Integrated Field-scale Subsurface Research Challenge

Multiscale Investigations on the Rates and Mechanisms of Targeted Immobilization and Natural Attenuation of Metal, Radionuclide and Co-Contaminants in the Subsurface is one of three multi-year Integrated Field-Research Challenge (IFRC) projects funded by the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) Subsurface Biogeochemical Research (SBR) Program. The other IFRC project locations are the Old Rifle UMTRA site, in Colorado, and the Hanford 300 area, in Washington.

The Oak Ridge IFRC seeks to advance the understanding and predictive capability of coupled hydrological, geochemical, and microbiological processes that control in situ transport, remediation and natural attenuation of metals, radionuclides, and co-contaminants across multiple scales ranging from molecular to watershed levels. Oak Ridge National Laboratory's (ORNL's) Environmental Sciences Division leads this multidisciplinary IFC project. Collaborating institutions include Argonne National Laboratory, Florida State University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Stanford University, the University of Oklahoma, and the University of Tennessee. Field research takes place at a series of contaminated and uncontaminated sites at the Oak Ridge Field Research Center (ORFRC) in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. The ORFRC site and facilities are conducive to field research on processes that influence the transport and fate of subsurface metal and radionuclide contaminants, the effectiveness and long-term consequences of existing remediation options, and improved remediation strategies. Initiated in 2007, Oak Ridge IFRC research builds upon a suite of ORFRC investigations conducted from 2000–2006, funded primarily by ERSP's former Natural and Accelerated Bioremediation Research (NABIR) program.

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