• The Occurrence and Treatment Status of Off-site Contaminated Soils in Korea
  • SuHo Han·MungChae Jung*·JeongWook Kim·SoonWon Jeon·Nguyen Quoc Tuan·KyungWook Yoon·SeonKi Min

  • Department of Energy Resources and Geosystem Engineering, Sejong University, Seoul 05006, Korea

  • 국내 오염토양 반출정화사업 현황
  • 한수호·정명채*·김정욱·전순원·누엔 쿠억 트안·윤경욱·민선기

  • 세종대학교 지구자원시스템공학과 


Recently, ex-situ remediation technologies has been emerging to clean up contaminated soils mainly because the in-situ techniques have limited applicability and technical difficulties in relatively small contaminated sites. Accordingly, implementation of off-site treatment and disposal have been continuously increased in soil remediation and restoration projects in Korea. However, in many cases, reclaimed soil is still not properly recycled or reused. Therefore, there is an urgent need to document the current status of soil management practices in soil remediation projects in the nation. This study presents a survey of soil contamination status and remedial approaches in Korea based on soil cleanup projects completed in 2015 - 2019, and proposes the possible options of the recycling or reusing the reclaimed soils under compliance with related regulations. The results of the soil survey showed soil contamination was most severe in gas stations, industrial facilities, and military areas. The major types of pollution were related to the petroleum-contaminated site (TPH and BTEX) with 77.0% occurrence in all the contaminated sites. The reclaimed soils were mostly reused as a ground filling-up soils in industrial facilities (60.0%) and warehouses (37.0%).

Keywords: Soil conservation, Remediation Clean up soil, Soil recycling, Soil contamination

This Article

  • 2020; 25(4): 1-6

    Published on Dec 31, 2020

  • 10.7857/JSGE.2020.25.4.001
  • Received on Nov 24, 2020
  • Revised on Dec 3, 2020
  • Accepted on Dec 5, 2020

Correspondence to

  • MungChae Jung
  • Department of Energy Resources and Geosystem Engineering, Sejong University, Seoul 05006, Korea

  • E-mail: jmc65@sejong.ac.kr