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Title: Assessment for soil reuse standards at McMurdo Station
Authors: Affleck, Rosa T.
Barker, Amanda J.
Meyer, Anita K.
Clausen, Jay L.
Keywords: Cold regions
Environmental protection--Standards
McMurdo Station (Antarctica)
Oil pollution of soils
Soil pollution
Soil remediation
Publisher: Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (U.S.)
Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.)
Series/Report no.: Technical Report (Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.)) ; no. ERDC/CRREL TR-20-6
Abstract: The soils at McMurdo Station in Antarctica contain hydrocarbons derived from accidental fuel spills and industrial development. The current practice for contaminated soils is to remove any material with concentrations greater than 100 mg/kg of total petroleum hydrocarbons (TPH) and to transport them to the United States for disposal. Any soils that contain concentrations of TPH less than 100 mg/kg can be reused on-site. While this is the current standard practice, there remains little evidence to verify that 100 mg/kg is an appropriate reuse standard. Moreover, the current practice is based on the guidelines for cleanup values in California (the port of entry where the soils are currently shipped for treatment and disposal), which has few environmental similarities with Antarctica. In the present study, we investigate current regulations for cleanup and soil reuse in U.S. states, Canadian territories, and other countries with cold climates. We also discuss case studies from Arctic and Antarctic regions where soil has been reused after treatment. Additionally, we present a site conceptual model for risk assessment based on known site information and recommend future focus areas for addressing hydrocarbon-contaminated soils at McMurdo Station.
Description: Technical Report
Gov't Doc #: ERDC/CRREL TR-20-6
Rights: Approved for Public Release; Distribution is Unlimited
Size: 69 pages / 2.85 MB
Types of Materials: PDF/A
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