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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Question

Where can I find real data on how harmful surfactants are to our environment?


Answer

An Internet search under “Surfactants Environment” will turn up numerous sources of information from different view points.
The Soap & Detergent Association which repesents chemical companies and manufacturers, takes the following position. “Extensive laboratory testing and "real-world" monitoring studies have shown that the major surfactants biodegrade quickly and thoroughly, and do not present a risk to organisms living in the environment. The slight differences in biodegradation rates that can be shown in laboratory screening tests between petrochemical and oleochemical surfactants are not generally thought of as meaningful in the environment, since both are significantly removed during wastewater treatment.”
Lynn E. Krafft, ICAN-ATEX Associate Editor
lekrafft@juno.com