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Main Title Effect of Bioremediation on the Mutagenicity of Oil Spilled in Prince William Sound, Alaska.
Author Claxton, L. D. ; Houk, V. S. ; Williams, R. ; Kremer, F. ;
CORP Author Health Effects Research Lab., Research Triangle Park, NC. ;Environmental Health Research and Testing, Inc., Research Triangle Park, NC.
Publisher c1991
Year Published 1991
Report Number EPA/600/J-92/257;
Stock Number PB92-206374
Additional Subjects Oil spills ; Water pollution effects ; Remedial action ; Public health ; Biological treatment ; Land pollution ; Oil pollution ; Water pollution control ; Beaches ; Field tests ; Biological effects ; Microorganisms ; Biodeterioration ; Mutagens ; US EPA ; Prince William Sound ; Alaska ; Toxicity ; Reprints ; Cleanup operations
Library Call Number Additional Info Location Last
NTIS  PB92-206374 Some EPA libraries have a fiche copy filed under the call number shown. 07/26/2022
Collation 10p
On 24 March 1989 approximately 11 million gallons of Prudhoe Bay crude oil spilled into the waters of Prince William Sound, Alaska, ultimately contaminating nearly 1,000 miles of shoreline. Approximately 300 miles of contaminated beach were considered amenable to cleanup by bioremediation. To determine whether or not bioremediation would be effective in such climatic conditions (geophysical conditions) and to identify potential deleterious effects, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) conducted one of the world's largest in situ bioremediation field demonstration research projects. One of the methods used to assess potential health effects associated with this and similar efforts was the examination of mutagenicity associated with the oil spill and the products of bioremediation. The mutagenicity of organic samples collected from the contaminated beaches declined (was reduced) over time by both enhanced and natural bioremediation.