Physical-Chemical Treatment of Acid Mine Water from a Superfund Site

Marcia H. Bates
John N. Veenstra
John Barber
Raju Bernard
Julie Karleskint
Parweiz Khan
Raghupathi Pakanti
Michael Tate

DOI: 10.2190/91VQ-HN0E-M2BJ-58UP


Various physical-chemical treatment methodologies were evaluated for treating over 76,000 acre feet of acid mine water at the Tar Creek Superfund site in Northeastern Oklahoma. Chemical precipitation, chemical precipitation with polymer addition, activated carbon, and ion exchange were used to reduce levels of iron, zinc, cadmium, and lead to acceptable levels. All treatment techniques used were successful, but cost considerations eliminated ion exchange and activated carbon as viable options.

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