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Environmental fate & pathways

Biodegradation in soil

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No experimental data on PMVE biodegradation in soil are available. In fact, on the grounds of the physico-chemical properties and environmental fate assessments of the substance, no release to the aquatic environ ment is expected. Moreover the substance profile itself indicates the difficulty to properly test PMVE and provide meaningful results of its biodegradation in aqueous systems as well as in soil. Nevertheless, in order to evaluate the biodegradation hazard profile of PMVE, the BIOWIN v.4.10 model has been applied. The prediction obtained from the model suggests that PMVE is not ready biodegradable. However, no adverse effects on soil organisms are expected because of no partitioning of PMVE into soil.

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The biodegradation study in soil (required in section 9.2.1.3 of REACH (Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006) Annex IX, is not proposed by the registrant because, due to the physico-chemical properties of the substance, direct or indirect exposure of soil is unlikely to occur.