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Literature Review on the Use of Commercial Bioremediation Agents for Cleanup of Oil-Contaminated Estuarine Environments

The objective of this document is to conduct a comprehensive review of the use of commercial bioremediation products treating oil spills in all environments. Literature assessed includes:

  • peer-reviewed articles,
  • company reports,
  • government reports, and
  • reports by cleanup contractors engaged in responses to oil spills.

The scope of this review is in the general context of estuarine environments. However, for completeness, the following are also included:

  • marine shorelines,
  • terrestrial environments,
  • freshwaters, and
  • wetlands are frequent candidates for bioremediation of spilled oil.

The review will be useful for oil spill responders (e.g., on-scene coordinators and response contractors) to better understand the feasibility of bioremediation technology and as an aid in selecting bioremediation products.

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