STP721: Measurement of Contamination from PCB Sources

    MacLeod, KE
    Research chemist and chief, Analytical Chemistry Branch, Health Effects Research Laboratory, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Research Triangle Park, N.C.

    Lewis, RG
    Research chemist and chief, Analytical Chemistry Branch, Health Effects Research Laboratory, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Research Triangle Park, N.C.

    Pages: 14    Published: Jan 1980


    Abstract

    When monitoring atmospheric polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) levels, the sampling method used should depend on the type of source and the level of contamination. The different types of sampling equipment used, both low- and high-volume, are discussed briefly in connection with the types of sources monitored and the efficiency of the equipment in collecting and retaining the PCBs. The methodology employed in the extraction, cleanup, and analysis of the samples is also discussed. The actual PCB sources tested, both indoor and outdoor, are discussed at some length with respect to the source type, sampling methodology used, and PCB levels found. Particular attention is given to monitoring the cleanup of a PCB spill site.

    Keywords:

    polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), monitoring, air pollution, PCB sources, polyurethane foam, atmospheric sampling, organics, toxic organics, atmosphere


    Paper ID: STP27561S

    Committee/Subcommittee: D22.03

    DOI: 10.1520/STP27561S


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