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MTBE contamination in groundwater: Identifying and addressing the problem

United States

MTBE contamination in groundwater: Identifying and addressing the problem

hearing before the Subcommittee on Environment and Hazardous Materials of the ... Congress, second session, May 21, 2002

by United States

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Published by For sale by the Supt. of Docs., U.S. G.P.O., [Congressional Sales Office] .
Written in English


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Number of Pages78
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Open LibraryOL10114832M
ISBN 100160688523
ISBN 109780160688522

In September , 1, gallons of 4% sodium permanganate solution were injected into the gallery to address residual hot-spot soil and groundwater contamination. A groundwater bioremediation project was implemented in August to reduce levels of VOCs . increase in the use of oxygenated compounds in gasoline, particularly methyl tertiary-butyl ether (MTBE). During the s, MTBE was used more commonly in gasoline, and at higher concentrations, than in previous decades. As oxygenate usage has grown, however, so have concerns regarding the potential impacts of these compounds on groundwater.

PUBLIC HEALTH ADVOCATES around the world have increasingly invoked the precautionary principle as a basis for preventive actions. 1 – 9 This has been particularly true for environmental and food safety issues, in which the precautionary principle has moved from being a rallying cry for environmental advocates to a legal principle embodied in international treaties. 2, 6, 8 – The NCEH is addressing the feasibility of conducting a study to assess MTBE exposure and health effects from contaminated groundwater in two eastern states. The planned study will be a case control epidemiological survey of water use and health effects, and the EHLS will measure blood levels of MTBE to evaluate exposure, and DNA adducts and red.

Ground-Water Quality in the Appalachian Plateaus, Kanawha River Basin, West Virginia. By Charlynn J. Sheets and Mark D. Kozar. Abstract. Water samples collected from 30 privately-owned and small public-supply wells in the Appalachian Plateaus of the Kanawha River Basin were analyzed for a wide range of constituents, including bacteria, major ions, nutrients, trace elements, radon, pesticides. For example, Herndon’s declaration covers, among other things, the typical costs of remediating groundwater contamination, typical groundwater flow rates, the extent of the MTBE off­site migration – which was based on his review of consultant and expert reports rather than his own investigation – as well as the significance of OCWD’s.


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Get this from a library. MTBE contamination in groundwater: identifying and addressing the problem: hearing before the Subcommittee on Environment and Hazardous Materials of the Committee on Energy and Commerce, House of Representatives, One Hundred Seventh Congress, second session, [United States.

Congress. House. Committee on Energy and. MTBE: Effects on Soil and Ground-Water Resources examines and clarifies every issue in the national debate on this controversial environmental problem. book to all professionals involved in examining MTBE issues and creating successful remedial responses to this type of pollution concern.

Read more. 5 people found this helpful. Helpful.4/5(1). SummaryMTBE (Methyl Tertiary Butyl Ether) is widely used as a gasoline additive. It is used to enhance engine performance, improve combustion efficiency, and to reduce emissions of air also is a water pollutant.

It is water-soluble and has been detected in groundwater in thousands of communities. MTBE in even minute amounts causes the water to taste and smell offensive. MTBE contamination in groundwater: identifying and addressing the problem: hearing before the Subcommittee on Environment and Hazardous Materials of the Committee on Energy and Commerce, House of Representatives, One Hundred Seventh Congress, second session, the MtBE settlement funds for the remediation of MtBE contamination in groundwater and drinking water for the biennium ending J The authorized budget included approval of the proposed staffing plan establishing an MtBE Remediation Bureau to implement the resulting new programs.

groundwater assessments. Identifying receptors and potential exposure pathways supports effective planning of soil and groundwater assessment activities. Risk is then evaluated by measuring the extent and magnitude of contamination with respect to identified receptors. Therefore, it is. Gasoline compounds and additives are another class of VOCs that is sometimes detected in groundwater.

