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Index to EPA Test Methods

Introduction to Index (FAQ section)
How to Interpret the Information in the Columns
Chemical or Name Index: A-D, E-M, N-Se, or Sf-Z
Sources of EPA Test Methods
Key to Obtaining Sources & Vendor Contact Information
Related Sources of Methods Information
Electronic Sources of Methods
Links to Sources of Test Methods on the Internet

Index to EPA Test Methods, April 2003 revised edition New, is also available as a 85 pp., 1.4M Adobe Acrobat Portable Document Format (PDF).


To respond to frequent requests for agency test methods, Region 1 Library staff developed this methods index as a tool to help locate copies. Confirming that there was no one volume containing all agency methods and no comprehensive list of them, the project commenced and in 1988 the first printed Index to EPA Test Methods published as EPA 901/3-88-001. It has been updated periodically to reflect new procedures and revoked methods and the current edition includes about 1600 method references. The index includes only EPA methods and its primary goal remains as a reference tool to identify a source from which the actual method can be obtained, either free or for a fee.

Originally sources were primarily print documents, but in the mid 1990's electronic versions of EPA air methods began to appear on bulletin board systems (BBS) and then some water methods on floppy disks. In the late 1990's, EPA issued two compendium of methods on CD ROM for waste and for water. Internet access was more recent and commenced with the air methods and in 1998 the entire SW-846 compendium was placed on the web. In 1999 the EPA New England Region 1 Library Web site first offered the Index in Adobe Acrobat format for easy distribution. In 2002, the revamped web version of EMMI appeared as National Environmental Methods Index (NEMI) offering summary information about water methods from EPA and other organizations, with links to full text of those from EPA.

The Index to EPA Test Methods is an ever changing product and your feedback helps keep it current and useful. Please contact me with your comments, questions and contributions.

Peg Nelson (contractor)
EPA Region 1 Library
1 Congress Street, Suite 1100 LIB
Boston, MA 02114-2023
phone: 617-918-1991
fax: 617-918-1992


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