ALKEN® 896 BioStimulant

Effective Date: 02/28/2007

 Product Bulletin

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 Material Safety Data Sheet
 Manufacturer's Name: Alken-Murray Corporation
 Manufacturer's Address: P.O. Box 400, New Hyde Park, New York 11040
  T: 540-636-1236 Fax: 540-636-1770
 Manufacturer's Cage Code: 2A384
For chemical emergency - spill, leak, fire or accident - call CHEMTREC - day or night - (800) 424-9300 or outside the USA (703) 527-3887

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NFPA Hazard Ratings:

0=Minimal, 1=Slight, 2=Moderate, 3=Serious, 4=Severe

 Health=1  Fire=0  Reactivity=1

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Canadian WHMIS Classification D 2 B & F

All ingredients on Canadian DSL and USA TSCA lists

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1. Product Identification

 Synonyms: Microbial Germination Catalyst
 CAS Number: Not applicable to mixtures
 Chemical Formula: Complex Proprietary Mixture
 Chemical Family: Oxygenating Organic/Inorganic Salts Aqueous Solution
 Formula ID Codes:  896

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2. Composition/Information on Ingredients


Ingredients not precisely identified are proprietary and/or non-hazardous per 29 CFR 1910-1200 and/or represent less than 1%. All chemical ingredients appear on the EPA TSCA inventory.

 Chemical Name  CAS Number  OSHA PEL  ACGIH TLV   % Weight
 Water  7732-18-5   NDA   NDA   40 - 80
 Ammonium nitrate  6484-52-2  NDA  NDA  8- 15
 Magnesium sulfate 7487-88-9  NDA  NDA  Proprietary
 Organc salts mixture (Trace amounts of amino acids (Asparagine, L-Glutamic acid, Pyridoxiamine HCL, DL-Valine, L-Lysine, DL-Leucine, L-Arginine, DL-Threonine, DL-Serine, DL-Tryptophan,) purines (Adenine, Guanine, Hypoxanthine & Xanthine) and pyrimimidines (Thymine, Cytosine & Orotic acid)  Proprietary
  Ammonia   7664-41-7 35 mg/M3   35 ppm   < 1
  Yeast Extract   8013-01-2  NDA  NDA   < 1
 Monosodium phosphate (MSP)  7558-80-7  NDA  NDA   < 1
 Diammonium phosphate (DAP)  7783-28-0  NDA  NDA   < 1
 Tetrasodium EDTA  64-02-8  NDA  NDA   < 1
 Ammonium molybdate  12054-85-2  NDA  NDA   < 1
 Calcium chloride 10043-52-4  NDA  NDA Trace
 Cobalt chloride 7791-13-1  NDA  NDA  Trace
 Boric acid  10043-35-3  NDA  NDA  Trace
 Zinc sulfate 7446-20-0  NDA  NDA  Trace
  Manganese sulfate  10034-96-5  NDA  NDA  Trace
Ferric sulfate  10028-25-5  NDA  NDA  Trace
 Sodium tetraborate, decahydrate  1303-96-4  NDA  NDA  Trace
 Cupric sulfate   7758-99-9  NDA  NDA  Trace

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3. Hazards Identification

Emergency Overview: WARNING: Dangerous if ingested. Eye and skin irritant

Potential Health Effects:

  • Signs and Symptoms of Acute Overexposure: May cause mild skin irritation. May cause irritation of the eyes, nose, throat and digestive tract, headaches, coughing, nausea, diarrhea, and transietn disorientation.
  • Signs and Symptoms of Chronic overexposure: Prolonged skin contact my cause moderate irritation, although no harmful effects from skin absorption have been reported.
  • Medical Conditions Generally Aggravated by Exposure: Sensitive skin. Pre-existing heart disease may be aggravated by exposure to nitrates.
  • Other Comments: This product contains nitrate salts. Nitrates may be reduced by intestinal bacteria to nitrites. When absorbed, nitrites may result in effects on the blood (methemoglobinemia) and blood vessels (vasodilating and a fall in blood pressure). Symptoms of toxicity may include headache, fainting, fatigue, cyanosis, confusion, irregular heartbeats, and possible respiratory paralysis.

