United States
                             Environmental Protection
                          Office of Water
EPA 8T1-F-95-002C-T
       October 1995
National  Primary Drinking
Water Regulations
  CAS NUMBER: 7440-43-9 (metal)
  COLOR/ FORM/ODOR: Cadmium, is a lustrous silvery metallic
    element found only in combined forms in nature.
  SOIL SORPTION COEFFICIENT: Koc = N/A; mobility higher than other
    metals          .
  BIOCONCENTRATION FACTOR: Fish: 33 to 2213; Shell fish: 5 to 2500;
    Other invertebrates: 164 to 4190; Plants: 603 to 960.
  COMMON ORES: sulfide- greenockite; carbonate- octavite; others:
    hawleyite. Also found in zinc, copper, lead ores.
                    SOLUBILITIES (WATER):
                     acetate-     very soluble
                     bromide-     570 g/L at 10 deg C
                     carbonate-    insoluble
                     chloride-     1400 g/L at 20 deg C
                     fluoroborate-  very soluble
                     mercury sulfide- N/A
                     nitrate-      1090 g/L at 0 deg C
                     oxide-       insoluble
                     sulfate-      755 g/L at 0 deg C
                     sulfide-      insoluble
                     stearate-     N/A
  MCLG:      0.005 mg/l
  Met:       0.005 mg/l
  HAL(child):  1-to 10-day: 0.04 mg/L
             Longer-term: 0.005 mg/L

  Acute: EPA has found cadmium to potentially cause a
variety of effects from acute exposures, including: nau-
sea, vomiting, diarrhea, muscle cramps, salivation, sen-
sory disturbances, liver injury, convulsions, shock and
renal failure.
  Drinking water levels which are considered "safe" for
short-term exposures: For a 10-kg (22 Ib!) child consum-
ing 1 liter of water per day, a one-to ten-day exposure to
0.04 mg/L; a longer-term (up .to 7 years) exposure to
0.005 mg/L.
  Chronic:    Cadmium has the potential to cause
kidney, liver, bone and blood damage from long- term
exposure at levels above the MCL
  Cancer: "There is inadequate evidence to state whether
or not cadmium has the potential to cause cancer from
lifetime exposures in drinking water.

  2.9 million IDS of cadmium were produced in the US in
1986,  and nearly twice that amount was imported in the
Same  year.
  According to  1986 estimates, cadmium is used prima-
rily  for metal plating  and coating  operations  (35%),
                    including transportation equipment, machinery and bak-
                    ing enamels, photography, television phosphors. It is
                    also used in nickel-cadmium and solar batteries (25%), in
                    pigments (20%), as a stabilizer in plastics and synthetic
                    products (15%), alloys.and other uses (5%). Cadmium
                    salts have  had a very limited use as fungicide for golf
                    courses and home lawns.

                    RELEASE PATTERNS
                      .               i        -j
                      Cadmium occurs naturally in zinc, lead and copper
                    ores, in coal and other fossil fuels, shales and is released
                      Toxic RELEASE INVENTORY 
                      RELEASES TO WATER AND LAND:
   1987 TO 1993
                      TOTALS (in pounds)     31,487

                      Top Seven States *
                      AZ                   503
                      UT                  1.750
                      MT                     0
                      TN                  2,700
                      ID                    250
                      MO                  2,361
                      Wl                     0

