1999

Problem Statement

TASK 1 – Mine Tailing Stabilization
Develop and demonstrate the remediation of a large tailings pile which is contaminating ground water and surface water with cadmium, copper, lead, arsenic, and zinc. The design must consider leaving the tailings in place in order to preserve the look of a historical mining district.

TASK 2 – Suppression and Immobilization of Radioactive airborne particulates.
Develop and demonstrate a suppression and immobilization process for particulates in plutonium contaminated gloveboxes.  The process is to be demonstrated on  8″X8″ stainless steel plates.  A surrogate will be used to simulate the radioactive particulate contamination.

TASK 3 – Innovative landfill closure cap
Develop an innovative cap system for solid waste landfills to meet the regulatory permeability standards for 30 years.  The full-scale design is to be modeled and verified using a bench-scale demonstration.

TASK 4 – Transuranic waste reduction
Develop and demonstrate a decontamination/destruction process to economically reduce TRU (transuranic) waste.  The process must be demonstrated on a variety of contaminated items (i.e. cheesecloth, rubber gloves,  vinyl tape, etc).  Non-radioactive surrogates will be used to simulate the contaminant.

TASK 5 – Pipeline waste removal
Develop and demonstrate a process for removal of a gelated plug in a waste pipeline.  The process could use chemical or other physical techniques (i.e. pressure/temperature variation, ultra-sonic vibration, etc.). However, avoid using removal tools such as roto-rooter.    The process will be demonstrated using a twenty-foot, 1 2″ – 2″ pipe, with open ends.

TASK 6 – In-situ soil decontamination
Develop and demonstrate in-situ soil remediation (preferably bio-remediation) of High Explosive (HE) and Research Development Explosive (RDX) in tight clay soils. The process must be demonstrated using soil samples packed into test cylinders which simulate natural permeability and porosity.

HS Tasks –
Task A – Innovative landfill closure cap for municipal solid waste landfills
Task B – Local Implementation of solid waste reduction

Participants

Case Western Reserve

Clarkson University

Cleveland State

Louisiana State University

Michighan State University

Montana Tech

New Mexico Tech

North Carolina State University

Northern Arizona University

Ohio State University

Ohio University

Oregon State University

Purdue University

Tufts University

United Arab Emirates University

Univ. de las Americas/Puebla

Univ. Arkansas

Univ. California/Riverside

Univ. Idaho

Univ. Missouri/Columbia

Univ. Nevada/Reno

Univ. Oklahoma

West Virginia University

Mesa State College

HIGH SCHOOL

Ft. Sumner HS

Juarez HS

Las Cruces HS

Perryton HS

Tatum HS

WH Burges HS

Alb. Academy task – 3BS

Winners

Task 1

First Place

Clarkson University

Second Place

New Mexico Tech

Outstanding Paper

Clarkson University

Outstanding Oral

Montana Tech

Outstanding Bench

Oregon State

Task 2

First Place

University of Idaho

Second Place

New Mexico Tech

Task 3

First Place

University of Missouri

Second Place

New Mexico Tech

Outstanding Bench

United Arab Emirates University

Outstanding Approach

Louisiana State University

Task 4

First Place – TIE

Purdue University &
Oregon State University

Task 5

First Place

Montana Tech

Second Place

Purdue University

Outstanding Oral

University of Idaho

Outstanding Approach TIE

Oregon State University
New Mexico State University

Task 6

First Place – TIE

Case Western Reserve
Purdue University

Second Place

University of Nevada/Reno

Outstanding Poster

Michigan State University

Outstanding International Team

United Arab Emirates University
High School Division

First Place – TIE

Las Cruces Schools (Las Cruces, Mayfield, Onate)
Tatum High School

Third Place -TIE

El Paso, Texas, Burgess High School
Ft. Sumner High School

Fifth Place

Juarez, Mexico
Perryton, Texas, High School

Mike Berger Award (Outstanding Faculty)

Goran Jovanovich, Oregon State University
Summary

University Participants

256

Faculty Advisors

55

University & High Schools Teams

40

University Schools

23

High School Schools

9