Accession Number : ADA324072

Title :   A Performance and Cost Evaluation of EG&G's BIOCUBE(trademark) Aerobic Biofiltration System for the Destruction of Hydrocarbon Vapors from Fuel-Contaminated Soils,

Corporate Author : PARSONS ENGINEERING SCIENCE INC DENVER CO

Personal Author(s) : Archabal, S. R. ; Downey, D. C.

PDF Url : ADA324072

Report Date : DEC 1994

Pagination or Media Count : 17

Abstract : This document provides a performance and cost analysis for an aerobic biofiltration treatment system used to treat extracted petroleum hydrocarbon vapor from contaminated, unsaturated (vadose zone) soils. The Biocube(TM) Aerobic Biofiltration System manufactured by EG&G's Rotron Division in Saugerties, New York was evaluated by Parsons Engineering Science, Inc. (Parsons ES) at the Patrick Air Force Base (AFB), Florida, Base Exchange (BX) Service Station from 15 January through 26 February 1994. The system was evaluated in conjunction with an ongoing bioventing pilot test directed and funded by the Air Force Center for Environmental Excellence (AFCEE), Technology Transfer Division (ERT). The purpose of this test was to independently measure both the performance and the cost effectiveness of the Biocube(TM) system. A pilot test work plan was developed for testing and evaluating the EG&G Biocube(TM) Aerobic Biofiltration System at Patrick AFB. The primary objectives of the evaluation were: (1) To determine the effectiveness of the Biocube(TM) system at reducing concentrations of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in vapors extracted from the soil prior to release of the vapors into the atmosphere; (2) Determine the reliability and maintainability of the Biocube(TM) system; and (3) Estimate the cost of installing and operating the Biocube(TM). Secondary objectives included improving the sampling, analysis, and air flow adjustment process to achieve a more rapid Biocube(TM) system stabilization; and achieving removal rates of volatile hydrocarbons of greater than 90 percent for benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, and xylenes (BTEX) and 75 percent for total volatile hydrocarbons (TVH) at a process-stream vapor flow rate of 50 standard cubic feet per minute (scfm) or less. The evaluation of this system at the Patrick AFB BX service station site was disappointing.

Descriptors :   *COST ANALYSIS, *HYDROCARBONS, *SOIL POLLUTION, *FUEL CONTAMINATION, *PETROLEUM PRODUCTS, TEST AND EVALUATION, AIR FORCE, BENZENE, COST EFFECTIVENESS, VAPORS, DESTRUCTION, NEW YORK, TEST METHODS, MAINTAINABILITY, RELIABILITY, ENGINEERING, PLANNING, SAMPLING, ORGANIC COMPOUNDS, XYLENES, VOLATILITY, AIR FORCE FACILITIES, PILOT STUDIES, FLORIDA, TOLUENES.

Subject Categories : Soil Mechanics
      Miscellaneous Materials
      Solid Wastes Pollution and Control

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE