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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

8/15/17 Letter MO DNR, Politicians, Reporters, et al

MO DNR Employees, Politiicians, Reporters, et al
ublicnoticenpdes@dnr.mo.govcontact@dnr.mo.gov,
environmental.education@dnr.mo.gov,
mowaters@dnr.mo.gov,
envirolab@dnr.mo.gov,
hazwaste@dnr.mo.gov,
soils@dnr.mo.gov,
cleanwater@dnr.mo.gov,
drinkingwater@dnr.mo.gov,
mining@dnr.mo.gov
christopher.nagel@dnr.mo.gov
communications@dnr.mo.gov
Senator Claire McCaskill

Michele Kratky 
Mariah Chappel Nadalcc: Tony Messenger StL Post Dispatch


RE: 2 part email- Storm Water Permit MO-0122771
Part 1: Missouri Resident, St. Louis Voter. Part 2: Problem and Economical Solution Examples

This is my 3rd contact with the MO DNR. I'd like to remind everyone that the Team and I are willing to offer any assistance needed to assist in containing and contolling the polloution from the landfill. I am not going to give up helping my neighbors as I will partly be helping myself in an act of self preservation to avoid becoming a Cancer Cluster Statistic. Scotty

Part 1: As a MIssouri Voter:
I am continually shocked at the continued lack of remedial action at the Westlake Landfill. MO DNR own documents prove the contamination is spreading outside the landfill. MO DNR cannot continue to deny the facts.  Letting the pollution reach the city sewers and the Missouri River, as it is currently happening in addition to allowing the leechage pumping system to drain into the city sewers as the numerous photos show and were tracked by Residents of the community, is a total disregard for the Health of the residents in the Region.

Part 2: Problem
"Stormwater from just outside the fence line of the West Lake Landfill complex, the dumping ground for Manhattan Project-era radioactive waste, contains a variety of radioactive isotopes, according to test results released late last month by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.
The sampling of stormwater overflow, conducted on April 30 as heavy rains pounded the region, found levels of alpha particle activity that exceed the threshold allowed for drinking water. Uranium, radium and gross beta readings all registered within acceptable limits for drinking water, which the department used as a comparative baseline because of its stringent standards. StLouis Post Dispatch "
https://dnr.mo.gov/bridgeton/docs/20170430StormWaterResults.pdf
**Important** Radioactive Alpha particles found by the State of MO DNR in Storm Water from this past...

Solution Examples:
"Plants as Water Protectors" 

#PlantsAsWaterProtectors #PhytoremediationRafts

Toxins can be cycled from the water inexpensively with plants in a process called Phytoremediation.

2: Riparian Buffer Zone Examples in Real Life St.Louis Locations. 

Location 1:


Location 2: IKEA 

The above images were used as examples in a remediaiton information packet called: Plants as Water Protectors information series.

Article 5- Phytromediation Rafts with Electrokinetics
Article 4- Plants as Water Protectors
Article 3- Citizen Science Phytoremediation Research StLouis
Article 2- St Louis IKEA Phyto Buffer Zone pt2
Article 1- IKEAs lesser known environmental project

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

5 Blog Articles Plants as Water Protectors Series

ElectroHemp BioRad Hazmat Remediation weblinks to the 5 blog articles covering the subject of Plants as Water Protectors.  Using Plants to remove heavy metals and toxic contaminants from Water and Soil.
ElectroHemp Natural and Organic BioRad 5 Stage Treatment Train speeds up the Toxic Removal Process
ElectroHemp Natural and Organic BioRad 5 Stage Treatment Train speeds up the Toxic Removal Process

The ElectroHemp BioRad Remediation System and Process works faster than Phytoremediation alone by incorporating Electrokinetics into the system. 

Electrokinetics aka Electro-Horticulture directs the heavy metal toxins to a central point where plants phytoextract the toxins.
Electrokinetics aka Electro-Horticulture directs the heavy metal toxins to a central point where plants phytoextract the toxins. 


