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A 72 hour growth inhibition toxicity study was performed according to the 87/302/EEC page 89-94 Algal Inhibition Test guideline. Scenedesmus subspicatus was exposed for 72hours to nominal concentrations of TK 11278. Based on the initial measured exposure concentrations the 72 hour EbC50 was calculated to be 8 mg/L (with 95% confidence limits of 5.4 to 11.6 mg/L), the corresponding no-observed effect concentration (NOEC) was 0.7 mg/L. 

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A 72 hour growth inhibition toxicity study was performed according to the 87/302/EEC page 89-94 Algal Inhibition Test guideline. Scenedesmus subspicatus was exposed for 72 hours to nominal concentrations of TK 11278. Based on the initial measured exposure concentrations the 72 hour EbC50was calculated to be 8 mg/L (with 95% confidence limits of 5.4 to 11.6 mg/L), the corresponding no-observed effect concentration (NOEC) was 0.7 mg/L (Grade, 1993).

The water solubility of ESBO is estimated to be <0.02 µg/L, categorised as insoluble REACH. Ideally aquatic toxicity studies should not be conducted above the limit of water solubility, the study reported here tested nominal concentrations up to 100 mg/L. According to Annex VII a growth inhibition study with algae is required unless there are mitigating factors such as the test substance is insoluble, this is the case for ESBO. Therefore, the algae study is reported here for information only (this study was also reported in the OECD SIDS Initial Assessment Report for SIAM 22, 18 -21 April 2006), the endpoint will not be used for PNEC setting or in any risk assessment.

ESBO forms the core of the structure of soybean oil, epoxidised, ether with ethylene glycol, which has similar low solubility in water. The ether linkages and attachment of ethylene glycol (which itself has low intrinsic toxicity to aquatic organisms, as shown in the summarised RIVM review paper) is not expected to modify the acute toxicity of soybean oil, epoxidised, ether with ethylene glycol significantly, compared to that of ESBO.

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