Low Level 1,2,3-Trichloropropane Determination by Purge and Trap

1,2,3-Trichloropropane (1,2,3-TCP) is usually found at industrial waste sites. It can be used as a solvent or as a degreasing agent and is also a chemical intermediate when synthesizing other compounds. 1,2,3-TCP does not typically leach into soil, thus it is commonly found in ground water. Since it is a highly carcinogenic chemical and has been found to be a common contaminant in ground water, California has established 1,2,3-TCP as a hazardous compound with a notification level of 0.005-micrograms per liter (μg/L) in drinking water. While in Europe, 1,2,3- TCP is listed as a substance of very high concern that may cause cancer and is toxic for reproduction. This application will examine purge and trap sampling in conjunction with Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry (GC/MS) for the determination of low levels of 1,2,3-Trichloropropane.

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