Microbes and cleaning oil spills
We have been studying pollution in class, and during the part about oil spills
and the effects on the environment we heard that they we testing a microbe
that could ingest the oil and during its digestion of the oil get rid of the
toxins. Is this still being tested?
Will it ever be used as a way to help
routinely clean up after spills?
What is the latest and most promising
research on cleaning up the oil spills?
OK, before I lost my communication link I found over 100 titles on the subject
of oil spills. Below are some examples that may be useful.
There is a journal published by the Department of the Interior called "Oil
Spill Prevention and Research," I have a date of 1992. The EPA published a
journal in the 1970's called "Oil Spill and Oil Pollution Reports".
There is a 1990 Office of Technology Assessment report called "Coping
with an Oiled Sea: An Analysis of Oil Spill Response Technologies." It may
be purchased from the Superintendent of Documents at the US Government
Printing Office (or check with your librarian for an interlibrary loan).
There is a report to Congress by the Inter-agency Coordinating Committee on
Oil Pollution Research, delivered in 1993 and authorized by Title VII, Oil
Pollution Act of 1990 (Public Law 101-380), the title of the report is "Oil
Pollution Research and Technology Plan." I am not sure where to get a copy
but you could call your Congressional Representative to find out. You might
also try the National Technical information Service, a clearing house for
government reports and research data.
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Update: June 2012