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Course Description

The emphasis of the course is on engineering design analysis and evaluation, and engineering control and management of the subsurface (unsaturated and saturated soil) processes within the context of hazardous waste site management. The effects of characterization parameters and physical/chemical properties of chemicals and subsurface environments on engineering design, control, and management approach will be addressed. Selected papers addressing subsurface remediation will be reviewed, evaluated, and discussed in class.

Course Objectives

Students will have the opportunity to study issues, processes, and problems involved in current hazardous waste treatment and management, with emphasis on problem characterization and identification, process analysis, and engineering design and approaches for management.


Organic Chemistry, Fluid Mechanics, Environmental Engineering


  1. Reactions and Movement of Organic Chemicals in Soils, Soil Science Society of America, Inc. American Society of Agronomy, Inc., Madison, Wisconsin, 1989.
  2. Soil Remediation Techniques at Uncontrolled Hazardous Waste Sites: A Critical Review. Journal Air & Waste Management Association, 40 (5),pp.703-732, 1990.
  3. Subsurface Contamination Reference Guide, U.S.EPA, Office of Emergency and Remedial Response, Washington, D.C., EPA/540/2-90/011, October, 1990.
  4. Fundamentals of Hazardous Waste Site Remediation. K. Sellers. CRC Press, 1999
  5. A Civil Action. 1995. Jonathan Harr. Vintage Books, Random House, Inc. New York.
  6. Chemical Mass Balance Approach to Field Evaluation of Bioremediation. R. Sims & J. L. Sims. Environmental Progress, 40 (1), pp. F2-F3, February, 1995.
  7. Criddle et. al. Microbial Processes in Porous Media. in J. bear and M. Y Corapcioglu (eds.), Transport Processes in Porous Media, 639-691. Kluwer Academic Publishers. Netherlands. 1991
  8. Hinche, R. E. Bioventing of Petroleum Hydrocarbons, in J. Matthews (ed.), Handbook of Bioremediation, 39-51. Lewis Publishers, Boca Raton.
  9. Huling et al. Wood Preserving Waste-contaminated Soil: Treatment and Toxicity and Toxicity Response. in Hinchee et al. (eds.), Bioremediation of Recalcitrant Organics, 101-109. Battelle press, Columbus. 1995.
  10. Ginn et al. In situ Bioremediation (Natural Attenuation) at a Gas Plant Waste Site. in Hinchee et al. (eds.), Intrinsic Bioremediation, 153-162. Battelle Press, Columbus. 1995.

Some Additional References

  • Proceedings of the International Symposium on In Situ and On-Site Bioremediation, Battelle Columbus Press, 1991, 1993, 1995, 1997, 1999.
  • Schlifgaarde, J.V. 1974. Drainage for Agriculture. ASA, Madison, WI.
  • EPRI. 1992. Estimating Release of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons from Coal Tar at Manufactured-Gas Plant Sites. EPRI TR-101060.


Homework Problems
Final Exam
Special Design Project
  • Late homework will be penalized 15%.
  • All Homework assignments must be turned in to receive a passing grade.
  • Use of calculators and computers for homework and calculators for exams are encouraged.
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