|Laboratories with Infrared Analyzers Sought for Round Robin
A task group of ASTM Committee D19 on Water seeks laboratories equipped with infrared analyzers to examine solvents that may replace freon in oil and grease analysis for oil-pollution abatement. Laboratories specializing in water-discharge analysis and chemical environmental testing are especially encouraged; participating labs can test one or two solvents with 12 or 24 samples by infrared measurement.
The round-robin will back a draft ASTM Standard Test Method for Solvent Recoverable Oil and Grease and Nonpolar Material by Infrared Determination, which the task group is developing as an alternative to freon-based infrared testing or the time-consuming, potentially explosive hexane/gravimetric method that determines acceptable discharge of oil and grease in water.
The task group includes scientists from the U.S. Naval Surface Warfare Center, Philadelphia, Pa., oil and wastewater-treatment industries, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Office of Water, and other regulatory agencies and laboratories.
To participate, contact ASTM task-group chairman Sandy Rintoul, Wilks Enterprise, Boulder Creek, Calif. (phone: 831/338-7459). ASTM Committee D19 meets June 22-26 in Louisville, Ky., and Jan. 25-29 in Cocoa Beach, Fla. For membership or meeting details, contact Leonard Morrissey, Jr., manager, Technical Committee Operations, ASTM International (phone: 610/832-9719). //
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