Emerging Issues

SERDP and ESTCP efforts focus on the fate, transport, and treatment of emerging groundwater contaminants.  Studies also examine new pathways for human exposure from contaminated groundwater, such as vapor intrusion, with the goal of preventing or mitigating such exposure.

Active Projects List
Project Title Start Date

Full-Scale Fixed-Bed Biological Perchlorate Destruction Demonstration

Project Information
Project ID: ER-201169
Principal Investigator: Dr. Jess Brown, Carollo Engineers
ESTCP Jan 2011

Developing and Field-Testing Genetic Catabolic Probes for Monitored Natural Attenuation of 1,4-Dioxane

Project Information
Project ID: ER-2301
Principal Investigator: Dr. Pedro Alvarez, Rice University
SERDP Jan 2013

Novel Microbially-Driven Fenton Reaction for In Situ Remediation of Groundwater Contaminated With 1,4-Dioxane, Tetrachloroethene (PCE) and Trichloroethene (TCE)

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Project ID: ER-2305
Principal Investigator: Dr. Thomas DiChristina, Georgia Institute of Technology
SERDP Jan 2013

Development of a Passive Flux Meter Approach to Quantifying 1,4-Dioxane Mass Flux

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Project ID: ER-2304
Principal Investigator: Dr. Michael Annable, University of Florida
SERDP Jan 2013

In Situ Biodegradation of 1,4-Dioxane: Effects of Metals and Chlorinated Solvent Co-Contaminants

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Project ID: ER-2300
Principal Investigator: Dr. Shaily Mahendra, University of California, Los Angeles
SERDP Jan 2013

Demonstration/Validation of More Cost-Effective Methods for Mitigating Radon and VOC Subsurface Vapor Intrusion to Indoor Air

Project Information
Project ID: ER-201322
Principal Investigator: Dr. Todd McAlary, Geosyntec Consultants, Inc.
ESTCP Jan 2013

Natural Attenuation and Biostimulation for In Situ Treatment of 1,2-Dibromoethane (EDB)

Project Information
Project ID: ER-201331
Principal Investigator: Paul Koster van Groos, Aptim
ESTCP Jan 2013

Evaluation of Branched Hydrocarbons as Stimulants for In Situ Cometabolic Biodegradation of 1,4-Dioxane and Its Associated Co-Contaminants

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Project ID: ER-2303
Principal Investigator: Dr. Michael Hyman, North Carolina State University
SERDP Jan 2013

Investigating Electrocatalytic and Catalytic Approaches for In Situ Treatment of Perfluoroalkyl Contaminants in Groundwater

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Project ID: ER-2424
Principal Investigator: Dr. Charles Schaefer, CDM Smith
SERDP Jan 2014

Coagulant-enhanced Sorption for In Situ Remediation of PFAS Contaminated Groundwater Systems

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Project ID: ER-2425
Principal Investigator: Dr. Matt Simcik, University of Minnesota
SERDP Jan 2014

Quantification of In Situ Chemical Reductive Defluorination (ISCRD) of Perfluoroalkyl Acids in Groundwater Impacted by AFFFs

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Project ID: ER-2426
Principal Investigator: Dr. Linda Lee, Purdue University
SERDP Jan 2014

Extending the Applicability of Compound-Specific Isotope Analysis to Low Concentrations of 1,4-Dioxane

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Project ID: ER-2535
Principal Investigator: Mr. Peter Bennett, Haley & Aldrich, Inc.
SERDP Jan 2015

Tools for Understanding Transients in Vapor Intrusion

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Project ID: ER-201502
Principal Investigator: Dr. Eric Suuberg, Brown University
ESTCP Jan 2015

Mass Flux Characterization for Vapor Intrusion Assessment

Project Information
Project ID: ER-201503
Principal Investigator: Dr. Helen Dawson, Geosyntec Consultants, Inc.
ESTCP Jan 2015

Demonstration of a Long-Term Sampling Approach for Distinguishing Sources of Volatile Organic Compounds in Indoor Air

Project Information
Project ID: ER-201504
Principal Investigator: Dr. Alan Rossner, Clarkson University
ESTCP Jan 2015

Sewers and Utility Tunnels as Preferential Pathways for Volatile Organic Compound Migration into Buildings: Risk Factors and Investigation Protocol

Project Information
Project ID: ER-201505
Principal Investigator: Dr. Thomas McHugh, GSI Environmental, Inc.
ESTCP Jan 2015

The VI Diagnosis Toolkit for Assessing Vapor Intrusion Pathways and Impacts in Neighborhoods Overlying Dissolved Chlorinated Solvent Plumes

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Project ID: ER-201501
Principal Investigator: Dr. Paul Johnson, Colorado School of Mines
ESTCP Jan 2015

Assessment of Post Remediation Performance of a Biobarrier Oxygen Injection System at an MTBE Contaminated Site

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Project ID: ER-201588
Principal Investigator: Ms. Kenda Neil, NAVFAC EXWC
ESTCP Aug 2015

Electrokinetically-Delivered, Thermally-Activated Persulfate Oxidation (EK-TAP) for the Remediation of Chlorinated and Recalcitrant Compounds in Heterogeneous and Low Permeability Source Zones

Project Information
Project ID: ER-201626
Principal Investigator: Mr. Evan Cox, GeoSyntec Consultants
ESTCP Jan 2016

Reactive Gas Process for In Situ Treatment of 1,2,3-Trichloropropane in Vadose Zone Soils

Project Information
Project ID: ER-201632
Principal Investigator: Dr. Paul Hatzinger, APTIM Federal Services
ESTCP Jan 2016
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