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Short-term toxicity to fish

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The estimated LC50 for toxicity to fish was calculated to range from 24.11 to 147.54 mg/L in fresh water.

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No experimental data were available on the short-term toxic effects of category members on fish. Due to the difficulty associated with aquatic toxicity testing with gases, QSAR calculations are considered suitable to estimate the effect concentration. ECOSAR Program v1.00 in EPI Suite v4.00 was used, which is acceptable with restrictions. QSAR calculations were conducted for substances which are representative of the carbon numbers of the members of the category (methane, ethane, butane, isobutane and propane). The LC50 (96 hours) for fish is estimated to range from 24.11 to 147.54 mg. l-1in fresh water.

However, due to the volatility of the petroleum gases, the calculated effect concentrations are not relevant in practice, but are used as an indication of potential toxicity