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The development of analytical methods for identifying widespread perchlorate contamination brought about an explosion of research into the environmental problems and their potential solutions along with a corresponding increase in the availability of information. Unlike reference works that focus on only a few aspects of this contaminant, Perchlorate: Environmental Problems and Solutions offers a comprehensive, single source of information on perchlorate contamination in the environment. Summarizing the state of the science and developments in engineering, the book describes:
Common sources of perchlorate
Its behavior in the environment
Methods for analyzing perchlorate in environmental samples
Potential risks to human health and the environment
Regulatory standards and criteria
Techniques for remediating environmental contamination
The authors illustrate these points with case studies of perchlorate contamination in soil, groundwater, and surface water. These case studies provide perspective on issues commonly faced by scientists, engineers, and managers of perchlorate-impacted sites. Organized to follow the logical sequence of identifying and solving contamination problems, the book provides the foundation necessary to understand perchlorate's occurrence, environmental behavior, regulatory status, and remediation.
Table of Contents
INTRODUCTION What is Perchlorate? How is it Measured? How Does Perchlorate Move Through the Environment? What are the Implications of Human and Ecological Exposures to Perchlorate? What are the Regulatory Limits on Perchlorate? How Can Perchlorate be Treated? Organization of this Book
SOURCES, PROPERTIES, AND CASE STUDIES Environmental Sources Physical and Chemical Properties of Perchlorate Case Studies: Contaminated Sites References
HOW IS PERCHLORATE MEASURED? Initial Perchlorate Analysis Methods Development of Alternative Methods Environmental Media - U.S. EPA Methods Biological Media Field Methods Forensic Analyses Ongoing Method Development Developing a Strategy for Perchlorate Analyses Summary References
HOW DOES PERCHLORATE BEHAVE IN THE ENVIRONMENT? Source Behavior Advection and Dispersion Sorption Biological Transformation Summary References
WHAT ARE THE IMPLICATIONS OF HUMAN AND ECOLOGICAL EXPOSURES TO PERCHLORATE? Overview of Potential Human Health Effects and Components of Risk Assessment Overview of Ecological Risk Assessment Summary and Conclusions References
WHAT ARE THE REGULATORY LIMITS ON PERCHLORATE? Risk Management and Regulatory Limits Summary and Conclusions References
HOW CAN PERCHLORATE BE TREATED? Groundwater Extraction Separation Technologies Destruction Technologies Summary and Conclusions References
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