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Monday's Ask the Experts: Surfactants

March 22, 2010
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 editor
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