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Main Title A method for the sampling and analysis of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in ambient air /
Author Stratton, Charles L.
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Whitlock, Stuart A.
Allan, J. Mark.
Publisher Quality Assurance Branch, Environmental Monitoring and Support Laboratory, Office of Research and Development, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ; Office of Toxic Substances, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency,
Year Published 1978
Report Number EPA 600-4-78-048; 68-01-2978; EPA-68-01-2978
Stock Number PB-288 410
OCLC Number 38134505
Subjects Polychlorinated biphenyls--Analysis
Additional Subjects Gas analysis ; Chlorine organic compounds ; Chemical analysis ; Sampling ; Air pollution ; Concentration(Composition) ; Field tests ; Gas chromatography ; Polychlorinated biphenyls ; Air pollution detection ; Biphenyl/perchloro ; Aroclor 1016 ; Aroclor 1242 ; Procedures
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EJED  EPA 600/4-78-048 OCSPP Chemical Library/Washington,DC 08/25/2000
EKBD  EPA-600-4-78-048 Research Triangle Park Library/RTP, NC 09/02/2014
ELBD ARCHIVE EPA 600-4-78-048 Received from HQ AWBERC Library/Cincinnati,OH 10/04/2023
ERAD  EPA 600/4-78-048 Region 9 Library/San Francisco,CA 10/29/2012
ESAD  EPA 600-4-78-048 Region 10 Library/Seattle,WA 01/02/1998
NTIS  PB-288 410 Some EPA libraries have a fiche copy filed under the call number shown. 07/26/2022
Collation x, 106, 27 p. : ill. ; 28 cm.
A method was developed for the sampling and analysis of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in air. An easily constructed, high-volume sampling system is employed with porous polyurethane foam as the collection medium. The sample is collected at the rate of 0.6 to 1.0 cu m per minute. Laboratory procedures described in this document permit the quantitative analysis of even the most volatile PCB species in an air sample. A perchlorination technique for the quantitative analysis of PCB has been adapted for use. The technique is shown to convert even the most volatile PCB species to decachlorobiphenyl for simple and direct quantitative analysis. Data is presented to show conversion efficiencies of a variety of PCBs to decachlorobiphenyl of 101 + or - 6 percent over the range of 0.103 to 10.0 micrograms. A ruggedness test was conducted which indicates the proposed perchlorination technique can yield reliable interlaboratory results. The perchlorination technique is generally necessary for the analysis of low (i.e., less than 25 ng/cu m airborne levels of PCB. The analytical method is effective for the analysis of airborne PCB levels within at least the range of 1 ng/cu m to 50 micrograms/cu m. (Portions of this document are not fully legible)
"EPA 600/4-78/048." EPA contract no. 68-01-2978. Includes bibliographical references.