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Mercury in Some Coals of the United States.
NTIS: PB 208 010 :11 pages
Mercury exists in coal in minute quantities, but the large tonnages of coal consumed could represent relatively large amounts of mercury entering the environment. Limits have not been placed on the emission of mercury, and it is important that reliable analytical methods be available to the chemist. The Bureau of Mines has evaluated analytical techniques used by a number of laboratories; most used vapor phase atomic absorption as the final detection method. Neutron activation was used by some of the laboratories. All of the methods described could be applied, but they require careful manipulation to prevent loss or mercury contamination. In the samples analyzed, the mercury content ranged between 0.05+/-0.01 and 0.41+/-0.06 Part per million.
IH; Report of Investigation;
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS: PB 208 010
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