and composting can be used beneficially to remediate a number of different types
of contaminated sites. Composting
uses the biological system of micro-organisms in a mature, cured compost to
sequester or break down contaminants in water or soil. Micro-organisms consume
contaminants in soils, ground and surface waters, and air. The contaminants are
digested, metabolized, and transformed into humus and inert byproducts, such as
carbon dioxide, water, and salts.
Compost bioremediation has proven effective in
degrading and/or altering many types of contaminants, such as chlorinated and
nonchlorinated hydrocarbons, wood-preserving chemicals, solvents, heavy metals,
pesticides, petroleum products, and nitrate based explosives such as TNT, RDX, HMX, as well as
PAHs, PCPs and other VOCs.
The US EPA has published information on innovative
technologies including bioremediation
and pollution prevention and composting of explosives
is also being used as an innovative technology to clean up land contaminated by
hazardous wastes, remove contaminants from storm water, facilitate
reforestation, and restore wetlands and other natural habitats. Compost has been
used to restore soil that is contaminated with explosives, munitions wastes,
petroleum, fuel wastes, and lead and other metals.
Terre-Source can assist with aspects of your remediation
project including the FS preparation, conceptual design, technical research,
QAPjP preparation, SAP preparation, construction QC/QA, and laboratory liason.