mercury monitoring Articles

  • How to investigate mercury in the oceans?

    Mercury is a highly toxic metal that affects the environment and can endanger people's health, as a powerful neurotoxin. The combustion of coal, waste and fuel are releasing hundreds of tons of heavy metal into the atmosphere annually, and its sediment enters to soil and water. Mercury measurements are part of the EU project "Global Mercury Observation System". The long-term goal of this ...


    By Lumex Instruments Group

  • Mercury Analysis

    Characteristics of Mercury What is Mercury? Mercury is a naturally occurring silver-colored metallic element noted for its occurrence as a liquid at room temperature and toxic to living organisms. This silvery, opaque liquid metal is very dense, yet has a high surface tension that causes it to form tiny perfect spheres in the pores of the rocks it is found in. It is ...


    By HORIBA Europe GmbH

  • Mercury free solutions for autoclave temperature monitoring

    Mercury is a naturally occurring element found in the air, water and soil however exposure to the substance, even in small amounts, can lead to severe health and ecosystem issues. Mercury in products can find it’s way into the environment in all sorts of ways such as manufacturing, spills, recycling and disposal. Due to the health risks posed products such ...


    By Camlab Limited

  • Continuous Mercury Monitoring Benefits Cement Plants

    Antti Heikkilä from Gasmet Technologies highlights the challenges faced by mercury monitoring in cement kilns, and explains how a new continuous mercury monitoring system addresses these issues and provides process operators with an opportunity to improve environmental performance and demonstrate compliance with forthcoming legislation. Background The production of cement ...


    By Gasmet Technologies Oy

  • Mercury Control Demonstrations

    C1.1 | Halogens and Sulfur in Coals and their Influence on Co-benefit Mercury Capture Bernhard Vosteen | President, Vosteen Consulting Gmbh Not only the range of the coal mercury content itself, but also the range of the native halogen and sulfur contents in coal are of great influence on co-benefit mercury capture, wet and dry. The ...

  • Detecting Mercury in Water

    Determination of Mercury (Hg) in Water by Hand-Held, Portable Cold Vapor Atomic Fluorescence SpectrometryWater is the most familiar and most abundant compound on Earth, making up 71% of its surface area.[1]It is a vital component for all known forms of life and is the aquatic habitat for thousands of species of microalgae, fish and shellfish. [2] With the presence of running water in our ...


    By Arizona Instrument LLC

  • Agreement on mercury finally here

    In Geneva 19 January 2013, due to successful interaction between science and policy making, governments within the UN agreed to a global, legally-binding treaty to prevent emissions and releases of mercury. Prof. Jozef Pacyna and his team at NILU - Norwegian Institute for Air Research, have played a major role in providing the UN policy makers with scientific justification for the treaty. 30 year ...

  • Mapping Quality Assurance Requirements for Continuous Mercury Monitoring Systems

    The Clean Air Mercury Rule (CAMR) requires coal-fired electric power plants to install and operate mercury  continuous monitoring systems by December 31, 2008 such that they will have 12 months of “submittable” data by 1 January 2010. For all practical purposes, “submittable data” are “quality-assured data” that meet the extensive quality control requirements cited in the various regulations that ...


    By Weston Solutions, Inc

  • Is there mercury in your industrial wastewater discharge?

    An assessment of sampling locations for three industrial wastewater effluent piping systems is presented. The assessments provided demonstrate that by installing sampling ports at the appropriate location along an effluent stream’s piping system, truly representative samples can be collected. These real and accurate results scientifically prove that a specific industrial wastewater ...


    By Practical Applications, Inc.

  • EVALUATION OF STRATEGIES FOR MERCURY MACT COMPLIANCE

    On December 15, 2003, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) proposed a rule with two alternatives to permanently reduce mercury (Hg) emissions from power plants. Under one alternative, which is the focus of this paper, the utilities would install controls known as Maximum Achievable Control Technologies (MACT) under section 112 of the Clean Air Act (CAA). The proposed rule ...


    By Trinity Consultants

  • Will the new global mercury treaty be effective?

