BRGM (www.brgm.eu), or French Geological Survey, is the leading public institution in the field of Earth Science in France. It operates as a public industrial and commercial institution, reporting to 3 ministries: the Ministry of HE, Research and Innovation, the Ministry for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition, and the Ministry of Economy and Finance. Its main mission is to develop and improve methodologies and techniques for the management of surface and subsurface resources, through technological research and development and innovation, support to public policies and citizen information, international cooperation and development aid, safety and monitoring of former mining and/or industrial sites.
BRGM employs more than 1000 people, including more than 700 researchers and engineers in geology, hydrogeology, geochemistry, modeling, geophysics, geo-microbiology and biotechnologies applied to ores, wastes and polluted waters, implementing projects in more than 30 countries. BRGM research team has vast experience in the development of bioremediation treatment and treatments combining physico-chemical, electrochemical and biological steps schemes, from the small-scale laboratory research to the pilot scale and to the real site/commercial scale, both for metals, metalloids and organic pollutants. The PRIME platform offers experimentation at different scales (from ml-reactors up to 160 m3 pilot). The expertise of BRGM covers several domains addressed by the project: post-mining, environment, water, biotechnologies and microbiology.