The article below is excerpted from SERDP and ESTCP’s Partners in Environmental Technology Information Bulletin, Late Fall 2008 Issue. 

New Monograph on In Situ Bioremediation of Perchlorate in Groundwater Now Available

SERDP and ESTCP are pleased to announce the release of a book entitled In Situ Bioremediation of Perchlorate in Groundwater, the first volume in an Environmental Restoration Monograph Series. The treatise was written by several leading experts from academia and industry and edited by Dr. Hans F. Stroo of HydroGeoLogic, Inc., and Dr. C. Herb Ward of Rice University. While significant progress has been made in the development of innovative and more costeffective environmental remediation technologies, efforts are needed to facilitate broader use of these technologies by government and industry. This monograph will serve as a reference tool for remediation professionals to effectively apply in situ bioremediation of perchlorate in groundwater by providing a critical review of the past decade of intensive research, development, and technology demonstrations.

The initial chapters of the monograph provide a general overview of the perchlorate problem and the development of in situ bioremediation of perchlorate. The current state of the science is described, including the principles of the technology. Subsequent chapters discuss important characterization issues relevant to perchlorate contamination, describe the different options available for applying in situ bioremediation, offer various options for implementing the technology, and provide cost data based on an analysis of several template sites. Costs also are compared to other technologies to illustrate the potential cost savings associated with the use of bioremediation. The final chapter on emerging technologies depicts potential applications for three innovative bioremediation technologies that are still under development.

This first volume will be followed by a series of books on topics including the remediation of chlorinated solvent source zones and dissolved-phase plumes, bioaugmentation for groundwater remediation, delivery and mixing strategies to enhance subsurface remediation, and the remediation of contaminated sediments. Additional volumes will be written as new environmental technologies are developed and validated.

To obtain a copy of the In Situ Bioremediation of Perchlorate in Groundwater monograph, visit environmental+management/book/978-0- 387-84920-1.