Degradation of Organosynthetic Pollutants

  • Lea Muszkat
Part of the Environmental Series book series (ESE)


The pollution of water resources by pesticides, detergents, solvents, and a variety of industrial organics is a pressing worldwide problem. It is especially acute in regions of intensive industrial and agricultural activity. There, a severe burden on the environment results from pesticide production and application, chemical industry, and from chemical waste. Many of the organic chemicals of anthropogenic origin are persistent, tend to accumulate in living organisms, and are capable of penetration into groundwater (Cohen et al. 1986; Pionke and Glotfelty 1989; Muszkat et al. 1993a,b). Some of them exhibit long-term toxicity. Therefore, the removal of organic pollutants from water and from effluents prior to their disposal or reuse is of special significance. However, wastewater treatment by intensive systems like activated sludge fails in remediation of the organic pollutants (Juanicó 1993).


Organic Pollutant Nonyl Phenol Storage Reservoir Oxidation Pond Alkyl Phenol 
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