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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222265/modeling-soluble-and-particulate-lead-release-into-drinking-water-from-full-and-partially-replaced-lead-service-lines
#1
Ahmed A Abokifa, Pratim Biswas
Partial replacement of lead service lines (LSLs) often results in the excessive long-term release of lead particulates due to the disturbance of pipe scale and galvanic corrosion. In this study, a modeling approach to simulate the release and transport of particulate and dissolved lead from full and partially replaced LSLs is developed. A mass transfer model is coupled with a stochastic residential water demand generator to investigate the effect of normal household usage (NHU) flow patterns on lead exposure...
February 21, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221783/cultivation-of-the-marine-macroalgae-chaetomorpha-linum-in-municipal-wastewater-for-nutrient-recovery-and-biomass-production
#2
Shijian Ge, Pascale Champagne
Compared to microalgae, macroalgae are larger in size, thereby imposing lower separation and drying costs. This study demonstrates the feasibility of cultivating macroalgae Chaetomorpha linum (C. linum) in different types of municipal wastewaters, their ability to remove nutrient and their biomass composition for downstream biofuel production. Screening experiments indicated that C. linum grew well on primary (PW) and secondary wastewaters (SW), as well as centrate wastewater (CW) diluted to less than 20%. In a subsequent experiment, a step feeding approach was found to significantly increase biomass productivity to 10...
February 21, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221781/the-relationship-between-organic-loading-and-effects-on-fish-reproduction-for-pulp-mill-effluents-across-canada
#3
Pierre H Martel, Brian I O'Connor, Tibor G Kovacs, Michael R Van Den Heuvel, Joanne L Parrott, Mark E McMaster, Deborah L MacLatchy, Glen J Van Der Kraak, L Mark Hewitt
This study builds upon the work of a multiagency consortium tasked with determining cost effective solutions for the effects of pulp mill effluents on fish reproduction. A laboratory fathead minnow egg production test and chemical characterization tools were used to benchmark eighty-one effluents from twenty mills across Canada, representing the major pulping, bleaching and effluent treatment technologies. For Kraft and mechanical pulp mills, effluents containing less than 20 mg/L BOD5 were found to have the greatest probability of having no effects...
February 21, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221780/assessing-the-methane-emissions-from-natural-gas-fired-power-plants-and-oil-refineries
#4
Tegan N Lavoie, Paul B Shepson, Chloe A Gore, Brian H Stirm, Robert Kaeser, Bernard Wulle, David R Lyon, Joseph Rudek
Presently, there is high uncertainty in estimates of methane (CH4) emissions from natural gas-fired power plants (NGPP) and oil refineries, two major end users of natural gas. Therefore, we measured CH4 and CO2 emissions at three NGPPs and three refineries using an aircraft-based mass balance technique. Average CH4 emission rates (NGPPs: 140±70 kg/hr; refineries: 580±220 kg/hr, 95% CL) were larger than facility-reported estimates by factors of 21-120 (NGPPs) and 11-90 (refineries). At NGPPs, the percentage of unburned CH4 emitted from stacks (0...
February 21, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221779/experimental-assessment-of-photon-fluence-rate-distributions-in-a-medium-pressure-uv-photoreactor
#5
Mengkai Li, Zhimin Qiang, Chen Wang, James R Bolton, Ernest R Blatchley
The performance of a medium-pressure (MP) mercury lamp photoreactor is strongly influenced by the spatial photon fluence rate (PFR) distributions, which are wavelength-dependent. To address this issue, PFR distributions in an MP lamp photoreactor were measured using a 360-degree response micro-fluorescent silica detector (MFSD). To accurately express the optical behavior in an MP photoreactor, PFR, MFSD response PFR (PFRMFSD), and effective germicidal PFR (PFRGER) were defined and compared. The measured axial and radial PFRMFSD values agreed well with the corresponding results from a simulation model (UVCalc®)...
February 21, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221773/air-quality-impacts-of-electrifying-vehicles-and-equipment-across-the-united-states
#6
Uarporn Nopmongcol, John Grant, Eladio Knipping, Mark Alexander, Rob Schurhoff, David Young, Jaegun Jung, Tejas Shah, Greg Yarwood
U.S.-wide air quality impacts of electrifying vehicles and off-road equipment are estimated for 2030 using 3-D photochemical air quality model and detailed emissions inventories. Electrification reduces tailpipe emissions and emissions from petroleum refining, transport, and storage, but increases electricity demand. The Electrification Case assumes approximately 17% of light duty and 8% of heavy duty vehicle miles traveled and from 17% to 79% of various off-road equipment types considered good candidates for electrification is powered by electricity...
February 21, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220696/unconventional-oil-and-gas-spills-risks-mitigation-priorities-and-state-reporting-requirements
#7
Lauren A Patterson, Katherine E Konschnik, Hannah Wiseman, Joseph Fargione, Kelly O Maloney, Joseph Kiesecker, Jean-Philippe Nicot, Sharon Baruch-Mordo, Sally Entrekin, Anne Trainor, James E Saiers
Rapid growth in unconventional oil and gas (UOG) has produced jobs, revenue, and energy, but also concerns over spills and environmental risks. We assessed spill data from 2005 to 2014 at 31 481 UOG wells in Colorado, New Mexico, North Dakota, and Pennsylvania. We found 2-16% of wells reported a spill each year. Median spill volumes ranged from 0.5 m(3) in Pennsylvania to 4.9 m(3) in New Mexico; the largest spills exceeded 100 m(3). Seventy-five to 94% of spills occurred within the first three years of well life when wells were drilled, completed, and had their largest production volumes...
