Significance To Regulatory World
In the United States aquatic toxicology plays an important role in the NPDES wastewater permit program. In addition to analytical testing for known pollutants, aquatic, whole effluent toxicity tests have been standardized and are performed routinely as a tool for evaluating the potential harmful effects of effluents discharged into surface waters.
For the Clean Water Act under United States Environmental Protection Agency there are water quality criteria and water quality standards derived from aquatic toxicity tests.
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