EPA Method 8540

SW-846 is not intended to be an analytical training manual. Therefore, method procedures are written based on the assumption that they will be performed by analysts who are formally trained in at least the basic principles of chemical analysis and in the use of the subject technology.

In addition, SW-846 methods, with the exception of required method use for the analysis of method-defined parameters, are intended to be guidance methods which contain general information on how to perform an analytical procedure or technique which a laboratory can use as a basic starting point for generating its own detailed Standard Operating Procedure (SOP), either for its own general use or for a specific project application.

The performance data included in this method are for guidance purposes only, and are not intended to be and must not be used as absolute QC acceptance criteria for purposes of laboratory accreditation. 1.0 SCOPE AND APPLICATION 1.1

This method may be used for field-testing of soil samples for pentachlorophenol (PCP). This method was designed for use at sites where PCP is the principal contaminant. Wood treatment sites are the primary application for this method, and the method has been designed around the presence of other wood treatment-related compounds such as fuel oil and creosote. Testing products are commercially available for this method.


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