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Environmental fate & pathways

Biodegradation in soil

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Vinyl chloride was biodegradaded completely in soil under aerobic conditions after 108 days (Davis & Carpenter, 1990). In anaerobic microcosms with methanogenic bed sediments, 98% biodegradation was found after 70 days. Degradation products were carbon dioxide, methane, ethane and ethene (Bradley, 1999).

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Under aerobic and anaerobic conditions biodegradation of vinyl chloride was found. Both studies will be used in the assessment.