Characterization of Waste - State-of-the-art document - Analysis of eluates
In the Council Decision of 19 December 2002 establishing criteria and procedures for the acceptance of waste at landfills pursuant to Article 16 of and Annex II to Directive 1999/31/EC, the test methods are described for determining the acceptability of waste at landfills. In section 3 of the annex of this decision the following umbrella European Standards are included for the analysis of eluates:
- ENV 12506 Analysis of eluates – Determination of pH, As, Ba, Cd, Cl, Co, Cr, Cr(VI), Cu, Mo, Ni, NO2, Pb, total S, SO4, V and Zn (analysis of inorganic constituents of solid waste and/or its eluate; major, minor and trace elements);
- ENV 13370 Analysis of eluates – Determination of ammonium, AOX, conductivity, Hg, phenol index, TOC, easily liberatable CN, F (analysis of inorganic constituents of solid waste and/or its eluate (anions)).
In 2003 both European Standards were approved and became final standards i.e. EN 12506 and EN 13370. At the moment these standards are under revision and therefore a state-of-the-art document is prepared in order to verify the following items:
- Are all parameters mentioned in the decision included in these two European Standards?
- Should new relevant standards (e.g. EN ISO 17294 series) be included?
- Are the current analytical techniques capable of verifying the prescribed limit values with an acceptable confidence level?