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Evaluation of Moving Bed Biofilm Reactor (MBBR) Technology for the Removal of Volatile Organic Compounds

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A pilot scale study of the Moving Bed Biofilm Reactor (MBBR) technology was evaluated as a potential treatment alternative for reducing volatile organic compounds (VOC's) present in process wastewater derived from the production of pharmaceutical intermediates, to meet the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (USEPA's) Pharmaceutical Effluent Guideline (PEG) requirements. A two (2) stage MBBR system was found to be successful in meeting effluent discharge requirements with respect to methanol, ethanol, ethyl acetate, isopropanol, and acetone. The overall COD removal efficiency within the two (2) stage system were in excess of 90% on a soluble COD basis.

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: January 1, 2001

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