Proposals Sought for Discussion of New Test Methods for Oil and
ASTM Subcommittee D19.31 on Waterborne Oils will host the workshop,
New Methods for Oil and Grease, June 28 at the Sheraton El Conquistador,
Tucson, Ariz., during the June 24-28 meetings of Committee D19
on Water. Users of methods for oil and grease, and total petroleum
hydrocarbons (TPH) are invited; other interested parties and non-ASTM
members may also attend.
An instrumental method is being sought as a replacement for the
classic, but environmentally unfriendly, freon extraction with
infrared spectroscopy. EPA has approved a gravimetric method with
hexane extraction, but, unlike most new methods, it is clearly
an interim response. Speeding the development of the ultimate
replacement method is the focus of this workshop.
Bill Teillard, EPA Office of Water, will discuss the status of
EPAs collaborative efforts with Environment Canada to develop
new infrared methods for oil and grease and for TPH using solvents
other than freon. The workshop will not be restricted to discussion
of infrared methods; anyone with a proposal for another fast and
accurate method is encouraged to volunteer for a discussion panel.
There is no admission charge. For further information, contact
subcommittee chairman Dr. Martha Hendrick-Smith, manager, USCG Marine Safety Laboratory, 1082 Shennecossett Rd.,
Groton, CT 06340 (860/441-2777, fax: (860/441-2641). For further
Committee D19 meeting or membership details, contact manager Bruce Noe, ASTM (610/832-9719). General ASTM information can be obtained
through the Web site. //