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Superfund Innovative Technology Evaluation (SITE)


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  In Situ Steam Enhanced Recovery Process Hughes Environmental Systems Inc.
July 1995
Capsule (540/R-94/510a)

This report summarizes the findings of an evaluation of the in situ Steam Enhanced Recovery Process (SERP). This technology was operated by Hughes Environmental Systems, Inc. at the Rainbow Disposal site in Huntington Beach, California. The Rainbow Disposal site is an active municipal trash transfer facility that was contaminated by a spill of diesel fuel from a crushed underground pipeline. The evaluation of this technology was conducted under the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Super-fund Innovative Technology Evaluation (SITE) Program in conjunction with a full-scale remediation using SERP at the Rainbow Disposal site.

The EPA SITE Program evaluated the SERP technology to develop full-scale process performance and cost data. The critical objectives for the Demonstration of the SERP technology were: (1) to evaluate the ability of the teclmology to meet the cleanup requirement set by the Regional Water Quality Control Board for the site soil, based on soil sampling results, and (2) to perform a detailed economic analysis of this full-scale application of the technology.

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