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de l'environnement

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Xylene


Parameter 1: ORGANIC
Parameter 2: Monocyclic aromatic compounds

Water Quality for the Protection of Aquatic Life

Freshwater

Concentration (µg/L)

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Date

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Marine

Concentration (µg/L)

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Date

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Water Quality for the Protection of Agriculture

Irrigation

Concentration (µg/L)

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Date

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Livestock

Concentration (µg/L)

No data

Date

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Sediment Quality for the Protection of Aquatic Life

Freshwater

Concentration (µg/kg dry weight) - ISQG

No data

Concentration (µg/kg dry weight) - PEL

No data

Date

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Marine

Concentration (µg/kg dry weight) - ISQG

No data

Concentration (µg/kg dry weight) - PEL

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Date

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Soil Quality for the Protection of Environmental and Human Health

Further documentation on these guidelines can be found in the Canadian Environment Quality Guidelines.
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Concentration (mg/kg dry weight) - Agricultural

Table
Guideline Coarse Fine
Xylenes (mg/kg)    
Surface (≤1.5m) 11 2.4
Subsoil (>1.5m) 11 2.4

Notes:
Data are sufficient and adequate to calculate a Soil Quality Guideline for Human Health (SQGHH) and a Soil Quality Guideline for Environmental health (SQGE). Therefore the soil quality guideline is the lower of the two and represents a fully integrated and de novo guideline for this land use.

Free-phase formation, a circumstance deemed unacceptable by many jurisdictions, occurs when a substance exceeds its solubility limit in soil water. The concentration at which this occurs is dependent on a number of factors, including soil texture, porosity, and aeration porosity. Under the assumptions used for this guideline, at concentrations greater than 600 mg·kg-1 in coarse soil, or 610 mg·kg-1 in fine soil, formation of free-phase toluene will likely occur. Contact jurisdiction for guidance.

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

Table
Guideline Coarse Fine
Xylenes (mg/kg)        
Surface (≤1.5m) 11 2.4
Subsoil (>1.5m) 11 2.4

Notes:
Data are sufficient and adequate to calculate a Soil Quality Guideline for Human Health (SQGHH) and a Soil Quality Guideline for Environmental health (SQGE). Therefore the soil quality guideline is the lower of the two and represents a fully integrated and de novo guideline for this land use.

Free-phase formation, a circumstance deemed unacceptable by many jurisdictions, occurs when a substance exceeds its solubility limit in soil water. The concentration at which this occurs is dependent on a number of factors, including soil texture, porosity, and aeration porosity. Under the assumptions used for this guideline, at concentrations greater than 600 mg·kg-1 in coarse soil, or 610 mg·kg-1 in fine soil, formation of free-phase toluene will likely occur. Contact jurisdiction for guidance.

Concentration (mg/kg dry weight) - Commercial

Table
Guideline Coarse Fine
Xylenes (mg/kg)       
Surface (≤1.5m) 11 2.4
Subsoil (>1.5m) 11 2.4

Notes:
Data are sufficient and adequate to calculate a Soil Quality Guideline for Human Health (SQGHH) and a Soil Quality Guideline for Environmental health (SQGE). Therefore the soil quality guideline is the lower of the two and represents a fully integrated and de novo guideline for this land use.

Free-phase formation, a circumstance deemed unacceptable by many jurisdictions, occurs when a substance exceeds its solubility limit in soil water. The concentration at which this occurs is dependent on a number of factors, including soil texture, porosity, and aeration porosity. Under the assumptions used for this guideline, at concentrations greater than 600 mg·kg-1 in coarse soil, or 610 mg·kg-1 in fine soil, formation of free-phase toluene will likely occur. Contact jurisdiction for guidance.

Concentration (mg/kg dry weight) - Industrial

Table
Guideline Coarse Fine
Xylenes (mg/kg)        
Surface (≤1.5m) 11 2.4
Subsoil (>1.5m) 11 2.4

Notes:
Data are sufficient and adequate to calculate a Soil Quality Guideline for Human Health (SQGHH) and a Soil Quality Guideline for Environmental health (SQGE). Therefore the soil quality guideline is the lower of the two and represents a fully integrated and de novo guideline for this land use.

Free-phase formation, a circumstance deemed unacceptable by many jurisdictions, occurs when a substance exceeds its solubility limit in soil water. The concentration at which this occurs is dependent on a number of factors, including soil texture, porosity, and aeration porosity. Under the assumptions used for this guideline, at concentrations greater than 600 mg·kg-1 in coarse soil, or 610 mg·kg-1 in fine soil, formation of free-phase toluene will likely occur. Contact jurisdiction for guidance.

Date

2004

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

Concentration (µg/kg diet wet weight)

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Date

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