Analysis of Remediation Techniques for Cadmium

Analysis of Remediation
Techniques for CadmiumContaminated Soils at
62 Street Dump
Tampa, FL
By: Rosemary Collins
Site Background Information
Contaminant Review
Past Remediation Techniques and
My Remediation Plan
 5.5 acres
 Undeveloped
land N & W
 Mix of Rural
and Comm.
S&E, 2012
62 Street Dump
 Started operations in
1960’s as borrow pit
 Became industrial
disposal site until
 Continued as
disposal site, 2012
Site Contamination
• Added to NPL in 1983
• 48,000 cubic yards of waste
• Contamination in debris, soil and
• Arsenic, cadmium, chromium,
copper, lead, nickel and PCBs
•Trace Metal, Cd(II) ion
•No essential biological
•Few toxicological
•Natural: underlying bedrock,
transported parent material,
and atmospheric deposition
•Anthropogenic: fertilizers,
pesticides, refined petroleum
products, batteries, biosolids
and industrial wastes.
Background Concentrations
• Most often occurs in small quantities
• Tampa, FL .008-.015ppm (Chen, 1999)
• Zinc Cores: 200-14,000 ppm (ICA)
• Residential: 82 ppm
• Industrial: 1700 ppm
Negative Effects
• High toxicity at low exposures
• Direct-contact risk
• Eating and drinking contaminated
• Breathing contaminated air
• Negatively impact metabolic
processes/ kidney disfunction
Started in 1993
• Excavated and treated contaminated soil
• Constructed a below-ground wall around
the site
• Placed 4.5 acre vegetative cap over site
Site Update
• Cleanup actions ended in 1995
• Deleted from NPL in 1999
• Site inspections and GW
monitoring are continued
• Site’s 3rd five year review
completed in 2009
In Situ Remediation
• 3 Main Strategies:
• Removal: Soil Flushing
• Isolation: Below-ground wall
and Vegetative Cap
• Stabilization: Phytoextraction/
Removal: Soil Flushing
US EPA, A citizens guide to in situ soil flushing, 1996.
Soil Flushing
• Use of Citrate Solution Reagent, 90%
removal (Wasay, McGill Univers., 2000)
• Reduce costs by recycling clean water back
to environment
• Most efficient at sites with soils
• Relatively homogeneous & permeable
• Areas with high water table
• Contaminant that is water-soluble
Negatives: Spreading to GW, estimating the
completeness of removal
Isolation: Slurry Walls and Cap
• Soil, bentonite and water mixture
• Low permeability and chemical
resistance at a low cost
• Conjunction with capping: 95%
effectiveness (FRTR)
• Vegetative Cap
Stabilization: Phytoremediation
• Phytoextraction: remove
contaminant from soil and
accumulate in roots
• Phytostabilization: decrease
mobility and bioavailability by
adsorbing to roots/rhizosphere
T. caerulescens/ Alpine Pennycress
• Study by Sneller et al.
• Cadmium hyperaccumulator
• High cadmium uptake and
uptake rate due to Cd-specific
transport channels in root
• Final: Harvest plants and smelt
• Relatively Cheap
Strategy Comparison
In Situ
Pro: almost
Con: expensive,
dispersal during
Pro: inexpensive,
on site, almost
Con: long term,
trouble determining
• Small area, soil type and moderate
level of cadmium contamination make
62 Street Dump perfect location for In
Situ Remediation
• Cost effective in removing cadmium
from soil over time
• Improve environment by bringing
vegetation back to site
Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, Cadmium, CAS number 7440-43-9, Atlanta, GA.
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Water, and Leachate.
International Cadmium Association, , Great Falls, VA
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University Science B. p.210-220.
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Pensacola, FL.
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Pb, Engineering Bulletin.
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