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Editors: Richard J. Wenning, Graeme E. Batley, Christopher G. Ingersoll, and David W. Moore

Are sediment quality guidelines (SQGs) adequately able to predict the presence or absence of chronic toxicity to sediment-dwelling organisms in field-collected sediments? Can SQGs predict effects resulting from the bioaccumulation of sediment-associated contaminants? Do SQGs define cause-and-effect relationships? Can they predict effects on organisms exposed in the field on the basis of amphipod mortality measured in the laboratory?

These and other questions brought together 55 scientists from 8 countries for a Pellston Workshop convened by the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) in Fairmont, Montana, USA. In this book, these experts in ecology, ecotoxicology, engineering, environmental regulation, and risk assessment examine the scientific underpinnings of sediment quality guidelines and provide recommendations on the appropriate use of SQGs in the assessment and management of contaminated sediments.

About the Editors
Richard J. Wenning is a Principal at ENVIRON and directs the firm’s contaminated sediments and ecology practice in the San Francisco Bay Area, California, USA.

Graeme E. Batley is a Chief Research Scientist and Director of the Centre for Environmental Contaminants Research, CSIRO Energy Technology, based in Sydney, Australia.

Christopher G. Ingersoll is an Aquatic Toxicologist with the United States Geological Survey (USGS) at the Columbia Environmental Research Center in Columbia, Missouri, USA.

David W. Moore, Ph.D., is currently Laboratory Director and Senior Toxicologist for MEC Analytical Systems, Inc. in Carlsbad, California, USA.

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