Environmental Remediation of the Pitko Landfill
Project: Environmental Remediation of the Pitko Landfill
Sponsor: Golder Associates
Chisara Cunningham, Jean Harris, Vanessa Rubio
The former Pitko Landfill in Macomb County, Michigan was investigated for possible redevelopment.
The Landfill and nearby incinerator polluted the ground with: benzene, toluene, and other BTEX.
Various options for cleaning the soil were considered including: capping, creating a slurry wall, removing the contaminants and in-situ remediation. The solution that was selected was to be used was in-situ bioremediation. Plants would be used because they convert the chemicals into harmless and oxygen and disperse it to the environment.
This was preferred because it was the least expensive solution method. Although bioremediation takes the longest time, the clean-up time is not important because no practical use for the property was found.