Fate and Transport of PCBs in the Subsurface - EPSC 396 Undergraduate Research Project Application Form

Supervisor's Name: Jeffrey McKeznie

Supervisor's Email: jeffrey.mckenzie [at] mcgill.ca

Supervisor's Phone: 3833

Supervisor's Website:

Supervisor's department: Earth and Planetary Sciences

Course number: EPSC 396 (Earth and Planetary Science)

Term: Winter 2013-2014

Project start date: Monday, January 6, 2014

Project end date: Friday, April 11, 2014

Project title: Fate and Transport of PCBs in the Subsurface

Project description (50-100 words suggested): Polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) have been used as insulating fluids in power transformers, although they are organic pollutants insoluble in water and are linked with specific kinds of cancer in humans. Recently Reliance Power Equipment was found to be storing transformers containing high levels of PCB on their West Island property. This project will investigate research related to the fate and transport of PCBs in the subsurface and will see the student produce a numerical groundwater model of a PCB plume.

Prerequisite: 1 term completed at McGill + CGPA of 3.0 or higher; or permission of instructor.

Grading scheme (The final report must be worth at least 50% of final grade):  Final Report - 66%, Research/Participation/Completing Objectives - 34%

Project status: This project is taken. The professor has no more '396' projects this term.

Ethics, safety, and training: Supervisors are responsible for the ethics and safety compliance of undergraduate students. This project involves NEITHER animal subjects, nor human subjects, nor biohazardous substances, nor radioactive materials, nor handling chemicals, nor using lasers.