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Chemical Abstract Number (CAS #) 465736
CASRN 465-73-6
SynonymsIsodrin
Hexachlorohexahydro-endo,endo-dimethanonaphthalene
1,2,3,4,10,10-Hexachloro-1,4,4a,5,8,8a-hexahydro-1,4: 5,8-endo,endo-dimethanonaphthalene
Analytical Methods EPA Method 617
EPA Method 8081
Molecular FormulaC12H8Cl6

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Use Discontinued insecticide
Apparent Color CRYSTALS
Melting Point 240-242 DEG C
Molecular Weight 364.90
Sensitivity Data Isodrin is a skin irritant.
Environmental Impact Release of isodrin to the environment is not expected to be significant since isodrin is no longer manufactured or used commercially in the United States. If released to soil, isodrin may undergo microbial oxidation to endrin by a mechanism analogous to the biooxidation of aldrin to dieldrin. The mobility of isodrin in soil may range from moderately mobile to immobile and isodrin is not expected to hydrolyze in moist soils or volatilize from soil surfaces. Based on experimental data, the half-life of isodrin in soil has been estimated to range from 0.5 years to a maximum of 6 years. If released to water, isodrin may bioconcentrate in aquatic organisms, adsorb to suspended solids and sediments, volatilize (calculated half-life 5.4 days in rivers) and undergo very slow microbial transformation, possibly to endrin. Isodrin is not expected to hydrolyze since it contains no hydrolyzable functional groups. If released to air, isodrin should occur mostly adsorbed to particulate matter. It may undergo phototransformation possibly forming photoisodrin or isodrin vapor may react with photochemically generated hydroxyl radicals (calculated vapor phase half-life 35.5 minutes). .
Environmental Fate TERRESTRIAL FATE: If released to soil, isodrin may undergo microbial oxidation to endrin by a mechanism analogous to the biooxidation of aldrin to dieldrin. The mobility of isodrin in soil may range from moderately mobile to immobile and isodrin is not expected to hydrolyze since it contains no hydrolyzable functional groups. Isodrin should not volatilize significantly from soil surfaces. The maximum degradation half-life of isodrin in soil has been estimated to be 6 years based on 85% removal in 14 years of 448 kg isodrin/hectare mixed uniformly throughout the profile of sandy loam soil . Based on other experimental data, the half-life of isodrin has been estimated to be 0.5 to 1.0 years . It is absorbed by roots of plants and is likely to be translocated to above ground parts of plants . AQUATIC FATE: If released to water, isodrin may bioconcentrate in aquatic organisms, adsorb to suspended solids and sediments undergo very slow microbial transformation, possibly to endrin, volatilize (calculated half-life 5.4 days in rivers) and undergo phototransformation, possibly to photoisodrin. Isodrin is not expected to hydrolyze since it contains no hydrolyzable functional groups. ATMOSPHERIC FATE: If released to air, isodrin may undergo phototransformation possibly forming photoisodrin or isodrin vapor may react with photochemically generated hydroxyl radicals (calculated vapor phase half-life 35.5 minutes).
Drinking Water Impact SURFACE WATER: Water samples taken from Wolf River,WI and Cypress Creek in Memphis, Tenn during 1967 10 samples, 30% pos, range of isodrin residues detected 0.09-0.73 ppm, average concn. 0.30 ppm . Isodrin has been qualitatively identified in the Sheboygan River,WI Fox River,WI and in Green Bay .

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