ASTM D5831 - 17

    Standard Practice for Screening Fuels in Soils

    Active Standard ASTM D5831 | Developed by Subcommittee: D34.01.05

    Book of Standards Volume: 11.04

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    Significance and Use

    5.1 This practice is a screening procedure for determining the presence of fuels containing aromatic compounds in soils. If a sample of the contaminant fuel is available for use in calibration, the approximate concentration of the fuel in the soil can be calculated. If the fuel type is known but a sample of the contaminant fuel is not available for calibration, an estimate of the contaminant fuel concentration can be calculated using average response factors based on composition of the fuel in the soil. If the composition of the contaminant fuel is unknown, a contaminant concentration cannot be calculated, and this practice can only be used only to indicate the presence or absence of fuel contamination.

    5.2 Fuels containing aromatic compounds, such as diesel fuel and gasoline, as well as other aromatic-containing hydrocarbon materials, such as crude oil, coal oil, and motor oil, can be determined by this practice. The quantitation limit for diesel fuel is about 75 mg/kg. Approximate quantitation limits for other aromatic-containing hydrocarbon materials that can be determined by this screening practice are given in Table 1. Quantitation limits for highly aliphatic materials, such as aviation gasoline and synthetic motor oil, are much higher than those for more aromatic materials, such as coal oil and diesel fuel.

    Note 1: The quantitation limits listed in Table 1 are estimated values because in this practice, the quantitation limit can be influenced by the particular fuel type and soil background. For information on how the values given in Table 1 were determined, see Appendix X1. Data generated during the development of this screening practice and other information pertaining to this practice can be found in the referenced research reports (1, 2).3

    5.3 When applying this practice to sites contaminated by diesel fuel, care should be taken in selecting the appropriate response factor from the list given in Table 2, with consideration given to whether or not the fuel contamination is fresh or has undergone weathering or biodegradation processes. See Appendix X2.

    5.4 A consideration in using this practice is whether the contamination is a mixture of one or more fuel types. If this is the case, and a site-specific response factor (see X2.3) cannot be determined, the response factors for the individual fuel types in the mixture should be used to estimate contaminant concentrations.

    5.5 Certain materials, such as asphalts and asphalt residuals and oils and pitch from trees and other vegetation, which respond as fuel when tested by the practice, give high blank absorbance values which may interfere with use of this practice. See and Note 3 for information on determining if this practice can be applied to a specific soil containing one or more of these types of materials.

    5.6 Extractable material, which scatters or absorbs light at 254 nm, is a potential interference for this screening practice.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This practice is a screening procedure for assessing the presence of fuels containing aromatic compounds in soils. If a sample of the contaminant fuel is available, the concentration of the fuel in the soil can be performed. If the contaminant fuel type is known but a sample of the contaminant fuel is not available, an estimate of the concentration of the fuel in the soil can be made using average response factors based on composition of the fuel in the soil. If the kind of contaminant fuel is unknown, this screening method can be used to identify the presence of contamination.

    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 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, health, and environmental practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.

    1.4 This international standard was developed in accordance with internationally recognized principles on standardization established in the Decision on Principles for the Development of International Standards, Guides and Recommendations issued by the World Trade Organization Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Committee.

    2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.

    ASTM Standards

    D2777 Practice for Determination of Precision and Bias of Applicable Test Methods of Committee D19 on Water

    D5681 Terminology for Waste and Waste Management

    E131 Terminology Relating to Molecular Spectroscopy

    E169 Practices for General Techniques of Ultraviolet-Visible Quantitative Analysis

    E177 Practice for Use of the Terms Precision and Bias in ASTM Test Methods

    E275 Practice for Describing and Measuring Performance of Ultraviolet and Visible Spectrophotometers

    E691 Practice for Conducting an Interlaboratory Study to Determine the Precision of a Test Method

    E925 Practice for Monitoring the Calibration of Ultraviolet-Visible Spectrophotometers whose Spectral Bandwidth does not Exceed 2 nm

    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 13.080.10 (Chemical characteristics of soil)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 11111501(Soil)

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    DOI: 10.1520/D5831-17

    Citation Format

    ASTM D5831-17, Standard Practice for Screening Fuels in Soils, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2017,

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