Evaluation of a precipitation collector for PCB analysis

Michael W. Murray, Anders W. Andren

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The efficiency of a large wet-only precipitation collector for polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) analysis was investigated using generator column-produced solutions. Total recoveries were quantitative for two experiments utilizing mixed Aroclor generator columns for the PCB source, with input-weighted average congener recoveries of 104 and 99%. Small losses were observed on the filter and collection reservoirs (> 3%), and no breakthrough to the second extraction cartridge was observed. Loss to the collector surface was 11 and 2%, and in the first case most likely reflects contamination rather than actual retention during the experiment. Individual congener recoveries generally rather than actual chlorination, a relationship that may be due mostly to analytical uncertainties for more highly chlorinated congeners.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1097-1101
Number of pages5
JournalAtmospheric Environment Part A, General Topics
Issue number6
StatePublished - Apr 1992
Externally publishedYes


  • Collector
  • PCB
  • evaluation
  • precipitation
  • recovery
  • retention
  • surface

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pollution


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