Canadian Council of Ministers
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Sediment Quality Guidelines
for the Protection of Aquatic Life
Freshwater Marine
Concentration
(µg/kg dry weight)
Concentration
(µg/kg dry weight)
Date Concentration
(µg/kg dry weight)
Concentration
(µg/kg dry weight)
Date
Chemical name Chemical groups ISQG PEL ISQG PEL
Acenaphthene
PAHs
Organic
Polyaromatic compounds
Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons
6.71 88.9 1998 6.71 88.9 1998
Acenaphthylene
PAHs
Organic
Polyaromatic compounds
Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons
5.87 128 1998 5.87 128 1998
Anthracene
PAHs
Organic
Polyaromatic compounds
Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons
46.9 245 1998 46.9 245 1998
Benz(a)anthracene
PAHs
Organic
Polyaromatic compounds
Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons
31.7 385 1998 74.8 693 1998
Benzo(a)pyrene
PAHs
Organic
Polyaromatic compounds
Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons
31.9 782 1998 88.8 763 1998
Chrysene
PAHs
Organic
Polyaromatic compounds
Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons
57.1 862 1998 108 846 1998
Dibenz(a,h)anthracene
PAHs
Organic
Polyaromatic compounds
Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons
6.22 135 1998 6.22 135 1998
Fluoranthene
PAHs
Organic
Polyaromatic compounds
Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons
111 2355 1998 113 1494 1998
Fluorene
PAHs
Organic
Polyaromatic compounds
Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons
21.2 144 1998 21.2 144 1998
Phenanthrene
PAHs
Organic
Polyaromatic compounds
Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons
41.9 515 1998 86.7 544 1998
Pyrene
PAHs
Organic
Polyaromatic compounds
Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons
53 875 1998 153 1398 1998