Award Date

Spring 2000

Degree Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Environmental Science

Advisor 1

Professor Gerstenberger

Number of Pages



This paper will compare three remediation technologies to determine which is the most efficient and effective remediation treatment for a petroleum contaminated groundwater site. The three remediation technologies are in situ bioremediation, in situ air sparging, and air stripping with carbon filtration. This comparison will be done through a literature review. It will take the information derived from the review and then apply it to the information about a petroleum contaminated groundwater location. The comparative analysis will consist of these parameters permit requirements, clean up time, operating and maintenance, and geological factors.

These factors permit requirements, cleanup time, and operating and maintenance are important because they directly affect the costs. Although no costs are given they can be compared. For example, the more permits required usually the higher the costs for needed equipment and labor to comply with the regulations. Geological factors are also extremely important because they determine technical feasibility of the technologies. Some of the criteria used are hydraulic conductivity, intrinsic permeability and geological stratification. All of these criteria will be used in the comparison analysis to determine which technology is best suited for the site.


Groundwater air sparging; Groundwater purification; In situ bioremediation; Oil pollution of groundwater; Water purification air stripping process


Environmental Health and Protection | Environmental Sciences | Water Resource Management

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Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas




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