EPA Method 6010C

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EPA Method 6010C:
INDUCTIVELY COUPLED PLASMA-ATOMIC EMISSION SPECTROMETRY

Summary:
Prior to analysis, samples must be solubilized or digested using the appropriate sample preparation methods. When analyzing groundwater samples for dissolved constituents, acid digestion is not necessary if the samples are filtered and acid preserved prior to analysis.

Scope:
Inductively coupled plasma-atomic emission spectrometry (ICP-AES) may be used to determine trace elements in solution. With the exception of groundwater samples, all aqueous and solid matrices need acid digestion prior to analysis. Groundwater samples that were prefiltered and acidified will not need acid digestion. Samples which are not digested need either an internal standard or should be matrix-matched with the standards. If either option is used, instrument software should be programmed to correct for intensity differences of the internal standard between samples and standards.

Report Number:
SW-846 Ch 3.3