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Data could only be located for Toxicity to terrestrial plants. However, these data are not reliable. Thus, no valid data are available for the terrestrial toxicity of butyric acid.

 

Waiving argument:

In accordance with column 2 of REACH Annexes IX and X, terrestrial studies do not need to be conducted if

direct and indirect exposure of the soil compartment is unlikely.

Direct exposure to soil is not likely, since the substance is not intentionally applied to soil. Indirect exposure to

soil is also not likely since the substance is readily biodegradable and has a low adsorption potential (log Koc <

3). In conclusion no testing is required.

The equilibrium partitioning method will be applied to assess the hazard to soil organisms.

In accordance with column 2 of REACH Annex X, any need for testing should be carefully considered taking

into account the large mammalian dataset that is usually available at this tonnage level.

Exposure of birds is generally only considered for the fish and earthworm food chains following the release of a

substance via a sewage treatment works. It is unlikely that a secondary poisoning risk will be identified for nbutyric acid

since it is readily biodegradable and has a low log Kow below 3).