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PCBs in Air, Oil, Soil, Water,
and Wipe Testing Services

PCBs in Air, Oil, Soil, Water and Wipe
PCBs in Air, Oil, Soil, Water and Wipe

Polychlorinated Biphenyls, or PCBs, were domestically manufactured from 1929 until their manufacture was banned in 1979. They are considered highly toxic and vary in consistency from thin, light-colored liquids to yellow or black waxy solids. Because they are non-flammable, chemically stabile, with a high boiling point, and excellent electrical insulating properties, PCBs were used in hundreds of industrial and commercial applications. This includes electrical, heat transfer, and hydraulic equipment such as plasticizers in paints, plastics, and rubber products; in pigments, dyes, and carbonless copy paper; and many other industrial applications.

In some cases, existing information may be available to indicate that a product or site contains PCBs, and in some cases the concentration of PCBs also may be available. This information may be in the form of equipment nameplates, labels on drums or test data that indicate PCB concentrations.

In other cases, however, a user of a product or a site owner or operator may not know whether the product or site contains PCBs, or their concentration. The USEPA indicates that PCBs can be identified using total organic chlorine or chloride analysis, but this method is not PCB specific and may indicate false positive results. Trinity Analytical Laboratories, Inc. employs gas chromatographic analysis by per ASTM D4059 standard for the testing of transformer and capacitor fluids. This technique is analytically accurate, reproducible, certifiable and assures quality control.

Electrical equipment damage, recycling and storage can cause accidental contamination of surface water, soil and concrete. Water that comes into contact with PCB-contaminated oil or debris is considered PCB-contaminated and must be disposed of according to USPEA regulations outlined in code 40CFR 761. PCB-contaminated solids must also be properly disposed. Disposal costs are tied to PCB concentration, so accurate and defensible testing is important. Trinity Analytical Laboratories, Inc. uses USEPA 8082, and 3550 & 8082 for testing water and solids for PCBs, respectively.

EPA recommends that you first test the air to determine if PCBs may be causing a potential public health problem. This initial step may help prioritize the steps and/or approaches for the renovation or repair work. If you have identified a PCB problem, you will need to characterize it and determine the extent of PCB contamination. It is important to note that even if PCBs are not present in the air, they still may be present in the caulk and/or other building materials. Trinity can assist you with air monitoring and provide personal air samplers (per NIOSH test method 5503) and area air monitoring equipment (according to USEPA T04). Samples are then tested by our lab using USEPA 3550 and 8082 test methods.

Older caulk which is weathered, brittle, or deteriorating may also contain PCBs. Other building materials that might either contain PCBs or are contaminated through contact with PCB-containing caulk such as wood, masonry, or brick. Trinity Analytical Laboratories, Inc. can test these materials for you, as well, utilizing USEPA methods 3550 and 8082.

If you're conducting a renovation in an older building and would like to test for the presence of PCBs, then you need a testing service that understands and can provide compliance with all standards and regulations.

PCB Air, Oil, Soil, Water, & Wipe Testing Service Details

Testing Service
PCBs in Air, Oil, Soil, Water, and Wipe
Services
Sampling Containers
Kits
Method
Electron Capture Detection (ECD)
Gas Chromatography (GC)
Matrix
Air
Oil
Soil
Water
Wipe
Parameters
EPA 8082
EPA T04
ASTM D 4059
NIOSH 5503
EPA 8701 M70
Results
Total
Standards
TSCA
Analytical Testing
Chemical
Instrumentation
GC (Gas Chromatography)
Environmental Quality Testing
VOA
SVOA
PCB
Metals
pH
Suspended Solids
Sulfate
Water
Wastewater
Groundwater
Soil
Air
Safety Testing
Air Quality
Additional Services Provided
Consulting
Research
Geology
Permitting
Compliance
Containers
Documentation
Test Reports
Cover Letter
QC Results
Electronic Data Deliverable (EDD) Package
Levels
I (Results)
II (Results and Cover Letter)
III (Level II plus QC Results)
IV (Court Defensible Data Package)
Turn Around Time
3 to 5 days
Same Day Available

Additional Information

Industry Focus
Industrial Waste Testing
Electric Utilities
Municipalities
Environmental Engineering
Solid Waste Disposal
Gas Pipelines
Wood Products
Environmental Lab Testing
Transformer Testing
Mining
General Analytical Testing
Environmental Consulting
Real Estate
Automotive Manufacturing
Specialty Metal Fabrication
Textile
Petrochemical
Chemical Manufacturing
Oil Refining
Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCB)
Environmental Assessment
Industry Standards
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EPA
OSHA
NIOSH
ASTM
NESHAP
CAA
CWA
NPDES
Kansas Department of Health & Environment
Kansas Brownfields Program
ADEQ Arkansas
DEQ Oklahoma
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Excel
Access 2
Access 7
Text comma-delimited
Text fixed-width
Text tab-delimited
DBASE IV
FoxPro 3.0
SEDD
XML
Simple Excel
Analyte Pivot
Adapt
CAL-Trans
Chevron COELT 1.2a
EDF 1.2i Flat File
EDF 1.2i Relative
Equis 3.x
GIS/Key 2.3
GIS/Key 3.1
IRPIMS DLH 3.0
IRPIMS MW (DLH 3.0)
ERPIMS MW (DLH 4.0)
Wisconsin DNR
Write-On (CA DHS)
Transfer File
4.16 Transfer File
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