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Water quality guideline values for aluminium, gallium and molybdenum in marine environments

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dc.contributor Australian Inst Marine Sci
dc.contributor Rio Tinto Aluminium
dc.contributor Charles Darwin University
dc.contributor Environm Res Inst Supervising Scientist
dc.contributor Australian Institute Of Marine Science
dc.contributor Charles Darwin Univ
dc.contributor Rio Tinto VAN DAM, RICK A. VAN DAM, JOOST W. TRENFIELD, MELANIE A. STRETEN, CLAIRE HARFORD, ANDREW J. PARRY, DAVID 2018-09-23T18:48:59Z 2018-09-23T18:48:59Z 2018-11-01T03:19:06Z 2018-09-23T18:48:59Z 2018-09-23T18:48:59Z 2018-11-01T03:19:06Z 2018-09-01
dc.identifier.citation van Dam JW, Trenfield MA, Streten C, Harford AJ, Parry D, van Dam RA (2018) Water quality guideline values for aluminium, gallium and molybdenum in marine environments. Environmental Science and Pollution Research 25: 26592-26602
dc.identifier.issn 0944-1344
dc.description.abstract Revised water quality guideline values (WQGVs) are presented for the metals aluminium (Al), gallium (Ga) and molybdenum (Mo) in receiving marine environments. These elements are commonly found in elevated concentrations in alumina refinery waste streams, yet current WQGVs fail to accurately assess the environmental risk. Here, chronic biological effects data we have generated over the course of several years were combined with toxicity data from the open literature to construct species sensitivity distributions (SSDs) which enabled the computation of revised WQGVs for Al, Ga and Mo in marine environments. These procedures are in accordance with internationally recommended derivation procedures, and newly computed WQGVs may be incorporated in regulatory frameworks aimed at sustainable exploitation of environmental resources and ongoing protection of the marine estate. Where the available datasets allowed such distinction, separate SSDs were constructed for temperate and tropical environments and zone-specific WQGVs derived. Extrapolated from the SSDs, WQGVs of 56g Al L-1, 800gGaL(-1) and 3.88mg Mo L-1 (in the 0.45-m filtered fraction) for 95% species protection were recommended for implementation in both temperate and tropical receiving environments. Currently, there is insufficient validation to separate the tropical from the temperate data and in most cases, application of the generic WQGVs is recommended.
dc.description.sponsorship This study was partly funded by a North Australian Marine Research Alliance postdoctoral fellowship awarded to MT, Rio Tinto (Queensland Alumina Limited, Rio Tinto Gove Operations, Rio Tinto Yarwun, Rio Tinto Weipa, Rio Tinto Queensland Research and Development Corporation) and the Northern Territory Research & Innovation Board.
dc.language English
dc.subject Precipitated Aluminum
dc.subject Marine Ecotoxicology
dc.subject Recommendations
dc.subject Aquatic Organisms
dc.subject Copper
dc.subject Tropical
dc.subject Species Sensitivity Distribution
dc.subject Chronic Toxicity
dc.subject Alumina Refinery
dc.subject Model
dc.subject Seawater
dc.subject Derivation
dc.subject Environmental Sciences & Ecology
dc.subject Environmental Sciences
dc.subject Species Sensitivity Distributions
dc.subject Water Quality Guidelines
dc.subject Fresh
dc.title Water quality guideline values for aluminium, gallium and molybdenum in marine environments
dc.type journal article
dc.identifier.doi 10.1007/s11356-018-2702-y
dc.identifier.wos WOS:000443329100083

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