||Call for Water Testers to Attend Meeting in Cocoa Beach, Florida
A new task group of ASTM Subcommittee D19.06 on Methods for Analysis
for Organic Substances in Water was formed during the June meeting
of Committee D19 on Water to develop a Standard Test Method for the Determination
of Nonylphenol and Nonylphenoxyethanol in Environmental Waters.
The group invites representatives from the Environmental Protection
Agency, other federal, state and municipal agencies, contract
labs, and chemists to develop this test method by contacting the
task group chairman. The first task group meeting will be held
during ASTM Committee Week, Jan. 14-18, 2001, in Cocoa Beach,
Trace amounts of nonylphenol and nonylphenoxyethanol can enter
environmental waters in industrial and municipal effluents as
the result of the biodegradation of nonylphenol ethoxylates during
wastewater treatment, explains Task Group Chairman Todd Wheeler,
analytical lab group leader, Schenectady International, Inc.,
Schenectady, N.Y. Nonylphenol ethoxylates are high-value surfactant
products commonly used in applications ranging from textile, paper
and polymer manufacture to industrial and consumer detergents.
Regulatory developments in the United States and Canada will most
likely require dischargers to monitor for the presence of nonylphenol
in their effluent.
Specifically, the U.S. EPA is developing water quality criteria
for nonylphenol, and Environment Canada is expected to establish
acceptable levels for the presence of nonylphenol in environmental
waters, he says. Therefore, a standardized analytical method
for detecting and monitoring nonylphenol in environmental waters
will be necessary to determine compliance with forthcoming water
According to Wheeler, a method was submitted to ASTM by the Alkylphenols
and Ethoxylates Research Council, Washington, D.C., which has
been used extensively by industry and in monitoring research conducted
for the EPA. The method, which Wheeler says is economical, easy
to run, and applicable to sediment, sewage sludge, and fish tissue,
will be re-drafted by the task group and balloted by the Society.
Questions may be directed to Todd Wheeler, Analytical Lab Group Leader, Schenectady International, Inc.,
2750 Balltown Rd., Schenectady, NY 12309 (518/347-4467; fax: 518/347-6467).
For Committee D19 membership details, contact Staff Manager Bruce Noe, ASTM (610/832-9719). For information about the safety of nonylphenol
and nonylphenol ethoxylates, related environmental research and
the NPE Environmental Management Program, contact the Alkylphenols and Ethoxylates Research Council (202/637-9071; fax: 202/637-9178). //
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