                      Major Industries*
                      Zinc, lead smelting       5,061
                      Copper smelting, refining  2,253
                      Indust. inorganic chems    250
                      Electroplating, anodizing    .0
                      Steelworks, blast furnaces    5
                      Inorganic pigments       5,140
                      * State/Industry totals only include facilities with releases
                      greater than a certain amount - usually 1000 to 10,000 Ibs.
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during volcanic action. These deposits can serve as were controlled by the nature of total heavy metal load-
sources to ground and surface waters, especially when ing, the sediment type, and the surface water character-
in contact with soft, acidic waters,                     istics.
  Major industrial releases of cadmium are due to wast-
estreams and leaching of landfills, and from a variety of
operations that involve cadmium or zinc. Ttese may
include: during the smelting and refining of zi   lead and
copper bearing ores; during recovery of mi al by pro-
cessing scrap; during melting and pouring of cadmium
metal; during casting of various cadmium alloy products
used for coating telephone cables, trolley wires, welding,
electrodes, automatic sprinkling systems, steam boilers,
fire alarms, high pressure/temperature bearings, starting
switches, aircraft relays, light duty circuit breakers, low
temperature  solder, and jewelry; during fabrication of
metal, alloys, or plated steel; during casting and  use of
solders; during melting of cadmium ingots for paint and
pigment manufacture used for coloring of plastics and
ceramic glazes, electroplating, and in chemical synthe-
sis; during coating of metals by hot dipping or spraying;
during manufacture of nickel-cadmium batteries for use
in radio portable telephones, convenience appliances,
and  vented cells  used in airplanes, helicopters, and
stand-by power and lighting. The remaining  cadmium
emissions are from fossil fuel combustion, fertilizer appli-
cation, and sewage sludge disposal.
  Cadmium also occurs as a by-product of corrosion of
some galvanized plumbing and distribution system ma-
  From 1987 to 1993, according to EPA's Toxic Chemi-
cal Release Inventory, cadmium releases were primarily
from zinc, lead and copper smelting and refining  indus-
tries, with the largest releases occurring in Arizona and

  The oxide and sulfide are relatively insoluble while the
chloride and sulfate salts are soluble. The adsorption of
cadmium onto soils and silicon or aluminum oxides is
strongly pH-dependent, increasing as conditions be-
come more alkaline. When the pH is below 6-7, cadmium
is desorbed from these materials. Cadmium has consid-
erably less affinity for the absorbents tested than do
copper, zinc, and lead and might be expected to be more
mobile in the environment than these materials.
  Studies have indicated that cadmium concentrations
in bed sediments are  generally at  least an order of
magnitude higher than in overlying  water. A study of
Ottawa River sediments found that sediment composed
mainly of well sorted sand may be an efficient sink for
heavy metals if there is a significant amount of organic
material added  to the sediments by the commercial
activities such as logging. Both sorption and desorption
         Addition of anions, such as humate, tartrate, to dis-
       solved cadmium caused an increase in adsorption. The
       mode by which cadmium is sorted to the sediments is
       important in determining its disposition toward remobili-
         Cadmium found in association with carbonate miner-
       als, precipitated as stable solid compounds, or co-pre-
       cipitated with hydrous iron oxides would be less likely to
       be mobilized by resuspension of sediments or biological
       activity. Cadmium absorbed to mineral surfaces (eg clay)
       or organic materials would be more easily bioaccumu-
       lated or released in the dissolved state when sediments
       are disturbed, such as during flooding.
         Cadmium is not known to form volatile compounds in
       the aquatic environment.
         Bioconcentration of cadmium sulfate, nitrate and chlo-
       ride has been studied in a wide variety of aquatic organ-
       isms, and can  be quite high in some species, low in
       others.  For example, rainbow trout have a BCF of 33
       while a BCF of 2213 was measured in the mosquito fish.
       Similarly, different species of clams have BCFs ranging
       from 160 to 3770.
        - FOR GROUND WATER SOURCES:              '
          INITIAL FREQUENCY-  1 sample once every 3 years
          REPEAT FREQUENCY- If no detections for 3 rounds, once every 9 years
          INITIAL FREQUENCY-  1 sample annually
          REPEATFREQUENCY- If no detections for 3 rounds, once every 9 years
        - TRIGGERS - If detect at > 0.005 rhg/L, sample quarterly.
        EPA 600/4-79-020
        NTIS PB 91-231498
        Standard Methods
         Coagulation/Filtration, Ion Exchange, Lime Softening, Reverse Osmosis

         A EPA can provide further regulatory and other general information:
          EPA Safe Drinking Water Hotline - 800/426-4791
         * Other sources of toxicologies! and environmental fate data include:
          Toxic Substance Control Act Information Line - 202/554-1404
          Toxics Release Inventory, National Library of Medicine - 301/496-6531
          Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry - 404/639-6000
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