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Chemical Oxidation

Chemical Oxidation - United States Environmental Protection...

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United States Office of Solid Waste and EPA 542-F-01-013 Environmental Protection Emergency Response April 2001 Agency (5102G) www.epa.gov/superfund/sites www.cluin.org A Citizen’s Guide to Chemical Oxidation ? ? EPA uses many methods to clean up pollution at Superfund and other sites. Some, like chemical oxidation, are considered new or innovative . Such methods can be quicker and cheaper than more common methods. If you live, work, or go to school near a Superfund site, you may want to learn more about cleanup methods. Perhaps they are being used or are proposed for use at your site. How do they work? Are they safe? This Citizen’s Guide is one in a series to help answer your questions. polluted groundwater groundwater level oxidant ground surface recirculated mixture of oxidants, groundwater, and chemicals well well What is chemical oxidation? Chemical oxidation uses chemicals called oxidants to destroy pollution in soil and ground- water. Oxidants help change harmful chemicals into harmless ones, like water and carbon dioxide. Chemical oxidation can destroy many types of chemicals like fuels, solvents, and pesticides. How does it work? Chemical oxidation does not involve digging up polluted soil or groundwater. Instead, wells are drilled at different depths in the polluted area. The wells pump the oxidant into the
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