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The BCF was determined by QSAR estimation (Degussa, 2004). Considering a Log Pow of 3.78 for Tetrahydronaphthalene, the BCF for fish was 162.4 L/kg (calculated with BCFWIN v 2.14 as integrated in EPIWIN V3.10) and 326 and 1500 for Pimephales promelas and Leuciscus idus, respectively (according to EU Technical Guidance Document on Risk  Assessment of Chemical Substances  following European Regulations and  Directives, 2nd Edition (2003)).
There is no measured data on bioconcentration for tetrahydronaphthalene available. Based on the measured partition coefficient n-octanol/water (log Kow = 3.78) in the study of Hüls (1989), tetrahydronaphthalene may have a potential for bioaccumulation.
However animal experiments in rats investigating toxicokinetics upon single or repeated oral dosing indicated rapid absorption, and elimination mainly via urine. Tetrahydronaphthalene is metabolized by hydroxylation at the non-aromatic portion of the molecule. The metabolites are excreted mainly (generally > 90 %) as glucuronides. According to mammalian toxicity data, tetrahydronaphthalene is not classified as toxic. Moreover tetrahydronaphthalene revealed to be readily biodegradable.
Additionally according to the use information the substance is to be manufactured and used in dry processes and only in closed systems. Sampling, filling and transport also takes place only in closed systems. Therefore, there will be no exposure to the environment (please refer to point 9 of CSR).
Therefore, for all the reasons stated above, tetrahydronaphthalene is not expected to accumulate in the environment and no estimation of bioaccumulation will be required.

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