Synthetic Chemicals with Potential for Natural Attenuation (Postprint)
ARMSTRONG LAB TYNDALL AFB FL ENVIRONICS DIRECTORATE
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Natural attenuation of petroleum hydrocarbons is predictable and self-sustaining because bacteria able to use the contaminants as growth substrates are widely distributed. In contract, bacteria able to grow at the expense of chlorinated aliphatic compounds are less common and the natural attenuation of such compounds is, therefore, less predictable. The purpose of this paper is to describe examples of other synthetic organic compounds that are known to be biodegradable and have the potential for natural attenuation in the field.
- Physical Chemistry