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Rapid anaerobic degradation of toxaphene in sewage sludge
Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Chemistry.
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2000 (English)In: Chemosphere, Vol. 40, no 9-11, 1213-20 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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We studied the degradation of technical toxaphene in anaerobic sewage sludge from a municipal waste water treatment plant. Chlorobornanes, chlorocamphenes and related compounds were rapidly degraded, with degradation rates in the order of decachloro>nonachloro>octochloro>heptachloro ≈ hexachloro compounds. The half-lives of individual congeners ranged from <1 day to several days. We also studied the degradation of technical toxaphene in previously sterilized sludge (control), and found it was slower than in the anaerobic sludge. The chlorobornanes that degraded most rapidly in the non-sterilized anaerobic sludge were those with gem chloro substitution on the 6-member carbon-ring, including the toxic congeners, Toxicant A and B. Non-gem chloro substituted congeners, like the biologically persistent P26 and P50, also degraded, but less rapidly. Toxaphene degradation in sewage sludge proceeded primarily via reductive dechlorination, leading to HxSed, HpSed, TC2 and other persistent metabolites. Enantioselective determinations indicated little, if any, enantioselectivity in the formation and/or degradation of these compounds. The isomer and enantiomer profiles of the hexa-, hepta-, and octachlorobornanes are similar to those observed in sediment from the Baltic Sea, suggesting that technical toxaphene is the source of these compounds and that its composition was changed via similar anaerobic degradation pathways.

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2000. Vol. 40, no 9-11, 1213-20 p.
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-8918DOI: doi:10.1016/S0045-6535(99)00371-9OAI: diva2:148589
Available from: 2008-02-21 Created: 2008-02-21 Last updated: 2011-01-14Bibliographically approved

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