Bioaccumulation Testing and Interpretation for the Purpose of Sediment Quality Assessment: Status and Needs
United States Environmental Protection Agency Office of Water
United States Environmental Protection Agency Office of Solid Waste
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The purpose of this document is to describe existing knowledge on the use of bioaccumulation data as part of sediment quality assessments. This document: Provides a comprehensive summary of existing knowledge on bioaccumulation; Provides a compilation of exposure and effects data for persistent, bioaccumulative chemicals; Discusses factors that affect the bioavailability of sediment-associated contaminants; Identifies how various programs currently use bioaccumulation data for sediment management decisions; Identifies issues and research needs for interpreting bioaccumulation data for the purpose of assessing sediment quality.