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4. First Aid Measures

  • Inhalation: If respiratory symptoms develop, move patient away from source of exposure and into fresh air. If symptoms persist, seek medical attention. If patient is not breathing, clear airway and immediately begin artificial respiration. Oxygen may be administered if breathing difficulties develop.
  • Ingestion: If swallowed, seek emergency medical attention. If patient is drowsy or unconscious and vomiting, place on left side with the head down and do not give anything by mouth. If patient is conscious and alert and ingestion occured within the last hour, induce vomiting, preferably under supervision of physician or poison control. If possible, do not leave patient unattended. Observe closely for adequate breathing.
  • Skin Contact: Remove contaminated clothing. Wash skin thoroughly with soap and water. Wash clothing before reuse. If irritation develops and persists, seek medical attention.
  • Eye Contact: Immediately flush eyes with water for 15 minutes. If irritation persists, seek medical attention.
  • Note to Physician: Nitrates in large doses may cause dignificant vasodilation and hypotension. Pre-existing ischemic heart disease may be aggravated by these effects. In large ingestions, nitrates may cause methemoglobinemia. Methemoglobinemia should be suspected if cyanosis occurs. Methylene blue (1-2 mg/kg I.V, over several minutes) is an effective antidote for symptomatic Methemoglovinemia.

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5. Fire Fighting Measures

Flash Point: NONE by Pensky-Martens Closed Cup method, ASTM D-93

Flammability Limits: NONE

Fire Extinguishing Media: Water or suitable extinguishing media for surrounding fire

Special Fire-Fighting Information: Use water spray to cool containers. Nitrate salts can support combustion under certain conditions. Do not allow product to evaporate to dryness. For fires beyond the incipient stage, emergency responders in the immediate hazard area should wear bunker gear. When the potential chemical hazard is unknown, in enclosed or confined spaces, or when explicitly required by DOT, a NIOSH approved, self-contained breathing apparatus should be worn. In addition, wear other appropriate protective equipment as conditions warrant. Move undamaged containers from immediate hazard area, if it can be done with minimal risk.

Unusual Fire and Explosion Hazards: When the potential chemical hazard is unknown, in enclosed or confined spaces, or when explicityly required, an SCBA (self-contained breathing apparatus) should be worn. In addition, wear other appropriate protective equipment as conditions warrant. if in fire situation. Thermal decomposition may produce minute quantities of oxides of carbon, nitrogen and ammonia.. Closed containers exposed to extreme heat can rupture due to pressure buildup.

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6. Accidental Release Measures

Stop spill/release, if this can be accomplished with a minimum risk. Isolate immediate hazard are and keep unauthorized personnel out. Wear appropriate protective equipment, including respiratory protection (NIOSH-SCBA), as conditions warrant. Dike and contain spilled product. Product is fully water-soluble and will disperse in water. Prevent spilled product from entering storm drains, wells, natural waterways and sources of potable water. Recover as much product as possible. Spilled product may be pumped into suitable containers for future use or else absorbed into suitable absorbent material. Since product stimulates the activity of bacteria with pollution and waste bioremediation capabilities, discharge to sanitary sewers.

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7. Handling and Storage

Use and store this product in cool, dry, well-ventilated area. Keep container closed when not in use. Avoid storage of product > 110 degrees F (> 43 degrees C) and keep from freezing. Heating above 140 degrees F (> 60 degrees C) will promote hydrolysis. Extreme cold < 35 F (< 1.7 degrees C) will cause crystallization of organic and inorganic salts in product. Restore by mixing with hot water. Avoid contact with skin and eyes. DO NOT breathe mists. The use of appropriate respiratory protection (NIOSH-approved SCBA) is advised if full strength product is accidentally misted into the air. Product is hygroscopic, absorbing water from the air. Always wash hands with soap and water before handling food or smoking. Use good hygiene practices when working with any chemical mixture. Do not wear contaminated clothing or shoes. KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN.

