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The sorption capacity of o-cresol was investigated in batch equilibrium experiments yielding in a Koc value of 22 for a clay loam, 50 for coal and 56 for river sediment. These values indicate a low potential for adsorption of o-cresol.

An experimentally determined Henry's law constant of 0.15 Pa m3/mol at 25°C for o-cresol is available indicating a low volatility from aqueous solution of the substance.

The distribution of o-cresol in a ”unit world” was calculated according to the Mackay fugacity model level I based on its physico-chemical properties. The main target compartment for o-cresol is water with 93.7 %, followed by air with 5 %, soil and sediment each with 0.7 %.