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Vapor Phase Transport and Biodegradation of Volatile Fuel Compounds in the Unsaturated Zone: A Large Scale Lysimeter Experiment

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The vapor phase transport and biodegradation of typical fuel compounds including volatile petroleum hydrocarbons and methyl tert-butyl ether (MTBE) was studied in a large scale field lysimeter representing a 2.3 m thick sandy unsaturated zone over a gravel aquifer.

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Author(s): Pasteris G, Werner D, Kaufmann K, Hoehener P

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Environmental Science & Technology

Year: 2002

Volume: 36

Issue: 1

Pages: 30-39

ISSN (print): 0013-936X

ISSN (electronic): 1520-5851

Publisher: American Chemical Society


DOI: 10.1021/es0100423

Notes: This study has had an impact in the national (Swiss) media with more than 10 reports in newspapers and radio, reviving the debate whether or not MTBE should be replaced as a fuel additive (in Switzerland it was not, because the agencies argue that double-walled underground storage tanks in Switzerland don't leak). Two newspaper articles with photo: La liberte, Fribourg (Suisse), 15.03.2002, 24heures, Lausanne (Suisse), 26.04.2002.


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