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Environmental fate & pathways

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In water sodium methanolate rapidly hydrolyses to methanol and sodium hydroxide (OECD, 2006). Therefore, the organic degradation product methanol is the relevant substance regards biodegradation. It was concluded that methanol is readily biodegradable based on the result of standard tests that show 76 - 82 percent removal of BOD after 5 days. Methanol will biodegrade readily in surface water, subsurface aquatic or soil systems under both aerobic and anaerobic conditions (OECD, 2004).