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Regarding the environmental fate and pathways there are only few data available. The substance has a high reactivity towards OH radicals in the atmosphere and hydrolyses rapidly, but it is not readily biodegradable in aqueous systems. As no biodegradation (0%) was observed in a study on ready biodegradability, it is not expected that a significant degradation would occur in a simulation test. The test substance is considered as non-biodegradable in surface water and sediment compartment. Moreover, biodegradation is irrelevant as primary degradation step because immediate hydrolysis takes place. Due to the rapid hydrolysis, the determination of bioaccumulation in aquatic systems is not possible.

Furthermore it is not necessary to determine the adsorption/desorption potential since the substance hydrolyses rapidly. Under the test conditions required for covering this endpoint, the primary degradation product will react further. Therefore its adsorption / desorption also cannot be measured. Quantifying the adsorption / desorption of the resulting polymer is technically not feasible because of its inhomogeneous composition, its low mobility inhibiting equilibration, and analytical limitations.