A study was carried out to develop a culture of microorganisms for bioaugmentation treatment of chlorinated-ethane contaminated groundwater at sites where dechlorination is incomplete or rates are too slow for effective remedation. Mixed cultures capable of dechlorinating chlorinated ethanes and ethenes were enriched from contaminated wetland sediment at Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG) Maryland. The West Branch Consortium (WBC-2) was capable of degrading 1,1,2,2-tetrachloroethane (TeCA), trichloroethylene (TCE), cis and trans 1,2-dichloroethylene (DCE), 1,1,2-trichloroethane (TCA), 1,2-dichloroethane, and vinyl chloride to nonchlorinated end products ethylene and ethane. WBC-2 dechlorinated TeCA, TCA, and cisDCE rapidly and simultaneously. Methanogens in the consortium were members of the class Methanomicrobia, which includes acetoclastic methanogens. The WBC-2 consortium provides opportunities for the in situ bioremediation of sites contaminated with mixtures of chlorinated ethylenes and ethanes.
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Characterization of a microbial consortium capable of rapid and simultaneous dechlorination of 1,1,2,2-tetrachloroethane and chlorinated ethane and ethene intermediates