EPA Method 8540

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EPA Method 8540:
PENTACHLOROPHENOL IN SOIL BY UV-INDUCED COLORIMETRY

Summary:
PCP is extracted from soil using methanol. The mixture is shaken manually, allowed to settle, and filtered.

Scope:
This method may be used for field-testing of soil samples for pentachlorophenol (PCP). This method was designed for use at sites where PCP is the principal contaminant. Wood treatment sites are the primary application for this method, and the method has been designed around the presence of other wood treatment-related compounds such as fuel oil and creosote. Testing products are commercially available for this method.

Report Number:
SW-846