toxicity testing system Articles

  • Whole Effluent Toxicity Testing

    What is Whole Effluent Toxicity (WET) testing? Whole Effluent Toxicity (WET) testing is an important component of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (USEPA’s) integrated approach for detecting and addressing toxicity in surface waters. The National Pollutant Discharge  Elimination System (NPDES) permit program, authorized by the Clean Water Act, controls water pollution by ...

  • Recent Federal Developments

    TSCA/FIFRA EPA Extends Comment Period For Draft Guidance For Pesticide Registrants On Notifications, Non-notifications, And Minor Formulation Amendments: On October 5, 2017, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a notice of extension of the comment period for the draft guidance  ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • What are the main indicators of water quality?

    “Water is the driving force of all nature;” so said Leonardo da Vinci. The survival of our planet depends on the availability of water and the condition that it is in. It is therefore vital to make sure that it is able to provide a hospitable environment for those that live in it, and is free from harmful levels of substances for those that drink it. Not ...


    By Aquaread Limited

  • Train derailment prompts contaminated land investigation

    On March 30th 2015 a long freight train, transporting a variety of goods including lumber and chemicals, wound its way through the state of Mississippi. At around 5pm, part of the train failed to negotiate a curved portion of the track in a rural area near Minter City, resulting in the derailment of nine railcars, one of which leaked chemicals onto agricultural farmland and woodlands. Emergency ...


    By Gasmet Technologies Oy

  • Evaluation of Metals, Metalloids, and Ash Mixture Toxicity Using Sediment Toxicity Testing

    In December 2008, a release of 4.1 million m3 of coal ash from the Tennessee Valley Authority Kingston Fossil plant occurred. Ash washed into the Emory River and migrated downstream into the Clinch and Tennessee Rivers. A Baseline Ecological Risk Assessment evaluated risks to ecological receptors from ash in the river system post‐dredging. This paper describes the approach used and results ...


    By John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  • Nitrification toxicity evaluation using bench-scale testing

    The Camas Wastewater Treatment Facility experienced a prolonged period of poor ammonia removal (nitrification). A variety of “real-world” bench tests were developed and performed to determine if toxins were inhibiting the nitrification process. The focus of this paper is on the methodology used and conclusions drawn from the bench-testing. INTRODUCTIONTest were performed that compared ...

  • Acute toxicity and inactivation tests of CO2 on invertebrates in drinking water treatment systems

    In addition to the esthetic problem caused by invertebrates, researchers are recently starting to be more aware of their potential importance in terms of public health. However, the inactivation methods of invertebrates which could proliferate in drinking water treatment systems are not well developed. The objective of this study is to assess the acute toxicity and inactivation effects of CO2 on ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Detection and measurement of toxic gases from destructive testing of batteries

    Problem Statement New formulations of organic-compound-based batteries for vehicle use must be tested for release of potentially harmful and toxic gases if crushed in accidents. Potential gases include hydrocarbons, fluorocarbons, and hydrogen fluoride, released within seconds of an incident. Actual time-resolved and quantitative data are required from destructive testing to ascertain ...


    By CIC Photonics, Inc.

  • Toxicity Assessment Using a Dilution Series

    Toxicity, or more appropriately, inhibition, is a measure of the interference of a compound or compounds with biodegradation. Since inhibition usually is expressed as the interference with bioconversion of an oxygen-consuming reaction – or gas producing reaction in the case of anoxic or anaerobic reactions – it is essential that a biodegradable substrate be present when assessing toxicity of ...


    By Challenge Technology

  • A comparative study of perchlorate degradation in acute toxicity and chronic toxicity

    Since the discovery of perchlorate in water system, the public has been concerned about its human health effect. In practice it was reported that chronic exposure to perchlorate may lead to damage in thyroid hormone activity. This study introduced a method of perchlorate reduction, using autotrophic bacteria which utilise hydrogen as an electron donor. Two experiments were conducted to compare ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • The true toxicity of combined pollutants in freshwater

    Aquatic organisms are exposed to many stressors, including a variety of pollutants from human activities. New research suggests that commonly used models in toxicological studies can fail to adequately predict the range of effects of complex mixtures of chemicals in aquatic environments. Stress caused by combinations of man-made pollutants found in water systems can compound the effects of ...