Sunday, August 6, 2017

Phytromediation Rafts with Electrokinetics

Part 5 Plants as Water Protectors blog information series.

Article 5- Phytromediation Rafts with Electrokinetics
Article 4- Plants as Water Protectors
Article 3- Citizen Science Phytoremediation Research StLouis
Article 2- St Louis IKEA Phyto Buffer Zone pt2
Article 1- IKEAs lesser known environmental project


Q: Kimberly asked, “Can ElectroHemp BioRad System remediate hydraulic fracturing chemicals?"

A: Yes the ElectroHemp BioRad System can remediate hydraulic fracturing chemicals in both soil, wastewater, and water recycling and can be accomplished a few different ways.
1: Phytoremediation Rafts
2: Storage Tank Separation
3: Contain and Control
ElectroHemp Pitchdeck Image.jpg
ElectroHemp 5 stage treatment train speeds up toxic removal process- yes its faster than phytoremediation!

#PlantsAsWaterProtectors #PhytoremediationRafts
Phytoremediation Raft Infographic- Plants cycle water toxins when grown on Rafts
Phytoremediation Raft plus EKR removes toxins from water faster than phytoremediation alone
Phytoremediation Raft with Electrokinetics Infographic by Scotty


Examples of Companies involved in the Remediation of Soil, Water, Sludge, Contamination ponds.



EKG IN SITU DEWATERING

EKG materials formed as prefabricated vertical drains can increase the speed of consolidation of soft ground by employing electroosmotic flow. This may be used for the purpose of dewatering materials for subsequent excavation or in situ ground improvement prior to developing the site.

Abstract: The ElectroKinetic Remediation Technology (EKRT), when applied to an earthy matrix, is generally targeted to the extraction of one or more pollutants, often inorganic and typically belonging to the category of heavy metals. The technique exploits the effects caused by the application of an electric field for allowing the mobilization of the targeted pollutants, whose displacement is often facilitated by the use of suitable chemicals, which act as complexing agents. The EKRT represents a very promising approach, as it is able to produce results comparable to those of other on/off-site interventions, though with appreciably higher levels of acceptability. Moreover, in spite of expectations (which are substantially based on the high use of energy and consumables), we showed that, once properly configured, the EKRT may represent an excellent choice even when judged based on the environmental sustainability. With the present study, we aim at discussing further the plant configuration, with a special focus on the water management. In fact, as anticipated in our previous communications, the modifications that we implemented in our EKRT approach allow presenting it as an electrochemically-assisted soil flushing. Several are the elements of innovation introduced, which proved to increase the effectiveness of the remediation, but at the price of a potentially very high water (and energy) consumption. It is therefore important to have an advanced water management system, preferably coupled with a reliable wastewater recovery system in order to avoid the waste of water resources, and consequently keep down costs as well as the ecological footprint related with the implementation of this technology, thus maximizing its benefits.


ElectroHemp Pitchdeck Image Electrohorticulture
Electro-Horticulture aka: “Electrokinetics
Electro-Horticulture aka: “Electrokinetics is a developing technology that is intended to separate and extract heavy metals, radionuclides, and organic contaminants from saturated or unsaturated soils, sludges and sediments, and groundwater. The goal of electrokinetic remediation is to effect the migration of subsurface contaminants in an imposed electric field via electroosmosis, electromigration and/or electrophoresis. These phenomena occur when the soil is electrically charged with a low voltage current. The fundamental configuration for all three processes involves the application of an electrical potential between electrode pairs that have been implanted....”
Principles of Electrokinetics

