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There is no data on 1,4-bis[1-(tert-butylperoxy)-1-methylethyl]benzene. A read across approach is proposed with 1,3 (or 1,4)-bis[1-(tert-butylperoxy)-1-methylethyl]benzene.

The ready biodegradability of 1,3-bis[1-(tert-butylperoxy)-1-methylethyl]benzene was evaluated in a study performed in accordance with OECD testing guideline 301 D and GLP requirements (due to structural analogy, read-across from supporting substance is considered as valid, thus, results given here may apply to [1,3(or 1,4)- Phenylenebis(1-methylethylidene)] bis[tert-butyl] peroxide). As no biodegradation was observed at day 28, the peroxide should not be classified as readily biodegradable.

Based upon the adsorption potential of the substance of interest, sediment and water compartment exposition is likely. A study was thus conducted to determine the biodegradation of [1,3(or 1,4)-phenylenebis(1-methylethylidene)]bis[1,1-dimethylethyl] peroxide in water/sediment simulation test, according to US EPA guideline. The half-life in sediment/water compartment under anaerobic conditions was determined as 29 days.