WIT Press


An Investigation Of The Applicability Of Oil Fingerprinting As A Tool In Soil Contamination In Flanders

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/CENV040411

Volume

68

Pages

9

Published

2004

Size

339 kb

Author(s)

J. Nouwen, A. Borburgh & G. Vanermen

Abstract

From inspection of the literature it is clear that sufficient analytical instruments for the application of oil fingerprinting on soil contamination problems are available. However well defined requirements have to be fulfilled. Among these prerequisites are the availability of unique oil signatures and sufficient variation within the different fuels on the Flemish market. On behalf of the Public Waste Agency of Flanders (OVAM), it was investigated if these constraints are met and consequently if sufficient analytical instruments are available enabling the linking of a suspected contamination source to an observed soil contamination. Particularly gas chromatography enables one to determine very specific characteristic patterns for the contamination and the source. However weathering alte

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