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A REVIEW ON THE SUSTAINABILITY OF THERMAL TREATMENT FOR CONTAMINATED SOILS
Ding, D., X. Song, C. Wei, and J. LaChance.
Environmental Pollution [Published online 1 Jul 2019 prior to print]

This study analyzed scientific literature to evaluate the sustainability potential of thermal treatment technology. Results suggest that well-designed coupled technologies can improve contaminant availability and removal efficiency, suppress toxic byproduct production, and reduce required heating temperature and energy input. Sustainability is discussed from the view of energy efficiency and land reuse. Restoration strategies are proposed for the recovery of soil health. The review concludes with an outlook on future research efforts that further shift thermal treatment toward sustainable remediation.



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