STP1075

    Examples of the Use of an Advanced Mass Spectrometric Data Processing Environment for the Determination of Sources of Wastes

    Published: Jan 1991


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    Abstract

    One of the most important and complex issues facing the cleanup of Superfund Sites is “who is responsible for site contamination and what percentage of the cleanup costs should be prorated among the Potentially Responsible Parties (PRPs)”. This paper describes one approach which has recently been used to answer these questions. This method uses a state-of-the-art mass spectrometric data processing environment to produce visual and quantitative comparisons of chromatographic and mass spectrometric patterns in an attempt to determine the origin of wastes which produced these patterns. This approach can easily be extended to a large number of complex systems, other than Superfund Sites, and has proven to be a very efficient way of understanding complicated organic mixtures.

    Keywords:

    Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry, sources of wastes, comparison of mass spectra, comparison of chromatograms, Superfund Site, Potentially Responsible Parties


    Author Information:

    Hughes, BM
    Senior Analytical ConsultantSenior Research ChemistResearch Chemist II, Environmental Sciences Center (ESC), Monsanto Company, St. Louis, Mo

    McKenzie, DE
    Senior Analytical ConsultantSenior Research ChemistResearch Chemist II, Environmental Sciences Center (ESC), Monsanto Company, St. Louis, Mo

    Trang, CK
    Senior Analytical ConsultantSenior Research ChemistResearch Chemist II, Environmental Sciences Center (ESC), Monsanto Company, St. Louis, Mo


    Paper ID: STP25469S

    Committee/Subcommittee: D18.95

    DOI: 10.1520/STP25469S


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