Semi-Volatile Organic Compounds (SVOCs) are a subgroup of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) that have a high molecular weight and high boiling points. They are primarily composed of pesticides and herbacides. Prolonged exposure to these compounds, especially indoors, raises a public health concern. For example, many of these compounds have been listed by the US EPA as hazardous air pollutants (HAPs). This classification applies to pollutants that can cause serious health effects such as: allergies, asthma, endocrine and thyroid disruption, reproductive toxicity, fetal and child development delays, and even cancer. Soil is one of the most common matrices in which these compounds are present and the extraction of these compounds from soil can be a lengthy and tedious process. The CEM EDGE™ is a revolutionarily simple system for the rapid extraction of semi-volatile organic compounds (SVOCs) from soil that is more than six times faster than other automated techniques. With its patent pending Q-Cup Technology™ the EDGE™ makes the extraction process fast and simple and meets the requirements of EPA 3545.

 

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