Derivation and Use of Environmental Quality and Human Health Standards for Chemical Substances in Water and Soil

Mark Crane, Peter Matthiessen, Dawn Stretton Maycock, Graham Merrington, Paul Whitehouse

November 19, 2009 by CRC Press
Reference - 168 Pages - 26 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781439803448 - CAT# K10193


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  • Outlines the social and economic frameworks within which standards are derived and used
  • Provides a wider context for considering when, where, and how standards should be implemented
  • Includes recommendations on the development and use of standards
  • Highlights the importance of a unified framework for selecting substances and setting standards
  • Explores general issues associated with implementing any standard
  • Discusses the details of deriving and implementing aquatic and terrestrial standards


A balanced, comprehensive overview of Environmental Quality Standards (EQS), Derivation and Use of Environmental Quality and Human Health Standards for Chemical Substances in Water and Soil addresses the selection and prioritization of substances for standard derivation. With integrated content and up-to-date information on assessment of regulations that affect the derivation and use of EQS, it examines the derivation of these standards and their implementation to protect human health and the environment.

The book is based on contributions from thirty-five scientists, regulators, and policy makers from eleven countries with individual expertise across disciplines such as risk assessment, environmental, health, economic, and social sciences. These scientists summarize current knowledge on aquatic and terrestrial environmental quality standards, placing these standards in a wider socioeconomic and regulatory context. The book explains how to derive environmental standards that are defensible from a scientific and socioeconomic perspective. Using multidisciplinary techniques applicable to water, sediments, and soils; the text demonstrates how to select the best form and derivation method relative to individual environmental standards.

The book presents an in-depth examination of when, where, and how to implement environmental standards based on the social and economic context. It includes detailed coverage of technical approaches that shed light on the derivation and implementation of EQSs. It also identifies future research that will help to underpin the science of environmental and human health standards.