Natural occurring organisms break down hazardous substances into less toxic or non-toxic substances. Bacteria use the contaminants as a source of food and energy changing them into small amounts of water and carbon dioxide.
For bioremediation to be effective, the right temperature, nutrients and food types must be present. Proper conditions allow the right microbes to grow and multiply – and eat more contaminants. If conditions are not right, the bacteria grow too slowly or die and contaminants are not cleaned-up. If soil or water that is contaminated does not have enough of the “right” bacteria, it may take months or years for a clean-up to occur.
Soil and water naturally have organisms that will consume hydrocarbon contaminants as a food source. So, why add organisms when they already are present in the environment? In short, the environment is rarely ideal for microbial growth. There are many factors that limit growth like pH, moisture and oxygen content, poisons, predator organisms and the depletion of necessary nutrients.
In the case of hydrocarbons, there is a problem with petroleum degradation in the soil or water. In most cases, there are insufficient organisms present to initiate the target degradation process. Organisms that preferentially utilize petroleum as their food of choice are in minority population and cannot decrease the level of contamination rapidly. Additionally, the presence of light hydrocarbons often are poisons to bacteria.
Introducing selected and hardy bacteria assures a vigorous population that will target the contaminating substances even when there is die-off due to environmental conditions. As a pure species selected for their efficiency in using petroleum oils as a food source, FQE Clean Earth will efficiently reduce the background hydrocarbon concentrations in soils and water streams by as much as 75% within 72 hours and 95% within 96hrs of being introduced into the system.
FQE Clean Earth is formulated with safe, non-toxic and specific bacteria designed to rapidly eliminate petroleum-based hydrocarbons present in contaminated soils, waste water and other oil-contaminated systems. These bacteria prefer petroleum sources for nutrition and energy production.
The Clean Earth technology assures that adventitious or pathologic organisms are neither present nor grown. The organisms in FQE Clean Earth are not foreign to the ordinary natural environment as they were originally isolated from the soil. There are no genetically-engineered elements whose impact would be unknown or potentially hazardous. FQE Clean Earth is not a threat to human health.
Enzymes break down complex molecules in the environment into simple compounds which bacteria can then absorb and use for energy. Bacteria are living organisms that get nutrition by creating enzymes which they excrete into the environment to effect the breakdown of the complex petroleum contaminants.
FQE Clean Earth is formulated with specific surfactants that mobilize petroleum products and lifts the contaminant off the surface to improve microbial availability.
Petroleum spills often contain light hydrocarbons such as benzene. These light compounds represent a threat as an air pollutant. Disturbing contaminated soils by mixing can cause contaminants to evaporate before microbes can eat them. FQE Clean Earth is formulated with sugar-based polymers that immediately trap light hydrocarbons that are undesirable for bacterial growth and rapidly remove these compounds from the environment protecting the surrounding air quality.