PCB Analysis

pcbIn the United States, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) were widely used by industry beginning in the 1920s until the 1970s when production and uncontained use was banned.  The most common PCBs were sold under the trade name Aroclor followed by a number to designate the percent of chlorine by weight in the mixture.  The popularity of PCBs was based upon their insulating properties and fire resistance due to a very stable molecular structure.  The physical and chemical stability of the PCB molecule is also the cause of their continued presence and toxicity in the environment today.

Much of the PCB analysis H2M Labs performs is in accordance with EPA method 8082 and for potable water, EPA Methods 505 or 508A.  Typical reporting limits for aqueous samples are 0.05 to 1.0 µg/L while solids are reported at 33 µg/Kg.

Below you will find the list of PCB Aroclors offered for analysis by H2M Labs:

  • Aroclor 1016
  • Aroclor 1221
  • Aroclor 1232
  • Aroclor 1242
  • Aroclor 1248
  • Aroclor 1254
  • Aroclor 1260
  • Aroclor 1262
  • Aroclor 1268

Below is a list of methods commonly requested for PCB Aroclor analysis:

  • Total PCB Aroclors screen in Potable Water by Methods 505, 508.1, and 525
  • PCB, Total (as decachlorobiphenyl) in Potable Water by Method 508A
  • PCB Aroclors in non-potable water and solid/hazardous waste by Method 608, 8082, and 8082A

Please contact our Project Management team to discuss your sampling needs or project specific requirements.