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List of Contaminants of Ecological Concern

Metals Organics Pesticides PCBs PAHs Regulatory Constituents

Contaminants of ecological concern include those contaminants that have the ability to biomagnify or bioaccumulate, and any contaminant in a concentration that exceeds any applicable criteria or guideline established by the Department, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the U.S. Department of the Interior, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, or other federal natural resource agencies for use in conducting ecological assessments, and peer-reviewed literature on the impact that specific contaminants have on non-human species. The Department has referenced some of the applicable Federal guidance at N.J.A.C. 7:26E-3.11(a)1. The Department provides the following list, which is not definitive, only as a starting point for identifying contaminants of ecological concern.

Metals

Arsenic
Barium
Beryllium
Cadmium
Chromium
Chromium III
Chromium VI
Cobalt
Copper
Cyanide
Iron
Lead
Manganese
Mercury
Mercury, inorganic
Mercury, methyl
Molybdenum
Nickel
Selenium
Silver
Vanadium
Zinc

Organics

Acenaphthene
Aldrin
Benzene
Benzo(a)pyrene
Biphenyl
Bis(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate
Bromopheny phenyl ether,4-
Butylbenzyl phthalate
Chlordane
Chlorobenzene
DDT (and metabolites)
Diazinon
Dibenzofuran
Dichlorobenzene,1,2-
Dichlorobenzene,1,3-
Dichlorobenzene,1,4-
Dichloroethane,1,1
Dieldrin
Diethyl phthalate
Di-n-butyl phthalate
Endosulfan (mixed isomers)
Endosulfan, alpha
Endosulfan, beta
Endrin
Ethylbenzene
Fluoranthene
Fluorene
Heptachlor
Hexachlorocyclohexane (Lindane)
Hexachloroethane
Kepone
Malathion
Methoxychlor
Naphthalene
Pentachlorobenzene
Pentachlorophenol
Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs)
Polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons
Phenanthrene
Pyrene
Tetrachloroethane,1,1,2,2,-
Tetrachloroethylene
Tetrachloromethane
Toluene
Toxaphene
Tribromomethane
Trichlorobenzene,1,2,4-
Trichloroethane,1,1,1-
Trichloroethylene
Xylene,m-

 

Pesticides

Aldrin
Benzohexachloride (BHC)
a-BHC
b-BHC
y-BHC (Lindane)
Chlordane
Chlorinated dioxins & furans
DDT
op+pp+DDT
pp-DDD
pp-DDE
Dieldrin
Endrin
Hexachlorobenzene
Heptachlor epoxide
Mirex

Polychlorinated Byphenyls

PCB Aroclor 1016
PCB Aroclor 1248
PCB Aroclor 1254
PCB Aroclor 1260

Polynuclear Aromatic Hydrocarbons

Acenaphthene
Acenaphthylene
Anthracene
Benzo (a) anthracene
Benzo(k) fluoranthene
Benzo (g,h,i) perylene
Benzo(a) pyrene
Chrysene
Dibenzo (a,h) anthracene
Fluoranthene
Fluorene
Indeno (1,2,3-cd) pyrene
2-methylnaphthalene
Naphthalene
Phenanthrene
Pyrene

Regulatory Constituents

 

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