Case study - Canada crude oil sites


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The Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment requires laboratories to use the CCME’s Petroleum Hydrocarbon (PHC) Method, where GC-FID instrumentation is used to report VPH and EPH hydrocarbon fractions.

Sitelab’s popular Extended Diesel Range Organics (EDRO) test typically detects hydrocarbons in the C10 to C36 carbon range, but the UVF will pick up heavier compounds up to C50. Results correlate well to the Canadian lab method when adding the EPH fractions together.

Soil and water samples are prepared in solvent using disposable test kits. Methanol is used for soil applications. Hexane is used for crude oil in water applications. Sitelab’s EDRO calibration kits are available in either solvent.

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