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Validated Test Methods Recommended for Waste Testing

EPA and independent laboratories validated the following methods, which are recommended for use as the most up-to-date methods available. However, these methods have not been formally incorporated into the SW-846 Compendium through the public comment process. While many of the following methods may be added to SW-846 in the future, authorized states may have regulatory restrictions regarding which version of a method can be used.

Therefore, EPA recommends checking with your state or EPA regional office before using the following methods.

Method Number Method Title Publication Date
3542A Extraction of Semivolatile Analytes Collected using Method 0010 (Modified Method 5 Sampling Train) 2005-05
3570 Microscale Solvent Extraction (MSE) 2002-11
3571 Extraction of Solid and Aqueous Samples for Chemical Agents 2007-07
5030C Purge-and-Trap for Aqueous Samples 2003-05
5035A Closed-System Purge-and-Trap and Extraction for Volatile Organics in Soil and Waste Samples 2002-07
6850 Perchlorate in Water, Soils, and Solid Wastes Using High Performance Liquid Chromatography/Electrospray Ionization/Mass Spectrometry (HPLC/ESI/MS) 2007-01
6860 Perchlorate in Water, Soils, and Solid Wastes Using Ion Chromatography/Electrospray Ionization/Mass Spectrometry (IC/ESI/MS) 2007-01
8015D Nonhalogenated Organics Using Gas Chromatography/Flame Ionization Detection (GC/FID)


8170 Assay of Chemical Agents in Solid and Aqueous Samples by Gas Chromatography/Flame Photometric Detection (GC/FPD) 2007-07
8260C Volatile Organic Compounds by Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry (GC/MS) 2006-08
8261A Volatile Organic Compounds by Vacuum Distillation in Combination with Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry (VD/GC/MS) 2006-10
8265 Volatile Organic Compounds in Water, Soil, Soil Gas, and Air by Direct Sampling Ion Trap Mass Spectrometry (DSITMS)


8271 Assay of Chemical Agents in Solid and Aqueous Samples by Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry, Electron Impact (GC/MS/EI)


8272 Parent and Alkyl Polycyclic Aromatics in Sediment Pore Water by Solid-Phase Microextraction and Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry in Selected Ion Monitoring Mode 2007-12
8323 Determination of Organotins by Micro-Liquid Chromatography-Electrospray Ion Trap Mass Spectrometry 2003-01
8327 Per-and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) Using External Standard Calibration and Multiple Reaction Monitoring (MRM) Liquid Chromatography/Tandem Mass Spectrometry (LC/MS/MS) 2019-06
8330B Nitroaromatics, Nitramines, and Nitrate Esters by High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC) 2006-10
9016 Free Cyanide in Water, Solids, and Solid Wastes by Microdiffusion 2010-06

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