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For information on EPA monitoring methods, feel free to contact the designated Agency service listed below.

RCRA Test Methods (SW-846)
MICE Service Phone Number...........................703 818-3238
MICE Service Fax Number...............................703 818-8813
MICE Service E-mail.............................mice@techlawinc.com
Methods Team................................................703 308-8855

Other Test Methods
Safe Drinking Water Hotline..........................800 426-4791
CWA Wastewater Methods...........................703 461-2100
Office of Water Resources Center................(Website)
Clean Air Technology Center........................919 541-0800

More extensive list of EPA Hotlines.

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Memo to Regions: Use of Hydrochloric Acid (HCl) in digests for ICP-MS analysis (PDF) (2 pp, 34 k, about PDFs)

Memo to Regions: Spiking (Prior To vs After Sample Drying) Issue in SW-846 Organic Extraction Methods (PDF) (2 pp, 547K, About PDF)

Guidance for the Sampling and Analysis of Municipal Waste Combustion Ash for the Toxicity Characteristic (EPA530-R-95-036) (PDF) (28 pp, 1.0 MB, About PDF)

RCRA Ground-Water Monitoring: Draft Technical Guidance (EPA530R-93-001) (PDF) (236 pp, 1.9MB, About PDF)
This document contains guidance on how to perform groundwater monitoring for the RCRA program.

Revised Style Guide
EPA's revised SW-846 Method Style Guide - June 25, 2012 (PDF) (47 pp, 393 K, About PDF) is now available on-line.

Letters From DOT Regarding Sample Preservation
There are two letters from the Department of Transportation (DOT) regarding sample preservation. The first letter (PDF) (1 pg, 42K, About PDF)documents that DOT does not consider samples preserved according to EPA requirements to be DOT hazardous materials (unless, of course, the sample meets the definition of a hazardous material without preservation). Not having to ship environmental samples as hazardous material should greatly reduce the cost of shipping by air.

The second letter (PDF) (1 pp, 2.1MB, About PDF) addresses the inconsistency between the EPA requirement for a container holding a sample to be analyzed for volatile organic compounds not to contain any free headspace and the DOT requirement that samples shipped by air that contain free headspace. It explains that if the VOA vial is placed in a container with free headspace, the DOT requirements will be satisfied and the samples can be shipped by air.

Article on the Status of the RCRA Methods Program
To find out more information about the current status of the RCRA methods development program, please look at the 2000 article  "An Update of the Current Status of the RCRA Method Development Program" (PDF) (11 pp, 31K, About PDF). This article includes activities of EPA's Wastes Methods Team in advancing the RCRA Methods Development Program in the year 2000. The 1999 (PDF)(16 pp, 47K, About PDF) and the 1998 (PDF) (24 pp, 61K, About PDF) versions of this article are also available for downloading.

Minutes from the 1999 Public Meeting on Waste Leaching
EPA held a public meeting on the Development of New Waste Leaching Procedures on July 22-23, 1999.  This meeting included discussions on modeling and risk assessment, leaching science and leaching policy and applications, among other topics. Attendees provided valuable input on approaches to improve the accuracy of leachate prediction tools as well as on considerations for the development of the next generation of leaching tests. The meeting minutes are available on-line in PDF format. To download the meeting minutes, please go to the Public Meeting on Waste Leaching page.

Immunoassay Test Kits Validated by Wastes and Guidelines for Revalidation of Existing Immunoassay Based Analytical Products
A list of immunoassay test kits that have been validated by Wastes (PDF) (1 pg, 30K, About PDF) is avavilable on line, as well as Guidelines for Revalidation of Exisiting Immunoassay Based Analytical Products (PDF) (5 pp, 17K, About PDF). See also the Method Development and Approval Process page.

Guidance Documents for Method Development and Validation and Submittal of New Immunoassay Methods Two Wastes guidance documents - one for method development and validation and another on submittal of new immunoassay methods - are available on-line:

For more information, please go to the Method Development and Approval Process page.

OSWER'S PBMS Implementation Plan
Download a copy of the OSWER's PBMS Implementation Plan (PDF) (55 pp, 152K, About PDF).  To see additional information about Wastes and PBMS, please see the PBMS page.

Clarification Memorandum on SW-846 Methods
Download a copy of the 1998 memorandum of clarification (PDF) (20 pp, 85K, About PDF) and guidance regarding the Update III versions of SW-846 Methods 3550B, 5021, 5035, 6010B, 8000B, and 8082 and the use of SW-846 in general.

Guidelines for Preparing SAPs Using Systematic Planning and PBMS (PDF) (9 pp, 280K, About PDF)

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Other EPA Methods

In addition to SW-846 methods, the following methods are also available from EPA:

Methods for Chemical Analysis of Water and Wastes
Document contains methods for the analysis of inorganics in drinking water. A hard copy can be purchased from the National Technical Information Service (NTIS), 800 553-6847.

The 500 series
Methods for the analysis of organics in drinking water are available through NTIS as a hard copy. All of the 500 series methods are included on the "Methods and Guidance for Analysis of Water" CD-ROM available from NTIS.

The 600 series
Methods for the analysis of organics in water and wastewater are published in 40CFR Part 136, and are available in hard copy form from NTIS, 800 553-6847. It is included on the "Methods and Guidance for Analysis of Water" CD-ROM available from NTIS.

The 1600 series
These methods include the original EPA isotope dilution methods for organics as well as many newer methods for other analytes and are available in hard copy form from NTIS, 800 553-6847. It is included on the "Methods and Guidance for Analysis of Water" CD-ROM available from NTIS.

Methods and Guidance for the Analysis of Water CD-ROM
This documents contains the 100's through the 600's and 1600 series methods. The CD is available from NTIS.

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Other Information Resources

Technology Transfer Network Emission Measurement Center site provides information about methods that measure air emissions.

Measurement Science Test Method Collections site links to many other pages with test methods information, including water and air.

Clean Water Act Analytical Test Methods site provides information about water methods.

EPA's Technology Innovation Office (TIO), through its Hazardous Waste Clean-Up Information (CLU-IN) Exit EPA site provides information about innovative treatment technologies for the hazardous waste remediation community.

EPA Quality System Documents site contains quality system documents for EPA and non-EPA organizations including guidance on the data quality objective (DQO) process.

Manual 42: RCRA Waste Management: Planning, Implementation, and Assessment of Sampling Activities Exit EPA is published by the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) and provides guidance in the development of sampling strategies to meet project objectives associated with RCRA waste management activities.

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