What EPA test methods are available for use in detecting the presence of mercury?
These following test methods are described in detail in EPA's publication SW-846, which is the Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery's (ORCR) official compendium of analytical methods that are available for use in complying with Resource Conservation & Recovery Act (RCRA) regulations.
Method 7470A, Mercury in Liquid Waste (Manual Cold-Vapor Technique)
Method 7471B, Mercury in Solid or Semisolid Waste (Manual Cold-Vapor Technique)
Method 7472, Mercury in Aqueous Samples and Extracts by Anodic Stripping Voltammetry (ASV)
Method 7473, Mercury in Solids and Solutions by Thermal Decomposition, Amalgamation, and Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometry
Method 7474, Mercury in Sediment and Tissue Samples by Atomic Fluorescence Spectrometry
Method 6010D, Inductively Coupled Plasma-Atomic Emission Spectrometry
Method 6020B, Inductively Coupled Plasma-Mass Spectrometry