Methyl t-Butyl Ether Mineralization in Surface-Water Sediment Microcosms under Denitrifying Conditions

Applied and Environmental Microbiology
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Abstract

Mineralization of [U-14C] methyl t-butyl ether (MTBE) to 14CO2 without accumulation of t-butyl alcohol (TBA) was observed in surface-water sediment microcosms under denitrifying conditions. Methanogenic activity and limited transformation of MTBE to TBA were observed in the absence of denitrification. Results indicate that bed sediment microorganisms can effectively degrade MTBE to nontoxic products under denitrifying conditions.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Methyl t-Butyl Ether Mineralization in Surface-Water Sediment Microcosms under Denitrifying Conditions
Series title Applied and Environmental Microbiology
DOI 10.1128/AEM.67.4.1975-1978.2001
Volume 67
Issue 4
Year Published 2001
Language English
Publisher ASM
Contributing office(s) Toxic Substances Hydrology Program
Description 4 p.
First page 1975
Last page 1978