An assessment of the effectiveness and impact of electrokinetic remediation for pyrene-contaminated soil

Sujuan Xu , Shuhai Guo , Bo Wu , Fengmei Li , Tingting Li


Received December 16, 2013,Revised April 30, 2014, Accepted , Available online November 20, 2014

Volume 26,2014,Pages 2290-2297

The effectiveness of electrokinetic remediation for pyrene-contaminated soilwas investigated by an anode-cathode separated system using a salt bridge. The applied constant voltage was 24 V and the electrode gap was 24 cm. Two types of soil (sandy soil and loam soil) were selected because of their different conductive capabilities. The initial concentrations of pyrene in these soil samples were 261.3 mg/kg sandy soil and 259.8 mg/kg loam soil. After treatment of the sandy soil and loam soil for seven days, 56.8% and 20.1% of the pyrene had been removed respectively. Under the same power supply voltage, the removal of the pollutant from the sandy soil was greater than that from the loam soil, due to the higher current and lower pH. Further analysis revealed that the effectiveness of electrokinetic remediation was affected by the energy expenditure, and was associated with changes in soil properties.

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