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Volume 8, Number 6           A Gossman Consulting, Inc. Publication       June 2003


The "Best" Referenced Methods for Organic Hazardous Waste Analysis - An Update
by
David Gossman, Gossman Consulting, Inc.

As chemists, GCI personnel have set up and operated a significant number of laboratories designed to thoroughly analyze organic hazardous waste prior to thermal treatment. In 1995, GCI published "The “Best” Referenced Methods for Organic Hazardous Waste Analysis”. This publication was a list of the referenced methods that should be considered the currently available "best" methods for using as references in organic hazardous waste analysis.  This provides an update to that publication.
 

Parameters

Method

Title

Heat Content, Ash, Total Halogens/Sulfur Prep.

ASTM D5468-02

Standard Test Method for Gross Calorific & Ash Value of Waste Materials

Chlorine, Other Halogens and Sulfur

SW846 9056

Anion Chromatography Method

PCBs

ASTM D6160-98  Standard Test Method for Determination of Polychlorinated Biphenyls in Waste Materials by Gas Chromatography

pH

ASTM D4980-89

SW-846 9045

Standard Test Method for Screening of pH in Waste 

Soil pH

Digestion/Dissolution for Metals

ASTM D5513-99 

 

ASTM E926-94 (Method A)

Standard Practice for the Microwave Digestion of Industrial Furnace Feedstreams for Trace Element Analysis 

Standard Test Methods of Preparing Refuse-Derived Fuel (RDF) Samples for Analyses of Metals

Metals*

SW-846 6010A

 

 

ASTM D5839

Inductively Coupled Plasma-Atomic Emission Spectroscopy

 

Standard Test Method for Trace Element Analysis of Hazardous Waste Fuel by Energy-Dispersive X-Ray Fluorescence Spectrometry

Density/Specific Gravity

ASTM D5057-90

Standard Test Method for Screening Apparent Specific Gravity and Bulk Density of Waste

Viscosity

ASTM D2196-99 
   

ASTM D4979-95

Standard Test Methods for Rheological Properties of Non-Newtonian Materials by Rotational (Brookfield) Viscometer 

Standard Test Method for Physical Description Screening Analysis in Waste

Total Water

ASTM D5530-94 Standard Test Method for Total Moisture of Hazardous Waste Fuel by Karl Fischer Titrimetry 

Cyanide

ASTM D5049-90

Standard Test Method for the Screening of Cyanides in Waste

Sulfide

ASTM D4978-95

Standard Test Method for the Screening of Sulfides in Waste

Volatile/Semivolatile Organics

ASTM D5830

Standard Test Method for Solvents Analysis in Hazardous Waste Using Gas Chromatography

Radioactivity

ASTM D5928-96

Standard Test Method for Screening of Waste for Radioactivity