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  1. Vol. 10 No. 3, p. 416-421
    Received: Aug 13, 1980

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Formation of N-Nitrosodimethylamine During Treatment of Municipal Waste Water by Simulated Land Application1

  1. Sarah Greene,
  2. Martin Alexander and
  3. Daniel Leggett2



N-Nitrosodimethylamine was formed at a linear rate in Lake George sand and Arkport fine sandy loam amended with sewage, dimethylamine, and nitrite. The rates of formation were similar in the two soils. The amount that accumulated in the waste-water-amended Lake George sand under non-percolating conditions was a linear function of the amount of precursors added, and 0.8% of the dimethylamine and 1.3% of the nitrite was recovered as the carcinogen. The extent of conversion was smaller when sewage containing the precursors was percolated through this soil. The extent of nitrosation was influenced by the moisture level of the soil.

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