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Methods Used In Soil Remediation of Contaminated Land

June 13, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 201

A soil remediation process can prove worthwhile in contaminated land if ideal methods of decontamination, treatment and removal of volatile elements in the soil are keenly adhered to. For total clean-up of contaminated land, use of more than one method is advised. But while that can suffice, use of numerous methods does not necessarily mean that they are ideal in decontamination of polluted soils in a given land.

A handful of these methods are specifically designed with the user in mind. That is to say, they are made to effectively lessen the chance of further harm from run-offs during heavy rains or further environmental harm which is, by and large, detrimental. While these methods are considerable, they are not really ideal. Listed below are a number of soil remediation methods that are considered ideal in many quarters.

Top on the list is the containment of polluted soils. For starters, it is futile to contain polluted soils without proper decontamination. And proper decontamination cannot be done if polluted soils continue being incinerated, or worse, dumped in landfills as a clean-up method. Therefore to avert such a problem and contain polluted soils, a treatment method - where contaminants in the soil are chemically mixed with soil particles - is required. This containment process however depends on the type of contamination in the soil.

Soil washing is another soil remediation method that cannot be overlooked. Unlike the containment of polluted soils, this process involves massive usage of chemical solvents that aid in the removal of toxic elements and volatile materials from the soil. The good thing about this process is that, one does not need to excavate the ground in order for the clean-up of polluted soil to happen.

By using the self descriptive pump-and-treat method, this process flushes harmful toxins from underneath the ground while directing it towards the, vertically or horizontally placed, vacuum wells that later pump them out to the surface for further processing. However, the pump-and-treat method of flushing out polluted soils to the surface can prove futile if the soil present is permeable. Clay is not permeable thus creating a better platform.

Bioremediation method considered the best among the rest. Although less known in many quarters, bioremediation is greatly considered as the most convenient environmentally sound method anyone can ever use in soil remediation of contaminated land. This method simply incites the growth of natural occurring waste-eating microorganisms, then later removing soil contaminants in the process. Microorganisms are known to effectively breakdown contaminants by using them as a source of food.

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