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This article in JEQ

  1. Vol. 36 No. 6, p. 1627-1634
    Received: Dec 23, 2006

    * Corresponding author(s): slb@u.washington.edu


Field Test of In Situ Soil Amendments at the Tar Creek National Priorities List Superfund Site

  1. S.L. Brown *a,
  2. H. Comptonb and
  3. N.T. Bastac
  1. a Forest Resources, Univ. of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195
    b Environmental Response Team, USEPA Edison NJ 08837
    c School of Environment and Natural Resources, The Ohio State Univ., Columbus, OH 43210


A range of soil amendments including diammonium phosphate fertilizer (DAP), municipal biosolids (BS), biosolids compost, and Al- and Fe-based water treatment residuals were tested on Pb-, Zn-, and Cd-contaminated yard soils and tailings at the Tar Creek NPL site in Oklahoma to determine if amendments could restore a vegetative cover and reduce metal availability in situ. For the yard soils, all amendments reduced bioaccessible (assessed with a physiologic-based extraction method) Pb, with reductions ranging from 35% (BS+Al, DAP 0.5%, DAP+Compost+Al) to 57% (Compost+Al). Plant Zn (Cynadon dactylon L.) and NH4NO3–extractable Cd and Zn were also reduced by a number of amendments. For the tailings, all amendments excluding BS reduced bioaccessible Pb, with the largest reductions observed in the DAP 3% and DAP3%+BS treatments (75 and 84%). Plant growth was suppressed in all treatments that contained DAP for the first season, with the highest growth in the treatments that included compost and biosolids. In the second year, growth was vigorous for all treatments. Plant Zn and Cd and extractable metal concentration were also reduced. A number of treatments were identified that reduced bioaccessible Pb and sustained a healthy plant with reduced metal concentrations. For the yard soil, Compost+Al was the most effective treatment tested. For the tailings, BS+DAP 1% was the most effective treatment tested. These results indicate that in situ amendments offer a remedial alternative for the Tar Creek site.

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