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The behaviour of HD4 is dominated by hydrolysis (and condensation) reactions. On the basis of available data, the presumed ultimate hydrolysis product methylsilanetriol has very low volatility, low adsorption potential and is not expected to biodegrade. Therefore, any substance released to the environment is, under steady state conditions, expected to hydrolyse rapidly. At low concentrations, methylsilanetriol is expected to form and this is expected to be found in the aquatic compartment; it will degrade slowly via abiotic pathways.