Research will focus on natural biodegradation in contaminated soil at a former gasworks site, and assess the potential for enhancing organic breakdown through insitu treatments. Research is being carried out by Professor Howard Wheater at Imperial College in London, in collaboration with Kings College London and Lattice Property Holdings.
Physical, hydrological and chemical characteristics of the site will be quantified and potential migration of organic contaminants to groundwater assessed.
Insitu microbial biodegradation and potential for enhancement will then be tested.
Information is to be used to predict the potential of naturally occurring and enhanced insitu bioremediation.
Work is due to finish this spring and findings will go to develop guidance for bioremediation design and groundwater protection.