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Monday's Ask the Experts: Surfactants

March 30, 2009
Monday''s Ask the Experts question from a cleaning professional on the International Custodial Advisors Network (ICAN) "Ask the Experts" page: Where can I find real data on how harmful surfactants are to our environment?
The 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
... — Lynn E. Kraft, ICAN/ATEX Associate Editor
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