When a DC electric field is applied to soil, cations begin to move toward the cathode and anions move toward the anode. Since soil typically has a negative surface charge there are more cations than anions in the pore water (conservation of charge). These extra cations, lined up along the pore walls and moving toward the cathode, drag the pore water along causing a net pore water flow to the cathode that is uniform and predictable. In low permeable soils (clays and silts), this process is much more efficient and thorough than conventional hydraulic based processes. The directional movement through the soil allows for the effective use of in-situ capture and/or reduction zones.  The application of DC The application of DC energy also results in the heating of the soil, which is a bonus when dealing with VOC contamination. The soil heating can be harnessed to assist in the efficient mobilization of DNAPL pools and residuals much like a thermal technology. The combination of heat and pore water movement (flushing) gives electrokinetics (EK) a powerful one-two punch dealing with VOC contamination in low permeable soils: Terran Corporation



Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Plants as Water Protectors

Article 4 Plants as Water Protectors Blog Series


Article 5- Phytromediation Rafts with Electrokinetics
Article 4- Plants as Water Protectors
Article 3- Citizen Science Phytoremediation Research StLouis
Article 2- St Louis IKEA Phyto Buffer Zone pt2
Article 1- IKEAs lesser known environmental project

"...celebrate a home filtration system designed by Royal College of Art graduate Pratik Ghosh, which purifies waste water from the kitchen using herbs.
Plant-Based Water Filter Works Like A Mini Amazon Rainforest https://t.co/lIpu4iLvkK pic.twitter.com/YOGve4Saej — Scotty
Plant-Based Water Filter Works Like A Mini Amazon Rainforest

The Drop by Drop contains plants under a glass dome, as well as pipes which deposit water into the sphere and later allow it to be collected. Water that is poured through isn’t any ol’ water, but gray water which is sourced from sinks, washing machines, and baths....
“The idea is to change the way we procure and consume water at a larger level. In order to do that, there needs to be a change in the value system and what better place to start than the home?” Patik Gosh
Snippet from:

This Plant-Based Water Filter Works Like A Mini Amazon Rainforest

This Plant-Based Water Filter Works Like A Mini Amazon Rainforest

Thursday, September 1, 2016

St Louis IKEA Phyto Buffer Zone pt2

The magic happens before the toxins and pollutants go into the St Louis storm water system.

Phytoremediation Process Plant Diagram Root Stem Leaves
Link  

Article 2 Plants as Water Protectors blog series

Article 5- Phytromediation Rafts with Electrokinetics
Article 4- Plants as Water Protectors
Article 3- Citizen Science Phytoremediation Research StLouis
Article 2- St Louis IKEA Phyto Buffer Zone pt2
Article 1- IKEAs lesser known environmental project

Plants and the Plant Roots phyto-extract the toxins that washes into the riparian buffer zone from the parking lot of the IKEA store in St Louis.
Elevated drainage point in buffer zone gives the phytoremediation plants root systems the time needed to absorb the toxins.





The following land uses are considered to have a potential for contaminated soil, which may adversely affect the quality of groundwater discharging to surface water. These uses may qualify a project site, or portions of a project site, as a hotspot.
  • Sites designated as Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act sites, also known as Superfund Sites,
  • Auto recycler facilities and junk yards,
  • Commercial laundry and dry cleaning facilities,
  • Commercial nurseries,
  • Vehicle fueling stations, service and maintenance areas,
  • Toxic chemical manufacturing and storage facilities,
  • Petroleum storage and refining facilities,
  • Public works storage areas,
  • Airports and deicing facilities,
  • Railroads and rail yards,
  • Marinas and ports,
  • Heavy manufacturing and power generation facilities,
  • Landfills and hazardous waste material disposal facilities, and
  • Sites located on subsurface material such as fly ash known to contain mobile heavy metals and toxins.

Suggestion on Designing a Riparian Phytoremediation Buffer Zone for the St Louis Region: 

  • Rainfall Distribution 50 years of rainfall data for St. Louis, indicates that 90 percent of all rainfall events are 1.14 inches or smaller. 
  • Communities with large geographic areas may find it beneficial to obtain data from different areas in a community to account for variability in rainfall patterns. 
  • Rainfall data sets and distributions can be derived from weather service organizations such as the United States Geological Survey (http://mo.water.usgs.gov/) Cumulative Rainfall Distribution for St. Louis, MO

Next post: How would a Phytoremediation Buffer Zone help Westlake Landfill.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

IKEAs lesser known environmental project

If only more business cared about the environment as much as IKEA does.

