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Title: New approach for evaluating biological toxicity at aquatic hazardous-waste sites. Professional paper

The impact of hazardous wastes on aquatic systems is an important consideration in the Navy's Installation Restoration Program. A majority of the Navy's assets are located in coastal and estuarine areas which are complex, dynamic ecosystems, important both economically and ecologically. The purpose of this paper is to survey methods available to assess the toxicity of hazardous wastes on aquatic ecosystems, identify the most practical methods for use in determining the potential impact of hazardous waste sites and the selection of remedial alternatives. Current techniques for measuring toxicity using bacteria, phytoplankton, crustaceans, molluscs, and other organisms are reviewed. These methods can be used in developing the information required by the Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) during the Remedial Investigation and Feasibility Study (RI/FS) process. There is a need to develop new and innovative bioassays for assessing toxicity. Once these tests and their results are compared, it may be practical to use only a few species for routine monitoring.
Authors:
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Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
7104409
Report Number(s):
AD-A-215648/7/XAB
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Resource Relation:
Other Information: Pub. in Proceedings of the Symposium on coastal and Ocean Management/ASCE (6th), 422-436(11-14 Jul 1989)
Research Org:
Naval Ocean Systems Center, San Diego, CA (USA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
63 RADIATION, THERMAL, AND OTHER ENVIRON. POLLUTANT EFFECTS ON LIVING ORGS. AND BIOL. MAT.; 29 ENERGY PLANNING, POLICY AND ECONOMY; AQUATIC ECOSYSTEMS; CONTAMINATION; HAZARDOUS MATERIALS; TOXICITY; BACTERIA; BIOASSAY; COASTAL REGIONS; CRUSTACEANS; ESTUARIES; FEASIBILITY STUDIES; MOLLUSCS; MONITORING; PHYTOPLANKTON; SUPERFUND; SURVEYS; WASTES; WATER POLLUTION; ANIMALS; AQUATIC ORGANISMS; ARTHROPODS; ECOSYSTEMS; INVERTEBRATES; LAWS; MATERIALS; MICROORGANISMS; PLANKTON; POLLUTION; POLLUTION LAWS; SURFACE WATERS 560300* -- Chemicals Metabolism & Toxicology; 290300 -- Energy Planning & Policy-- Environment, Health, & Safety