Comparison of the extraction procedure toxicity test (EP) and the toxicity characteristic leaching procedure (TCLP) for the analysis of trace organic compounds in land applied municipal wastewater sludges
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The current Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) method utilized for analysis of trace organic chemicals and heavy metals leached from solid waste is the Extraction Procedure (EP) Toxicity Test. Because of various operational problems and limitations of the EP, the EPA has developed and plans to implement the Toxicity Characteristic Leaching Procedure (TCLP), which is an expanded version of the EP capable of analyzing more organic components, in particular volatile organic chemicals.
The purpose of this research was to investigate and compare the ability of the EP and TCLP test procedures to quantitatively recover added surrogate standards (1,2-dibromoethane, bromoform, 1â chlorooctane, fusarex, heptachlor, and DDT) and also qualitatively identify and evaluate unknown trace organic chemicals in domestic wastewater sludges. In order to meet the research objectives established, three small (approximately 1 MGD or less) municipal wastewater treatment plants that land applied their sludges were analyzed.
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