• Capabilities: Site Evaluation and Restoration, Site Evaluation and Restoration
  • Sectors: Federal Government

Designing an Innovative Cleanup that Saves $22 Million and 20+ Years

Reese Air Force Base, United States - Reese Air Force Base was historically used for pilot training. When that site was designated for redevelopment, the Air Force was challenged to find an effective approach to clean up some complex soil and groundwater contamination. Enter Arcadis' remediation experts who characterized a plume of trichloroethene extending nearly three miles in the Ogallala Aquifer, the region's primary drinking water source.

$22 M

saved

20 yrs

Quicker than anticipated cleanup

Following our investigations and groundwater modeling, our experts applied the resulting mass flux data to optimize existing pump and treat systems and design a wholly new remediation strategy using in situ enhanced reductive chlorination technology.  This innovative and award-winning approach decreased the contaminant plume by more than 98%, reducing the cleanup time from a projected 30+ years to less than 10 years and saving the Air Force $22 million.

Most importantly, this site, which had once been an major asset in the nation's defenses and was in danger of becoming a blight on the community that once valued it, again became a source of pride and economic benefit as the Reese Technology Center.

Outcomes

$22 M

saved

20 yrs

Quicker than anticipated cleanup

3 mile

Plume dispersed and aquifer saved

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