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Biodegradation in water: screening tests

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The organic constituents of the registered substance are readily biodegradable, while the inorganic constituents dissociate in water to naturally occuring ions.

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Methyl ester of middle carbon chain fatty acids and corresponding fatty acids are highly biodegradable.

Methanol represents the smallest part of the organic constituents and is readily degradable under both aerobic and anaerobic conditions in a wide variety of environmental media including fresh and salt water, sediments and soils, ground water, aquifer material and industrial wastewater.