Bioremediation

Bioremediation is a Green Remediation approach that uses natural and/or facultative bacteria to help destroy contamination. Basically, an environment is created or enhanced to increase bacterial populations that use contaminants as a food source. The use of bioremediation for environmental cleanup is an established remediation technology.

Superior has provided bioremediation services for in-situ treatment of soils and groundwater treatment using both above ground bioreactors and in place treatment approaches. In one case, the cleanup of the bankrupt and abandoned Zephry Naph-Sol Refinery in North Muskegon, Michigan, Superior used on site assets converting their above-ground storage tanks into bioreactor treatment system for remediation of contaminated groundwater pumped from the site and also to treat contamination in place through infiltration into site soils. Superior evaluates your site specific conditions and develops a remediation approach to address both the physical site conditions and the distribution of contaminants of concern.

Superior developed an ex-situ bioremediation program for soils contaminated with residual crude oils from the petroleum exploration and development . Large land farm plots were established to address contaminated soils from cleanup of the Porter Oilfield, an old Michigan oilfield established by the Pure Oil Company in the 1930’s. Superior undertook the project to locate abandoned production wells, provide well plugging services as needed, perform wellhead area site assessments, and conduct cleanup of impacted soils. The land farming was undertaken as an innovate approach to reduce disposal costs and related liabilities. The process uses a number of Green Remediation benefits including Solar Energy Breakdown, Oxidation, and enhanced biological degradation to accomplish contaminant reduction. Soils were periodically tilled for optimal degradation and sampled until contaminants were below residual regulatory criteria. The impacted site soils were remediated and then this treated material was used as backfill for other project locations, classic recycling!

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