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Biodegradation in soil

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It is proposed that testing on biodegradation in soil is not required for n-butylchloride.

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Testing on biodegradation in soil is not required since exposure of soils with the test substance is unlikely. The substance 1-chlorobutane is inherently biodegradable, photochemically degraded in water and air and highly volatile with low adsorption potential to soils (log Kow < 3).

Degradation from soils by bacterially induced hydrolysis was shown for several Mycobacterium strains (Jesenska et al. 2000).