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Fractured Bedrock Project Profiles

Last Updated: July 23, 2007

Point of Contact:
Michael Kirchenbauer
100 Passaic Avenue
Chatham NJ 07982 
Tel: 908-598-2600 
Fax: 908-598-2622
Email: mkirchenbauer@

Manufacturing Site
Unknown, NY


Fractured Bedrock

Targeted Environmental Media:
  • - Dense Non-aqueous Phase Liquids (DNAPLs)
  • - Fractured Bedrock


Major Contaminants and Maximum Concentrations:
  • - Total petroleum hydrocarbons (25,320 µg/L)

Site Characterization Technologies:

  • - Other (Pneumatic Fracturing)

Remedial Technologies:

  • - Bioremediation (In Situ)
    • Reductive Dechlorination (In Situ Bioremediation)
Reductive Dechlorination (In Situ Bioremediation) Treatment was conducted at the site from 1996 to 2004, with final performance sampling completed in September 2005. The system was initially turned on in 1996 and was in operation until 2001; the system was turned back on in 2003 and remained in operation until 2004. Between 2001 and 2003, quarterly ground water monitoring was conducted. BEM Systems, Inc., enhanced the remediation system by pneumatic fracturing of the bedrock to increase the permeability of the rock and provide a pathway to the dense nonaqueous phase liquid (DNAPL) in the fractured bedrock. BEM also introduced a hydrogen releasing compound to promote biological remediation by reductive dechlorination of the chlorinated contaminants. The system was further enhanced by bioaugmentation after reducing conditions were achieved.
Remediation Goals:

The goal was to evaluate a treatment train approach to reduce chlorinated contaminants at a fractured bedrock site.


Through ground water extraction and addition of a hydrogen release compound, the initial contaminant concentration of 25,320 g/L in 1993 was reduced to 227 g/L by June 2004, a reduction of nearly 95 percent.

Lessons Learned:

The length of operation of a remedial system at a site may be reduced by use of a treatment train approach.

References: Kirchenbauer, Michael, and Sandra Gaurin. Pneumatic Fracturing and Bioremediation, Final Remedial Approach in Fractured Bedrock. The Ninth International In Situ and On-Site Bioremediation Symposium. May 7 - 10, 2007. Baltimore, Maryland.

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