EPA SW-846 Test Methods Manual; Free Guidance and Download of the Entire Manual

EPA SW-846 Test Methods Manual; Free Guidance and Download of the Entire Manual

SW-846 on-line: Test Methods for Evaluating Solid Wastes-Physical/Chemical Methods

What is SW-846?
SW-846 on CD-ROM
Draft Update IVA
Draft Update IVB
RCRA Waste Sampling Draft Technical Guidance
Paper Copy of SW-846
Update IIIA
Update IIIB
New Methods

What is SW-846?

The EPA publication SW-846, entitled Test Methods for Evaluating Solid Waste, Physical/Chemical Methods, is OSW's official compendium of analytical and sampling methods that have been evaluated and approved for use in complying with the RCRA regulations. SW-846 functions primarily as a guidance document setting forth acceptable, although not required, methods for the regulated and regulatory communities to use in responding to RCRA-related sampling and analysis requirements. Information about other methods and analytical technologies may be accessed through the Clu-In webpage of EPA's Technology Innovation Office at http://clu-in.org/char1.cfm.

SW-846 is a multi-volume document that changes over time as new information and data are developed. It has been issued by EPA since 1980 and is currently in its third edition. Advances in analytical instrumentation and techniques are continually reviewed by OSW and incorporated into periodic updates to SW-846 to support changes in the regulatory program and to improve method performance and cost effectiveness. To date, EPA has finalized Updates I, II, IIA, IIB, III and IIIA to the SW-846 manual, and the updated and fully integrated manual contains approximately 3500 pages. The Methods Team of OSW has also made Draft Updates IVA and IVB for public use. See below for how to obtain official printed copies of SW-846 from GPO or NTIS, how to obtain a CD-ROM of SW-846 from NTIS, and how to obtain SW-846 ON-LINE.


An electronic copy of the complete SW-846 manual is now available at this site! Draft Update IVA and Draft Update IVB documents can also be viewed on-line.

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How to Obtain an Official Printed Copy of SW-846

An official printed copy of SW-846 and most of its updates can be purchased from either the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) or the National Technical Information Service (NTIS).

Government Printing Office

GPO offers a subscription service, which includes the four-volume basic manual and updates over a certain period. Each time a final update is issued, subscribers need to integrate it into their copy of the manual by replacing revised methods and adding new methods. The subscription can be obtained by contacting:

U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO)
Superintendent of Documents
Washington, DC 20402
Phone: (202) 512-1800
Publication Number: 955-001-00000-1

GPO Prices: $367.00 per domestic subscription, $513.80 for foreign mailing.

If you have questions about your current GPO SW-846 subscription, call (202) 512-2303.

National Technical Information Service

NTIS offers both copies of the current, fully integrated manual and individual copies of most updates and the basic manual (Third Edition before any updates). These documents can be obtained by contacting:

National Technical Information Service (NTIS)
U.S. Department of Commerce
5285 Port Royal Road Springfield, VA 22161
(800) 553-NTIS (553-6847)
From outside the continental U.S., please call 703-605-6000.

For on-line ordering of hard copies of SW-846 contact:NTIS

NTIS publication numbers and prices (as of 7/26/02):

Integrated Manual; PB2002105715; $360.00 (foreign $720.00)
Final Update I; PB94170313; $123.00 (foreign $246.00)
Final Update II and IIA; PB95187225; $150.00 (foreign $300.00)
Final Update IIB; PB95234480; $20.00 (foreign $40.00)
Final Update III; PB97156137; $215.00 (foreign $430.00)
Basic Manual; PB88239223; $200.00 (foreign $400.00)
Draft Update IVA; PB98-111750; $79.00 (foreign $158.00)
Draft Update IVB; PB2002105723; $100.00 (foreign $200.00)

Prices are subject to change.

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How to Obtain SW-846 on CD-ROM

NTIS also offers SW-846 on CD-ROM. It is compatible with both Windows and Macintosh operating systems. The CD-ROM utilizes Adobe Acrobat, with a powerful text search engine, and the means to electronically jump to selected methods via hypertext links. Users can view and print the material, including figures and flow diagrams, and cut and paste or export text and diagrams.

Version 2 of the CD-ROM includes the entire SW-846, Third Edition, as amended through Final Update III. A CD-ROM of Draft Update IVA is also available.

To order SW-846 on CD-ROM, contact:

National Technical Information Service (NTIS)
U.S. Department of Commerce
5285 Port Royal Road Springfield, VA 22161
(800) 553-NTIS (553-6847)
From outside the continental U.S., please call 703-605-6000.

