Margaret L. R. Harkness

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A 73-day field study of in situ aerobic biodegradation of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in the Hudson River shows that indigenous aerobic microorganisms can degrade the lightly chlorinated PCBs present in these sediments. Addition of inorganic nutrients, biphenyl, and oxygen enhanced PCB biodegradation, as indicated both by a 37 to 55 percent loss of(More)
The desorption of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) from Hudson River sediments was examined using XAD-4 resin as a PCB adsorbent. Both a rapidly desorbing labile component and a more slowly desorbing resistant component were observed. The fraction of PCBs in the resistant component was found to be a function of PCB concentration and total organic carbon in(More)