Sludge, Crud and Fish Guts: Creative Approaches to the Analysis of Non-Standard Water Samples for Asbestos

    Published: Jan 1999

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    The analysis of asbestos in non-standard water samples (i.e. surface water, waste water, liquid toxic waste, fish entrails & others) by transmission electron microscopy is an on-going challenge. Samples are highly variable, and commonly containing multiple interfering components. The choice of sample preparation technique is critical in order to obtain meaningful results. Techniques discussed include UV/ozonation, dissolution, dilution, ashing and solvent washing. A variety of case histories are presented, and the approaches taken discussed.


    asbestos, waste water analysis, drinking water analysis, UV/Ozone, electron microscopy

    Author Information:

    Bailey, R. Mark
    President and Laboratory Director, Asbestos TEM Laboratories, Inc., Berkeley, CA

    Hu, Meisheng
    Senior Electron Microscopist, Asbestos TEM Laboratories, Inc., Berkeley, CA

    Committee/Subcommittee: D22.07

    DOI: 10.1520/STP42343S

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