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Biodegradation in water and sediment: simulation tests

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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.

Sediment and water compartments exposition is likely. Besides, based upon the adsorption potential of the substance of interest, a study was 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 substance was not found in the water layers at all time points. In the sediment layer, an average of 94.7% of the applied dose was detected at day 0. The substance has decreased to an average of 9.7% of the applied dose at day 90. The half-life in sediment/water compartment under anaerobic conditions was determined as 29 days.

Tert-butanol, the main expected breakdown product, was detected in water and sediment layers at all time point (except day 0) but below a quantifiable level until day 90: it represented an average of 61.5% of the test substance applied dose.