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MOBILE ATOMIC ABSORPTION SPECTROMETER OPERATED BY PACE ENVIRONMENTAL FOR METALS-CONTAMINATED SOIL CHARACTERIZATION
Einfeld, W. AND G. Brown. MOBILE ATOMIC ABSORPTION SPECTROMETER OPERATED BY PACE ENVIRONMENTAL FOR METALS-CONTAMINATED SOIL CHARACTERIZATION. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC, EPA/600/R-98/083 (NTIS PB2001-100483), 1998.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), through the Environmental Technology Verification Program, is working to accelerate the acceptance and use of innovative technologies that improve the way the United States manages its environmental problems. This report describes the results of a field demonstration conducted at contaminated soil sites near Butte, Montana, in which developers of soil characterization technologies were invited to participate. The Consortium classifies each candidate technology into one of three development levels on the basis of maturity of the technology and its expected time to commercialization. A demonstration of selected Department of Energy-funded technologies was being planned by MSE-HKM, Inc., under contract to the Department of Energy. The demonstration plan incorporated the use of reference laboratories to analyze metals in the soil samples using standard EPA Laboratory protocols.
The mobile atomic absorption spectrometer, fielded in this study by Pace Environmental Laboratories, Inc., is a conventional laboratory benchtop spectrometer that has been installed in a van along with various support hardware so that on-site soil sample processing and analysis can be carried out. The Pace mobile atomic absorption systme was successfully demonstrated alongside three other participating technologies in this study. A high degree of homogeneity facilitates comparison of the soil analysis results from the demonstrated technologies with those from the reference laboratories. Data from the reference laboratory and Pace technology data are presented in a variety of forms to assist in comparing the data sets produced during the demonstration.