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Guidance for Evaluating and Calculating Degradation Kinetics in Environmental Media

This guidance covers the general methods to be used in determining the first-order degradation model input. Frequently, biotransformation laboratory studies do not follow a firstorder degradation pattern; yet standard pesticide fate models (e.g. PRZM, EXAMS) require firstorder degradation inputs. This interim guidance, which is based in part on FOCUS (2006), establishes a simple procedure for determining a first-order rate constant from biotransformation/degradation studies, which include standard biotic studies conducted in soil, water, or mixed media.

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