Site Closure Sought after using ORC® Biobarrier to Enhance Aerobic Biodegradation of MTBE and TPHg

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CASE SUMMARY

Former Service Station - Bishop, CA

Extensive methyl tertiary-butyl ether (MTBE) and total petroleum hydrocarbons as gasoline (TPHg) contamination was discovered within the subsurface as a result of leaking underground storage tanks (USTs) at a former service station. Following the removal of the leaking USTs, a total of 1,192 cubic yards of gasolineimpacted soil in the source area was excavated and transported off-site for treatment. Monitoring following the excavation activities revealed residual source contamination found in the capillary fringe immediately downgradient near Wells MW-6 and MW-7. Concentrations in Well MW-6 exceeded 7 parts per million (ppm) MTBE and approximately 11 ppm TPHg. Efforts to further delineate the plume revealed petroleum contamination extending 1,700 feet downgradient from the source. Early efforts were made to treat the downgradient plume utilizing an air sparging/vapor extraction system placed 800 feet downgradient from the site of the original release. This approach proved to be effective as MTBE and TPHg were reduced to non-detect levels downgradient from where it was installed. However, the source area continued to reveal MTBE and TPHg
concentrations above the cleanup goals enforced by the California Regional Water Quality Board. To treat the source area and bring the site to closure, an enhanced bioremediation barrier (biobarrier) was designed and implemented using Oxygen Release Compound (ORC®).

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