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Title: QuickSite{sup SM}, the Argonne expedited site characterization methodology,

Abstract

Expedited site characterization (ESC), developed by Argonne National Laboratory, is an interactive, integrated process emphasizing the use of existing data of sufficient quality, multiple complementary characterization methods, and on-site decision making to optimize site investigations. The Argonne ESC is the basis for the provisional ESC standard of the ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials). QuickSite{sup SM} is the implementation package developed by Argonne to facilitate ESC of sites contaminated with hazardous wastes. At various sites, Argonne has successfully implemented QuickSite{sup SM} and demonstrated the technical superiority of the ESC process over traditional methodologies guided by statistics and random-sampling approaches. For example, in a QuickSite{sup SM} characterization of a perched aquifer at the Pantex Plant in Texas, past data and geochemical analyses of existing wells were used to develop a model for recharge and contaminant movement. With the model as a guide, closure was achieved with minimal field work.

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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Argonne National Lab., IL (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Environmental Restoration and Waste Management, Washington, DC (United States); Department of Agriculture, Washington, DC (United States)
OSTI Identifier:
650227
Report Number(s):
ANL/ER/CP-91153; CONF-980416-
ON: DE97054350; TRN: 98:010138
DOE Contract Number:
W-31109-ENG-38
Resource Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Conference: 1. international conference on site characterization, Atlanta, GA (United States), 19-22 Apr 1998; Other Information: PBD: Sep 1997
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
05 NUCLEAR FUELS; 99 MATHEMATICS, COMPUTERS, INFORMATION SCIENCE, MANAGEMENT, LAW, MISCELLANEOUS; SITE CHARACTERIZATION; REMEDIAL ACTION; HAZARDOUS MATERIALS; DEMONSTRATION PROGRAMS; ENVIRONMENTAL TRANSPORT; MATHEMATICAL MODELS

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Burton, J.C., and Meyer, W.T.. QuickSite{sup SM}, the Argonne expedited site characterization methodology,. United States: N. p., 1997. Web.
Burton, J.C., & Meyer, W.T.. QuickSite{sup SM}, the Argonne expedited site characterization methodology,. United States.
Burton, J.C., and Meyer, W.T.. Mon . "QuickSite{sup SM}, the Argonne expedited site characterization methodology,". United States. doi:. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/650227.
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