Blackstrap Molasses Impacted Groundwater Clean Up
Federal Remediation Technologies Roundtable Technology Cost and Performance Enhanced In situ Biotransformation at the Weapons Industrial Reserve Plant, Dallas,
TexasSite Name:Naval Weapons Industrial Reserve Plant (NWIRP) Period of Operation: CleanupOctober 1999 - September 2000
Injection of diluted raw blackstrap molasses into impacted groundwater bearing zones 2 injection wells, one in the upper (12 ft bgs) and one in the lower water-bearing zone (approximately 35 ft bgs) Injection and monitoring wells installed near center of TCE plume. Total of approximately 560 gallons of molasses injected into upper zone and 140 gallons into lower zone, over a period of two months- 13-52 gal. injected in upper zone and 0-35 gal. injected in lower zone per event Concentration of molasses ranged from 10-20 % Injection events occurred every 2-3 days - Larger volumes of molasses (325-1,800gal. at 2% concentration) injected in latter stagesof demonstration to evaluate hydrodynamic effects ofcreating small groundwater mounds around injectionwells
Cleanup Authority:Not identified
Contacts: Site Lead
2155 Eagle Drive, North
Charleston, SC 29406
Consultant David Vance
ARCADIS Geraghty & Miller, Inc.
1100 23rd Ave.,
Port Hueneme, CA 93043
2155 Eagle Drive, North
Charleston, SC 29406
VOCs- TCE (26.5-5,300 µg/L) and daughter products, including 1,1-DCE, 1,2-DCE isomers, and vinyl chloride Waste Source: Unlined pits that received liquid wastes generated from the manufacture and assembly of military and commercial aircraft components and weapons systems
Type/Quantity of Media Treated: Groundwater
Two water-bearing zones in study area (unlined acid neutralization pit near Solid Waste Management Unit #15 that received liquid wastes from site operations between 1970 and 1983) Depth of upper zone is 12 ft bags and depth of lower zone is approximately 35 ft bags. Literally and vertically anisotropic and heterogeneous hydrogeology
- Hydraulic conductivity: upper water-bearing zone - 35.7 to 13.5 ft/day; lower water-bearing zone - 29.0 to 2.2 ft/day; upper and > lower water-bearing zone (not separated) - 6.2 to 1.4 ft/day
Purpose/Significance of Application:
Evaluation of the effectiveness and feasibility of in-situ biotransformation using
molasses to treat groundwater contaminated with chlorinated solvents.
Regulatory Requirements/Cleanup Goals: Objective of study was to evaluate enhanced in situ biotransformation as a remedy for impacted groundwater. No cleanup goals were
Results: Data were provided for six downgradient monitoring wells (three in the upper and three in the lower water-bearing zone) for baseline samples that were collected in July 1999 prior to installing the treatment system, and again in September 2000.
During this period, TCE concentrations appeared to have been reduced more in the upper water-bearing zone than in the lower water-bearing zone
- In the upper zone, TCE concentrations were reduced from 4,110 to 323 µg/L and from 3,310 to 345 µg/L in two out of the three downgradient monitoring wells. In the third monitoring well, TCE concentrations stayed approximately the same at 378 µg/L
- In the lower zone, TCE concentrations were reduced from 2,770 to 2,300 µg/L in one out of the three downgradient monitoring wells. In the > other two wells, TCE concentrations increased from 1,020 to 2,150 µg/L and from 3,170 to 4,450 µg/L
- The total cost for the pilot study was $306,557, including $152,903 in capital costs, $72,560 in O&M costs, and $27,094 in other project costs such as reporting and project management
- Unit cost was not calculated for this application
- No information was provided about the projected cost for use of this technology at
full-scale at this site.
Description: The NWIRP in Dallas, TX is an active plant that manufactures and assembles military and commercial aircraft components and weapons systems. Improper disposal of degreasers in these operations resulted in contamination of the groundwater with TCE and its daughter products. In October 1999, a field demonstration of enhanced in situ biotransformation was initiated in an area near Solid Waste Management Unit (SWMU) #15, which was an unlined acid neutralization pit that received liquid wastes from site operations between 1970 and 1983.
The demonstration consisted of injecting molasses solution into the upper and lower
water-bearing zones using two injection wells, to serve as a supplemental energy source for indigenous microbes and enhance the existing microbial processes occurring within the subsurface. After an 11 month period, sampling showed that TCE concentrations appeared to have been reduced more in the upper water-bearing zone than in the lower water-bearing zone. In the upper zone, TCE concentrations were reduced by more than 85% in two out of the three downgradient monitoring wells, while they stayed approximately the same in the third well. In the lower zone, TCE concentrations were reduced by approximately 15% in one out of the three downgradient wells, and increased in the other two wells. No information was provided about the projected cost for use of this technology at full-scale at this site. During the demonstration, mold was found to be growing on the molasses solution. As a result, the solution was prepared in batches and automated injection was switched to manual events followed by thorough cleaning of the molasses mixing tanks.