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Environmental fate & pathways

Biodegradation in water: screening tests

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Benzene is readily biodegradable

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Biodegradation in water:
readily biodegradable

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Data is available from standard ready biodegradation screening studies to demonstrate that benzene is readily biodegradable. Shell (2000) and Brixham Environmental Laboratory (2001) both report results from OECD 301F tests which showed that benzene met the criteria to be classed as readily biodegradable. This was also the conclusion reached in the EU RAR for benzene (2008).