By Bryan Vigue, Vice-President of Marketing REGENESIS

I recently came across a compelling case study on long-term and effective chlorinated solvent treatment at a property in the mid-west. The subject site was a dry cleaning facility which produced a chlorinated hydrocarbon plume in groundwater containing both tetrachloroethene (PCE) and trichloroethene (TCE) with concentrations as high as 700 ug/L. The subsurface was somewhat complex consisting of silty clay with intermittent sand stringers underlain by a clay till confining layer. Additionally this site was identified to have a high sulfate environment (~100 mg/L) which can be a potential inhibitor for enhanced bioremediation.

The remediation approach undertaken was enhanced anaerobic bioremediation which required a controlled-release carbon source to drive the sequential biodegradation of PCE and TCE.  3-D Microemulsion®, a 3 stage, controlled-release electron donor with enhanced distribution characteristics was selected and injected at several locations on the site.

The results were positive as 3-D Microemulsion overcame the high sulfate levels and resulted in a strong reducing environment quite favorable for anaerobic biodegradation. Sampling at almost 2 years after the application of 3-D Microemulsion indicated sustained reducing conditions and reduction of chlorinated solvents by 83% to 98% in all impacted wells. The site is currently pending regulatory closure. For a more information visit

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