Significance and Use
The measurement of particle-bound, oxidized, elemental, and total mercury in stationary-source flue gases provides data that can be used for dispersion modeling, deposition evaluation, human health and environmental impact assessments, emission reporting, compliance determinations, etc. Particle-bound, oxidized, and elemental mercury measurements before and after control devices may be necessary for optimizing and evaluating the mercury removal efficiency of emission control technologies.
1.1 This method applies to the determination of elemental, oxidized, particle-bound, and total mercury emissions from coal-fired stationary sources.
1.2 This method is applicable to elemental, oxidized, particle-bound, and total mercury concentrations ranging from approximately 0.5 to 100 μg/Nm3.
1.3 This method describes equipment and procedures for obtaining samples from effluent ducts and stacks, equipment and procedures for laboratory analysis, and procedures for calculating results.
1.4 This method is applicable for sampling elemental, oxidized, and particle-bound mercury in flue gases of coal-fired stationary sources. It may not be suitable at all measurement locations, particularly those with high particulate loadings, as explained in Section 17.
1.5 Method applicability is limited to flue gas stream temperatures within the thermal stability range of the sampling probe and filter components.
1.6 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as the standard. The values in parentheses are for information only.
1.7 This standard assumes users are familiar with EPA stack-gas sampling procedures as stated in EPA Methods 1–4, Method 5, and Method 17.
1.8 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.