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The calculated half life of monopropylene glycol is 0.83 days with a OH radical concentration of 1.5E06 OH/cm3 (Aopwin, 2000).

In accordance with column 2 of REACH Annex VIII, the hydrolysis test does not need to be conducted as the substance is readily biodegradable. Monopropylene glycol is expected to degrade rapidly in water from biological processes but is not expected to be significantly influenced by hydrolysis, oxidation, volatilization, bioconcentration, or absorption to sediment (OECD SIDS, 2001).


The calculated half life of monopropylene glycol in water is 2.3 years with an OH radical concentration of 10-17 mol/litre (Anbar, 1967). The indirect photolysis of monopropylene glycol by photochemically-produced hydroxy radicals is slow in water.