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Main Title Emission Rates of Mercury from Latex Paints.
Author Tichenor, B. A. ; Guo, Z. ; Dorsey, J. A. ;
CORP Author Acurex Corp., Research Triangle Park, NC.;Environmental Protection Agency, Research Triangle Park, NC. Air and Energy Engineering Research Lab.
Publisher 1992
Year Published 1992
Report Number EPA-68-D0-0141; EPA/600/A-92/271;
Stock Number PB93-131654
Additional Subjects Mercury(Metal) ; Air pollution sampling ; Latex ; Paints ; Indoor air pollution ; Emission factors ; Test chambers ; Additives ; Concentration(Composition) ; Sorbents ; Photodegradation ; Mercury amalgams ; Mercury organic compounds ; Decay ; Mercuric acetate/phenyl
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NTIS  PB93-131654 Some EPA libraries have a fiche copy filed under the call number shown. 07/26/2022
Collation 8p
The paper gives results of tests of latex paints containing organic mercury additives in small environmental test chambers to determine the emission rates of mercury. Five paints were evaluated: two contained phenyl mercuric acetate (PMA); and the other three, different additives. Gypsum wallboard was used as the test substrate. Testing was conducted in the dark and under fluorescent lights to determine if photodegradation of the mercury was occurring. Chamber vapor samples were collected on hopcalite sorbent and analyzed by cold vapor atomic absorption spectroscopy (AAS) to determine total mercury. A mercury monitor, using gold film amalgamation, was also used. Sampling with graphitized carbon sorbents showed that no organic mercury was emitted. The mercury concentration vs. time data were fit with an nth order source emission model. The results of the study showed high initial emission rates followed by slow emissions over an extended period of time. There was no apparent effect of light. The type of additive may affect the emission rates.