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AquAeTer was retained by this client to perform a comprehensive sediment sampling and analyses to determine the cause(s) and timing of releases of DDT and its metabolites, Lindane and its isomers, and arsenic from a former manufacturing facility. A multi-phased plan, involving sampling and analysis of sediments, followed by mixing with fly-ash, leaching, and then reanalysis of the sediments and leachate, was performed to confirm that while the concentrations of the constituents of concern were quite low in the leachate from unstabilized and/or stabilized sediments, the concentrations in the sediments themselves were actually much higher. Concentrations of total DDT as high as 200,000 ug/kg were identified in sediment cores. Further sampling at the highest concentration location produced a homogeneous sediment sample with a total average DDT concentration of 32,000 ug/kg. Chemical and physical fingerprinting approaches were used to confirm and trace the releases.

AquAeTer provided the following services to its client for this sampling and reporting project:

  • Development of comprehensive health & safety and sampling & analyses plans
  • Core sampling of surface sediments
  • Sediment processing and stabilization
  • Sediment testing using Toxicity Characteristic Leaching Procedure (TCLP) and Synthetic
  • Precipitation Leaching Procedure (SPLP) Analyses
  • Laboratory data validation
  • Evaluation of sediment transport fingerprinting alternatives including metal concentration, radiological analyses and electron microscopic examination methods