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8. Exposure Controls/ Personal Protection

  • Ventilation System: Good general ventilation is advisable
  • Personal Respirators (NIOSH Approved): None require for normal use. Use if fire is present.
  • Skin Protection: Long sleeved clothing and latex or neoprene gloves. If handling large quantities of product, wear impervious clothing or lab coat.
  • Eye Protection: Chemical safety goggles or face shield if applied indoors
  • Other Control Measures: Eye wash station advised. A source of clean water should be available in the work area for flushing eyes and skin.
    ACGIH: 10 mg/M3 for nuisance mists is suggested for this product. NOTE: State, local or other agencies may have established more stringent limits, based on ingredients identified in section 2, above. Consult an industrial hygienist or similar professional, or your local agencies, for further information.

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9. Physical and Chemical Properties

  • Appearance and Color: Transparent, Cyan Colored Liquid
  • Odor: Ammonia odor
  • Solubility in Water: 100%
  • Specific Gravity: 1.45 plus or minus 0.05 at 75 degrees F (24 degrees C)
  • Bulk Density: 11.8 -12.2 lb/US gallon
  • pH: 6.9 - 7.1
  • % volatile by volume @ 21C (70F): 19% weight by volume
  • Boiling Point: 212 degrees F (100 degrees C)
  • Freezing Point: 32 degrees F (0 degrees C)
  • Melting Point: NDA
  • Vapor Density (Air=1): = 0.6 (water)
  • Vapor Pressure (mm Hg): = 17.2 mm Hg
  • Evaporation Rate (Bu. Acetate=1): < 1

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10. Stability and Reactivity

  • Stability: Product is stable under normal conditions of storage and handling
  • Hazardous Decomposition Products: Product will not burn, but if involved in a fire, oxides of nitrogen & carbon may be generated. Exposure to heat may release ammonia fumes.
  • Hazardous Polymerization: will not occur.
  • Incompatibility: Avoid contact with combustible, organic, or other readily oxidizable materials. Avoid contact with strong acids, chlorates, other strong oxidizers or metals. Contact with alkaline material may liberate ammonia.
  • Conditions to Avoid: Incompatible substances. Do not allow product to evaporate to dryness. Refer to Section 5..

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11. Toxicological Information

  •  Toxicological Data: (CFR Title 16, Title 1500.42)
  •    RTECS: CAS 7732-18-5: ZC0110000/ CAS# 6484-52-2:BR9050000/ CAS# 7487-88-9:OM4500000/ CAS# 7664-41-7: BO0875000/ CAS#8013-01-2:ZF6610000/ CAS# 7558-80-7: WA1900000/ CAS#8013-01-2:ZF6610000/ CAS# 7558-80-7: WA1900000/ CAS# 7783-28-0: WA1900000/ CAS# 64-02-8: AH5075000/ CAS# 12054-85-2:QA5076000/ CAS# 10043-52-4:EV9810000/ CAS# 10043-35-3:ED4550000/ CAS# 7791-13-1:GG0200000/ CAS# 10043-35-3:ED4550000/ CAS# 7446-20-0: ZH5300000/ CAS# 10034-96-5:OP0893500/ CAS# 10028-25-5: NO8505000/ CAS# 1303-96-4:VZ2275000/ CAS# 7758-99-8:GL8900000/

     Dermal & Eye Irritation Tests for ALKEN® 896 BIOSTIMULANT FORMULATED PRODUCT TESTED (tested as a whole with dilution indicated)