    Original story at MIT News MIT researcher Noelle Selin assesses the challenges of implementing the first global mercury treaty. After four years of negotiations, delegates from more than 140 countries met last January to finalize the first global treaty to mitigate and prevent mercury pollution, the ...

  • Mercury in Northeastern North America: A synthesis of Existing Databases

    A large number of datasets representing mercury (Hg) levels in northeastern North America were assembled in a standardized format between 2000 and 2003. Based on support from the Northeastern States Research Cooperative, scientists annually gathered and developed an operational template to collaboratively analyze and interpret these data for a series of peer-reviewed publications. The diverse ...


    By Springer

  • Diurnal variations of total mercury (THg), reactive mercury (RHg), and dissolved gaseous mercury and water/air mercury flux in warm and cold season from fresh waters of Southwestern China

    Diurnal variations of water total mercury (THg), reactive mercury (RHg), and dissolved gaseous mercury (DGM) concentrations and mercury flux were monitored at two sites in warm and cold season in an alkaline reservoir in Southwestern China. Concentrations of THg and RHg as well as Hg fluxes usually exhibited a consistent diurnal trend with elevated values observed during day. The increasing ...


    By John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  • Inorganic mercury accumulation in rice (Oryza sativa L.)

    To investigate the source and process of inorganic mercury (IHg) accumulation in rice, we monitored the concentrations of IHg in tissues of rice plants (Oryza sativa L.) from four experimental plantation plots. Biweekly during the rice‐growing season, tissues of rice plants, corresponding soil, precipitation, and irrigation water samples were collected. The sampling data support the following: ...


    By John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  • Increase Mercury Vapor Detection Range by 10X

    Vapor dilution module extends detection range of J505 from nanograms to milligrams How it works: The new 10:1 dilution module for the J505 reduces the concentration of mercury vapor in the sample stream by a factor of ten, allowing for a much higher detection limit. Rather than the standard upper detection limit of 500 µg/m3, ...


    By Arizona Instrument LLC

  • Mercury Emissions From The Disposal of Fluorescent Lamps

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is making available to the public a study containing information relating to its Proposed Rule addressing the management of mercury-containing lamps under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act Subtitle C hazardous waste management system published in the Federal Register on July 27, 1994, 59 FR 39288. The study consists of an electronic model and ...

  • Egg laying sequence influences egg mercury concentrations and egg size in three bird species: Implications for contaminant monitoring programs

    Bird eggs are commonly used in contaminant monitoring programs and toxicological risk assessments, but intra‐clutch variation and sampling methodology could influence interpretability. We examined the influence of egg laying sequence on egg mercury concentrations and burdens in American avocets, black‐necked stilts, and Forster's terns. The average decline in mercury concentrations between the ...


    By John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  • A dynamic model using monitoring data and watershed characteristics to project fish tissue mercury concentrations in stream systems

    A complex interplay of factors determines the degree of bioaccumulation of Hg in fish in any particular basin. Although certain watershed characteristics have been associated with higher or lower bioaccumulation rates, the relationships between these characteristics are poorly understood. To add to this understanding, a dynamic model was built to examine these relationships in stream systems. The ...


    By John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  • Mercury in Freshwater Fish of Northeast North America – A Geographic Perspective Based on Fish Tissue Monitoring Databases

    As part of an initiative to assemble and synthesize mercury (Hg) data from environmental matrices across northeastern North America, we analyzed a large dataset comprised of 15,305 records of fish tissue Hg data from 24 studies from New York State to Newfoundland. These data were summarized to provide mean Hg concentrations for 40 fish species and associated families. Detailed analyses were ...


    By Springer

  • Relative Accuracy Testing of an X-Ray Fluorescence-Based Mercury Monitor at Coal-Fired Boilers

    ABSTRACT The relative accuracy (RA) of a newly developed mercury continuous emissions monitor, based on X-ray fluorescence, was determined by comparing analysis results at coal-fired plants with two certified reference methods (American Society for Testing and Materials [ASTM] Method D6784-02 and U.S. Environment Protection Agency [EPA] Method 29). During the first determination, the ...


    By Cooper Environmental

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