Journal of soils and sediments vol:5 issue:4 pages:240-244
Background, Aims and Scope. Surfactant enhanced ex-situ soil washing can be used to remediate diesel contaminated soils. Surfactants enhance the diesel removal from soils by two processes: mobilization and solubilization. Mobilization occurs at surfactant concentrations below the critical micelle concentration (CMC), while solubilization occurs at surfactant concentrations beyond the CMC of the surfactant. In this paper, the leaching of diesel from a self contaminated (10 000 mg diesel/kg) sandy-loam soil was studied using low concentrated non-ionic surfactant solutions of Tergitol NP-10 (10(-6) to 10(-3) mol/L).