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MACS Lab, Inc.
431 Crown Point Circle, Suite 120
Grass Valley, California 95945-9531
(800) MACS LAB, (800) 622-7522
(530) 274-1470
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CAM-17: Testing Waste for Hazardous Metals

Need CAM-17 testing? MACS Lab is your source for fast, accurate testing for hazardous metals in soil, groundwater, surface water, or wastewater.

MACS Lab is fully accredited by the California Department of Public Health for Inorganic Chemistry of Hazardous Waste Analysis. Our easy-to-read reports include quality control data, so you know you are getting accurate results.

Our prices are competitive - as low as $100 per sample for 5-day turnaround. Turnaround times as fast as 24 hours are available (call for prices).

How to submit your samples

First, go to our forms page, and download and fill in our chain of custody form, or use your own form, indicating that you want CAM-17 analysis. We need just 5 grams of material for each sample. Package your samples securely and send them, with the chain of custody and payment, to our Grass Valley lab (address at left). We recommend using a trackable delivery service such as UPS or FedEx. Be aware that the turnaround time is from the time the lab receives your samples.

The Forms page has a Credit Card Authorization form if you prefer to pay by credit card. There is also a Credit Application if you prefer us to bill you. Please submit the credit application for approval prior to sending samples to be billed.

Other tests

CAM-17 analysis determines the total concentration of each metal in the sample (TTLC). We can also test metals in STLC and TCLP extractions. MACS Lab can also perform the following tests:

  • PP 13 (Priority Pollutant Metals)
  • RCRA 8 (Resource Conservation and Recovery Act)
  • LUFT 5 (Leaking Underground Fuel Tank)

or any set of elements from the following list (standard sets are shown):

ElementCAM17PP13RCRA8LUFT5
Aluminum
Antimony
Arsenic
Barium
Beryllium
Cadmium
Calcium
Chromium
Cobalt
Copper
Iron
Lead
Magnesium
Manganese
Mercury
Molybdenum
Nickel
Phosphorus
Potassium
Selenium
Silver
Sodium
Tellurium
Thallium
Tin
Titanium
Vanadium
Zinc

We can also test for asbestos in water or bulk material.

Technical information

CAM stands for the California Administrative Manual, also known as the California Code of Regulations. CCR Title 22 section 66261.24 specifies the 17 metals that can qualify waste as hazardous. The analysis method is also known as EPA 6010B/7400. CAM-17 metals analysis does not differentiate between different valences of chromium, and does not test for Fluorine.

MACS Lab uses an Inductively Coupled Plasma (ICP) atomic emission spectrometer to analyze CAM-17 samples. For the technically inclined, this article by Bradford and Cook has a great deal of information about ICP instruments.

An ICP requires that the sample be extracted into a solution. Usually samples are extracted using ashing. TCLP and STLC extractions can be performed. Call for other extraction techniques that may be required in special circumstances.

CAM-17 analysis is most often used for soil and water samples, but can also be used for other materials such as rocks, minerals, sediment, air, alloys, and plant and animal tissue.