US EPA Regulations/Methods

Environmental regulations aimed to protect human health and the environment

The US EPA sets safety standards and methods to ensure our water, air, and soils are safe from hazardous contaminants. Many Thermo Scientific products are used by environmental laboratories to comply with these regulations.

Visit these informative pages to find helpful information such as determining which EPA method to use, discussions about the relevant technologies, and strategies for successful analysis.


US EPA Regulation categories

Method & title Description Visit this page for:
EPA Method 200.7
Determination of Metals and Trace Elements in Water and Wastes by Inductively Coupled Plasma-Atomic Emission Spectrometry
Sets the detection limit (MDL) for 31 different elements, along with preferred wavelengths, and calibration and quality control standards.
  • Strategies for successful results using EPA Method 200.7
  • Regulatory updates
  • Resources
EPA Method 200.8
Determination of Trace Elements in Waters and Wastes by Inductively Coupled Plasma - Mass Spectrometry (ICP-MS)
EPA method for the analysis of 21 trace metal elements in drinking, surface, and ground waters, and solid waste samples.
  • Which EPA Method to use for trace metal analysis
  • Strategies for improving productivity
  • Use of EPA Method 200.8 for Clean Water Act and SW846
  • EPA Method 6020B and EPA Method 200.8
  • Metal element monitoring in UCMR 3 and UCMR 4
  • Resources
EPA Method 200.9
Determination of Trace Elements by Stabilized Temperature Graphite Furnace Atomic Absorption (GFAA)
EPA method for the analysis of 16 elements dissolved and total recoverable elements in a broad variety of waters, as well as sediments, soils, and sludge.
  • The use of EPA Method 200.9 for arsenic and lead analysis
  • Analysis of arsenic in drinking water and regulations
  • Analysis of lead in drinking water and its regulations
  • Resources
EPA Method 6010 Inductively coupled plasma-atomic emission spectrometry for determination of trace elements in solution EPA method is a widely used performance-based guidance for analysis of 31 trace elements in ground water, soil, sediment, and solid waste.
  • Overview of method, sample preparation, analysis, and results
  • Comparison of EPA Method 6010 with EPA Method 200.7
  • Resources