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Environmental fate & pathways

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The test item attained 73 % biodegradation after 28 days and satisfied the 10-Day window validation criterion, whereby 60 % biodegradation must be attained within 10 days of the biodegradation exceeding 10 %. The test item can therefore be considered to be readilybiodegradable (OECD 301 B, EU Method C.4 -C and OCSPP 835.3110).

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GUIDELINE

A study was performed to assess the ready biodegradability of the test item in an aerobic aqueous medium. The method followed was designed to be compatible with the OECD Guidelines for Testing of Chemicals (1992) No. 301B, "Ready Biodegradability; CO2 Evolution Test" referenced as Method C.4-C of Commission Regulation (EC) No. 440/2008 and US EPA Fate, Transport, and Transformation Test Guidelines OCSPP 835.3110 (Paragraph (m)).

 

METHODS

The test item, at a concentration of 10 mg carbon/L, was exposed to activated sewage sludge micro-organisms with mineral medium in sealed culture vessels in the dark at temperatures of between 22 and 24 °C for 28 days. 

 

Following the recommendations of the International Standards Organisation (ISO 10634, (1995)), the test item was dissolved in an auxiliary solvent prior to being adsorbed onto a filter paper and subsequent dispersal in test media. Using this method, the test item is evenly distributed throughout the test medium and the surface area of test item exposed to the test organisms is increased thereby increasing the potential for biodegradation.

 

The biodegradation of the test item was assessed by the determination of carbon dioxide produced. Control solutions with inoculum and the reference item, sodium benzoate, together with a toxicity control were used for validation purposes.

 

RESULTS

The test item attained 73 % biodegradation after 28 days and satisfied the 10-Day window validation criterion, whereby 60 % biodegradation must be attained within 10 days of the biodegradation exceeding 10 %. The test item can therefore be considered to be readilybiodegradable under the strict terms and conditions of OECD Guideline No. 301B.