Date of Award


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science


Pulp and Paper Technology

First Advisor

Lyman C. Aldrich

Second Advisor

Dr. David K. Peterson


This thesis deals with the interaction of specific contaminants in pulp and paper effluents and how they leach into the soil. The mill included in my study applies its effluent to special irrigation fields on a daily basis. The mill produces some specialty paper which involves the use of heavy metals in its paper-making process and as a result some of the metals are applied on the irrigation field. By taking soil samples from the irrigation fields and analyzing them for heavy metals, I hope to come up with some conclusions for the behavior of vertical migration of heavy metals in the soil. By performing other tests such as soil pH and sieve analysis, I think a better understanding of the characteristics of the soil will be established.