Analysis

Groundwater pollution: natural solutions back on the agenda

"Intrinsic bioremediation" is the new buzz-phrase coined by US groundwater experts for the practice of building the natural self-purification properties of aquifers into pollution clean-up plans. Although apparently close to the now discredited "dilute and disperse" philosophy of the 1970s, there are signs that it is gaining acceptance by the regulatory community in appropriate circumstances. In March, UK groundwater practitioners and regulators held their first public debate on the potential and pitfalls of putting intrinsic bioremediation into practice.

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