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Steam Extraction Treatability Study Analysis

On behalf of a non-profit environmental organization, Clearwater Revival Company performed a technical review and prepared comments on a Treatability Study prepared by a local university. The Treatability Study intended to evaluate in-situ steam extraction for remediation of subsurface hydrocarbon contamination at a former turn-of-the-century oil refinery site.

CRC's review concluded that the use of this innovative technology with the proposed vapor emissions controls would potentially result in a public nuisance. CRC's concerns were verified when additional site testing was performed by the project sponsor. Samples showed the high concentrations of sulfur compounds, consistent with refinery use. Organo-sulfur compounds are associated with bad odors.

The presence of sulfur containing wastes led to the abandonment of the Treatability Study.

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