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Field screening of polycyclic hydrocarbons contamination in soil using a portable synchronous scanning spectrofluorometer
Author(s): Jean Pierre Alarie; Wendi Watts; Don Miller; George J. Hyfantis; George Peeler; William H. Engelmann; Tuan Vo-Dinh
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Paper Abstract

Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) contamination is a considerable problem at various hazardous waste sites. Sources of PAH contamination include incomplete combustion processes, wood preservatives, and the fuel industry. The development of rapid, cost-effective field screening techniques to qualitate or quantitate potential PAH contamination could result in improved remediation efficiency. We have recently developed a portable spectrofluorometer for screening potential PAH contaminants at field sites using the synchronous fluorescence approach. Synchronous fluorescence differs from the more conventional excitation or emission fluorescence as both monochromators are scanned simultaneously with a constant wavelength offset ((Delta) (lambda) ) between the two. The portable spectrofluorometer was developed at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), National Exposure Research Laboratory, and recently field tested at the American Creosote Works Superfund Site in Jackson, Tennessee. In this paper, the portable spectrofluorometer was used to field screen several contaminated soil areas located at the Morristown Industrial Site in Morristown, Tennessee using the synchronous fluorescence technique. An attempt to quantify PAH contamination was performed using the NIST 1647a priority pollutant standard to generate a calibration curve. Representative samples were subsequently related to the results obtained from standard laboratory measurements.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 October 1995
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 2504, Environmental Monitoring and Hazardous Waste Site Remediation, (9 October 1995); doi: 10.1117/12.224141
Show Author Affiliations
Jean Pierre Alarie, Oak Ridge National Lab. (United States)
Wendi Watts, Oak Ridge National Lab. (United States)
Don Miller, International Waste Management Systems (United States)
George J. Hyfantis, International Waste Management Systems (United States)
George Peeler, Environmental Systems Corp. (United States)
William H. Engelmann, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (United States)
Tuan Vo-Dinh, Oak Ridge National Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2504:
Environmental Monitoring and Hazardous Waste Site Remediation

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