Persistent organic chemical pollutants are the reason the environmental cleanup industry exists. The “Dirty Dozen”, as these chemicals have come to be called, are the worst of the worst pollutants and include toxaphene aldrin, chlordane, DDT, dieldrin, dioxins, endrin, furans, heptachlor, hexachlorobenzene, mirex, and PCBs. These chemicals, when released into soil, sediment, and groundwater are highly toxic and will remain toxic for decades or longer. Each of these chemicals is a known or suspected carcinogen and any property polluted by these chemicals will cost far more to clean up utilizing conventional methods than the property is worth. The high cost of conventional cleanup is the reason EPA and state regulatory agencies are currently monitoring more than 500,000 abandoned or under-utilized properties polluted by these persistent organic chemical pollutants.
In 2001, Biotech’s founders discovered the barrier that precludes natural bacteria in the soil, sediment, and groundwater from converting organic carbon to food for growth and reproduction. This barrier exists at commercial and industrial sites where any of the Dirty Dozen are found. These are sites where solvents were utilized to clean equipment or dry clean clothing, where pesticides were manufactured or used to control weeds and insects, and where electrical components containing PCBs were manufactured or utilized.
In 2003, Biotech’s founders discovered, developed, tested, and validated the first generation product that restores the bacteria to their natural state. The process uses sustainable materials and low impact techniques to quickly and completely breakdown the most toxic and persistent chemical pollutants into harmless byproducts, including carbon dioxide and water.