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Overview of Analytical Methods of Water Analyses With Specific Reference to EPA Methods for Priority Pollutant Analysis

Water Quality Control

  1. Ralph J. Tella

Published Online: 15 APR 2005

DOI: 10.1002/047147844X.wq559

Water Encyclopedia

Water Encyclopedia

How to Cite

Tella, R. J. 2005. Overview of Analytical Methods of Water Analyses With Specific Reference to EPA Methods for Priority Pollutant Analysis. Water Encyclopedia. 2:304–311.

Author Information

  1. Lord Associates, Inc., Norwood, Massachusetts

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 APR 2005

Abstract

This article is an overview of the analytical chemistry behind the analyses of common environmental contaminants. Specific reference is made to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) “priority pollutants.” The list of priority pollutants was first published in the Federal Register in 1980 as the list of toxic pollutants for which categorically defined industries were required to analyze their effluent streams to obtain wastewater discharge permits under the National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES).

Keywords:

  • water analyses;
  • EPA methods;
  • priority pollutants;
  • gas chromatography;
  • atomic absorption spectroscopy;
  • photoionizaton;
  • inductively coupled plasma;
  • hydrocarbon analyses;
  • cyanide;
  • phenol