Leaking underground gasoline storage tanks are a common, but unseen, source of gasoline VOCs to groundwater. MTBE—A VOC With a Groundwater History. Methyl tert-butyl ether (MtBE) in groundwater illustrates the law of unintended consequences. Orange County water districts consider massive lawsuit over PFAS contamination The "forever chemical" is forcing the closure of dozens of wells and increased use of more expensive imported water.

Challenges and Methods for Identifying and Mitigating MtBE Impacts to Groundwater MtBE does not readily biodegrade and is very persistent in New Hampshire drinking water aquifers.

Although MtBE has not been a component of gasoline sold in New Hampshire since the State’s January 1, MtBE ban, it is still commonly found in our groundwater. MTBE has caused groundwater contamination problems in the U.S., due to its very low odor and taste threshold, tendency to migrate rapidly in groundwater, resistance to conventional water treatment.

1. Introduction. Petroleum hydrocarbons are common groundwater contaminants due to their widespread use and frequency of release from leaking underground storage tanks, pipeline infrastructure, accidental spillages, poor disposal practice and various industrial discharges (Environment Agency, a).Since the s methyl tert-butyl ether (MTBE) and other ether oxygenate.

The greatest potential threat from a leaking UST is contamination of groundwater, the source of drinking water for nearly half of all Americans. EPA, states, territories, and tribes work in partnership with industry to protect the environment and human health from potential releases.

The impact of petroleum and MTBE releases in the subsurface on groundwater quality and restoration of contaminated aquifers have been the subject of numerous books and reviews (e.g., Alvarez and.

Methyl tert-butyl ether (MTBE), also known as tert-butyl methyl ether, is an organic compound with a structural formula (CH 3) 3 COCH is a volatile, flammable, and colorless liquid that is sparingly soluble in water. Primarily used as a fuel additive, MTBE is blended into gasoline to increase knock resistance and reduce unwanted emissions.

However, due to groundwater contamination. History of pollution. Although environmental pollution can be caused by natural events such as forest fires and active volcanoes, use of the word pollution generally implies that the contaminants have an anthropogenic source—that is, a source created by human activities.

Pollution has accompanied humankind ever since groups of people first congregated and remained for a long time in any one. Runoff from all categories of agriculture leading to surface and groundwater pollution.

In northern climates, runoff from frozen ground is a major problem, especially where manure is spread during the winter. Vegetable handling, especially washing in polluted surface waters in many developing countries, leads to contamination of food supplies.

Definition. Water pollution is defined as the presence in groundwater of toxic chemicals and biological agents that exceed what is naturally found in the water and may pose a threat to human health and/or the onally, water pollution may consist of chemicals introduced into the water bodies as a result of various human activities.

Methyl tertiary-butyl ether (MTBE) is a fuel additive made, in part, from natural gas. Sinceit has been used in the United States as an octane enhancing replacement for lead, primarily in midand high-grade gasoline at concentrations as high as 8 percent (by volume).

In Nepal, arsenic (As) contamination is a major issue of current drinking water supply systems using groundwater and has recently been one of the major environmental health management issues especially in the plain region, i.e., in the Terai districts, where the population density is very high.

The Terai inhabitants still use hand tube and dug wells (with hand held pumps that are bored at. The method used is based on identifying water-soluble petroleum constituents, since they are of primary concern in dissolved-phase groundwater contamination.

A contaminated groundwater sample is collected in sufficient quantity (usually a few liters) to allow for concentration. Given the scant evidence that MTBE contamination of groundwater will be adequately addressed under the existing environmental regime, lawyers representing private well owners and public water districts find that they must pursue remedies under products liability law and the common law of torts such as negligence, nuisance, trespass, and fraud.

The research on groundwater pollution risk assessment will help understand the relationship between the soil conditions and groundwater pollution, identify the high-risk regions of groundwater pollution, provide a powerful tools for the land use and groundwater resource management, and help the policy maker and managers to develop effective.However, the removal from water of tert-butyl alcohol (TBA), an impurity in MTBE-blended fuels and an MTBE breakdown product, can be problematic using some conventional technologies such as air stripping and granular activated carbon.

These limitations may generate additional problems for water purveyors, regulators, and site managers.