India – Panki Katra Fly Ash Contamination

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Population affected
100,000
Children Under 6 Affected
29,000
Date started
January 2006
Date completed
March 2006
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Blacksmith funded trials of bioremediation of metals in fly ash dumps using Mychorrhizal fungi. These fungi are a beneficial group of micro-organisms that form a mutual relationship with living roots of higher plants and therefore facilitate plant production at fly ash contaminated sites. Mychorrhizal also produces organic acids that combine with some heavy metals to form compounds that are less mobile and less likely to pollute groundwater and surface runoff.