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Bacterial Oxidation of Acid-forming Materials.
Proceeds of the Acid Forming Mat Symp Reclamation Research Unit Montana, St Univ :34-46
Although several genera of bacteria live in acidic mine water, thiobacillus ferrooxidans appears to play the most critical role in the oxidation of pyrite. Inhibition of t. Ferrooxidans improves water quality 60 to 95 pct by reducing the overall rate of pyrite oxidation. Anionic surfactants are effective inhibitors, are inexpensive of t. Ferrooxidans in coal refuse, and have potential for application in other mine environments where acid generation is localized and accessible.
Proceeds of the Acid Forming Mat. Symp. Reclamation Research Unit, Montana, St. Univ., PP. 34-46
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