bioremediation in ponds, wastewater, hydrocarbons and oil spills


oil spill, hydrocarbon bioremediation, microbes, bioreclamation, bioaugmentation

Many of the most toxic environmental contaminants are now candidates for bioremediation.


Where can Bioremediation be used?


Bioremediation - the bacteria will reduce and eliminate hydrocarbons from contributing to contamination in:

  • Stormwater runoff and retention ponds
  • Oil spill cleanup in lakes, rivers, groundwater
  • Treatment of bilge and ballast water
  • Marina spills
  • Soil
    • In Situ
    • Ex Situ
  • Oil / Water Separators
  • Wastewater treatment plants
  • Hazardous Waste¬† Lagoons
  • Underground Storage Tanks (UST)
  • Oil spills on grass, turf or soil
  • Direct Injection
  • Excavated Soil: Typically the soil is placed in a lined containment cell in lifts of 8 to 12 inches deep.
  • Land Farming

In-situ bioremediation of groundwater can be combined with other saturated zone remedial technologies (e.g., air sparging) and vadose zone remedial operations (e.g., soil vapor extraction, bioventing).

What can bioremediation and bioaugmentation bacteria achieve?

Bioaugmentation can be used for in-situ and ex-situ soil and water remediation.

It can be used in conjunction with traditional mechanical methods or on its own. Microbial bioaugmentation is most successful in treating the residual biofilms in the soil. Our blend of bacteria (PETRO-CLEAR ) have a broad spectrum of metabolic pathways and are thereby able to degrade complex hydrocarbon chains.

PETRO-CLEAR can also degrade the soluble BTEX compounds found below the surface of the water. Heavy greases and old residual weathered hydrocarbons with high molecular weights (PAH) are also degraded into their basic elements of water and carbon dioxide. A benefit to bioremediation is this an almost immediate reduction in odors from the spill.

  • Primary Mode of Action (Substrates Utilized Best): Phenol; benzene; toluene; other aromatic hydrocarbons with hydroxylated, nitrogenated groups; octane; ethane; other short-chained alkyl hydrocarbons.
  • Secondary Action (Substrates also attacked): Salicylic acid, biphenyl; xylol; phenoxy alcohols; mineral oils; lubricating oils, kerosene; surfactants; gasoline; pentachlorophenol. Intermediate length alkyl hydrocarbons and alcohols, fatty acids, benzolic acid, citrus oils.


  • Remediates hydrocarbon spills with highly concentrated natural microbes.
  • Natural microbes digest hydrocarbon based compounds safely and effectively.
  • Effective for treating oil, gasoline or hydraulic spills even on paved concrete and asphalt areas
  • Reduces potentially hazardous hydrocarbon contamination in storm water
  • For remediation within secondary containment areas
  • Reduces contaminants in wastewater treatment
  • Use regularly as part of a comprehensive environmental program
  • Can help you avoid costly clean up procedures, re-sodding or excavations

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