High concentrations of hexachlorocyclohexane isomers in soil-slurry were readily mineralized by the mixed aerobic microbial populations already present in the soil. Under actual field conditions, the same hexachlorocyclohexane isomers were present for decades and only very slow bio-degradation was observed. The formation of intermediates from their degradation led to increased groundwater contamination problems as well as acute toxicity problems towards higher animals such as fish.
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