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Biodegradation in water and sediment: simulation tests

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No biodegradation observed in activated sludge simulation test (OECD TG 303 A).

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In an activated sludge simulation test (BASF, 1990), no biodegradation of EDTA (see IUCLID section 13 for read-across justification) was observed under the conditions of the test (0 -10% based on DOC removal after 70 days).

According to the EU RAR for EDTA (60-00-4), no adsorption onto the organic fraction of sediments is expected due to the ionic structure under environmentally relevant pH conditions. Furthermore, the substance is ultimately biodegradable. For these reasons, a sediment simulation test is waived.