Environmental Enlightenment #216
By Ami Adini - Reissued September 2, 2017

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 15: Phytoremediation

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 Phytoremediation. You can reach it through the hyperlink under the blue header below.


“Phyto-“ originates from Greek phuton, meaning a plant.
Thus, phytoremediation is remediation by plants.


An observation can be made that advanced life forms are not as capable as lesser forms in adapting to adverse elements in the environment.

Seeds stay dry in the desert waiting for a 100-years flood to make them sprout.

Bacteria survive miles under the surface of earth; and seals, bears and penguins live naked in polar zones.


Copyright Volodymyr Goinyk / 123RF Stock Photo

Plants absorb toxins and, at times, even break them up to elements that are innocuous to higher life forms.

There’s evolution happening at every step where lower life forms support and convert (through the food chain) to higher life forms, from the plankton to bacteria to little fish, big fish, all the way up.

On a gradation scale, Man needs trees more than trees need Man, and trees need bacteria more than bacteria need trees; and all survive better in balance with each other.


Phytoremediation is economical: plants do most of the work, control soil erosion, make a site more attractive, reduce noise, and improve surrounding air quality.

Go to the EPA’s Citizen’s Guide to Phytoremediation http://www.clu-in.org/download/Citizens/a_citizens_guide_to_phytoremediation.pdf for the rest. It is simple and fun to read.

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Ami Adini is a veteran environmental practitioner with over 40 years of experience. He carries a Bachelor of Science degree (B.Sc.) in Mechanical Engineering including academic credits in Nuclear and Chemical Engineering and postgraduate education in these fields. His career includes design and construction of nuclear plant facilities, chemical processing plants and hazardous wastewater treatment systems. He is a former California Registered Environmental Assessor Levels I & II in the 1988-2012 registry that certified environmental professionals in the assessment and remediation of environmentally impacted land, and a Registered Environmental Professional (REP) since 1989 with the National Registry of Environmental Professionals (NREP). He is a California Business & Professions Code Qualifying Responsible Managing Officer (RMO) in the General Engineering Contractor classification with Hazardous Substance Removal and Asbestos certifications, and president of AMI ADINI ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES, INC. (AAES), a general engineering contractor and consulting firm specializing in environmental site assessments, rehabilitation of contaminated sites and removal of environmental risks from real-estate transactions. (Contact Ami for a complete resume.) AAES provides practical solutions to environmental concerns using the highest standards of ethics and integrity while providing its clients with maximum return on their investments.