EPA Method A in the EPA methods list database. View all EPA methods. EPA Method A: Chlorinated Biphenyl. Congeners by HRGC/HRMS. Horizon Technology, Inc., Salem, NH. Horizon Technology, Inc., 45 Northwestern Dr. Ecology may require or allow the use of the most current accepted revision of EPA Method (USEPA, ) at contaminated sites, instead.

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Set 168a the concentration device for use after back extraction or other cleanup. Once these frozen, stored samples are identified, they will be forwarded on ice to the Sample Processing laboratory. The statistical details for development of these criteria are in an appendix to this report. If an emulsion forms, the laboratory must employ mechanical techniques to complete the phase separation.

US EPA METHOD A/B/C “STARTER KIT” – Cambridge Isotope Laboratories –

Drain each portion through the sodium sulfate into the concentrator. Seal the bottle and shake 60 seconds to rinse the inner surface.

The QCS is obtained from a source external to the laboratory or 166a8 prepared from a source of standards different from the source of calibration standards. It is equivalent to the concentration of the lowest calibration standard, assuming that all Method-specified sample weights, volumes, and cleanup procedures have been employed. The laboratory attempted to extract the samples a second time, this time using 2 grams each.

Drain the hexane layer to the top of the column, but do not expose the sodium sulfate. The column specified in this Method is designed to handle a maximum of 0. Because PCBs are ubiquitous in the environment, including laboratories, the sample processing laboratory must judiciously guard against sample contamination.

To preclude injudicious use of standards, EPA will remind laboratories of the instructions given in Method A 166a8 combining and diluting standards. At the proper rate of distillation, the balls of the column will actively chatter, but the chambers will not flood. After the aliquots were prepared, the sample processing laboratory labeled each sample container and cap with the corresponding unique sample number.

EPA Method 1668A

In this event, prepare a fresh calibration standard or correct the problem and repeat the resolution Section In this event, adjust the GC and repeat the verification test Section This will assist the laboratory in tracking possible sources of contamination for individual samples, identifying glassware associated with highly contaminated samples that may require extra cleaning, and determining when glassware should be discarded.


Laboratories were required to submit electronic and hard copies of summary sample results, and eepa copies of all supporting raw data, run chronologies, chromatograms, example equations, and case narratives to SCC for review and data validation. The extract was drained into a round bottom flask and concentrated by heating mantle. Allow the acetone to spread evenly across the disk and soak for seconds. This procedure includes determination of the lipid content of the sample Sections Both of these laboratories attempted analyses on g samples, as suggested in the method.

Reference standards that can be used to determine the accuracy of standard solutions are available from several vendors. Samples are spiked with isotopically labeled analogs of target analytes, and extracted according to a procedure specified for the matrix being analyzed.

Adjust the chromatographic conditions and scan descriptors until the RT eap RRT for all congeners are approximately within epaa windows in Table 2 and the column performance specifications in Sections 6. The estimated minimum levels of quantitation in Table 2 are concentrations at which a congener can 1668s measured with laboratory contamination present. In preparing Study samples, EPA’s objective was to ensure that the congeners present in each sample matrix would span the anticipated measurement range of Method A, from the upper end of the calibration range down to “not detected.

This is more than most other laboratories, and more than the peaks described in the method, making a side-by-side comparison with data from other laboratories difficult. Apply vacuum momentarily until a few drops appear at the drip tip. If calibration is not verified, the system must be recalibrated using the GPC calibration solution, and the previous sample batch must be re-extracted and cleaned up using the calibrated GPC system.

Statistics on initial Section 9.

If necessary to remove water, filter the sample through a glass- fiber filter and discard the aqueous liquid. The method also determines the remaining CBs, approximately of which are resolved adequately on an SPB-octyl gas chromatographic column to be determined as individual congeners.

Data obtained from these laboratories followed the requirements of the study plan and the method and included results for the eps accompanying QC analyses; i.

Lipids must be removed by the anthropogenic isolation column procedure in Section A total of six cleanup steps wpa applied to each sample. Fragment ions from congeners at higher levels of chlorination may interfere with determination of congeners at lower levels of chlorination.


These PCB-congeners are the individual chemicals that comprise a class of pollutants known as Aroclors. Handling of the dilute solutions normally used in analytical and animal work presents no inhalation hazards except in the case of an accident. Therefore, the laboratory should homogenize at least 20 g of tissue to allow for re-extraction of a second aliquot of the same homogenized sample, if re-analysis is required.

For further information on precluding oxidation, contact the column manufacturer. Some extracts may not concentrate to 20 iL Section The charred material may retain some of the analytes and lead to lower recoveries of the CBs. To offset costs to the laboratories, EPA provided each laboratory with a set of analytical standards necessary to identify and measure the PCB congeners targeted by Method A.

Data from the 11 laboratories that submitted results were reviewed and validated by SCC as soon as possible after receipt. This included verification that: One half of the composite was designated as biosolids sample “A” while the other half was used to prepare biosolids sample “B. Recoveries for low molecular weight congeners are centered lower than for the other congeners and for recoveries of low molecular weight congeners in Method A.

During the subsequent acid wash steps second, third and fourth no color appeared in the aqueous layer. Retention time of target congener.

Octachlorobiphenyls, Total Report List. Because of the stability of PCBs, the samples will not require preservation.

Method A Interlaboratory Validation Study Report

Although some congeners in these mixes co-elute, the mixes allow determination of retention times for many congeners on the DB-1 column. The test eoa should have sufficient 16668a to contain the total volume of the elution solvent approx 50 mL and should fit around the drip tip.

Rinse the distilling flask with mL of methylene chloride and pour through the drying column. Frequently check the apparatus for foaming during the first 2 hours of extraction.