A toxicity identification evaluation (TIE) was performed on a municipal effluent, and three toxicants were identified, ammonia, chlorine, and diazinon. Ammonia and chlorine were the only toxicants present at toxic concentrations in all sample sets, and diazinon was present in toxic concentrations in one of the effluent sample sets. Six effluent sets taken over an 8-month period were evaluated in this TIE. The nonpolar toxicity, primarily due to diazinon, was intermittent since it was present at toxic concentrations only once in the 8-month time period.This report illustrates the types of data and logic used in performing a TIE which contains common municipal toxicants. Emphasis in this report was place on the data needed for generating the weight of evidence in toxicant confirmation, Phase III, to support the suspect toxicants identified in the TIE process. Multiple Phase III manipulations, when applied to numerous effluent samples, provided consistent results for generating the weight of evidence for the confirmation of ammonia and chlorine as the primary causes of toxicity in this effluent.
Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology 10/1993; 25(4):506-515. DOI:10.1007/BF00214340 · 1.96 Impact Factor