This kit provides all of the necessary materials to conduct the EPA A test. It can be used to analyze finished drinking water, drinking water in any stage for. EPA Method a – Screening for Polychlorinated Biphenyls by Perchlorination and Gas Chromatography. Analyzer Description. Configuration: 1-capillary. Subsequently, the LabCert program has only offered certification for the analysis of PCBs in drinking water by EPA method A. Method A, and s.

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The following compounds can be determined by this method. A sample chromatogram obtained with Column 1 is presented in. Available from Aldrich Chemical Co. At the proper rate of distillation the balls of the column will actively chatter, but the chambers will not flood with condensed solvent.

Ground glass stoppers are used to prevent evaporation of extracts. Rinse the remaining sodium sulfate with two mL portions of methylene chloride and decant the rinses into the K-D concentrator. If the tumbler is used, pour contents of tumbler bottle into a separatory funnel. The trao may be vented to the analytical column during dai y P conditioning; however, the column must be run through the temperature program prior to analysis of samples.

Alkaline hydrolysis and subsequent extraction of the basic sample removes many chlorinated hydrocarbons and phthalate esters that might otherwise interfere with the electron capture analysis. Replace the syringe plunger, invert the syringe, and compress the sample. The GC system must be calibrated using the internal standard technique Sect.

Calculations should utilize all available digits of precision, but final reported concentrations should be rounded to an appropriate number of significant figures one digit of uncertainty. Five of the methods utilize the inert gas purge-and-trap extraction procedure for VOCs, six methods employ a classical liquid-liquid extraction, one ep uses a new liquid-solid extraction technique, and 508w method is for direct aqueous analysis.


GC System — Packed column or capillary column. Adjust the vertical position of the apparatus and the water temperature as required to complete the concentration in 15 to 20 min.

Samples should turn yellow after addition of the diazomethane solution and remain yellow for at least 2 min. Polychlorinated biphenyls have been classified as known or suspected human or mammalian carcinogens.

In addition, the staff of the Chemistry Research Division recognized that some changes were needed to make the methods easier to understand and use, and bring them up-to-date.

Use high purity reagents. The following compounds can be determined by this method: Finally, all the authors and contributors wish to thank the administrators and managers of the Environmental Protection Agency for wpa support during the development and preparation of this manual.

This allows the simultaneous determination of 42 SOCs including chlorinated hydrocarbon pesticides, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, phthalate and adipate esters, individual PCB congeners, several triazine pesticides, and pentachlorophenol.

These are Methods Laboratory fortified sample matrix LFM — An aliquot of an – environmental sample to which known quantities of the method analytes are added in the laboratory.

Other packed or capillary open tubular columns may be used if the requirements of Sect. Fortify the sample with 50 JtL of the surrogate standard solution. The EDL is either the MDL, or a concentration of compound in a clean water matrix that gives a peak in the final extract with a signal-to-noise ratio of about 5. Determine the response factor RF for each of the injections by dividing the amount ng injected into the metnod area or peak height or integrator units. TPP has been identified as a suitable internal standard.


If the emulsion interface between layers is more than one-third the volume of the solvent layer, use mechanical techniques such as stirring, filtration of emulsion through glass wool, or centrifugation to complete phase separation. Performance evaluation studies serve as independent checks on the analyst’s performance.

Between-sample rinsing of the sample syringe and associated equipment with hexane can minimize sample cross contamination. Laboratories will find this method attractive because of its potential economy of operation when a wide variety of analytes are to be determined.

EPA Method 508A Screening for Polychlorinated Biphenyls by Perchlorination

Poor precision is generally traceable to pneumatic leaks, especially around the sample purger and detector reactor inlet and exit, electronic problems, or sampling and storage problems. Repeated failure, however, will confirm a general problem with the measurement system. Mix by inverting the flask several times.

Thorough rinsing with acetone may be substituted for the heating. Accordingly, exposure to these chemicals must be reduced to the msthod possible level.

The concentration should not be less then the background concentration of the sample selected for fortification. Analyte recoveries from the two synthetic matrices are given in Table 2. The injection volume was 2 0L in splitless mode with a 45 s delay. Carrier gas plus make-up gas: