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MCHM Degradation Data Release


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Cozzarelli, I.M., Akob, D.M., Baedecker, M.J., Spencer, T.A., Jaeschke, J.B., Dunlap, P.D., Mumford, A.C., and Poret-Peterson, A.T., 2017, MCHM Degradation Data Release: U.S. Geological Survey data release,


This USGS data release includes all the data presented in peer-reviewed publication entitled "Degradation of MCHM (4-methylcyclohexanemethanol) in Sediments from Elk River, West Virginia". We conducted experiments on crude MCHM to examine photooxidation or biodegradation. We also assessed the potential of sediments to serve as a long-term source of MCHM and well as the potential for native microbial communities to catalyze the anaerobic breakdown of MCHM. We developed a quantitative method to measure the 2 isomers (cis- and trans-) of 4-MCHM, using solid phase micro-extraction (SPME), which had a minimum detection limit of 5 µg/L. The data release shows that the abiotic degradation experiments showed no evidence of photooxidation or [...]


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Data were obtained in order to determine the fate and potential transport of MCHM in the environment and possible future impacts on water quality.

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DOI doi:10.5066/F73R0R41

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