Aquatic Life Criteria for Cadmium
EPA has revised its aquatic life criteria for cadmium and announced the availability of the completed document available below. EPA revised its aquatic life criteria for cadmium to reflect the latest scientific knowledge regarding the effects of cadmium on aquatic organisms. The revised criteria are average concentrations of cadmium that can be present in a water body, but should not result in unacceptable effects on aquatic organisms and their uses.
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- 2001 Update, Fact Sheet: Includes background information, criteria concentrations, and contact information.
- Federal Register Notice (April 11, 2001: Formal public notice of the final document
- 2001 Cadmium Criteria Document (PDF) (166 pp, 322K) EPA revised its aquatic life criteria for cadmium to reflect the latest scientific knowledge about the effects of cadmium to better protect aquatic organisms. These revised criteria provide guidance in adopting water quality standards and provide a scientific basis to develop controls of discharges or releases of pollutants.
- 2001 Document References (PDF) (111 pp, 213K)
- 2000 Update of Ambient Water Quality Criteria for Cadmium: Draft aquatic life criteria document for cadmium published for public comment in August 2000.