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Biodegradation in water: screening tests

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Biodegradation: the substance itself (anhydride) is not readily biodegradable.  However the corresponding degradation product (acid) is expected to be readily biodegradable.

Key value for chemical safety assessment

Biodegradation in water:
under test conditions no biodegradation observed

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An experimental ready biodegradation test was conducted according to OECD TG 301C. The substance was exposed to activated sludge at 24.0 - 26.0 degree C for 28 days. No biodegradation occurred within this time period as indicated by both indirect and direct analyses. The substance is considered not to be biodegradable.

However the screening test inherent to the water biodegradability of the degradation product, calculated using the same software BIOWIN v4.10, indicate that the corresponding acids (5 -METHAc, 4 -METHAc) are expected to be readily biodegradable.