Analysis of Metals by Atomic Absorption and Emission Spectroscopy

Authored by: Pradyot Patnaik

Handbook of Environmental Analysis

Print publication date:  August  2017
Online publication date:  August  2017

Print ISBN: 9781498745611
eBook ISBN: 9781315151946
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Of the elements in the periodic table, more than two-thirds are metals. Although many of these metals are toxic, only some metals are major environmental pollutants because of their widespread use. The U.S. EPA has classified 13 metals as priority pollutants: aluminum, antimony, arsenic, beryllium, cadmium, chromium, copper, lead, mercury, nickel, selenium, silver, and zinc. The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act has listed eight metals whose mobility in the soil is measured to determine the characteristic of toxic wastes. These metals include arsenic, barium, cadmium, chromium, lead, mercury, selenium, and silver. All but one belong to the above list of priority pollutant metals.

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