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A Guide to the Technical Evaluation of Environmental Data

1st Edition

By Nic Korte

CRC Press

195 pages

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pub: 1999-05-10
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Description

A Guide for the Technical Evaluation of Environmental Data presents the insight you need for evaluating analytical data obtained from environmental samples. Often, analyses performed on a few samples can lead to misplaced concern on the wrong analytes. For example, a geologist would know which trace metals might be naturally present in the source rock underlying a site, but not know which metals should be expected because of tire wear or which polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons would be present because of a nearby powerplant. This book provides you with references to support decision making regarding selection of contaminants.

Table of Contents

Preface

Acknowledgements

Introduction

General Circumstances Causing Data Review Problems o Text Organization o References

The Determination of Background

Concept of Background o Methods for Separating Contaminant Populations from Background Populations o Use of Skewness to Determine Threshold o Application at an Industrial Site o Bootstrap Method for Determining Background and Threshold o Professional Judgement in Dealing with Mixed Populations o References

Trace Elements

Crustal Abundance o Natural Sources of Trace Elements o Anthropogenic Sources o Element-By-Element Summary o Geochemistry of Natural Waters o Reviewing Trace Element Data from Soil Samples o References

Polynuclear Aromatic Hydrocarbons

Sources of Polynuclear Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs) o Environmental Concentrations o Migration and Stability (Half Lives of PAHs) o Mixtures, Ratios, Profiles of PAH as Related to Source o Recommendations for Reviewing PAH Data o References

Polychlorinated Semivolatile Compounds

Biphenyls/Dioxins and Furans: Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs) o Polychlorinated Dibenzo Dioxis/Furans (PCDDs/PCDFs) o Recommendations for Reviewing Data for PCBs and PCCDs/Fs o References

Agricultural Compounds

Sources o Herbicides o Persistent Organochlorine Compounds o Organophosphorous Insecticides o Carbamate Compounds o Tributyltin (TBT) o Reviewing Data with Detection of Agricultural Chemicals o References

Petroleum Hydrocarbons

Nonpoint Sources o Mobility in the Environment o Source Identification o Reviewing Petroleum Hydrocarbon Data o References

Sampling and Analysis Artifacts

Inorganic Analytes o Organic Analytes o Reviewing Data o References

Data Validation/Referee Analyses

EPE Data Validation Guidelines o Referee Laboratory Approach o Summary o References

Index

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCI013000
SCIENCE / Chemistry / General