Phytoremediation as an alternative way for the treatment of large, low heavy metal contaminated sites: Application at a former uranium mining area

S. Willscher, J. Wittig, H. Bergmann, G. Büchel, D. Merten, P. Werner

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Abstract

Large sites with a low contamination of metall(oid)s were in the past a problem for remediation measures - the "traditional" processes were too expensive for an application on such expanded areas. Phytoremediation can be an alternative for such low contamination problems. In Germany, a research project is performed on this subject, in cooperation of the University of Jena and the TU Dresden. The field site is a former U mining area. Until 1991, a low grade U ore dump for sulfuric acid leaching was located on this site. After the close-down of the U mining in East Germany in 1991, the dump material was removed. Now, a phytoremediation test field is constructed on top of this site for the capture of the remained contaminants coming up by capillary forces. The paper pictures the phytoremediation in general, the research project and gives some first preliminary results.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBiohydrometallurgy 2009
Subtitle of host publicationA Meeting Point between Microbial Ecology, Metal Recovery Processes and Environmental Remediation - Selected, peer rev. papers 18th Int. Biohydrometallurgy Symp., IBS 2009
Pages705-708
Number of pages4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes
Event18th International Biohydrometallurgy Symposium, IBS 2009 - Bariloche, Argentina
Duration: Sep 13 2009Sep 17 2009

Publication series

NameAdvanced Materials Research
Volume71-73
ISSN (Print)1022-6680

Other

Other18th International Biohydrometallurgy Symposium, IBS 2009
Country/TerritoryArgentina
CityBariloche
Period9/13/099/17/09

Keywords

  • Heavy metals
  • Phytoremediation
  • Uranium

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)

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