Accession Number : ADA445870
Title : The National Shipbuilding Research Program. Development of a Quick TBT Analytical Method
Descriptive Note : Final rept.
Corporate Author : CENTER FOR ADVANCED SHIP REPAIR AND MAINTENANCE INC NORFOLK VA
Report Date : 16 Aug 2000
Pagination or Media Count : 41
Abstract : Concern about the toxic effect of tributyltin have caused the Commonwealth of Virginia through the Department of Environmental Quality to promulgate a Virginia Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (VPDES) discharge standard of 50 parts per trillion (pptr or ng/L). In addition to this action, an international ban on the use of TBT paints is scheduled for 2008. These actions as well as the interest by some shipyards in ISO 14001 certification have focused attention on removing tributyltin from shipyard discharges to the environment. One manner in which shipyards can mitigate TBT discharges from shipyard waters is through treatment of waters containing TBT and testing of waters thought to contain TBT. In order to determine whether a water contains TBT or if a water is undergoing treatment to know whether adequate treatment has been achieved, a fast turnaround method is needed. A fast analytical method is desirable since holding water at a shipyard can negatively impact shipyard production and impose a cost of containment. To address these issues, a study was conducted to develop a Fast-TBT Method that would allow analysis of aqueous samples that could produce analytical results in less than half a day from the time a sample was received. Specifically for a calibrated instrument, the goal was to develop a method that would allow a single measurement of a sample in less than fifteen minutes. The effort described in this report meets the goals established for the method. A single injection/stripping of a sample can be conducted in less than 15 minutes and using sample triplicates and standard additions for quality assurance and quality control. The samples included in this effort included high ionic strength sonar dome samples as well as ship hull wash water samples. Comparison of sonar dome samples split with a laboratory using the Virginia regulatory -approved provided initial data that the Fast-TBT Method provided comparable results to the approved method.
Descriptors : *TOXICITY , *PAINTS , *SHIP HULLS , MEASUREMENT , VIRGINIA , REMOVAL , ENVIRONMENTS , ORGANOMETALLIC COMPOUNDS , COSTS , RESPONSE , QUALITY CONTROL , ADDITION , BUTANES , SHIPYARDS , SONAR DOMES , SHIPBUILDING , TIN COMPOUNDS , QUALITY ASSURANCE , CALIBRATION , INSTRUMENTATION , SAMPLING , QUALITY , CONTAINMENT(GENERAL) , REACTION TIME , PRODUCTION , IMPACT , WATER
Subject Categories : Toxicology
Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE