EPA Method 835.0001

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EPA Method 835.0001:
Principles and Strategies Related to Biodegradation Testing of Organic Chemicals under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA)

Summary:
Information on the degradability of organic chemicals may be used for hazard assessment or for risk assessment under TSCA. Hazard assessment or risk in general, and aquatic hazard classification in particular, are normally based on data obtained in standardized tests for ready biodegradability, but results of tests simulating biodegradation in water, aquatic sediment and soil may also be used for these purposes. Other types of test data that may be considered in an assessment of the potential environmental hazard or risk include sewage treatment plant (STP) simulation data, inherent biodegradability, anaerobic biodegradability, biodegradability in seawater and abiotic transformation.

Scope:
This guideline is intended for use in testing pursuant to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) (15) U.S.C. 2601).