The Partitioning Tracer Method for In-Situ Detection and Quantification of Immiscible Liquids in the Subsurface

M. L. Brusseau, N. T. Nelson, R. B. Cain

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Abstract

Conducting risk assessments and developing remediation programs for contaminated sites requires knowledge of the occurrence and distribution of immiscible liquids in the subsurface. Current 'point-sampling' characterization methods, such as analysis of soil gas, core sampling, cone penetrometer testing, and monitor-well sampling, are often not capable of providing the amount of data required for effective +risk assessment or remediation system design, without a cost-prohibitive number of samples. The purpose of this work is to discuss an alternative method, the partitioning tracer test, for measuring the quantity and distribution of immiscible liquid in the subsurface. The basis for this method will be briefly reviewed, followed by a discussion of its implementation. Practical considerations as well as limitations of the method will also be discussed. Application of the method will be illustrated for a site contaminated with a multiple-component immiscible liquid.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationInnovative subsurface remediation
Subtitle of host publicationfield testing of physical, chemical and characterization technologies. ACS symposium series 725.
EditorsM.L. Brusseau, D.A. Sabatini, J.S. Gierke, M.D. Annable
PublisherAmerican Chemical Society
Pages208-225
Number of pages18
ISBN (Print)0841235961, 9780841235960
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)

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    Brusseau, M. L., Nelson, N. T., & Cain, R. B. (1999). The Partitioning Tracer Method for In-Situ Detection and Quantification of Immiscible Liquids in the Subsurface. In M. L. Brusseau, D. A. Sabatini, J. S. Gierke, & M. D. Annable (Eds.), Innovative subsurface remediation: field testing of physical, chemical and characterization technologies. ACS symposium series 725. (pp. 208-225). American Chemical Society. https://doi.org/10.1021/bk-1999-0725.ch015