EPA Method 680

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EPA Method 680:
Determination of Pesticides and PCBs in Water and Soil/Sediment by Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry

A 1-L water sample is placed in a separatory funnel and extracted with methylene chloride. Appropriate extraction procedures for soil/sediment samples will be added when results are obtained from ongoing experiments. The extract is dried and exchanged to hexane during concentration to a final volume of 1 mL or less. Sample extract components are separated with capillary column gas chromatography (GC) and identified and measured with low resolution, electron ionization mass spectrometry (MS). An interfaced data system (DS) to control data acquisition and to store, retrieve, and manipulate mass spectral data is essential. Either full-range or selected-ion-monitoring (SIM) data are acquired, depending on the concentration range of concern. If full-range data are acquired, all method analytes can be identified and measured with one GC/MS analysis. If all pesticides and PCBs must be determined and if SIM data are necessary to meet required detection limits, two GC/MS analyses are necessary, one to detect and measure pesticides and one to detect and measure PCBS.

This method provides procedures for mass spectrometric determination of polychorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and the listed pesticides in water, soil, or sediment: This method is applicable to samples containing PCBs as single congeners or as complex mixtures, such as commercial Aroclors. PCBs are identified and measured as isomer groups (i.e., by level of chlorination). The existance of 209 possible PCB congeners makes impractical the listing of the Chemicsl Abstracts Service Registry Number (CASRN) for each potential method analyte. Because PCBs are identified and measured as isomer groups, the non-specific CASRN for each level of chlorination is used to describe method analytes.

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