EPA Method A in the EPA methods list database. View all EPA methods. EPA Method A: Chlorinated Biphenyl. Congeners by HRGC/HRMS. Horizon Technology, Inc., Salem, NH. Horizon Technology, Inc., 45 Northwestern Dr. Ecology may require or allow the use of the most current accepted revision of EPA Method (USEPA, ) at contaminated sites, instead.

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US EPA METHOD A/B/C “STARTER KIT” – Cambridge Isotope Laboratories –

If the sampler uses a peristaltic pump, a minimum length of compressible silicone rubber tubing may be used in the pump only. The OPR is analyzed exactly like a sample. If a smaller aliquot of soils or mixed- e;a samples is analyzed, attempt to assure that the sample is representative.

For native CBs determined by internal standard quantitation, a given CB congener may fall within more than RT window and be mis-identified unless the RRT windows are made very narrow, as in Table 2. This test is described in Section 9.

The extraction apparatus Section 6. Many of the congeners have only 5 RR values, while many others appear to have 6 RR values.

EPA Method 1668A

Details on the outlier analyses are presented in Appendix A. These concentrations are computed based on the calibration data in Section For example, the SPB-octyl column Section 6. Use the average mean response of the labeled compounds at each level of chlorination LOG as the quantitation reference, to a maximum of 5 labeled congeners, as shown in Table 2. For the biosolids, the first step was to combine and homogenize five biosolids samples to form a composite.


Of the remaining six laboratories: Reference 20 describes calculation of an EMDL. Collect one liter or a larger or smaller volume of sample sufficient to meet project needs. The most frequently encountered interferences are chlorinated dioxins and dibenzofurans, methoxy biphenyls, hydroxydiphenyl ethers, benzylphenyl ethers, brominated diphenyl ethers, polynuclear aromatics, polychlorinated naphthalenes, and pesticides.

Compute the percent recovery of each labeled compound by the internal standard method Section This will assist the laboratory in tracking possible sources of contamination for individual samples, identifying glassware associated with highly contaminated samples that may require extra cleaning, and determining when glassware should be discarded.

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Minimize contact time between the extract and the base to prevent degradation of the CBs. Truncated numbers at the decimal point in the ” pairs” column. Any alternative technique is acceptable so long as the requirements in Section 9.

Section 3 Data Review and Validation Three of the 14 volunteer laboratories that were selected to participate in this study failed to submit data despite repeated requests and offers to extend the submission deadlines. If the recovery of any compound falls outside of these limits, Method performance is unacceptable for that compound in that sample. Pull ela acetone through the disk, releasing the vacuum when approx 1 mm thickness remains on the filter. dpa

Janitors and other personnel should be trained in the safe handling of waste. Concentration for Biosolids Figure is a plot of RSDs as a function of concentration for the congeners detected in biosolids. RRT limits based on RT window.

Method A Interlaboratory Validation Study Report

For samples containing a high concentration of particles suspended solidsthe extraction time may be an hour or longer. The samples were initially extracted using approximately 22 grams of each sample dry weight basis.


Only glass or fluoropolymer tubing must be used. Do not disturb the silica layer throughout the extraction process.

Repeat this rinse at least twice. Isomer specificity for certain of the CB congeners is achieved using GC columns that resolve these congeners. Concentration for Tissue 16 4. It should also be used for tissue extracts after initial cleanup on the anthropogenic isolation column Section Record the total volume of rpa collected. Laboratory 3 reported results for only 1 wastewater sample, 1 blank sample, and no other QC or sample results.

Repeat the base washing until no color is visible in the aqueous layer, to a maximum of four washings. Excess sample volume from both studies is currently stored in freezers at an EPA sample repository. Laboratories were asked to epw to the following rules in reporting results: Cover the beakers with aluminum foil and dry until the mixture becomes a free-flowing powder 30 minutes minimum.

A fundamental objective of this review was to maximize data use, and every attempt was made to resolve data discrepancies with laboratories. The extract is evaporated to dryness, and the lipid content is determined. Youden pairs are defined as two samples of the same matrix containing similar, but not exact, concentrations of the analytes of interest.

During the subsequent acid wash steps second, third and fourth no color appeared in the aqueous layer. The method of reducing particle size to less than 1 mm is matrix-dependent.