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LCV Aquatic Plants


The lowest acceptable chronic value for aquatic plants is based on the geometric mean of the Lowest Observed Effect Concentration and the No Observed Effect Concentration. Chronic values are used to calculate the chronic NAWQC, but the lowest chronic value may be lower than the chronic NAWQC. Because of the short generation time of algae and the relative lack of standard chronic tests for aquatic plants, EPA guidelines are followed in using any algal test of at least 96-hour duration and any biologically meaningful response for the plant values.


Suter, G.W. II and C.L. Tsao 1996. Toxicological benchmarks for screening potential contaminants of concern for effects on aquatic biota: 1996 revision. ES/ER/TM-96/R2. Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN. (