Environmental remediation is the process of removing pollution or contaminants from environmental media such as soil, groundwater, sediment, or surface water for the protection of human health and the environment.
There are a variety of remediation technologies and techniques that are currently being promoted and employed in the field, from alkaline-based chemical oxidants designed to destroy a wide range of subsurface contaminants to novel screening technologies used to speciate a variety of contaminants in real time.
But for all these options, there is no one option that is universally suitable as environmental conditions and external factors such as timing and cost will differ greatly from site to site and will drastically affect the efficacy and suitability of each individual technology. Even over the life cycle of a project, conditions can change and necessitate the use of several technologies in sequence or in parallel.
The lesson: When it comes to environmental remediation, there is no such thing as a panacea. No one technology can act as a magic bullet.
With consultants and contractors working on so many different sites, each as unique as a fingerprint, there is a wealth of knowledge and experience regarding what works, what doesn't, and why. As many practitioners in the field know, successful environmental remediation is a perfect blend of science and art.
This site is a crowd-sourced database that describes each technology but incorporates the knowledge and experience of its users to ensure that it is used properly and under the conditions that suit it best.
There are a variety of available tools, but we have to use the best tools to fit the job at hand. Everyone knows that you don't use a screwdriver to hammer a nail. RemediationManual is here to help you, the environmental professional, decide what best to use.