This paper is a case study of how soil and groundwater investigations were conducted at a site containing building asbestos and having access limitations. While previous evaluations of site conditions utilized time-consuming conventional soil borings and monitoring well procedures, continuing investigations necessitated more advanced screening techniques. Since the principal site contaminants are hydrocarbons (both light and dense), Cone Penetration Testing (CPT) and Ultraviolet Induced Fluorescence (UVIF) technologies were chosen to evaluate subsurface conditions. The first round of CPT/UVIF testing indicated groundwater contamination may have extended under the plant buildings which led to building asbestos removal and structural demolition. The second round of CPT/UVIF field work completed in four days appears to have successfully delineated the hydrocarbon contamination.
Merritt, Clifford A.
"Floater/Sinker Site Assessment Complicated By Asbestos,"
Proceedings of the Annual International Conference on Soils, Sediments, Water and Energy:
Vol. 15, Article 27.
Available at: http://scholarworks.umass.edu/soilsproceedings/vol15/iss1/27