Hydrogen peroxide is an oxidizing agent with numerous applications, including soil treatment, aquifer reclamation, wastewater and many others. As a remediation agent, it is both reliable and versatile and its liquid state makes it easy to use in field conditions. Hydrogen peroxide is used in environmental remediation for treatment of chlorinated solvents and petroleum hydrocarbons, among others.
Hydrogen peroxide provides simple, effective treatment options for many sites, both as a stand-alone treatment or supplemental to other treatment methods. As hydrogen peroxide requires only minimal equipment to use, it can be handled with relative safety.
Hydrocarbons (petroleum residues, pesticides, solvents, etc.) pose one of the more challenging contaminants in treatment of contaminated soils, especially at sites where excavation is not cost-effective or feasible as the contamination has spread deep below the surface. Hydrogen peroxide offers an alternative to treatment technologies for hydrocarbons that are less optimal (such as soil washing, landfilling, and incineration). With the use of hydrogen peroxide, the contaminants are chemically oxidized into mineralized products (CO2 , salts, and readily biodegradable organic fragments).