Groundwater and soil at the site of an abandoned coal gasification plant in Taylorville, Illinois have been contaminated with compounds associated with coal conversion process waters. A preliminary study to assess the feasibility of using ethanol as a means of increasing the solubility of compounds adsorbed within the soil matrix followed by treatment of the ethanol/groundwater extract in an expanded-bed anaerobic granular activated carbon (GAC) reactor was conducted. Results of the study indicate that compounds in the groundwater are highly adsorb able on GAC, and do not interfere with the anaerobic degradation of ethanol in the reactor. Soil extractions with varying ethanol/water ratios were able to remove many additional low water solubility compounds from the soil.
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- Groundwater -- Purification -- Illinois -- Taylorville
- Groundwater -- Pollution -- Illinois -- Taylorville
- Coal gasification -- Environmental aspects -- Illinois