An isolated and purified bacterium is provided which was isolated from a high-level radioactive waste site of mixed waste. The isolate has the ability to degrade a wide variety of organic contaminants while demonstrating high tolerance to ionizing radiation. The organism is uniquely suited to bioremediation of a variety or organic contaminants while in the presence of ionizing radiation.
STATEMENT AS TO RIGHTS TO INVENTIONS UNDER FEDERALLY-SPONSORED RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT
The U.S. Government has rights in this invention pursuant to Contract No. DE AC09-96SR18500 between Westinghouse Savannah River Company and the U.S. Department of Energy.