Science Inventory

Best Practices to Minimize Laboratory Resources for Waste Characterization During a Wide-Area Release of Chemical Warfare Agents

Citation:

Willison, S., M. Magnuson, E. Silvestri, P. Lemieux, T. Boe, S. Hines, AND R. James. Best Practices to Minimize Laboratory Resources for Waste Characterization During a Wide-Area Release of Chemical Warfare Agents. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC, EPA/600/R-18/254, 2018.

Impact/Purpose:

The purpose of this document is to present best practices to minimize resources needed for determination of waste characterization strategies, sample collection techniques, and analytical approaches for characterization of waste materials contaminated by an urban wide-area release of chemical warfare agents. The best practices discussed in this document might be applicable to consequence management activities that EPA will be involved with and will require waste characterization. This document is intended to be general and all-hazards in nature, applicable to a multitude of settings, and to provide information on techniques and approaches that efficiently optimize sampling and analytical resources associated with the response to a wide-area incident. The material presented has value for pre-incident planning and use during an incident. The processes described in this document do not rely on and do not affect authority under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), the NRF, the National Contingency Plan (NCP), or any other statute.

Description:

The report is intended to be applicable to consequence management activities that EPA will be involved with and will require waste characterization. This best practices document is intended to be general and all-hazards in nature, applicable to a multitude of settings, and to provide information on techniques and approaches that efficiently optimize sampling and analytical resources associated with the response to a wide-area incident. The material presented has value for pre-incident planning and use during an incident.

URLs/Downloads:

BEST PRACTICES TO MINIMIZE LABORATORY RESOURCES FOR WASTE CHARACTERIZATION DURING A WIDE-AREA RELEASE OF CHEMICAL WARFARE AGENTS   (PDF,127 pp, 7523 KB,  about PDF)

Record Details:

Record Type: DOCUMENT (PUBLISHED REPORT/REPORT)
Product Published Date: 09/13/2018
Record Last Revised: 07/25/2019
OMB Category: Other
Record ID: 345841

Organization:

U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

OFFICE OF RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT

NATIONAL HOMELAND SECURITY RESEARCH CENTER

THREAT AND CONSEQUENCE ASSESSMENT DIVISION