Public Attitudes Toward the Use of Bioremediation to Clean Up Toxic Contamination


Correspondence concerning this article should be addressed to Daniel Levi, Psychology and Human Development Department, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, CA 93407. E-mail:


Bioremediation is an innovative approach to environmental management that uses microorganisms or plants to clean up toxic contamination in the environment. This research examines public attitudes toward the use of bioremediation at 2 sites in California: an urban site (Avila Beach) and a natural site (Guadalupe Dunes). At both sites, the study participants preferred excavation of the contaminated soil to bioremediation. The survey results help to explain the reasons why there is limited support for the use of bioremediation.