Government sponsors research on land and water clean-up

A multi-million pound research programme into biological treatment of soil and water has been announced by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). The UK has also joined an international project on contaminated land and groundwater research under the auspices of NATO's Committee for Challenges to Modern Society. Meanwhile, opportunities for the clean-up of contaminated land in Germany are being explored by a DTI working group.

The new initiatives indicate a growing official recognition of the large market opportunities available in contaminated land and water remediation and the need to assist British businesses to take advantage of these.

The first is a £9.2 million research programme into biological remediation methods, funded jointly under the Government's LINK initiative and by industrial partners. Its goal is to develop and improve bioprocessing tech

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