    • Acute dermal irritation study New Zealand white rabbits: A 20% solution (5 ml ALKEN® 896 BIOSTIMULANT + 20 mL sterile, distilled water) was applied to intact & abraded skin one one side, with sterile water applied to intact & abraded skin on other side of same animals to serve as controls.
    • Acute dermal irritation New Zealand white rabbits: PI = 0.0, Toxicity level IV
    • Acute eye irritation study: A 20% solution (5 ml ALKEN® 896 BIOSTIMULANT + 20 mL sterile, distilled water) was introduced to one eye, with untreated eye serving as control. Eyes examined at 24, 48 and 72 hours.
    • Acute eye irritation:New Zealand white rabbits: PI=0.0, Toxicity IV
    • Acute Inhalation, Rats LC50= >2.43 mg/L.

    LC50 /LD50: (individual raw materials, reports taken from raw material ingredient MSDS)

    • CAS# 7732-18-5: LD50= >90 mL/Kg;
    • CAS# 7664-41-7: inhalation, mouse LC50 = 4230 ppm/1H, inhalation, mouse LC50 = 4600 mg/M3/2H, inhalation, rabbit LC50 = 7g/M3/1H, inhalation, rat LC50 = 2,000 ppm/4H, inhalation, rat LC50 = 18600 mg/M3/5H, skin, rat LC50 = 112, 000 mg/M3/15
    • CAS# 6484-52-2: oral rat, LD50 = 2217 mg/Kg;
    • CAS# 64-02-8: moderately toxic
    • CAS# 7783-28-0: oral,rat, LD50 = >2,000 mg/Kg, dermal, rat LD50 = >5,000 mg/Kg
    • CAS# 7558-80-7: oral,rat, LD50 = 8290 mg/Kg, Draize test, eye, rabbit,150 mg = Mild
    •  Carcinogenicity:
    ACGIH-A3: Molybdenum soluble compounds (sodium or ammonium) "confirmed animal carcinogens", but is NOT listed by IARC, NIOSH, NTP or OSHA lists.
    Other ingredients: NOT found on any carcingenicity lists published by ACGIH, IARC, NIOSH, NTP or OSHA

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    12. Ecological Information

    • Environmental Fate: This product is not likely to bioconcentrate, is non-persistent and non-cumulative, when used according to application directions provided on product information bulletin or package labeling.. If diluted with water, this chemical is not expected to have a significant environmental impact beyond stimulating non-pathogenic, saprophytic bacteria to remediate pollution existing in aquatic application to which product is applied.
    • Environmental Toxicity: This product has a low biological demand and is expected to cause no oxygen depletion in aquatic systems. Prevent release to potable water sources for mammals (includes humans, livestock & wildlife). Will cause digestive irritation, if consumed by mammals.
    • Ecotoxicity of Individual Ingredient: Ammonia, CAS# 7664-41-7: Rainbow trout LC50 = 0.008 mg/L/24 H, Unspecified Fathead Minnow LC50 = 0.024 - 0.093 mg/L/48 H, Unspecified Flea Daphnia LC50 = 0.66 mg/L/48 H, 22 degrees C. Bluegill LC50 = 0.024 - 0.093 mg/L/48 H, Goldfish TLM = 2.0 - 2.5 mg/L/24 - 96 H.

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    13. Disposal Considerations

     RCRA Hazard Class (if discarded):Neat, unused product is not considered a hazardous waste, according to RCRA regulations 40 CFR 261, subparts C + D). . For proper disposal of used materials, an assessment must be completed to determine the proper waste management options permissible under applicable rules, regulations and/or laws governing client's location. Use until less than 1 inch remains in the container, triple rinse with clean water, and pour rinse water to sewer. Then remove or deface product label to avoid confusion if pail or drum is later refilled. Clean, empty containers should be recycled or disposed of through an approved waste management facility.

