IThe most recent Simple Green Bioremediation
project, "Operation T.E.R.R.A." tackles contaminated soil
in Huntington Beach, CA.
The City of Huntington Beach has proclaimed Friday,
September 22nd to be "Operation T.E.R.R.A. Day". T.E.R.R.A.
stands for Total Earth Remediation and Restoration Activity,
and the operation is a rare cooperative effort by community, government
and the corporate world. The culmination of long-term efforts of
Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (Rep. CA), Bruce FaBrizio, President
& CEO of Simple Green, and the Department of Housing and Urban
Development's Economic Development Initiative (EDI), this clean-up
operation will result in a pocket of contaminated soil being restored
to agricultural-grade soil. Congressman Rohrabacher was instrumental
in having a $323,750 line item included in the Community Development
Block Grants portion of the EDI to fund a demonstration project
of Simple Green's soil remediation technology in his district.
The City of Huntington Beach directed Simple Green
to the corner plot at Ellis and Goldenwest streets, which is to
become part of the City's Huntington Central Park Project. The land
contains an old oil-sump: a pit area where, for a variety of reasons,
oil and sludge from a nearby drilling well were dumped. Simple Green
is cleaning up approximately 3,000 cubic yards of contaminated soil
via its bioremediation technology. The operation is being demonstrated
to show this technology to petroleum companies, environmental engineering
companies, military base-closure personnel, and State and local
government agencies in an effort to show a more environmentally
responsible soil cleaning method than most that exist in the remediation
This technology combines the introduction of nutrients
and non-toxic Simple Green into the soil using a specialized piece
of equipment called the Microenfractionator®, which mixes and
homogenizes the soil in 6ft. high windrows. Over a projected 45-day
period, the indigenous bacteria in the soil will be encouraged to
grow to levels whereby they can consume the hydrocarbon contaminants.
Once the hydrocarbon levels are brought down to required levels,
the soil will be put back into the hole from which it was taken,
and bacteria levels will naturally die back to normal levels.
The project is slated to run until approximately October
30th, 2000. The Simple Green/H&H remediation technology, with
some variations in the additives used, also cleans soils contaminated
» Chlorinated Insecticides
» Diesel Fuel
» Pentachlorophenol (PCP)
» Carbon Tetrachloride
» BTEX and more
Over the past 10 years, Simple Green and H&H EcoSystems have
completed successful commercially funded projects in North American
sites including California, Oregon, Washington, British Columbia,
Canada, and Alberta, Canada.