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Unformatted text preview: ? ? Oil M ic r o b e M ic r o b e Microbe eats oil Microbe digests oil and changes it to water and harmless gases Microbe releases water and harmless gases into soil or groundwater Oil W a te r, h a r m le s s g a s e s W a te r, h a r m le s s g a s e s W a te r, h a r m le s s g a s e s W a t e r , h a r m l e s s g a s e s United States Office of Solid Waste and EPA 542-F-01-001 Environmental Protection Emergency Response April 2001 Agency (5102G) www.epa.gov/superfund/sites www.cluin.org A Citizens Guide to Bioremediation EPA uses many methods to clean up pollution at Superfund and other sites. Some, like bioremediation, are considered new or innovative . Such methods can be quicker and cheaper than more common methods. If you live, work, or go to school near a Superfund site, you may want to learn more about cleanup methods. Perhaps they are being used or are proposed for use at your site. How do they work? Are they safe? This Citizens Guide is one in a series to help answer your questions. What is bioremediation? Bioremediation allows natural processes to clean up harmful chemicals in the environment. Microscopic bugs or microbes that live in soil and groundwater like to eat certain harmful chemicals, such as those found in gasoline and oil spills. When microbes completely digest these chemicals, they change them into water and harmless gases such as carbon dioxide....
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This note was uploaded on 10/20/2010 for the course SOIL 479 taught by Professor Ulery during the Spring '10 term at NMSU.
- Spring '10