An understanding of the transport behavior of biological warfare (BW) agents in landfills is required to evaluate the suitability of landfills for the disposal of building decontamination residue (BDR) following a bioterrorist attack on a building. Surrogate BW agents, Bacillus atrophaeus spores and Serratia marcescens, were spiked into simulated landfill reactors that were filled with synthetic building debris (SBD) and operated for 4 months with leachate recirculation or water infiltration. Quantitative polymerase chain reaction (Q-PCR) was used to monitor surrogate transport. In the leachate recirculation reactors,
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Acknowledgements: This research was supported by the US EPA through the National Homeland Security Research Center, Susan Thorneloe, Senior Project Officer. The input of Susan Thorneloe and Paul Lemieux of the US EPA is gratefully acknowledged. This paper does not necessarily reflect the views of the EPA. We thank Rossana Prevost for help with assessing DNA extraction from SBD.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Environmental Chemistry