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Why use Ozone technology for Soil

Remediation?
Ozone treatment has evolved from water treatment to soil remediation. Recently, ozone has been
used to clean up sites containing variety of soil contaminants. The reason for using ozone is to
target those compounds that are not biodegradable or the ones which are biodegradable over a long
period of time.
Many hydrocarbon compounds will biodegrade if they are dissolved, although these contaminants
are not readily biodegraded by microorganisms if they are are on soil particles. This is where using
ozone technology can help the soil remediation process.
In addition to other reasons in some cases ozone soil remediation method is selected because of the
network of water pipes and utility lines through a site makes it impossible to excavate the
contaminated soil. Often, when treated with ozone sites show 99% reduction of contaminants which
is pretty incredible.

Key Benefits of Soil Remediation with Ozone:


Low capital equipment costs
Minimal site disturbance during installation
Low on-site profile
Low operating costs
In-situ destruction of targeted components
Rapid decrease of contaminant mass and concentration in soil and water - impressive results
may be seen in weeks
No vapor control necessary - contaminants are destroyed rather than transferred from one
phase to another
Clean reaction - no hazardous by-product formation. Micro-bubble size and means of
introduction into the interstitial spaces of the formation ensures maximum contact with
contaminant.
Micro-bubbles act to extract VOCs from groundwater and soil pores which reduces soil
oxidative demand common to liquid oxidants

Soil Contaminants Destroyed by Ozone:


MTBE
BTEX
Hydrocarbons
Diesel Fuel
TCE
Pesticides
Chlorinated Solvents
VOC's
Aliphatic and polyaromatic hydrocarbons
Soil contaminated with oil and
Soil after treatment with Ozone
fuel

Key Ozone Features:


12 times more soluble than oxygen in water
Moves easily through the soil
Produced on-site, no need for hazardous chemical transportation or storage
Most powerful oxidizer available
Complex organics break down to carbon dioxide or less toxic molecules
Breaks down to oxygen which increases DO levels