Bioremediation Services

  •  Is bioremediation a viable option? Are there sufficient naturally occurring microbes present to do the job? 
  •  Is Natural Attenuation a workable solution given the constraints of the project?

  •  How effective will an enhancement product be?
  •  Will bioaugmentation be effective specific to the site characteristics?
  •  What is the contaminate degradation rate?

RespirTek™'s Microbial Communication Service™ can answer these and other questions about your contaminated site. You get answers to your project questions in a matter of days not weeks with Microbial Communication Service™. Microbial Communication Service™ combines the best of respirometric science with microbiological and environmental analytical testing to produce highly relevant, useful and reliable data.

RespirTek™ is the only company to offer Microbial Communication Service™. No two projects are alike. Call us to set up a free consultation with our team consisting of highly trained and experienced biologists and chemical engineers. Whether it is natural attenuation or full-scale bioremediation involving groundwater, soil, testing or other environmental matrices, we can assist you. Our work will give you greater confidence in bioremediation decisions. 

Contact us at 228-392-7977 to arrange for a free consultation call with our Technical Team to discuss your specific project. Get more information about process specifics.


Frequently Asked Bioremediation Questions

 

How do I know there are microbes on site that can degrade MTBE?

Encompassing a full suite of biological methodologies and testing protocols, RespirTek offers the capability of producing a fully integrated Biological Activity Key for any particular site. The Heterotrophic and Specific Degrader Plate Counts offer a valuable look at what microbes are present and which microbes present can degrade the contaminant of concern. These results are then integrated into the plume map (as shown below), and further decisions about bioremediation become clearer.

Our client wants to reduce the cost of this phase of the project by 25%. Is bioremediation an option?

In-situ bioremediation, whether naturally or with enhancements or augmentations, has been proven in multiple scenarios to be the resoundingly most cost efficient technology for environmental cleanup. Remediation projects conducted by several government agencies have shown significant savings when bioremediation was the technology utilized for site cleanup. Not all sites will be conducive to bioremediation because of certain risks associated with contamination; however, where applicable, bioremediation is the solution of choice from an economically driven perspective. We have a breakdown of our costs available to you upon your call.

Are you comfortable managing the extensive analytical demands for this bio-project?

Testing designs, work plan development, results interpretation and consulting, and reporting are all significant parts of our value-added services in addition to the analytical testing. By using RespirTek™ as your bioremediation "One-Stop-Shop," your overhead hours decrease as your actual time spent on the project declines. What this means to project managers is that we save you overhead hours on ourtime...not yours.

Our testing designs are menu driven. Below is a small cutaway of a testing design for a bioenhancement study.

What is the most economical way to solve this problem? Why can't we leave it in the ground?

RespirTek is a risk assessment tool for monitored natural attenuation, bioenhancement, and bioaugmentation options. RespirTek removes the guesswork from these options by answering the most common questions associated with them: Will the plume naturally attenuate? If not, what enhancements or augmentations will provide an acceptable timeframe for remediation? How long will bioremediation take? Answer your client with scientifically sound data when these questions arise.

We have included an excerpt of a case study illustrating RespirTek™'s capabilities in dealing with a quick-turnaround response to an oil spill in the San Francisco Bay. Without the data showing which enhancements and augmentations were needed for optimal remediation, guesswork would have clouded the ecosystems and environment, possibly for years to come. With the identification of the optimum enhancements and augmentations (and their respective addition rates), contaminants were below detection limits within 3 months as predicted by the study. The study was completed within 11 days.

Have you ever managed a bioremediation project?

RespirTek™ has worked for 49 different engineering firms and accumulated valuable experience spread over a variety of different projects. We work behind the scenes as your personal bioremediation consultants, providing relief for the anxiety that the uncertainty of bio-projects can bring. Microbial Communication Service™ combines the best of respirometric science with microbiological and environmental analytical testing to produce highly relevant, useful and reliable data.

RespirTek™ is the only company to offer Microbial Communication Service™. No two projects are alike. Call us (228-392-7977) to set up a free consultation with our team consisting of highly trained and experienced biologists and chemical engineers.

Whether it is natural attenuation or full-scale bioremediation involving groundwater, soil, testing or other environmental matrices, we can assist you. Our work will give you greater confidence in bioremediation decisions. Contact us at 228-392-7977 to arrange for a free consultation call with our Technical Team to discuss your specific project.