  • Assessment of Acute Toxicity to Treatment Plants

    Assessment of Acute Toxicity to Treatment Plants Situations often occur where rapid assessment of potential toxicity to a treatment process is needed, for example, when hauled wastes are discharged to treatment plants. In these cases, the test wastewater is added in various ratios to a mixed liquor suspension along with an organic substrate that is known to degrade well by the test culture. ...


    By Challenge Technology

  • Modelling toxic stress by atrazine in a marine consumer‐resource system

    The present study combines short‐term experiments with food chain modelling to explore long‐term effects of the herbicide atrazine on consumer‐resource dynamics in a marine intertidal ecosystem. The short‐term (28 days) lab experiments indicated that the intrinsic rate of increase (r) and carrying capacity (K) of the marine diatom Seminavis robusta decreased with increasing atrazine exposure. ...


    By John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  • Development of Water Quality Test Kit Based on Substrate Utilization and Toxicity Resistance in River Microbial Communities

    Methods for measuring toxicity or respiratory activity of microbial cultures can be used as tools for assessing the presence of chemicals and their impact on the streams. The proposed toxicity test is based on the respirometric characteristics of the bacteria according to the principals of Biolog’s microplate system. As the microorganism ...


    By University of Tehran

  • StatoilHydro Kollsnes, MPPE for removing toxic load- long duration field test case study

    MPPE for removal of: Dispersed oil (aliphatics) Dissolved and dispersed aromatics (BTEX, PAHs) Specifications: 2005: biotreatment collapsed Bio recovered < 3 months after MPPE installation > 99% removal of aliphatics, aromatics and PAHs MPPE removes toxic load not biodegradable ...

  • Sediment Toxicity Assessment - Rationale for effect classes

    The main challenge in the application of biotests for hazard assessment of sediments is a transparent interpretation, especially if combinations of biotests are applied and an integrated assessment of all results is wanted. For decision making, assigning results of biotesting into different classes that indicate increasing hazards can be a useful tool. In this paper we suggest an approach on how ...


  • Toxicity reduction in industrial and municipal effluents – the state of the art

    Developments in treatment technology have traditionally focused on removal of specific contaminants: BOD, solids, ammonia, TOC and lately, specific organics such as phenol. A limit on effluent toxicity, however, does not fit so neatly into a procedural package, since it truly integrates the presence and impacts of contaminants in a sample. Toxicity reduction evaluation procedures, therefore, are ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Follow toxic gas standards for a smoother project

    Toxic gases, such as Hydrogen Sulfide and Sulfur Dioxide, can injure and kill quickly. Therefore, mitigation of these hazards must be fast and sure. The United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and other authorities take detection of these gases very seriously. The American National Standards Institute/ American Petroleum Institute (ANSI/API) and ISA industry standards ...

  • Bioswales reduce contaminants associated with toxicity in urban stormwater

    Contamination and toxicity associated with urban stormwater runoff are a growing concern because of the potential for receiving system impacts. California water regulators are mandating implementation of green infrastructure as part of new urban development projects to treat stormwater and increase infiltration. Parking lot bioswales are low impact development practices that promote filtering ...


    By John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  • Toxics and health: 8 documentaries you need to see

    Powerful films provide information to keep your family safe Most of us turn on the TV to relax after a busy day or to catch up on the day’s events. That is just fine, but if you haven’t discovered the power of well-made documentaries yet, give it a try. Documentaries are nonfictional films that rely on personal experiences, interviews and other storytelling ...


    By Allerair Industries

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