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ISBN 9781566767408
Published May 10, 1999 by CRC Press
195 Pages

 
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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

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