Benefits of Bioremediation
- By relying solely on natural processes, it minimizes damage to ecosystems.
- Bioremediation often takes place underground, where amendments and microbes can be pumped in order to clean up contaminants in groundwater and soil.
- Consequently, bioremediation does not disrupt nearby communities as much as other cleanup methodologies.
- “Amendments” to the environment, such as molasses, vegetable oil, or simple air optimize conditions for microbes to flourish, thereby accelerating the completion of the bioremediation process.
- The bioremediation process creates relatively few harmful byproducts (mainly due to the fact that contaminants and pollutants are converted into water and harmless gases like carbon dioxide).
- Bioremediation is cheaper than most cleanup methods because it does not require substantial equipment or labor.