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Main Title Aerobic Soil Microcosms for Long-Term Biodegradation of Hydrocarbon Vapors.
Author Richards, R. J. ; Ostendorf, D. W. ; Switzenbaum, M. S. ;
CORP Author Massachusetts Univ., Amherst. Dept. of Civil Engineering.;Robert S. Kerr Environmental Research Lab., Ada, OK.
Publisher c1992
Year Published 1992
Report Number EPA-R-816821; EPA/600/J-93/131;
Stock Number PB93-181196
Additional Subjects Oil pollution ; Hydrocarbons ; Biodeterioration ; Land pollution control ; Microbial degradation ; Soil gases ; Long term effects ; Soil microorganisms ; Aerobic conditions ; Hazardous materials ; Reaction kinetics ; Biochemistry ; Gas chromatography ; Oil spills ; Underground storage ; Storage tanks ; Reprints ;
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NTIS  PB93-181196 Some EPA libraries have a fiche copy filed under the call number shown. 07/26/2022
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Characterization and understanding of hydrocarbon vapor behavior and persistence in the subsurface is essential for the complete evaluation of a petroleum hydrocarbon spill site. The aims of the research project included the development of laboratory protocols for the preparation of aerobic soil microcosms using aseptic field soil samples, and for the gas chromatographic analysis of hydrocarbon vapor biodegradation based on vapor samples obtained from these microcosms. The results were applied to a mathematical model from which rigorously controlled estimates of Michaelis-Menten type maximum rate parameters were produced. The latter were compared to independently derived estimates of the same kinetics parameter, and were used to establish whether any depth-dependence on this parameter exists. The maximum rate parameter value for the mid-depth soil range was found to be a successful test of previously acquired field data.