Each project has unique chemical components and severity of problems. TeraGanix develops a specific program for each situation. Items needed to complete programs include:
- a full onsite assessment,
- lists of all the materials that have contaminated the area,
- lists of all materials that since been used,
- any geological assessments of the area,
- soil samples,
- water samples (if applicable), etc.
These assessments are usually outsourced to an agency that specializes in these areas. TeraGanix will meet with the consultants to develop a mode of treatment and monitor the project to assure the project goals are achieved. The programs generally involve combinations of EM•1®, EM•1® Bokashi, and EM® Ceramics. Please contact TeraGanix for help on preparing a customized program for a site that you intend for bioremediation. TeraGanix encourages engineering firms engaged in bioremediation or enhanced bioremediation to contact us and collaborate on projects.
Bioremediation principles are very simple and this field has grown rapidly since the late 1980's. All synthetic chemicals are modeled on some natural product in one form or another. Microorganisms are known to break down any natural substance. The idea is to introduce microbes of a certain genus that are known to break down the natural substance and hope that it will break down the synthetic substance. Because the synthetic substances are usually toxic, a tremendous amount of the microorganisms are needed to surpass a threshold. Once the microbes can establish large populations, they can work on breaking down the substance.
Studies by the Department of Defense, the Department of Energy have shown the ability of photosynthetic bacteria to break down substances such as benzene and perchlorates.
Science likes to isolate events so it can understand how one substance works. However, by doing this they often miss the synergistic effects that could take place with complex cultures of microorganisms. Effective Microorganisms® works as a complex network of beneficial microorganisms. More often than not, EM•1® becomes a food source for the group of microbes that do the actual job. Without the EM•1® present, the indigenous biologicals may not have been able to accomplish the task themselves. The fact that Effective Microorganisms® co-exist with indigenous microbes is one reason why EM•1® has such vast uses.