Superfund Innovative Technology Evaluation (SITE)
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Analytical Screening Program: PCB Method
The Field Analytical Screening Program (FASP) polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) method uses a temperature-programmable gas chromatograph (GC) equipped with an electron capture detector (ECD) to identify and quantify PCB. The FASP PCB method is designed to provide quick, accurate results in the field for PCB concentrations in soil and water. The FASP PCB method is a modified version of EPA SW-846 Method 8000. Soil samples are extracted with hexane and sulfuric acid to remove potential interferences. Instrumentation and equipment required for the FASP PCB method are not highly portable; however, a trailer-mounted, mobile laboratory can be used to employ the method. The method was demonstrated at a well-characterized, PCB-contaminated site by comparing FASP-PCB results directly with laboratory results using Method 8080. 112 soil samples, 32 field duplicates, and 2 performance evaluation samples were analyzed with the FASP-PCB method.