Transport behavior of surrogate biological warfare agents in a simulated landfill: Effect of leachate recirculation and water infiltration

Pascal Saikaly, Kristin A. Hicks, Morton A. Barlaz, Francis Delos De Los De Los Reyes

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Abstract

An understanding of the transport behavior of biological warfare (BW) agents in landfills is required to evaluate the suitability of landfills for the disposal of building decontamination residue (BDR) following a bioterrorist attack on a building. Surrogate BW agents, Bacillus atrophaeus spores and Serratia marcescens, were spiked into simulated landfill reactors that were filled with synthetic building debris (SBD) and operated for 4 months with leachate recirculation or water infiltration. Quantitative polymerase chain reaction (Q-PCR) was used to monitor surrogate transport. In the leachate recirculation reactors,
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)8622-8628
Number of pages7
JournalEnvironmental Science & Technology
Volume44
Issue number22
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 15 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Chemistry(all)

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