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bi·o·re·me·di·a·tion  n.

the use of biological agents, such as bacteria or plants, to remove or neutralize contaminants, as in polluted soil or water

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     People are becoming more aware of environmental problems with each passing day, both on a local and global scale.  As they become more environmentally-minded, they are constantly striving to make the world a better place to live.  To accomplish this goal, society has invested increasingly in pollution and contamination prevention. 

     Beyond simple prevention, people are seeking a way to clean up the pollution which is already in our water and soil. 
 
     Ronald Atlas gave the people exactly what they want. While doing his graduate studies at Rutgers University, Ron Atlas theorized that the limited amount of nutrients was directly responsible for the rate at which hydrocarbon degradation occurred. This idea would form the basis for a process that would be known as bioremediation.