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Canada proposes environmental guidelines for iron, lead, strontium and quinoline


May 13, 2019
By Ground Water Canada

Ottawa – The federal government has issued draft federal environmental quality guidelines for iron, lead, quinoline and strontium.

According to the Government of Canada website, Federal Environmental Quality Guidelines (FEQGs) are recommendations in quantitative or qualitative terms to support federal environmental quality monitoring. They are based on the toxicological effects, that is, the hazard, of specific chemical substances or groups of substances.

The use of FEQGs is voluntary unless prescribed by regulation or binding agreements.

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The guidelines propose the following targets:

  • lead – freshwater guideline value of 0.4 µg/
  • iron – freshwater guideline value of 604 µg/L
  • quinoline – water and groundwater guideline values of 130 µg/L
  • strontium – freshwater guideline value of 1.7 µg/L

The deadline for comments on each of the FEQGs is July 3, 2019.

For more information, visit the Government of Canada website.