environment, and what steps to take for mitigation. With this information you can determine the extent of the contamination of soils and sediments, how long they will remain a threat, and what methods to use for their remediation.

Table of Contents

Contaminated Land

Ground Contamination

The Land Environment

Land Environment Sensitivity and Tolerance

Land Suitability and Use

Wastes and Waste Streams

Nature of Soils

Soil Materials in the Land Environment

Soil Materials

Soil Fractions

Soil Structure

Physical Properties

Soil-Water Systems

Surface Relationships

Surfaces and Soil Fractions

Surface Charges and Electrified Interface

Diffuse Double-Layer (DDL) Models

Interactions and Soil Structure

Soil-Water Characteristics

Interactions and Partitioning of Pollutants

Pollutants, Contaminants, and Fate

Pollutants of Major Concern

Controls and Reactions in Porewater

Partitioning and Sorption Mechanisms

pH Environment, Solubility, and Precipitation

Natural Soil Organics and Organic Chemicals

Soil Surface Sorption Properties - CEC, SSA

Pollutant Sorption Capacity Characterization

Interactions and Pollutant Transport Predictions

Partitioning and Fate of Heavy Metals

Environmental Controls on HM Mobility and Availability

Partitioning of HM Pollutants

Distribution of Partitioned HMs

Soil Composition, Structure, and HM Partitioning

Persistence and Fate of Organic Chemical Pollutants

Adsorption and Bonding Mechanisms

Partitioning of Organic Chemical Pollutants

Interactions and Fate

Interactions and Pollutant Removal

Basic Decontamination Considerations

Determination of Pollutant Release

Electronics and Electrokinetics

Biochemical Reactions and Pollutants

Assessment, Screening, and Treatability

Remediation and Pollution Mitigation

Pollutants and Site Contamination

Basic Soil Decontamination Considerations

Physio-Chemical Techniques

Chemical Techniques

Biological Techniques

Multiple Treatments and Treatment Trains


Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Environmental Science
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Agriculture / General