Organic product that is applied to remediate in ground spills and toxification. Up until now, remediation methods have often proven complicated, time consuming, costly, and have created almost as many problems as they have cured. In-situ Bio-remediation, however, offers a positive alternative. The demand for more “friendly” operations and spill cleanup, as well as water, air and land pollution reduction is having to be addressed publicly by the petroleum industry. The flexibility and simplicity of Bio-stimulation as a ‘clean’ method for treating these problems is much needed.
The concept of Bio-remediation is used to describe operationally the process of using ‘biologicals’ (living organisms, such as macro- and microorganisms) to effectively decontaminate a polluted system. Because of their abundance, variety, versatility, and effectiveness, microorganisms are the most common biological used for bio-remediation. Some of the microorganisms used are bacteria, fungi, algae, actinomycetes, and various plants.
Microorganisms that degrade gasoline, lightweight mineral oils, and most all petrochemical products and bi-products, have been shown to respond well to Bio-stimulation, and many of the microbes most effective in remediation, are already present in the substrate. It is a known fact that when left alone for 20 or 30 years, diesel oil, for example, will degrade on its own. The problem is that in most instances, we don’t want to wait 20 to 30 years. In many situations, this time can be reduced to months, days…and even hours, when in-situ, Bio-stimulation is properly administered.
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