Toxic Substances Hydrology Program
The U.S. Navy tested jet engines at the Naval Air Warfare Center, West Trenton, New Jersey, from the mid-1950s until the late 1990s. Fractured bedrock at the site was contaminated with trichloroethylene (TCE) used during the testing operations.
The U.S. Geological Survey and cooperators are studying chlorinated solvents in a fractured sedimentary rock aquifer underlying the former Naval Air Warfare Center (NAWC), West Trenton, New Jersey. Fractured-rock aquifers are common in many parts of the United States and are highly susceptible to contamination, particularly at industrial sites. Compared to ‘unconsolidated’ aquifers, there can be much more uncertainty about the direction and rate of contaminant migration and about the processes and factors that control chemical and microbial transformations of contaminants. Research at the NAWC is improving understanding of the transport and fate of chlorinated solvents in fractured-rock aquifers and will compare the effectiveness of different strategies for contaminant remediation.
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Cooperating Organizations:U.S. Navy
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