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TM99-04 Inductively Coupled Plasma - Optical Emission Spectrometry to replace Flame Atomic Absorption Spectrometry and Direct Current Plasma - Atomic Emission Spectrometry for the determination of whole-water recoverable trace metals and major ions in dig

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Effective April 1, 1999, the National Water Quality Laboratory (NWQL) has replaced the Flame Atomic Absorption Spectrometry (FAAS) and Direct Current Plasma - Atomic Emission Spectrometry (DCP-AES) methods for the determination of whole-water recoverable (WWR) trace metals and major ions in digested water samples with the Inductively Coupled Plasma - Optical Emission Spectrometry (ICP-OES) technique. The ICP-OES WWR method is described in Open-File Report 98-165. The WWR digestion is described in Open-File Report 96-225. The WWR FAAS and DCP-AES methods being replaced by the ICP-OES method are listed in Table 1. Four additional WWR tests -- molybdenum, silica, silver, and vanadium -- are also being offered by the ICP technique.

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