Standard Guide for Ecological Considerations for the Use of Bioremediation in Oil Spill Response-Sand and Gravel Beaches
1.1 This guide covers considerations and recommendations for the use of biodegradation enhancing (bioremediation) agents to assist in minimizing the impact of oil spills on sand and gravel beaches. Aesthetic and socioeconomic factors are not considered, although these and other factors are often important in spill response.
1.2 This is a general guide only, which assumes that the oil is biodegradable and that the bioremediation agent selected can be used safely (in terms of ecological impact and human health) and effectively when applied correctly and used in compliance with relevant government regulations. Oil considered for bioremediation includes crude oils and certain refined petroleum products.
1.3 This guide addresses the application of bioremediation agents alone or in conjunction with other technologies.
1.4 This guide applies to freshwater, estuarine, and marine beach environments.
1.5 In making bioremediation-use decisions, appropriate government authorities must be consulted as required by law.
1.6 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use. In addition, it is the responsibility of the user to ensure that such activity takes place under the control and direction of a qualified person with full knowledge of any potential or appropriate safety and health protocols.
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