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Title: Alternative Landfill Cover. Innovative Technology Summary Report

Abstract

The primary purpose of an engineered cover is to isolate the underlying waste. A key element to isolating the wastes from the environment, engineered covers should minimize or prevent water from infiltrating into the landfill and coming into contact with the waste, thereby minimizing leachate generation. The U.S. EPA construction guidelines for soil hydraulic barriers specify that the soil moisture content and compactive effort may be increased to ensure that the barrier achieves a specified permeability of 1 x 10{sup {minus}7} cm/sec. However, constructing a soil barrier with high moisture content makes the soil more difficult to work and increases the required compactive effort to achieve the specified density, ultimately increasing the construction cost of the barrier. Alternative landfill cover designs rely on soil physical properties, hydraulic characteristics, and vegetation requirements to lower the flux rate of water through the cover. They can achieve greater reliability than the prescriptive RCRA Subtitle C design, especially under arid or semi-arid environmental conditions. With an alternative cover design, compacted soil barriers can be constructed with a soil moisture content that makes placement and compaction of the soil easier and less expensive. Under these conditions, the soil barrier has more capacity to absorb andmore » control moisture within it, thereby enhancing the reliability of the barrier. This document contains information on the above-mentioned technology, including description, applicability, cost, and performance, data.« less

Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Sandia National Labs., Albuquerque, NM (US)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Science and Technology (OST) (EM-50) (US)
OSTI Identifier:
779109
Report Number(s):
DOE/EM-0558; OST/TMS ID 10
OST/TMS ID 10; TRN: AH200119%%4
Resource Type:
S&T Accomplishment Report
Resource Relation:
Other Information: PBD: 1 Dec 2000
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
54 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES; DESIGN; LEACHATES; PERMEABILITY; PHYSICAL PROPERTIES; RECOMMENDATIONS; SANITARY LANDFILLS; COVERINGS; COST; PERFORMANCE

Citation Formats

. Alternative Landfill Cover. Innovative Technology Summary Report. United States: N. p., 2000. Web. doi:10.2172/779109.
. Alternative Landfill Cover. Innovative Technology Summary Report. United States. https://doi.org/10.2172/779109
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