Tools for cleaning up petroleum contaminated sites
Many sites and properties across the United States are contaminated by petroleum products, such as gasoline. These harmful products, and the chemicals they break down into, can threaten human health and the environment. We have guidance and statistical tools to help you understand how to clean up these sites and show that your cleanup is happening as planned.
- Guidance for remediation of petroleum contaminated sites (2016) (also known as "TPH Guidance" or "Total Petroleum Hydrocarbons Guidance"). This document consolidates all the technical information for cleaning up petroleum-contaminated sites into one document. It also helps people learn how to meet the requirements of the state's cleanup law, the Model Toxics Control Act (MTCA), when cleaning up petroleum contamination.
- Guidance for Silica Gel Cleanup in Washington State (Nov. 2023) – This guidance document provides details on the use of silica gel cleanup (SGC) in analyzing diesel and heavy oil range organics when using the Ecology's NWTPH-Dx analytical method for petroleum hydrocarbons at a cleanup site regulated under the Model Toxics Control Act (MTCA) Regulation, Chapter 173-340 WAC.
- Guidance on remediation of petroleum contaminated ground water by natural attenuation (2005) provides technical information for using natural attenuation to clean up petroleum contaminated groundwater.
- Toxicity Data and Physical/Chemical Properties for Petroleum Mixtures (Nov. 2023).
- Calculation of Method B and Method C cleanup levels for petroleum mixtures (Nov. 2023)
We’ve developed Excel-based tools to help you calculate cleanup levels for petroleum contaminated sites. The packages on this page are specific to sites with petroleum contamination. If you have a site with other contaminants, check out our online cleanup tools page.
Tip: Download the Excel files to your computer rather than opening in a browser. Tools may not function correctly when opened directly from the website.
Workbook for calculating cleanup levels for petroleum contaminated sites (MTCATPH Version 12.0 Excel workbook) - Updated November 2023
- Workbook for calculating cleanup levels for petroleum contaminated sites (MTCATPH 12.0 Excel workbook) is a tool that allows you to calculate cleanup levels for petroleum mixtures for two media: 1) Soil using MTCA Methods B or C, and 2) Groundwater using MTCA Method B.
These cleanup levels protect against harm from direct contact with soil. They also protect against harm from petroleum leaching into groundwater and drinking water.
This tool does not include options for evaluating potential MTCA air quality concerns via the Vapor Pathway. For more information about the vapor pathway, please visit our Vapor Intrusion page.
Additional help for the workbook
Workbook tools for calculating soil and groundwater cleanup levels under the Model Toxics Control Act Cleanup Regulation: Users guide 12.0 (Nov. 2023). The users’ guide answers questions about the tool, shows you how to use it, and helps you understand the results.
Natural attenuation of petroleum contaminated groundwater
This tool is split into two packages. Use them to predict when natural attenuation will allow groundwater cleanup levels to be met or to demonstrate that levels have been met.
Package A will answer questions about:
- Plume stability.
- Length of time for groundwater concentrations to reach a target level.
- The site’s ability to break down contamination.
- The possibility that changing groundwater elevation is affecting concentrations.
- Open Package A of the Natural Attenuation Analysis Tool.
Package B will answer questions about:
- Distance a dissolved plume will extend without intervention.
- Length of time until a target location reaches a cleanup level.
- The percent of mass that can be broken down naturally.
- The amount of source material that must be removed to let natural breakdown reach a target level by a certain date.
- Open Package B of the Natural Attenuation Analysis Tool.
Additional help for the natural attenuation package
User's manual: Natural attenuation analysis tool package for petroleum-contaminated ground water (2005) provides guidance under MTCA on how to evaluate the feasibility and performance of natural attenuation for groundwater contaminated with petroleum hydrocarbons.