Purgeable Organic Compounds by GC/MS
This method is for determination of purgeable organic pollutants in industrial discharges and other environmental samples by gas chromatography combined with mass spectrometry (GC/MS), as provided under 40 CFR 136.1. This revision is based on previous protocols (References 1 – 3), on the revision promulgated October 26, 1984 (49 FR 43234), and on an interlaboratory method validation study (Reference 4). Although this method was validated through an interlaboratory study conducted more than 29 years ago, the fundamental chemistry principles used in this method remain sound and continue to apply.
A gas is bubbled through a measured volume of water in a specially-designed purging chamber. The purgeables are efficiently transferred from the aqueous phase to the vapor phase. The vapor is swept through a sorbent trap where the purgeables are trapped. After purging is completed, the trap is heated and backflushed with the gas to desorb the purgeables onto a gas chromatographic column. The column is temperature programmed to separate the purgeables which are then detected with a mass spectrometer.
-EPA Method Guidance CD-ROM (includes MCAWW Methods, and most current EPA Methods)
|Hold Time||14 days|
|Preservation||Cool to 4 degrees C and adjust pH to <2 from time of collection until analysis|
|Sample Volume||40 mL VOA vial|
|Method Refernce||EPA Method 624.1|
|2-Chloroethyl vinyl ether|
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