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Permeable Reactive Barriers
A review of research and innovative technologies that have evolved to assist the removal of heavy metal from groundwater.
# 110561 | 1,204 words | 4 sources | APA | 2008 | US

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The paper notes that heavy metals pose devastating health risks to humans. The paper comments that methods for removing heavy metals from water has become the focus of the development of remediation technologies and that permeable reactive barriers (PRBs) are the latest technology to be investigated for a multitude of site applications. This technology appeals to the "green" side of groundwater remediation and represents the newest attempts at large scale, low-cost technology for heavy metals and a variety of other contaminants. PRB's are in situ methods for purifying ground water that has been contaminated with a variety of substances. The paper discusses the introduction of this system, its applications, advantages and disadvantages.

Case Studies
Issues That Could be Encountered with Full-Scale Implementation
Cost Analysis
Alternatives to Technology
Conclusion and Recommendations

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Bronstein, K. (2005). Permeable Reactive Barriers for Inorganic and Radionuclide Contamination. August 2005. U. S. Environmental Protection Agency. Retrieved March 5, 2008 from
  • Department of Defense (DoD) (2003). Permeable Reactive Barrier Longevity and Hydraulic Performance at Four DoD Sites. Retrieved March 5, 2008 from
  • USEPA (2002). Arsenic Treatment Technologies For Soil, Waste and Water. EPA - 542-R-02- 004. September 2002. Retrieved March 5, 2008 from
  • USEPA (2008). Permeable Reactive Barriers. Retrieved March 5, 2008 from

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