Most everyone has heard that the St Louis IKEA Store is powered by solar panels!  Here is a lesser known environmental project they have incorporated into the property along Forest Park and Vandeventer Streets.
The parking lot in of the St Louis IKEA store drains into a low $$$ cost natural phytoremediation filter system.

Article 1 Plants as Water Protectors blog series

The IKEA's Engineers and Crew that installed the water filtration Phytoremediation project did a seamless job of blending the bioremediation system into the natural environment.  If it wouldn't have been for my growing the Kenaf plants and seeing the unmistakable Kenaf Flowers- I may not have noticed. 

Ikea Store Flags and Kenaf Flowering Plants used modified Riparian Buffer StLouis
IKEA Store Flags and Kenaf Flowering Plants used modified Riparian Buffer StLouis 
Ikea Parking Lot drains away from the building into modified riparian buffers along Forest Park Parkway and Vandeventer
IKEA Parking Lot drains away from the building into modified riparian buffers along Forest Park Parkway and Vandeventer
Any contaminants that escape or drip from the Autos in the parking lot will eventually make their way into the modified riparian buffer zone that removes the toxins naturally
Any contaminants that escape or drip from the Autos in the parking lot will eventually make their way into the modified riparian buffer zone that removes the toxins naturally
The break in the concrete curb allows the water to enter the riparian buffer zone where the Plants naturally cycle the toxins from the water.
The break in the concrete curb allows the water to enter the riparian buffer zone where the Plants naturally cycle the toxins from the water.
Phytoremediation Plants are growing in a bed of Gravel and Rock allowing the roots of the plants direct contact with the toxins that will be removed by Phytoremediation.
Phytoremediation Plants are growing in a bed of Gravel and Rock allowing the roots of the plants direct contact with the toxins that will be removed by Phytoremediation.

 In ElectroHemps IKEAs next sustainable bioremediation post (publication date 9/1/16) I will explain with photos, diagrams, and CAD drawings how the water toxins are removed before entering the public water system.

Toxins and Contaminants are removed the Natural Way by using Plants in a process called Phytoremediation

https://electrohemp.blogspot.com/2017/07/citizen-science-phytoremediation.html



Friday, June 24, 2016

ElectroHemp BioRad Disposal will work for Lead too!

In this science paper shares information about Water Lettuce grown in contaminated water in Labratory Conditions in which the Scientist determined:
The overall metal uptake in plant system was higher under EAPR system than one compared with phytoremediation process.
EARP Electrokinetics Assisted Removal Process
Electrokinetics water lettuce phytoremediation science lab project.

Abstract: The combination used electro-assisted system and hydroponic phytoremediation which is hereinafter referred as hydroponic EAPR system for rapid removal of Pb2+ and Cu2+ from contaminated water which has been demonstrated in a laboratory-scale experiment. A hydroponic setting was used to evaluate the potential rapid removal and uptake of lead and copper concentration by water lettuce (Pistia stratiotes Linn.). The effectiveness of two-dimensional (2D) of cathode-pot electrode was introduced in this study. The results obtained from hydroponic EAPR system were compared with the plants exposed in the contaminated lead and copper water by using phytoremediation for 7 d process. The results showed that the accumulation of lead and copper were high in the plant roots. Analysis of chlorophyll content in treated plant with high lead concentration for EAPR system has showed that water lettuce could cope with lead and copper stress. The overall metal uptake in plant system was higher under EAPR system than one compared with phytoremediation process.

Removal of Lead and Copper from Contaminated Water Using EAPR System and Uptake by Water Lettuce (Pistia Stratiotes L.)