Standard Historical Last Updated: Jan 23, 2023
ASTM D6414-14

Standard Test Methods for Total Mercury in Coal and Coal Combustion Residues by Acid Extraction or Wet Oxidation/Cold Vapor Atomic Absorption

Significance and Use

5.1 The emission of mercury during coal combustion can be an environmental concern.

5.2 When representative test portions are analyzed according to one of these procedures, 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 many regulatory agencies as a hazardous material that can cause serious medical issues. Mercury, or its vapor, has been demonstrated to be hazardous to health and corrosive to materials. Caution should be taken when handling mercury and mercury containing products. See the applicable product Safety Data Sheet (SDS) for additional information. Users should be aware that selling mercury and/or mercury containing products into your state or country may be prohibited by 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.

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Book of Standards Volume: 05.06
Developed by Subcommittee: D05.29
Pages: 8
DOI: 10.1520/D6414-14
ICS Code: 73.040