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Leach test results from three extraction procedures are presented and discussed as they relate to possible regulation of fossil energy wastes under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act. Under the Phase II testing program conducted by ASTM Committee D-19 on Water, through its Subcommittee D19.12 on Pollution Potential of the Leaching from Solid Wastes, data have been obtained on the leachate characteristics of 19 fossil energy wastes. The data show a wide variation in values obtained by several different laboratories for a given waste and extraction procedure. Using a level of ten times the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Proposed Interim Primary Drinking Water Standards as a basis for determining hazard potential, the levels of heavy metal ions leached from the fossil fuel wastes tested occasionally exceeded the point of violation for all three extraction procedures.
analysis, water, alternative fuels, aquatic toxicology, solid waste
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