The new manual of the German Federal Environment Agency gives an overview in English of the spectrum of different biological remediation techniques
Contaminated sites are relicts from the approximately 150 years of industrial development of our society. However, the existence of contaminated sites
is to be seen as an indicator of the fact that principles of sus-tainability played a rather subordinate role in the past and nature was handled far too careless.
The problem of the contaminated sites concerns all industrial countries and, in the meantime, also developing countries.
In the course of evolution nature developed mechanisms bringing about a reduction of the pollution load. The naturally proceeding degradation processes
have an enormous environmental pollution reducing potential. However, they do not achieve the desired success in every case in acceptable periods of time.
Biological remediation techniques are based on natural degradation mechanisms but support them by means of techni-cal equipment. The development of biological
remediation methods has proceeded fast in the 80’s to 90's of the 20th century in Germany, Europe, Canada and in the USA. In the meantime, biological techniques
such as e.g. the micro-biological treatment of soils contaminated by mineral oil hydrocarbons range among reme-diation techniques spread most widely.
The manual of the German Federal Environment Agency published recently gives a review of the spectrum of different biological remediation techniques.
Individual procedures are described in a compact form and fields of application with their respective advantages and drawbacks are outlined. A manual that
helps making a balanced decision on the remediation of contaminated areas, if necessary in connection with revitalizing of areas, is made available to the
reader from the public administration, the consulting and project development branch as well as to property owners .
The manual has been published in English by the ICSS of the German Federal Environment Agency in the the course of the project promotion by the German Ministry
of Education and Research.
The „Manual for biological remediation techniques “
may be ordered free of charge at
Zentraler Antwortdienst (ZAD)
of the Federal Environment Agency,
P.O. Box 14 06,
06813 Dessau or
by E-Mail address firstname.lastname@example.org