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Indicative environmental quality standards 2005-2006. Indicative environmental quality standards for substances derived by the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment in 2005 and 2006

Indicatieve milieukwaliteitsnormen 2005-2006. Overzicht van in 2005 en 2006 door het RIVM afgeleide indicatieve milieukwaliteitsnormen voor stoffen

Synopsis

This report documents indicative environmental quality standards derived by the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) for a number of substances. Authorities and policy makers can use these standards for rapid assessment of potential environmental problems. In 2005 and 2006, RIVM derived indicative environmental quality standards for 46 substances at the request of policy makers and the competent authorities. These standards are used to indicate the maximum permissible concentration of a substance in water, air or soil. Indicative environmental quality standards are derived using a simple step-by-step plan. This approach is quicker than the common procedure for deriving environmental quality standards, mainly because the method for literature searches and validation of data is less exhaustive. Uncertainty factors are applied as a precaution to prevent underestimation of a potential risk to humans or the environment. Indicative environmental quality standards, derived by RIVM since 2004, enable policy makers and competent authorities to identify potential environmental problems. An important advantage for both authorities and industry is the anticipated gain in time. Negative assessment based on the indicative quality standards can signal a need for further investigation.
 

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