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Petroleum releases from underground storage tanks in northwest Indiana: Successful remediation techniques and implications of cost effectiveness
by Lenz, Richard Jason, Ph.D., Mississippi State University, 2014, 128; 3665486
Abstract (Summary)

Prior to the passage of the 1976 Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) 1.6 million bare steel Underground Storage Tanks (UST) were in use in the United States. Many of them were leaking. In Indiana approximately 13,000 UST remain but have been upgraded to meet current industry and regulatory standards. Cleaning up the petroleum releases from leaking UST has continued since it became evident that bare steel underground tanks leaked. In Northwest Indiana glacial moraine and outwash deposits from the Wisconsin Ice Age that retreated 10,000 years ago left 200 feet of glacial till above the underlying bedrock. Soil Vapor Extraction (SVE) and Air Sparging (AS) have proven to be effective and provide significant cost savings for remediation in the glacial deposits in Northwest Indiana. Indiana also has the Excess Liability Trust Fund (ELTF) to help pay for and to expedite clean-up of releases from registered UST. Cleaning up petroleum releases requires the appropriate technology for the localized geology, adequate funding, and appropriate guidance from state and federal regulations. This study discusses these issues at three sites in Northwest Indiana to demonstrate how technology, funding, and regulatory compliance must collaborate to work in the field.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Schmitz, Darrel W.
Commitee: Ambinakudige, Shrinidhi S., Clary, Renee M., Mylroie, John E.
School: Mississippi State University
Department: Geosciences
School Location: United States -- Mississippi
Source: DAI-B 76/04(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Environmental science
Keywords: Air sparging, Excess liability trust fund, Glacial end moraines, Glacial outwash deposits, Indiana, Regulatory compliance
Publication Number: 3665486
ISBN: 978-1-321-38059-0
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