CEN - EN 15853
Ambient air quality - Standard method for the determination of mercury deposition
|Publication Date:||1 June 2010|
|ICS Code (Ambient atmospheres):||13.040.20|
This European Standard specifies a method for the determination of the total deposition of mercury. This standard can be used within the framework of the European Council Directive on Ambient Air Quality Assessment and Management and Directive 2004/107/EC. Performance requirements with which the method should comply are specified in this European Standard. The performance characteristics of the method were determined in comparative field validation tests carried out at two European locations.
This European Standard is applicable to background sites that are in accordance with the requirements of Directive 2004/107/EC and to urban and industrial sites.
This standard allows the sampling of deposition using cylindrical deposition gauges, and analysis using Cold Vapour Atomic Absorption Spectrometry (CVAAS) or Cold Vapour Atomic Fluorescence Spectrometry (CVAFS) following existing harmonised and standardised procedures. The standard is applicable for the measurement of mercury in deposition between 1 ng/(m2·d) and 100 ng/(m2·d).
NOTE The range given is based upon the values measured in the field validation test. The upper and lower limits are the observed minimum and maximum values measured during the field validation tests. The actual lower limits of the working range depends on the variability of the laboratory blank, for bulk and wet-only collectors, and the precipitation. The method can be applied to higher and lower deposition rates provided that the collection characteristics are not compromised.