February 21, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219238/public-health-risk-of-arsenic-species-in-chicken-tissues-from-live-poultry-markets-of-guangdong-province-china
#8
Yuanan Hu, Wenfeng Zhang, Hefa Cheng, Shu Tao
Arsenic-based feed additives, such as roxarsone (ROX), are still legally and widely used in food animal production in many countries. This study was conducted to systematically characterize the content and speciation of arsenic in chicken tissues from live poultry markets and in commercial chicken feeds in Guangdong, a major poultry production and consumption province in China, and to assess the corresponding public health risk. The total arsenic contents in the commercial feeds could be modeled as a mixture of two log-normal distributions (geometric means: 0...
February 21, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192994/cats-internal-exposure-to-selected-brominated-flame-retardants-and-organochlorines-correlated-to-house-dust-and-cat-food
#9
J Norrgran Engdahl, A Bignert, B Jones, I Athanassiadis, Å Bergman, J M Weiss
Pet cats may be used as a biomarker for assessing exposures to organohalogen compounds (OHCs) adsorbed to household dust in home environments. This study explores two exposure routes of OHCs, ingestion of OHCs (i) via house dust and (ii) via cat food. House dust from 17 Swedish homes and serum from the participating families' pet cats were collected, and cat food was purchased matching the diet reported. Paired samples of cat serum, house dust, and cat food were analyzed for brominated flame retardants/natural products (polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), decabromobiphenyl (BB-209), decabromodiphenyl ethane (DBDPE), 2,4,6-tribromophenol (2,4,6-TBP), OH-PBDEs) and organochlorines (polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), 1,1-bis(4,4'-dichlorodiphenyl)-2,2,2-trichloroethane (4,4'-DDT), 1,1-bis(4,4'-dichlorodiphenyl)-2,2-dichloroethene (4,4'-DDE), hexachlorobenzene (HCB), pentachlorophenol (PCP))...
February 21, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187253/identification-of-al13-on-the-colloid-surface-using-surface-enhanced-raman-spectroscopy
#10
Ning Li, Chengzhi Hu, Xiaoning Fu, Xiufang Xu, Rui Liu, Huijuan Liu, Jiuhui Qu
Al13 is the most active polymeric Al species responsible for coagulation at the solid-liquid interface, whereas the detection techniques for Al13 at the interface are currently limited. In this study, for the first time, the identification of Al13 on the silicon dioxide-based colloid surface was realized by using surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS), which is an ideal surface method sensitive for single-molecule detection. The high purity Al13 salts were prepared by an electrolysis procedure followed by precipitation or metathesis...
February 21, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28178420/can-switching-from-coal-to-shale-gas-bring-net-carbon-reductions-to-china
#11
Yue Qin, Ryan Edwards, Fan Tong, Denise L Mauzerall
To increase energy security and reduce emissions of air pollutants and CO2 from coal use, China is attempting to duplicate the rapid development of shale gas that has taken place in the United States. This work builds a framework to estimate the lifecycle greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from China's shale gas system and compares them with GHG emissions from coal used in the power, residential, and industrial sectors. We find the mean lifecycle carbon footprint of shale gas is about 30-50% lower than that of coal in all sectors under both 20 year and 100 year global warming potentials (GWP20 and GWP100)...
February 21, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28125881/microplastic-exposure-assessment-in-aquatic-environments-learning-from-similarities-and-differences-to-engineered-nanoparticles
#12
Thorsten Hüffer, Antonia Praetorius, Stephan Wagner, Frank von der Kammer, Thilo Hofmann
Microplastics (MPs) have been identified as contaminants of emerging concern in aquatic environments and research into their behavior and fate has been sharply increasing in recent years. Nevertheless, significant gaps remain in our understanding of several crucial aspects of MP exposure and risk assessment, including the quantification of emissions, dominant fate processes, types of analytical tools required for characterization and monitoring, and adequate laboratory protocols for analysis and hazard testing...
February 21, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218842/medium-chain-chlorinated-paraffins-cps-dominate-in-australian-sewage-sludge
#13
Sicco Hendrik Brandsma, Louise van Mourik, Jake William O'Brien, Geoff Eaglesham, Pim E G Leonards, Jacob De Boer, Christie Gallen, Jochen F Mueller, Caroline Gaus, Christian Bogdal
To simultaneously quantify and profile the complex mixture of short-, median-, and long-chain CPs (SCCPs, MCCPs and LCCPs) in Australian sewage sludge, we applied and further validated a recently developed novel instrumental technique, using quadrupole time-of-flight high resolution mass spectrometry running in the negative atmospheric pressure chemical ionization mode (APCI-qTOF-HRMS). Without using an analytical column the cleaned extracts were directly injected into the qTOF-HRMS followed by quantification of the CPs by a mathematical algorithm...
