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Regarding phototransformation, approximately 65% of the nitromethane was photodegraded within 24 hours upon exposure to fluorescent light (lamda 300 and 360 nm) in the Fujiki test. The half life for reaction with hydroxyl radicals in the atmosphere was calculated to be 82.3 days in the EPIWIN AOP Program (v1.91) program.

Nitroalkanes are not hydrolysed to any measurable extent by the action of water alone and even in the presence of strong acids, high concentrations and temperatures are required.