EPA Science Inventory

Guidelines for Using Passive Samplers to Monitor Organic Contaminants at Superfund Sediment Sites

Citation:

BURGESS, R. M. Guidelines for Using Passive Samplers to Monitor Organic Contaminants at Superfund Sediment Sites. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC, EPA/600/R-11/115, 2012.

Description:

Passive samplers are monitoring tools that can provide faster, cheaper, and scientifically-sound information about the water column and interstitial water concentrations of contaminants of concern (COC) at Superfund sites. Often, the use of passive samplers is more effective than the application of conventional sampling techniques. This SAMS discussed advantages and disadvantages of using passive samplers including costs, the information passive samplers provide, the different types of passive samplers, and some theory on how passive samplers function. Further, this document described the preparation, deployment, recovery, and storage of passive samplers, the selection of passive samplers, and the analysis of passive sampler data. An example calculation is provided as well as a brief case study and description of some of the scientific challenges remaining relative to passive samplers. Because of the many advantages passive sampling has over conventional sampling for environmental management and research applications, passive sampling is very likely to have a dominant role in the future of environmental sampling and monitoring.

Purpose/Objective:

Passive samplers are monitoring tools that can provide faster, cheaper, and scientifically-sound information about the water column and interstitial water concentrations of contaminants of concern (CoCs) at Superfund sites. Often, the use of passive samplers is more effective than the application of conventional sampling techniques. This SAMS document discusses advantages and disadvantages of using passive samplers including costs, the information passive samplers provide, the different types of passive samplers, and some theory on how passive samplers function. Further, this document describes the preparation, deployment, recovery, and storage of passive samplers, the selection of passive samplers, and the analysis of passive sampler data. An example calculation is provided as well as a brief case study and description of some of the scientific challenges remaining relative to passive samplers. Because of the many advantages passive sampling has over conventional sampling for environmental management and research applications, passive sampling is very likely to have a dominant role in the future of environmental sampling and monitoring.

URLs/Downloads:

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Record Details:

Record Type: DOCUMENT (PUBLISHED REPORT/GUIDANCE DOCUMENT)
Start Date: 12/01/2012
Completion Date: 12/01/2012
Record Last Revised: 01/16/2013
Record Created: 09/30/2011
Record Released: 09/30/2011
OMB Category: Other
Record ID: 238596

Organization:

U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

OFFICE OF RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT

NATIONAL HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECTS RESEARCH LAB

ATLANTIC ECOLOGY DIVISION

POPULATION ECOLOGY BRANCH