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Determination of Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs) and Phthalates in Waste Polymer samples using the SpeedExtractor E-916

PCBs and phthalates are polymer additives present in a myriad of industrial and commercial applications. Because of health concerns PCBs have been phased out of production in many parts of the world and the use of phthalates has been restricted. Today these chemicals are monitored worldwide.

This application note describes the extraction of PCBs and phthalates from two waste polymer samples intended for mechanical recycling using the SpeedExtractor E-916.  This application meets requirements of U.S. EPA Method 3545A.