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EPA LEAF Methods: The Next Generation of Leaching Procedures

EPA LEAF Methods: The Next Generation of Leaching Procedures

Tuesday, December 10, 2019 - 1:30 P.M. EST

About This Webinar:

U.S. EPA Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery initiated the review and validation of four new leaching tests, referred to as the LEAF (Leaching Environmental Assessment Framework) methods, for inclusion into the U.S. EPA’s SW-846 Methods.  These LEAF methods represent a considerable shift in leaching assessment methodology from the current approaches which are typically based on single-point pH tests.  These four methods represent the broad range of conditions that can occur in the environment and can consider the influence of pH, the influence of liquid to solids ratio, or the influence of mass transfer rates.

These LEAF leaching methods were developed to be part of a tiered assessment methodology that is a more robust, yet flexible, evaluation approach for estimating environmental release, particularly in applications where current regulatory tests are not required including beneficial use determinations, treatability evaluations, and other applications.

This presentation will focus on the environmental chemistry aspects of all four leaching methods, which includes batch, column and tank testing, including some optional modification to addressing one method for the generation of leachate for subsequent organics analysis.

Topics which will be covered:

  • U.S. EPA SW-846 Methods 1313, 1314, 1315, and 1316
  • Environmental chemistry aspects of the LEAF Methods
  • Review of data generated for each of these methods
  • Data comparison for metal and all the SW-846 Methods 1311 thru 1316 including total analysis

Who Should Attend?

  • Consultants and Engineers
  • Consultants and Engineers involved in beneficial use determinations, treatability, and  Insitu Solidification & Stabilization
  • Environmental professionals engaged in projects involving leaching assessment
  • Regulatory Officials

A question and answer session will immediately follow the presentation. At the conclusion of each webinar, you will be asked for your feedback and opinions for future webinar topics to be developed by TestAmerica.

December 10, 2019


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The Presenter:

Patricia McIsaac

Sediments, Tissues, Dredged Material, LEAF & CCR

Product Manager, Eurofins TestAmerica


Larry Matko

Leaching Environmental Assessment Framework (LEAF)

Technical Director, Eurofins TestAmerica

To view a recorded version of this webinar, please contact patricia.mcisaac@testamericainc.com.