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Characterization of Microbes Capable of Using Vinyl Chloride and Ethene (SERDP)

This project was funded by SERDP and included laboratories at both Clemson University and Cornell. It was an attempt to isolate anaerobic bacteria capable of growth on vinyl chloride and/or ethene. The project confirmed that anaerobic ethene oxidizers exist and can be responsible for removing ethene from ground water, thus removing the evidence of reductive dechlorination of vinyl chloride.

I supplied soil and ground water samples from sites where truncated vinyl chloride plumes were observed but only low levels of ethene. The final report was released in 2013