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Researchers develop a procedure that can extract diesel fuel from water and soil

With the ever-increasing number of vehicles on the road, concern surrounding the risk of contaminating the environment with diesel fuel — and other petroleum-based products — is also rising. Diesel fuel is an extremely noxious pollutant: when spilled on water, it stays mainly on the surface, which ends up decreasing the water’s oxygen concentration, resulting in the inhibition of the growth of aquatic flora and fauna; when spilled on soil, diesel gets absorbed underneath the surface, where it gets distributed mainly in the tillage layer and causes harmful effects not just on soil permeability, but also the growth of microorganisms, earthworms and crops. What makes diesel fuel pollution and contamination even more troubling is that diesel fuel comprises approximately 35 percent aromatic hydrocarbons which take a long time to break down.  Read more....

 

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