February 20, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218537/siderophore-and-organic-acid-promoted-dissolution-and-transformation-of-cr-iii-fe-iii-oxy-hydroxides
#14
Emily M Saad, Jingying Sun, Shuo Chen, Olaf J Borkiewicz, Mengqiang Zhu, Owen W Duckworth, Yuanzhi Tang
The role of microbial activities on the transformation of chromium (Cr) remediation products has generally been overlooked. This study investigated the stability of Cr(III)-Fe(III)-(oxy)hydroxides, common Cr(VI) remediation products, with a range of compositions in the presence of common microbial exudates, siderophores and small organic acids. In the presence of a representative siderophore, desferrioxamine B (DFOB), iron (Fe) was released at higher rates and to greater extents relative to Cr from all solid phases...
February 20, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218533/water-table-dynamics-and-biogeochemical-cycling-in-a-shallow-variably-saturated-floodplain
#15
Steven B Yabusaki, Michael J Wilkins, Yilin Fang, Kenneth H Williams, Bhavna Arora, John R Bargar, Harry R Beller, Nicholas J Bouskill, Eoin L Brodie, John N Christensen, Mark E Conrad, Robert E Danczak, Eric King, Nicolas F Spycher, Carl I Steefel, Tetsu K Tokunaga, Roelof Jan Versteeg, Scott R Waichler, Haruko M Wainwright
Three-dimensional variably saturated flow and multicomponent biogeochemical reactive transport modeling, based on published and newly generated data, is used to better understand the interplay of hydrology, geochemistry, and biology controlling the cycling of carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, iron, sulfur, and uranium in a shallow floodplain. In this system, aerobic respiration generally maintains anoxic groundwater below an oxic vadose zone until seasonal snowmelt-driven water table peaking transports dissolved oxygen (DO) and nitrate from the vadose zone into the alluvial aquifer...
February 20, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218520/alteration-of-the-copper-binding-capacity-of-iron-rich-humic-colloids-during-transport-from-peatland-to-marine-waters
#16
Francois Muller, Marco Cuscov
Blanket bogs contain vast amounts of Sphagnum-derived organic substances which can act as powerful chelators for dissolved iron and thus enhance its export to the coastal ocean. To investigate the variations in quantity and quality of these exports, adsorptive cathodic stripping voltammetry (CSV) was used to characterise the metal binding properties of molecular weight-fractionated dissolved organic matter (MW-fractionated DOM) in the catchment and coastal plume of a small peat-draining river over a seasonal cycle...
February 20, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28125227/origin-of-magnetism-in-hydrothermally-aged-2-line-ferrihydrite-suspensions
#17
Liang Cao, Zhao-Xia Jiang, Yong-Hua Du, Xin-Mao Yin, Shi-Bo Xi, Wen Wen, Andrew P Roberts, Andrew T S Wee, Yi-Min Xiong, Qing-Song Liu, Xing-Yu Gao
As an iron oxyhydroxide, nanosized ferrihydrite (Fh) is important in Earth science, biology, and industrial applications. However, its basic structure and origin of its magnetism have long been debated. We integrate synchrotron-based techniques to explore the chemical structures of 2-line ferrihydrite and to determine the origin of its magnetism during hydrothermal aging in air. Our results demonstrate that both the magnetism and X-ray magnetic circular dichroism (XMCD) signal of 2-line ferrihydrite are enhanced with aging time, and that XMCD spectral patterns resemble that of maghemite (γ-Fe2O3) rather than magnetite (Fe3O4)...
February 20, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215078/contribution-of-leaf-litter-to-nutrient-export-during-winter-months-in-an-urban-residential-watershed
#18
Anika Rose Bratt, Jacques C Finlay, Sarah E Hobbie, Benjamin D Janke, Adam C Worm, Kathrine L Kemmitt
Identification of non-point sources of nitrogen (N) and phosphorus (P) in urban systems is imperative to improve water quality and better manage eutrophication. Winter contributions and sources of annual N and P loads from urban watersheds are poorly characterized in northern cities because monitoring is often limited to warm weather periods. To determine winter export of N and P, we monitored storm water outflow in a residential watershed in Saint Paul, Minnesota during 2012-2014. Our data demonstrate that winter melt events contribute a high percentage of annual N and P export (50%)...
February 19, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212024/environmental-multi-objective-optimization-of-the-use-of-biomass-resources-for-energy
#19
Carl Vadenbo, Davide Tonini, Thomas Fruergaard Astrup
Bioenergy is often considered an important component, alongside other renewables, to mitigate global warming and to reduce fossil fuel dependency. Determining sustainable strategies for utilizing biomass resources, however, requires a holistic perspective to reflect a wider range of potential environmental consequences. To circumvent the limitations of scenario-based life cycle assessment (LCA), we develop a multi-objective optimization model to systematically identify the environmentally-optimal use of biomass for energy under given system constraints...
February 17, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212022/two-journals-sharing-one-name
#20
David L Sedlak, Bruce E Logan
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February 17, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
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