Fundamentals of Site Remediation

Fundamentals of Site Remediation

John Pichtel


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This new edition discusses chemical and engineering principles as they apply to the cleanup and removal of hazardous chemicals from soil and groundwater. There is emphasis on environmental chemistry, soil science, microbiology, and plant science.

The first part of the book provides an overview of the recent history of environmental contamination and the formulation of relevant regulations for hazardous waste site remediation. This part also provides a background for several salient aspects of site remediation (e.g., soil science, the site assessment process).

The second part of the book examines field remediation technologies, including phytoremediation, bioremediation, and several chemical and physical technologies. Theory of operation, practical considerations, and possible environmental impacts and other consequences of their use are discussed.

  • Covers both metal- and hydrocarbon-based contamination and remediation
  • Many competitors only address one industry, or source, of contamination—this title provides an overview of all of the sources.
  • Presents both the assessment of contaminated sites and the technologies currently available for environmental cleanup
  • Effective for use in field situations and for academic (i.e., university course) use.
  • Two new chapters: (i) the use of nanomaterials for remediation of contaminated soil and water; and (ii) revegetation of severely disturbed sites.


John Pichtel:
John Pichtel is a professor of natural resources and environmental management at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. He is a Certified Hazardous Materials Manager. Dr. Pichtel holds memberships in the Institute of Hazardous Materials Managers, the Sigma Xi Scientific Society, the International Association of Arson Investigators, and the Indiana Academy of Science. Dr. Pichtel received a PhD in environmental quality/agronomy from the Ohio State University in 1987. At Ball State University he conducts research in remediation of contaminated sites, environmental chemistry, and hazardous waste management. Dr. Pichtel was twice awarded a Fulbright Fellowship. He was appointed docent in remediation science at the Tampere University of Technology in Finland. He has served as a consultant in field remediation projects and has conducted environmental assessments and remediation research in the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Finland, and Poland.