Principles of Perchlorate Treatment

  • John D. Coates
  • W. Andrew Jackson
Part of the SERDP/ESTCP Environmental Remediation Technology book series (SERDP/ESTCP)


The authors dedicate this chapter to the memory of David C. White M.D. Ph.D. for his many paradigm shifting contributions to the fields of microbiology and microbial ecology.

3.1 Introduction

Perchlorate remediation has progressed significantly in an extremely short period. Prior to 1997 relatively few technologies were available, and there was not a substantial body of research to support the development of new technologies. With the recognition of perchlorate as a groundwater contaminant at a number of high profile sites, an enormous effort and concomitant success has been made in developing a variety of technologies capable of perchlorate remediation. These technologies include both biological- and chemical-based systems. In general, most ex situ remediation systems in use at drinking water treatment facilities have utilized abiotic technologies while there are numerous examples of both biotic and abiotic processes for ex situ remediation facilities. In contrast to the ex...


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Authors and Affiliations

  • John D. Coates
    • 1
  • W. Andrew Jackson
    • 2
  1. 1.University of CaliforniaBerkeley
  2. 2.Texas Tech UniversityLubbock

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