Groundwater Pollution Arising From The Disposal Of Creosote Waste

Erik Arvin, J. Flyvbjerg

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Abstract

Creosote-contaminated groundwater contains a complex mixture of phenols, aromatic hydrocarbons and nitrogen-, sulphur- or oxygen-containing heterocyclic, aromatic compounds. One of the most important factors that limits the spreading of these contaminants in groundwater aquifers is degradation by subsurface micro-organisms. This paper gives an overview of the present knowledge about microbial degradation of creosote contaminants under aerobic and anaerobic conditions. Furthermore, various techniques for biological remediation of creosote-contaminated groundwater are outlined. These techniques include enhancement of the native population of subsurface micro-organisms to degrade the contaminants (in situ treatment) and withdrawal of the groundwater followed by treatment by various wastewater treatment processes (above-ground treatment).
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of the Institution of Water and Environmental Management
Volume6
Issue number6
Pages (from-to)646-652
ISSN0951-7359
Publication statusPublished - 1992
EventInstitution's Annual Symposium on: Groundwater Pollution and Aquifer Protection in Europe - Paris, France
Duration: 1 Jan 1992 → …

Conference

ConferenceInstitution's Annual Symposium on: Groundwater Pollution and Aquifer Protection in Europe
CityParis, France
Period01/01/1992 → …

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