For on-line ordering of SW-846 on CD-ROM contact: NTIS

NTIS publication numbers and prices for the Version 2, SW-846 CD-ROM:

Single user: PB97501928; $125 (foreign $165)
5 LAN users: PB97502512; $320 (foreign $415)
Unlimited users: PB97502520; $1,250 (foreign $1,650)

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SW-846 Online and Free

SW-846 On-line

Table of Contents
0010 - 0100 Series
1000 Series
3000 Series
4000 Series

5000 Series
6000 Series
7000 Series
8000 Series
9000 Series
SW-846 On-line
You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader, available as a free download, to view some of the files on this page. See EPA's PDF page to learn more about PDF, and for a link to the free Acrobat Reader. SW-846 contains over 200 documents, including the Table of Contents, Disclaimer, Preface, Chapters One through Thirteen, and many different methods for the sampling and analysis of wastes. All of the documents found in the Third Edition of SW-846, as updated by Updates I, II, IIA, IIB, III, IIIA and IIIB are located at this site. Just click on the appropriate document type at the top of this page, which will in turn take you to a complete listing of the applicable documents and links to each of those documents. For example, in order to locate Method 1311, the TCLP, click on the phrase "1000 Series," which will take you to a listing of the SW-846 methods in the 1000 series.

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1. Download and install Adobe Acrobat Reader from Adobe at www.adobe.com. It is FREE.
2. Set the preferences of your web browser to use the Acrobat Reader application (usually c:\Acrobat3\Reader\AcroRd32.exe) to view files with a pdf extension (*.pdf).
3. Open the document of choice by clicking on the underlined portion of the title. The selected document will appear on the screen.
4. To download the document to your own computer, click on and save the file separately to your hard drive using the "Save as . . ." feature of your file menu.

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Resources and Hotlines
Guidance Documents
Other EPA Methods
Links to Other Relevant Sites

Resources and Hotlines

For information on EPA monitoring methods, feel free to contact the designated Agency service listed below.

RCRA Hazardous Waste Test Methods (SW-846)

MICE Service Phone Number...........................703 676-4690
MICE Service Fax Number...............................703 318-4646
MICE Service E-mail..............................[email protected]
OSW Methods Team........................................703 308-8855

Safe Drinking Water Hotline.........................800 426-4791
CWA Wastewater Methods...........................703 461-2100
Office of Water Resources Center................202 260-7786
Clean Air Technology Center........................919 541-0800

For a more extensive list of EPA Hotlines, go to: www.epa.gov/epahome/hotline.htm

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Guidance Documents

Guidance for the Sampling and Analysis of Municipal Waste Combustion Ash for the Toxicity Characteristic (EPA530-R-95-036)

RCRA Ground-Water Monitoring: Draft Technical Guidance (EPA530R-93-001)
[PDF File, 1.9 MB] This document contains guidance on how to perform groundwater monitoring for the RCRA program. The document is also available from NTIS.

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Other EPA Methods

In addition to SW-846 methods, the following methods are also available from EPA:

Methods for Chemical Analysis of Water and Wastes
Document contains methods for the analysis of inorganics in drinking water. A hard copy can be purchased from the National Technical Information Service (NTIS), 800 553-6847. It is included on the "Methods and Guidance for Analysis of Water" CD-ROM available from NTIS.

The 500 series
Methods for the analysis of organics in drinking water are available through NTIS as a hard copy. All of the 500 series methods are included on the "Methods and Guidance for Analysis of Water" CD-ROM available from NTIS.

The 600 series
Methods for the analysis of organics in water and wastewater are published in 40CFR Part 136, and are available in hard copy form from NTIS, 800 553-6847. It is included on the "Methods and Guidance for Analysis of Water" CD-ROM available from NTIS.

The 1600 series
These methods include the original EPA slope dilution methods for organics as well as many newer methods for other analytes. Many of these methods can be found on the Office of Water Office of Science and Technology web site.

Methods and Guidance for the Analysis of Water CD-ROM
This documents contains the 100's through the 600's and 1600 series methods. The CD is available from NTIS.

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Links to Other Relevant Sites

The Office of Air Quality Standards & Planning (OAQPS) site provides information about methods that measure air emissions.

The Environmental Test Methods and Guidance site links to many other pages with test methods information, including water and air.

The Office of Water Office of Science and Technology site provides information about water methods.

EPA's Technology Innovation Office (TIO), through its Hazardous Waste Clean-Up Information (CLU-IN) site provides information about innovative treatment technologies for the hazardous waste remediation community.

The EPA Quality System Documents site contains quality system documents for EPA and non-EPA organizations including guidance on the data quality objective (DQO) process.

Manual 42 published by the American Society for Testing and Materials provides guidance in the development of sampling strategies to meet project objectives associated with RCRA waste management activities.

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