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Vinyl chloride marine risk assessment with special reference to the OSPARCOM region: North Sea.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  15376379     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This risk assessment on vinyl chloride was carried out specifically for the marine environment, according to the methodology laid down in the European Union (EU) risk assessment Regulation (1488/94) and the Technical Guidance Documents for New and Existing Substances (TGD, 1996). Vinyl chloride is used for the production of polyvinyl chloride (PVC). The study consisted of the collection and evaluation of data on effects and environmental concentrations from analytical monitoring programmes in large rivers and estuaries in the North Sea area. The risk is indicated by the ratio of the Predicted Exposure Concentration (PEC) and the Predicted No-Effect Concentration (PNEC) for the marine aquatic environment. In total 6 studies for fish, 3 studies for invertebrates and one for algae have been evaluated. The appropriate assessment factors have been used to calculate a PNEC of 210 microg/l based on short-term exposure. For coastal waters and estuaries a worst case PEC of 0.15 microg/l is derived. For river waters a typical and worst case PEC of <0.008 and 0.4 microg/l is derived, respectively. These concentrations, which do not take into account any dilution within the sea, correspond to safety margins from 500 to 250,000 between the aquatic effect and the exposure concentration. Vinyl chloride is not a 'toxic, persistent and liable to bioaccumulate' substance sensu the Oslo and Paris Conventions for the Prevention of Marine Pollution (OSPAR-DYNAMEC). It can be concluded that the present use of vinyl chloride does not present a risk to the marine aquatic environment.
Christ De Rooij; Christine Defourny; Roy S Thompson; Veronique Garny; André Lecloux; Dolf van Wijk
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Environmental monitoring and assessment     Volume:  97     ISSN:  0167-6369     ISO Abbreviation:  Environ Monit Assess     Publication Date:  2004 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2004-09-20     Completed Date:  2004-10-05     Revised Date:  2009-05-11    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8508350     Medline TA:  Environ Monit Assess     Country:  Netherlands    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  57-67     Citation Subset:  IM    
Solvay SA, Brussels, Belgium.
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MeSH Terms
Carcinogens / toxicity*
North Sea
Risk Assessment
Vinyl Chloride / toxicity*
Water Pollutants, Chemical / toxicity*
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Carcinogens; 0/Water Pollutants, Chemical; 75-01-4/Vinyl Chloride

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