Microcosm Studies

When our clients have questions relating to bioremediation, they call upon RespirTek™'s Microbial Communication Service™ to conduct microcosm studies (biofeasibility studies). Microbial Communication Service™ combines the best of respirometric science with environmental analytical and microbiological testing to produce highly relevant, useful and reliable data.

In addition to your unique project questions, typical project questions to be answered by a microcosm study may center on any one or combination of the following:

  •  Is natural attenuation working at the site and what is the rate of contaminant degradation?
  •  Which naturally occurring microbes are performing better at the site, aerobic or anaerobic?
  •  Will an enhancement assist the microbes in accelerating the contaminant degradation rate?
  •  Will bioaugmentation work, given the specific site characteristics?
  •  What is the optimum rate of application for an enhancement or bioaugmentation product, given the specific site characteristics?

In the initial consultation, RespirTek™'s Technical Team works with the client to establish a testing design employing Microbial Communication Service™ to answer project questions. A general testing design will usually encompass all or some of the following bundles of tests:

  •  Run BTEX, VOC, COD, TOC, pH and nutrients to establish baselines for matrices containing compounds such as MTBE, PCB's TCE, etc.
  •  Complete time study of indigenous microbial activity using respirometry followed by COD and TOC analytical for baseline comparability.
  •  Study the impact of nutrient addition using respirometry followed by BTEX, VOC, COD, TOC, and etc. analyses for baseline comparability.
  •  Study the impact of specialty microbe seed addition using respirometry followed by the analytical bundles such as BTEX, VOC, COD and TOC analytical for baseline comparability.
  •  Perform specific degrader plate counts (HDPC) to determine the microbe mass contained in the soil or ground water that consume the contaminant of concern.
  •  Report indicating procedures and conclusions.

The respirometric part of the microcosm study can be accomplished in as little as 48 hours, depending upon objectives and site characteristics. RespirTek has significantly more capability to run more complex organic substrates per your specific needs. Contact us at 228-392-7977 to arrange for a free consultation call with our Technical Team to discuss your specific project.


Enhancement / Bioaugmentation Product Testing

Whether you are a manufacturer of enhancement/bioaugmentation products or an end user, RespirTek™'s Microbial Communication Service™ can provide important answers about product performance.

Manufacturers use RespirTek™'s independent status to support product performance claims or development of product based upon solid science using ISO/IEC 17025:2005 Accreditation.

End users of product use RespirTek™'s services to answer project questions based upon specific site characteristics.

  •  Will the product accelerate natural attenuation and to what extent?
  •  How well will the product work, given the specific site characteristics?
  •  What is the optimum application amount for the microbes to achieve the highest contaminant degradation rate related to specific site characteristics?

Respirometry is a key component of Microbial Communication Service™ for the determination of contaminant biodegradation rates. Through respirometry, microbial activity is monitored and measured in real time. This has never been made available to the trade in a commercial laboratory setting before.

Combined with environmental analytical and microbiological testing, highly relevant, useful and reliable data is produced to support product development and application decisions and processes to meet regulatory levels.

Contact us at 228-392-7977 to arrange for a free consultation call with our Technical Team to discuss your specific project.

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Natural Attenuation Testing

Is natural attenuation (NA) working? This is a very important question given that NA is the least expensive remediation solution for a contaminated site. One of the most significant challenges facing a project manager is getting regulator approval for a natural attenuation project. And this is where RespirTek™ can be of great value.

RespirTek™'s Microbial Communication Service™ combines the best of respirometric science with environmental analytical and microbiological testing to produce highly relevant, useful and reliable data; documenting that, through natural attenuation, regulatory levels can be confirmed and attained. The natural attenuation testing bundle at a minimum consists of microbial respiration activity and HPC and/or specific degrader plate counts (HDPC) testing. This part of Microbial Communication Service™ answers the questions of rate or time and bacteria counts so necessary in assessing NA.

Regulators respect RespirTek™'s independent status to support natural attenuation approvals based upon solid science using ISO/IEC 17025:2005 Accreditation. With Microbial Communication Service™ you no longer have to wait months or years to get solid biodegradation of contaminants rates. Contact us at 228-392-7977 to arrange for a free consultation call with our Technical Team to discuss your specific project. Get more information about process specifics.