SYMPOSIA PAPER Published: 01 January 1986

Volatile Organic Analytical Methods — General Description and Quality Control Considerations


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 these samples 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 purge and trap techniques prior to MS detection for analysis of samples for 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.

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Fisk, JF
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Developed by Committee: D34
Pages: 173–184
DOI: 10.1520/STP18442S
ISBN-EB: 978-0-8031-4988-5
ISBN-13: 978-0-8031-0451-8