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Biodegradation in soil

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biodegradation in soil: simulation testing
Data waiving:
exposure considerations
Justification for data waiving:
the study does not need to be conducted because direct and indirect exposure of soil is unlikely

Description of key information

Direct and indirect exposure of the test item 1,1’-(1,1,2,2-tetramethylethylene)dibenzene to soil is highly unlikely. The test substance is practically insoluble in water. In addition, low exposure is guaranteed, as no sludge application from STP on soil will be done and aerial deposition is negligible. Thus, simulation testing for biodegradation in soil was considered not scientifically justified.

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The performance of tests for biodegradation in soil is scientifically unjustified.

REACH Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006, Annex IX, Sect. 9.2.1.3, Col. 2, states as follows:

“9.2.1.3: The study need not to be conducted: - if the substance is readily biodegradable, or

- if direct and indirect exposure of soil is unlikely. ”  

Direct and indirect exposure of the test item 1,1’-(1,1,2,2-tetramethylethylene)dibenzene to soil is highly unlikely. The test substance is practically insoluble in water. In addition, low exposure is guaranteed, as no sludge application from STP on soil will be done and aerial deposition is negligible. Thus, simulation testing for biodegradation in soil was considered scientifically not justified.