Rapid Analysis of Petroleum Hydrocarbons (TPH) in Soil and Water by Infrared Spectroscopy

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Courtesy of Buck Scientific Inc

In 1988 the US EPA estimated that there were 3 to 5 million underground chemical storage tanks (UST’s) in the United States, of which up to 1% would develop leaks every year. In response to growing concerns about the quality and future availability of safe drinking water, federal and state programs have begun to systematically replace virtually all UST’s installed before 1986 either with above ground tanks, or with new underground tanks having built-in protection systems.

When a UST is removed from the ground, the surrounding soil must be tested to determine whether the tank leaked, and if so, the extent of the contamination.

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