Preliminary research shows that whey may be able to help clean up underground water contaminated with trichloroethane, (TCE) a chlorinated hydrocarbon commonly used as a solvent to remove grease from metal parts. The initial research was conducted at the Utah Water Research Laboratory at UtahStateUniversity.

According to the Monterey Herald a large scale study is now underway at Edwards Air Force Base to see if the whey can help cleanup underground contamination left over from aircraft testing there in the 1960s and 1970s.

Here’s how the process works. The whey powder is mixed with water and injected underground. There it serves as a food source for microbes that are naturally present underground. The microbes produce hydrogen atoms that replace the chlorine atoms in the TCE molecule which renders it harmless. The displaced chlorine atoms combine with other molecules to become harmless salts.

For more details from the Monterey Herald, go to: http://www.montereyherald.com/mld/montereyherald/news/13967112.htm

Monterey Herald