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Assessment of biochar and zero-valent iron for in-situ remediation of chromated copper arsenate contaminated soil

Frick, Hanna; Tardif, Stacie; Kandeler, Ellen; Holm, Peter E. and Brandt, Kristian K. (2019) Assessment of biochar and zero-valent iron for in-situ remediation of chromated copper arsenate contaminated soil. Science of The Total Environemnt, 655, pp. 412-422.

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Chromated copper arsenates (CCA) have been extensively used as wood impregnation agents in Europe and North America. Today, CCA contaminated sites remain abundant and pose environmental risks that need to be properly managed. Using a TRIAD approach that combined chemical, ecotoxicological and ecological assessment of soil quality, we investigated the abilities of biochar and zero-valent iron (ZVI) to remediate CCA contaminated soil in a microcosm experiment. Soil samples from a highly contaminated CCA site (1364, 1662 and 540 μg g−1 of As, Cu and Cr, respectively) were treated with two different biochars (fine and coarse particle size; 1% w w−1) and ZVI (5% w w−1), both as sole and as combined treatments, and incubated for 56 days at 15 °C. In general, bioavailable As (Asbio) and Cu (Cubio) determined by whole-cell bacterial bioreporters corresponded well to water-extractable As and Cu (Aswater and Cuwater). However, in biochar treatments, only Cubio and not Cuwater was significantly reduced. In contrast, under ZVI treatments only Cuwater and not Cubio was reduced, demonstrating the value of complementing analytical with bacterial bioreporter measurements to infer bioavailability of elements to soil microorganisms. The combined fine particle size biochar and ZVI treatment effectively reduced water extractable concentrations of Cr, Cu, and As on site by 45%, 45% and 43% respectively, and led to the highest ecological recovery of the soil bacterial community, as measured using the [3H]leucine incorporation technique. We conclude that the combined application of biochar and ZVI as soil amendments holds promise for in-situ stabilization of CCA contaminated sites.

EPrint Type:Journal paper
Keywords:Metal-contaminated soils, Soil remediation, Biochar, Zero-valent iron, Bioavailability, Whole-cell biosensors
Subjects: Soil > Soil quality
Environmental aspects
Research affiliation: Switzerland > FiBL - Research Institute of Organic Agriculture Switzerland > Soil
Denmark > KU - University of Copenhagen
Germany > University of Hohenheim
Deposited By: Forschungsinstitut für biologischen Landbau, FiBL
ID Code:37554
Deposited On:13 Mar 2020 11:20
Last Modified:12 Jan 2021 14:40
Document Language:English
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted

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