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    Semi-Volatile Organic Analytical Methods — General Description and Quality Control Considerations

    Published: 01 January 1986

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    As a result of the enactment of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) in 1980, and the subsequent delegation of its authority by the President of the United States to the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, the Contract Laboratory Program (CLP) has been developed to analyze “Superfund” samples in a broad-based manner in order to obtain the most information about them with a reasonable investment in time and money. The CLP uses gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GC/MS) as its primary tool for analysis of samples for organic constituents. More explicitly, it employs solvent extraction techniques respectively appropriate for water and soil/sediment matrices prior to MS detection for semi-volatile compounds. An elaborate Quality Assurance/Quality Control (QA/QC) system is in place to guarantee that data generated by the CLP is of known quality and will hold up to the rigors of litigation, in addition to providing an ongoing monitoring of CLP laboratories QA/QC data in order to guarantee their successful performance.


    CERCLA, Contract Laboratory Program (CLP), Superfund, Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry (GC/MS), extraction, Quality Assurance/Quality Control (QA/QC), surrogates, matrix spikes, internal standards, System Performance Check Compounds (SPCC), Calibration Check Compounds (CCC)

    Author Information:

    Fisk, JF
    Project Officer/Chemist, Analytical Support Branch, Washington, D.C.,

    Committee/Subcommittee: D34.01

    DOI: 10.1520/STP18440S