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Properties of naturally-degrading sorbents for potential use in the cleanup of oil spills in sensitive and remove coastal habitats

We are responsible for coordinating the cleanup of oil spills in Australia's coastal waters.

This report provides a literature-based review of properties of different, naturally-occurring, biodegradable sorbent materials that could potentially be used in cleaning oiled forshores.

Such materials have been identified by us as potentially useful in situations where the remoteness of the incident and/or environmental features make it impractical or ineffective to contain and recover the oil at sea, or when issues of environmental sensitivity make it inadvisable to use chemical dispersants. 

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Centre for Research on Ecological Impacts of Coastal Cities

Last Updated: 

22 November 2018