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North to Alaska

June 15, 2009

Temple Civil and Environmental Engineering Chair Michel Boufadel and nine engineering DSC00809students will be spending the next two weeks on the beaches of Alaska‘s Prince William Sound.  But they won’t be there for summer fun and recreation.  Instead, they will be conducting feasibility studies on how to remediate the oil still left from the Exxon Valdez spill 20 years ago.

Funded by a $1.2 million grant from the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council, Boufadel, an expert in oil spills and oil remediation, has spentDSC00652 the previous two years been studying why there is oil from the Exxon Valdez spill still trapped in the beaches of the Sound, long after experts predicted the oil would be gone.  He recently received another $450,000 from the Council for the remediation feasibility study.

After this trip, Boufadel and the students will return to Alaska for about a month in mid-August for further studies on how to clean up the oil.

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