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Main Title Assessing Potential Bioavailability of Metals in Sediments: A Proposed Approach.
Author Ankley, G. T. ; Thomas, N. A. ; Di Toro, D. M. ; Hansen, D. J. ; Mahony, J. D. ;
CORP Author Environmental Research Lab.-Duluth, MN. ;Hydroqual, Inc., Mahwah, NJ. ;Manhattan Coll., Bronx, NY. Dept. of Chemistry. ;Science Applications International Corp., Narragansett, RI. ;Delaware Univ., Newark. Dept. of Civil Engineering.
Publisher c1994
Year Published 1994
Report Number EPA/600/J-94/257;
Stock Number PB94-176161
Additional Subjects Sediments ; Metals ; Toxicity ; Risk assessment ; Invertebrates ; Benthic fauna ; Water pollution monitoring ; Pore water ; Concentration(Composition) ; Cadmium ; Nickel ; Copper ; Zinc ; Lead(Metal) ; Interfaces ; Physicochemical properties ; Seasonal variations ; AVS(Acid volatile sulfide) ; Bioavailability ; Sediment quality criteria
Library Call Number Additional Info Location Last
NTIS  PB94-176161 Most EPA libraries have a fiche copy filed under the call number shown. Check with individual libraries about paper copy. 09/01/1994
Collation 9p
Due to anthropogenic inputs, elevated concentrations of metals frequently occur in aquatic sediments. In order to make defensible estimates of the potential risk of metals in sediments and/or develop sediment quality criteria for metals, it is essential to identify that fraction of the total metal in the sediments that is bioavailable. Studies with a variety of benthic invertebrates indicate that interstitial (pore) water concentrations of metals correspond very well with the bioavailability of metals in test sediments. Many factors may influence pore water concentrations of metals; however, in anaerobic sediments a key phase controlling partitioning of several cationic metals (cadmium, nickel, lead, zinc, copper) into pore water is acid volatile sulfide (AVS). In this paper, the authors present an overview of the technical basis for predicting bioavailability of cationic metals to benthic organisms based on pore water metal concentrations and metal-AVS relationships. (Copyright (c) 1994 Springer-Verlag New York Inc.)