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Neal Durant Partners with International Academics to Co-Author Article for April 2011 Issue of Water Research

Neal Durant, PhD, of Geosyntec's Columbia, Maryland, office partnered with researchers from the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) to co-author a paper in the April 2011 issue of the academic journal Water Research. The article, titled "Natural and Enhanced Anaerobic Degradation of 1,1,1-Trichloroethane and its Degradation Products in the Subsurface — A Critical Review," presents a state-of-the-science review of degradation processes affecting 1,1,1-trichloroethane (1,1,1-TCA) in groundwater systems. The article focuses on the capabilities and limits of using bioremediation via enhanced reductive dechlorination (ERD) to treat 1,1,1-TCA. The paper was written as part of the REMTEC project (http://www.remtec.dk), a four-year research project at DTU that is funded by The Danish Agency for Science Technology and Innovation and aimed at advancing development of in situ remediation technologies, including ERD. Under Neal's leadership, Geosyntec has been a leading contributor to this research effort since 2008 and is the only U.S.-based consulting firm to participate in the effort. The abstract of the paper can be accessed at: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/00431354.

This is the second Durant-co-authored journal paper resulting from Geosyntec participation in the REMTEC project. His first paper appeared during 2010 in Environmental Science and Technology (44: 5134-5141) on field evaluation of ERD for treatment of chloroethenes. Neal has also co-authored presentations associated with the work on the REMTEC project that are in the proceedings of four international conferences on groundwater remediation.