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Main Title Guidance for implementing the January 2001 methylmercury water quality criterion /
CORP Author Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC. Office of Science and Technology.
Publisher United States Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Science and Technology,
Year Published 2010
Report Number EPA 823-R-10-001
Stock Number PB2010-110579
OCLC Number 650355951
Subjects Methylmercury--Standards--United States. ; Methylmercury--Environmental aspects--United States. ; Water quality biological assessment--United States. ; Freshwater fishes--United States.
Additional Subjects Health hazards ; Methylmercury ; Water quality ; Toxicity ; Criteria ; Protection ; Risk assessment ; Bioaccumulation ; Calculations ; Exposure assessments ; Toxicokinetics ; Food consumption ; Ambient Water Quality Criterion(AWQC)
Internet Access
Description Access URL
Library Call Number Additional Info Location Last
EJBD ARCHIVE EPA 823-R-10-001 Headquarters Library/Washington,DC 12/30/2013
NTIS  PB2010-110579 Most EPA libraries have a fiche copy filed under the call number shown. Check with individual libraries about paper copy. 01/13/2011
Edition Final
Collation ix, 207 p. : ill. ; 28 cm.
On January 8, 2001, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the availability of its recommended Clean Water Act (CWA) section 304(a) water quality criterion for methylmercury. This water quality criterion, 0.3 milligram (mg) methylmercury per kilogram (kg) fish tissue wet weight, describes the concentration of methylmercury in freshwater and estuarine fish and shellfish tissue that should not be exceeded to protect consumers of fish and shellfish among the general population. EPA recommends that states, territories, and authorized tribes use the criterion and this guidance in establishing or updating water quality standards for waters of the United States and in issuing fish and shellfish consumption advisories. States and authorized tribes remain free to adjust EPAs recommended criterion, provided that their new or revised water quality criteria protect the designated uses and are based on scientifically defensible methodology. The publication of the 2001 methylmercury criterion was the first time EPA issued a water quality criterion expressed as a fish and shellfish tissue value rather than as a water column value. EPA recognizes that this approach differs from traditional water column criteria and might pose implementation challenges. In the January 8, 2001 Federal Register notice, EPA stated that it planned to develop more detailed guidance to help states, territories, and authorized tribes with implementation of the methylmercury criterion in water quality standards and related programs. This document provides that detailed guidance.
"EPA 823-R-10-001." "April 2010." Also available via the Internet at Last viewed July 27, 2010. References: p. 131-147. Printout.
Contents Notes
"This document provides technical guidance to states and authorized tribes exercising responsibility under section CWA 303(c) on how to use the new fish tissue-based criterion recommendation as they develop their own water quality standards for methylmercury. ... exposure to mercury and its compounds can cause certain toxic effects in humans and wildlife."