We used a reactive transport model to investigate the cycling of geogenic arsenic (As) in a petroleum-contaminated aquifer. We simulated As mobilization and sequestration using surface complexation reactions with Fe (OH)3 during petroleum biodegradation coupled with Fe-reduction. Model results predict that dissolved As in the plume will exceed the U.S. and EU 10 µg/L drinking water standard for ~400 years. Non-volatile dissolved organic carbon (NVDOC) in the model promotes As mobilization by exerting oxygen demand, which maintains anoxic conditions in the aquifer. After NVDOC degrades, As re-associates with Fe (OH)3 as oxygenated conditions are re-established. Over the 400-year simulation, As transport resembles a "roll front" in which: (1) arsenic sorbed to Fe (OH)3 is released during Fe-reduction coupled to petroleum biodegradation; (2) dissolved As resorbs to Fe (OH)3 at the plume's leading edge; and (3) over time, the plume expands, and resorbed As is re-released into...
Arsenic in petroleum-contaminated groundwater near Bemidji, Minnesota is predicted to persist for centuries.
M. E. Schreiber, Department of Geosciences, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 24061, USA. Tel. +1-540-231-6521. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
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Ziegler, B. A., Ng, G. H. C., Cozzarelli, I. M., Dunshee, A. J., Schreiber, M. E.; Arsenic in petroleum-contaminated groundwater near Bemidji, Minnesota is predicted to persist for centuries.. IFIS Food and Health Sciences Database 2022; doi:
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