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Bioremediation - Advantages of Bioremediation

Advantages of Bioremediation

 

Advantages of bioremediation include (Sharma & Reddy, 2004) and (Vivaldi, 2001):

1. It is possible to completely breakdown organic contaminants into other nontoxic chemicals.

2. Equipment requirements are minimal compared to other remediation technologies.

3. Can be implemented as an in-situ or ex-situ method depending on conditions.

4. Low cost of treatment per unit volume of soil or groundwater compared to other remediation technologies.

5. Low-technology equipment is required i.e. readily available equipment e.g. pumps, well drilling equipment etc.

6. Bioremediation is perceived positively by the public because it is a natural process.

7. Complete break down of pollutants in to non toxic compounds is possible because the process does not involve transferring of contaminants to other another environmental medium.

 

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