Work Item
ASTM WK62340

New Test Method for Polonium-210 in Water

1. Scope

The study of water, the promotion of knowledge thereof, and the standardization of terminology methods for:
* Sampling and analysis of water, waterborne materials, and wastes, water- formed deposits and fluvial sediments,
* Surface-water hydraulics and hydrologic measurements,
* The determination of the performance of materials or products used to modify water characteristics, and
* The determination of the corrosivity or deposit forming properties of water.
The term "water" includes, but is not limited to, surface waters (rivers, lakes, artificial impoundments, runoff, etc.), groundwaters and springwaters, wastewaters (mine drainage, landfill leachate, brines, waters resulting from atmospheric precipitation and condensation (with the exception of acid deposition), process waters, potable waters, glacial melt waters, steam, water for subsurface injection and water discharges including waterborne materials and water-formed deposits.
The work of the Committee will be coordinated with other ASTM Committees and other societies and organizations having mutual interests.


alpha spectrometry; deposition; electrodeposition; spontaneous deposition; polonium; polonium-210; 210Po; radioactivity; radiochemistry


Polonium-210 can be found in locations with radium and uranium. EPA added Po-210 to the list of Contaminants Needing Research on Methods in 2001. ASTM does not yet have a test method for Po-210.

The title and scope are in draft form and are under development within this ASTM Committee.


Developed by Subcommittee: D19.04

Committee: D19

Staff Manager: Brian Milewski

Work Item Status

Date Initiated: 02-12-2018

Technical Contact: Charles Martin Johnson, Jr

Item: 004

Ballot: D19.04 (19-01)

Status: Negative Votes Need Resolution

Item: 007

Ballot: D19.04 (18-01)

Status: Will Reballot Item