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Significance and Use
The emission of mercury during coal combustion can be an environmental concern.
When representative test portions are analyzed according to this procedure, the total mercury is representative of concentrations in the sample.
1.1 These test methods cover procedures to determine the total mercury content in a sample of coal or coal combustion residue.
1.2 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as standard. No other units of measurement are included in this standard.
1.3 Warning—Mercury has been designated by EPA and many state agencies as a hazardous material that can cause central nervous system, kidney, and liver damage. Mercury, or its vapor, may be hazardous to health and corrosive to materials. Caution should be taken when handling mercury and mercury-containing products. See the applicable product Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) for details and EPA’s website (http://www.epa.gov/mercury/faq.htm) for additional information. Users should be aware that selling mercury or mercury-containing products, or both, in your state may be prohibited by state law.
1.4 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.
2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.
D121 Terminology of Coal and Coke
D2013/D2013M Practice for Preparing Coal Samples for Analysis
D3173 Test Method for Moisture in the Analysis Sample of Coal and Coke
D3180 Practice for Calculating Coal and Coke Analyses from As-Determined to Different Bases
D4621 Guide for Quality Management in an Organization That Samples or Tests Coal and Coke
D7582 Test Methods for Proximate Analysis of Coal and Coke by Macro Thermogravimetric Analysis
ICS Number Code 71.060.10 (Chemical elements)
UNSPSC Code 15101601(Coal)
ASTM D6722-11, Standard Test Method for Total Mercury in Coal and Coal Combustion Residues by Direct Combustion Analysis, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2011, www.astm.orgBack to Top