Pesticide concentrations in ground water at Rocky Mountain Arsenal (RMA) near Denver, Colorado, were determined using solid-phase extraction (SPE) gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GC/MS) procedures and enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) for cyclodiene insecticides and triazine herbicides. Matrix interferences resulted in inconclusive results for some GC/MS analyses due to baseline disturbances and co-elution, but ELISA analyses consistently gave definitive results in a minimum amount of time. ELISA was used initially as a screening method, and pesticide concentrations and plume extents identified by ELISA were confirmed by SPE-GC/MS. A high degree of correlation was seen between results from GC/MS and ELISA methods for the triazine herbicides (correlation coefficient (R2) = 0.99). All areas with high pesticide concentrations were found to be within the boundaries of RMA.
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Evaluation of Immunoassay for the Determination of Pesticides at a Large-Scale Groundwater Contamination Site