EPA 608 is an EPA–approved method for the sampling and analysis of organochlorine pesticides and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). This analysis is particularly suited to an industrial setting. It allows for the collection of representative samples from process streams, such as wastewater, cooling water, and process drains, for the purpose of determining the presence and concentration of certain pesticides and PCBs. The method is often used to meet discharge requirements set forth in permits from the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES).
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EPA 608.3 method
The EPA 608 Pesticide/PCB method is composed of three main steps: sample collection, sample processing, and analysis. During sample collection, a representative sample of the process stream is taken and placed in a sample container. During sample processing, the sample is then filtered, concentrated, and prepared for analysis. Finally, during the analysis step, the sample is tested for the presence and concentration of certain pesticides and PCBs using gas chromatography followed by detection with a halogen-specific detector. Further technical information and Pest/PCB analyte lists can be found at the EPA web-site. Learn more >