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Acenaphthene

Synonyms and/or acronyms: PAHs
Parameter 1: ORGANIC
Parameter 2: Polyaromatic compounds
Parameter 3: Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons

Water Quality for the Protection of Aquatic Life

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Freshwater

Concentration (µg/L)

5.8

Interim guideline.

Date

1999

Marine

Concentration (µg/L)

Insufficient data

Date

1999

Water Quality for the Protection of Agriculture

Irrigation

Concentration (µg/L)

No data

Date

No data

Livestock

Concentration (µg/L)

No data

Date

No data

Sediment Quality for the Protection of Aquatic Life

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Freshwater

Concentration (µg/kg dry weight) - ISQG

6.71

Provisional: adoption of marine ISQG

Concentration (µg/kg dry weight) - PEL

88.9

Provisional: adoption of marine PEL

Date

1998

Marine

Concentration (µg/kg dry weight) - ISQG

6.71
Guideline % ≤ ISQG ISQG < % < PEL ISQG % ≥ PEL
Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs)      
Acenaphthene 8 29 57
Acenaphthylene 7 14 51
Anthracene 9 20 75
Benz(a)anthracene 9 16 78
Benzo(a)pyrene 8 22 71
Chrysene 9 19 72
Dibenz(a,h)anthracene 16 12 65
Fluoranthene 10 20 80
Fluorene 12 20 70
2-Methylnaphthalene 0 23 82
Naphthalene 3 19 71
Phenanthrene 8 23 78
Pyrene 7 19 83

Concentration (µg/kg dry weight) - PEL

88.9
Guideline % ≤ ISQG ISQG < % < PEL ISQG % ≥ PEL
Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs)          
Acenaphthene 8 29 57
Acenaphthylene 7 14 51
Anthracene 9 20 75
Benz(a)anthracene 9 16 78
Benzo(a)pyrene 8 22 71
Chrysene 9 19 72
Dibenz(a,h)anthracene 16 12 65
Fluoranthene 10 20 80
Fluorene 12 20 70
2-Methylnaphthalene 0 23 82
Naphthalene 3 19 71
Phenanthrene 8 23 78
Pyrene 7 19 83

Date

1998

Soil Quality for the Protection of Environmental and Human Health

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Concentration (mg/kg dry weight) - Agricultural

Consult Factsheet

Consult the 2008 Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons factsheet, or the 2008 PAH Scientific Supporting Document (http://www.ccme.ca/publications/ceqg_rcqe.html?category_id=125) for guidance.

Concentration (mg/kg dry weight) - Residential / parkland

Consult Factsheet

Consult the 2008 Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons factsheet, or the 2008 PAH Scientific Supporting Document (http://www.ccme.ca/publications/ceqg_rcqe.html?category_id=125) for guidance.

Concentration (mg/kg dry weight) - Commercial

Consult Factsheet

Consult the 2008 Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons factsheet, or the 2008 PAH Scientific Supporting Document (http://www.ccme.ca/publications/ceqg_rcqe.html?category_id=125) for guidance.

Concentration (mg/kg dry weight) - Industrial

Consult Factsheet

Consult the 2008 Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons factsheet, or the 2008 PAH Scientific Supporting Document (http://www.ccme.ca/publications/ceqg_rcqe.html?category_id=125) for guidance.

Date

2008

Tissue Residue Quality for the Protection of Widlife Consumer of Aquatic Biota

Concentration (µg/kg diet wet weight)

No data

Date

No data