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No ecotoxicity data for the sediment compartment is available for the diquat C16-18 and the PNEC for the benthic compartment is therefore calculated applying the Equilibrium Partitioning Method (EPM).

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In the absence of measured data the PNECsed can provisionally be calculated using the equilibrium partitioning method (EPM). According to the TGD this method uses the PNECaquatic and the sediment/water partitioning coefficient as inputs. However, since the available PNECaquatic is based on the bulk concentration present in surface water a re-calculation is necessary first:

PNECaquatic, dissolved = PNECaquatic bulk/ (1 + Kpsusp* SUSPwater* 10-6)


PNECaquatic bulk  =  13.98 µg/L

Kpsusp                       =      100000

SUSPwater                  =      15 mg.L-1(EU, TGD2003, REACH R.16)

The PNECsedis then calculated using the equations detailed in the TGD:

PNECsed =   Ksusp-water* PNECaquatic dissolved* 1000 * 1 / RHOsusp


PNECaquatic dissolved =  5.59 µg/L

Ksusp-water                  =      25000.9 m3.m-3

RHOsusp                    =      1150 kg.m-3(TGD, eq. 18)

                                     PNECsed-EPM                     = 12.16 mg/kg ww = 55.93 mg/kg dw including correction for additional exposure via ingestion.