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Parent compound butyryl chloride and hydrolysis product butyric acid: Significant accumulation in organisms is not to be expected.
However, the assessment of the bioaccumulation potential of the parent compound may be of low relevance, due to the rapid hydrolysis of the acid chloride in aqueous solutions.

Key value for chemical safety assessment

BCF (aquatic species):
3.16 L/kg ww

Additional information

A study is not required for this tonnage band. Moreover and in accordance with column 2 of Annex IX, the study does not need to be conducted if the substance has a low potential for bioaccumulation (for instance a log Kow ≤ 3). Butyryl chloride (CAS 141 -75 -3) has an estimated log Kow of 0.51 (KOWWIN v1.68). The substance decomposes rapidly to form HCl and butyric acid (CAS 107 -92 -6). The experimental log Kow of 0.79 (Hansch,C et al. 1995) for the hydrolysis product butyric acid does not indicate a significant potential for bioaccumulation.

Parent compound butyryl chloride:

The BCF value was calculated using EPISuite v4.10 SRC BCFBAF v3.01. The obtained BCF value was 3.16 L/kg ww (log BCF = 0.50).

The obtained BCF value indicates that significant accumation in organisms is not to be expected.

However, the assessment of the bioaccumulation potential of the parent compound may be of low relevance, due to the rapid hydrolysis of the acid chloride in aqueous solutions.

Hydrolysis product butyric acid:

The BCF value was calculated using EPISuite v4.10 SRC BCFBAF v3.01. The obtained BCF value was 3.16 L/kg ww (log BCF = 0.50).

The obtained BCF value indicates that significant accumation in organisms is not to be expected.

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