Biodegradation of Hydrocarbons as a Remediation Method for Petroleum Contaminants in the Environment or as a Treatment Method for Petroleum Wastes (A Review and Analysis of Recent Field Study Literature)
KANSAS UNIV LAWRENCE DEPT OF CHEMICAL AND PETROLEUM ENGINEERING
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The U.S. Navy Petroleum Office NAVPETOFF is developing future Navy petroleum sludge disposal and soil decontamination procedures. This project was conducted for NAVPETOFF to aid that development by evaluating the use of bacteria to eliminate petroleum hydrocarbons as a disposal or decontamination option. Electronic data base searchers, interviews with bioremediation researchers, and manual literature searches were conducted to collect information about microbial bioremediation from sources which postdate the 1984 amendments to RCRA. From that body of information, reports of field applications of microbial bioremediation on petroleum wastes or contaminants were set apart as the primary references for evaluation development. summaries of reported microbial bioremediation methods were developed are presented. These summaries are introduced by a review of the biologic limits and processes of the microbes commonly used for bioremediation. The body of these summaries describes and illustrates their techniques. Each summary concludes with an evaluation in the form of a report of the methods effectiveness.
- Solid Wastes and Pollution and Control