Anaerobic Biodegradation of Known and Potential Gasoline Oxygenates in the Terrestrial Subsurface
The octane enhancer tetraethyllead has been largely phased out of automobile fuels due to environmental and health concerns, and recent U.S. legislation mandates the reformulation of gasoline to increase its oxygen content. Oxygenates such as methyl tert-butyl ether (MTBE), ethanol, methanol, and tert-butyl alcohol provide both octane enhancement and oxygen content to gasolines. The use of such additives is believed to be environmentally acceptable since oxygenated fuels reduce the impact of hydrocarbon combustion on the atmosphere.
J. M. Suflita and M. R. Mormile, "Anaerobic Biodegradation of Known and Potential Gasoline Oxygenates in the Terrestrial Subsurface," Environmental Science and Technology, vol. 27, no. 5, pp. 976-978, American Chemical Society (ACS), May 1993.
The definitive version is available at https://doi.org/10.1021/es00042a022
Keywords and Phrases
Ester; Ether; Gasoline; Ketone; Methane; Anaerobic Metabolism; Aquifer; Biodegradation; Landfill; Leaching
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01 May 1993