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    14. Transportation Information

    • DOT Proper Shipping Name: Not regulated as hazardous material under USDOT Hazardous Material Regulations
    • DOT Hazard Class: NDA
    • UN Number: NDA
    • DOT Label: Class 70: (NMFC item 68140, sub 6) "Fertilizer compound , NOI liquid in pails or drums

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    15. Regulatory Information

    • TSCA: (40CFR 710) All chemical ingredients are listed on the TSCA 8(b) inventory. None of the ingredients are on the Health and Safety Reporting List, are under Chemical Test rule, are listed under TSCA Section 12B, or have a SNUR under TSCA
    • CERCLA Reportable Quantity: This product does NOT contain ingredients that have Reportable Quantity (RQ) requirements under US 40 CFR 117.302
    • Clean Air Act: Ingredients of this product are NOT listed as a hazardous air pollutants (HAP) on CWA. This product does not contain any Class 1 or Class 2 ozone depletors, nor was it made with such chemicals.
    • Clean Water Act: Ammonia, CAS # 7664-41-7 IS listed as a " highly hazardous substance" under the CWA. None of the chemicals in this formula are listed as Priority Pollutants under CWA.
    Section 302/304 Extremely Hazardous Substances: This product does not have an RQ or a TPQ,.
    Section 311 Hazard Categorization: CAS# 6484-52-2: acute, reactive
    Section 313 Toxic Chemicals: This product contains Ammonia, CAS# 6484-52-2 (1%), which is subject to reporting under Section 313 of SARA Title III and 40CFR , Part 373. Final RQ = 100 lbs. (45.4 Kg), but concentration is de minimus and therefore cancels reporting requirement.
    • STATE RIGHT-TO-KNOW-LISTS: Ammonium nitrate, CAS# 6484-52-2, (~8%) IS listed on the following State Right-to-Know lists: California, New Jersey, Florida, Pennsylvania, Minnesota & Massachussetts. Sodium tetraborate decahydrate, CAS# 1303-96-4, present in this product at a trace level, IS listed on the following RTK lists: California, New Jersey, Florida, Pennsylvania, Minnesota and Massachusetts. Ammonia, CAS# 7664-41-7 (<1%) is present on the following RTK lists: California, Florida, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey & Pennsylvania. Other ingredients are NOT listed on any of the following state right to know lists: California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island or Tennessee.
    • Not subject to California Proposition 65 labeling requirement.
    • WGK (Water Danger/Protection):
    • Canadian DSL: All ingredients ARE listed on the Canadian DSL. Product approved for sale in Canada.
    • Canadian WHMIS Classification:: D2B & F because of Ammonium nitrate, CAS# 6484-52-2
    • Canada's Ingredient Disclosure List: : Ammonia, CAS# 7664-41-7 (< 1%) and Ammonium nitrate, CAS# 6484-52-2, (~8%) ARE listed on the CIDL but other ingredients do not appear on this list. This MSDS has been prepared according to the hazard criteria of the Controlled Products Regulations (CPR) and the MSDS contains all of the information required by the CPR.
    • OTHER Chemical Inventories - International: Ingredients listed on DSL lists in Japan, Korea, Australia, Europe and The Philippines.
    • IHT: 2931.00.9055 Other non-aromatic, organo-inorganic compounds.

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    16. Other Information

    Reason for Revision: Routine review & revision

    Alken-Murray Corporation provides the information contained herein in good faith, in compliance with the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, but makes no representation as to its comprehensiveness or accuracy. This document is intended only as a guide to the appropriate precautionary handling of the material by a properly trained person using this product. Alken-Murray warrants that this product is of merchantable quality. The implied warranty of fitness for a particular purpose is limited to the extent the products are used for the purpose or uses described on the product's label or in any written instructions or materials distributed to the buyer by Alken-Murray and is hereby disclaimed should buyer use the products in a manner inconsistent with this uses or purposes described therein. In no event shall Alken-Murray be liable for any consequential, exemplary, or incidental damages incurred by buyer even if it has been advised of the possibility of such damages.

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