Fate and Effect of Carbon Tetrochloride and O-Xylene on Anaerobic Systems with Sulfate Reducing Bacteria

by Sanjoy K. Bhattacharya, Univ of Cincinnati, United States,
Gulay Ataman, Univ of Cincinnati, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Environmental Engineering


The fate and effects of o-xylene and carbon tetrachloride on methanogens and sulfate reducing bacteria were investigated using serum bottles. Up to 750 mg/1 of o-xylene did not cause any inhibition to either the methanogens or the sulfate reducers. Up to 64 mg/l of carbon tetrachloride did not inhibit the sulfate reducers whereas only 6 mg/l of the toxicant inhibited the methanogens. The study indicated the potential of engineering application of sulfate reducers to biological treatment of hazardous wastes.

Subject Headings: Sulfates | Carbon fibers | Bacteria | Biological processes | Chemical treatment | Toxicity | Hazardous wastes | Anaerobic processes

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