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Description of key information

In a guideline study the EC10 and EC50 for activated sludge was 9 and 30 mg a.i./L, respectively.

Key value for chemical safety assessment

EC50 for microorganisms:
30 mg/L
EC10 or NOEC for microorganisms:
9 mg/L

Additional information

An activated sludge respiration inhibition test was performed on C12-14 ADMAES according to OECD guidelines.The test was valid as shown by the EC50 of the reference compound 3,5 -dichlorophenol (15 mg/L), the coefficient of variation of the replicates of the control oxygen uptake rates (10%) and the average oxygen uptake rate for the control replicates (30 mg O2/g dry weight/hour). The toxicity of the test substance to activated sludge was determined at a contact time of 3 hours, using various concentrations of the test substance. The inhibitory effect of the substance at a particular concentration is expressed as a percentage of the two controls. No analytical determination was performed for the test substance. The EC50 of test substance in sludge after 3 hours of contact time was 30 mg a.i./L (95% confidence limits: 13 and 72 mg a.i./L). The EC10, EC20 and EC80 were 9, 14 and 66 mg a.i./L, respectively. The test substance was therefore considered harmful to activated sludge (Geerts R, 2012).