Chlorinated Hydrocarbon Bioremediation
• Dissolved oxygen (DO): Identifies aerobic and anaerobic regions of contaminated site and the chemical, physical and biochemical activities occurring. • pH: Identifies the acidity or alkalinity of water. • Temperature: Optimal soil and water temperatures are 10º to 40º C (50º F to 104º F).
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The method is most useful for bioremediation of pollutants that are not themselves good aerobic growth substrates for bacteria. With this approach, the added substrate serves as both the electron donor and primary growth substrate for the bacteria. Oxygen is the final electron acceptor in the process.
• Ability to treat compounds generally not subject to direct aerobic oxidation. • Rapid increases in useful biomass through biostimulation of indigenous bacteria. • Rapid and complete biodegradation of target pollutants due to regular input of cometabolic substrate.