Water, Air, and Soil Pollution

, Volume 167, Issue 1–4, pp 259–271 | Cite as

Influence of Water Content and Plants on the Dissipation of Chlorinated Volatile Organic Compounds in Soil

  • Changhwan Cho
  • Kijune SungEmail author
  • M. Yavuz Coapcioglu
  • Malcolm Drew


To devise effective procedures for the remediation of soil contaminated by VOCs, an improved understanding of their fate and transport mechanisms in soil is essential. To show the effect of plants on the dissipation of 1,1,1-trichloroethane (TCA), trichloroethylene (TCE) and tetrachloroethylene (PCE), two types of experiments, vial and column, were conducted. The results suggested that keeping the soil moisture content at field capacity is desirable for VOCs dissipation. All VOCs were dissipated quickly in unplanted columns than planted conditions in early periods of the experiment because more volatilization occurred in unplanted conditions. The plants could take up and retard volatile contaminants, and prevent contamination of ambient air. Although the time for acclimation for microbial communities to contaminants for enhanced biodegradation should be considered, phytoremediation is potentially a cost-effective remediation technique for soils contaminated by volatile organic compounds (VOCs).


biodegradation phytoremediation retardation site capping uptake volatilization volatile organic compounds (VOCs) 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Changhwan Cho
    • 1
  • Kijune Sung
    • 2
    Email author
  • M. Yavuz Coapcioglu
    • 3
  • Malcolm Drew
    • 4
  1. 1.Environmental Site Assessment & Remediation TeamEnviron. Management CorporationIncheonKorea
  2. 2.Division of Environmental System Engineering, Ecological Engineering, MajorPukyong National UniversityBusanKorea
  3. 3.Department of Civil EngineeringTexas A&M UniversityCollege StationUSA
  4. 4.Department of HorticultureTexas A&M UniversityCollege StationUSA

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