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Biodegradation in soil

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No explicit information about biodegradation of cumene in soil available.

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No data on biodegradation in soil is presented in the EU-RAR (2001) in section 3.1.1.2.2 and no further explicit information about biodegradation of cumene in soil is available. Based on the physico-chemical properties air is the main target (>99%). Supporting information reveal that some types of soil bacteria are capable to degrade cumene. As cumene is readily biodegradable, determination of biodegradability in soil is not regarded necessary.

According to Annex IX of Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 further biodegradation testing is not required, when a substance is readily biodegradable.