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Methyl chloroformate is rapidly hydrolysed (half-life < 10 min, pH 7, 25 °C) to methanol, HCl and CO2. The hydrolysis product methanol is readily biodegradable (Price et al., 1974). Regarding the hydrolysis products HCl and CO2, biodegradation is not applicable due to the inorganic character of these molecules.