Environmental Enlightenment #201
By Ami Adini - January 14, 2013

This is a SHORT, LIGHT and SIMPLE newsletter. Its purpose is to rekindle in the initiated terminology they have once learned, and enlighten the uninitiated on terms they may have heard but never knew the meaning of.


Power of Simplicity
The EPA’s Citizen’s Guide to Cleanup Technologies

Series 2: Bioremediation

See our Newsletter, Environmental Enlightenment #200, for introduction to one highly valuable, plainly written series of Citizen’s Guides published by the EPA at http://www.clu-in.org/products/citguide


With this issue we introduce the EPA’s “Citizen’s Guide to Bioremediation.” You can reach it through the hyperlink given below, under the blue header.

http://www.clu-in.org/download/Citizens/a_citizens_guide_to_bioremediation.pdf


Bio-
in Greek means life.


Remediation
means the action of remedying something, esp the reversal or stopping of damage to the environment.
(Collins English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003)

In Latin, Re- indicates a return to a previous condition, and mederi means to heal.

Thus, Bioremediation is healing through the power of life.

It stands apart from technologies that use chemical substances or…  

...mechanical force.

 

 

http://www.cguru.info/mech.htm

The physical universe is an unmitigated, crass force. Its energies are programmed to collectively collapse and dissipate to frozen states of inaction. Though randomly elevated by uncontrolled explosions or upheavals, all energies will continue with their ingrained deterioration.


Photo: Sgt. Eric Rutherford, DVIDSHUB.net


In the exertion of force, be it chemical, mechanical or electric, we achieve random interactions that can be directed toward meaningful aims only through the intervention of life. An uncontrolled atomic fission will fry up a continent but through human direction can be channeled to power it up for generations.

Diablo Canyon Power Plant, San Luis Obispo, California
Photo by emdot at http://flickr.com/photos/35237093637@N01/11040625
Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic License


Remediation through biological means is remediation through the most intimate contact that life can make with physical elements: the metabolic process of conversion of minerals to animated microorganisms. This very nature makes the metabolic process the one most efficient in the elimination of toxic substances from soils and groundwater. Witness millions of barrels of crude oil discharged in the Mexican Gulf that never saw the light of day.

Bioremediation uses microbes.


Microbes are very small organisms, such as bacteria, that live naturally in the environment.

Certain microbes use contaminants as a source of food and energy.

In our field we get immediately interested in such microbes that love to feed on toxins generated from petroleum and chlorinated solvents.  

Like you and me and the plants in our gardens, microbes take in nutrients and oxygen that enable them metabolize their food, and in turn they release harmless water and carbon dioxide back to the environment.

Go to http://www.clu-in.org/download/Citizens/a_citizens_guide_to_bioremediation.pdf
for the rest.

I guarantee you will enjoy it!

You can find past issues of "Environmental Enlightenment" at www.amiadini.com with wealth of information about issues concerning assessment and cleanup of contamination in the subsurface soil and groundwater..

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Ami Adini
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Ami Adini is a mechanical engineer, California Registered Environmental Assessor, Level II, and president of AMI ADINI & ASSOCIATES, INC. (AA&A), an environmental consulting firm specializing in all phases of environmental site assessments and rehabilitation of contaminated sites. AA&A specializes in practical solutions to environmental concerns using the highest standards of ethics and integrity while providing its clients with maximum return on their investments.