n African Journal of Science, Technology, Innovation and Development - Treatment of the wastewater containing phenol and strontium using isolated cultures from mine water

Volume 3, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 2042-1338
  • E-ISSN: 2042-1346
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This paper reports on the biodegradation of an organic compound discharged together with radioactive waste using isolated cultures from a gold mine in South Africa. Phenol and strontium, a major radionuclide found in low-level liquid radioactive waste was used to simulate the organic radioactive wastewater. The cultures were grown on phenol ranging from 100-500 mg/L as the sole carbon source. The cultures were able to degrade phenol of a maximum concentration of 500 mg/L in 48 hours. The highest maximum rate per batch appeared between 36 and 50 hours in the 500 mg/L, hence there would be a need to increase the initial concentration above 500 mg/L.

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