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Water Monitoring & Standards

Ground Water Quality Standards N.J.A.C. 7:9C

Appendix Table 2:

Interim Generic Ground Water Quality Criteria

Synthetic Organic Chemicals (SOC)*

(in micrograms per liter (ug/L), which is equivalent to parts per billion (ppb))

Constituent Water Quality Criteria

SOCs defined as carcinogens in N.J.A.C. 7:9C-1.4
lacking specific or interim specific criteria

5 ug/l each
25 ug/l total

SOCs defined as non-carcinogens in N.J.A.C. 7:9C-1.4 lacking specific or interim specific criteria

100 ug/l each
500 ug/l total

*SOCs are identified as having "evidence of carcinogenicity" or "lacking evidence of carcinogenicity" based upon available scienctific evidence. Chemicals are classified as carcinogens or noncarcinogens for the purposes of risk assessment according to the weight of evidence utilized by USEPA in the National Primary Drinking Water Regulations (50 FR 46880-46901 (1985)).

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Compendium of Standards

The Department has developed an electronic compendium of standards for water and soil promulgated by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. Included are Surface Water Quality Standards, N.J.A.C. 7:9B; Ground Water Quality Standards, N.J.A.C. 7:9C; Drinking Water Quality Standards, N.J.A.C. 7:10; and soil remediation standards from the Remediation Standards, N.J.A.C. 7:26D. The compendium includes the standards and information about the basis for the standards contained in the above referenced rules. The standards in these rules are used by the Department's regulatory programs to establish site-specific requirements in accordance with the appropriate regulations. Please refer to the official versions of these rules for the most accurate information about the standards currently in effect and how they are administered by the Department. Information on obtaining the official versions of Department rules is available on the Department's Web site at

For more information about the GWQS Program, please contact the Bureau of Water Quality Standards and Assessment, at (609) 777-1753.

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