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Laboratory Analytical Waste Management and Disposal Information Document Companion to Selected Analytical Methods for Environmental Remediation and Recovery (SAM)
Hall, Kathleen, E. Boring, Y. Chambers, J. Cuddeback, M. Sinclair, AND L. Umbaugh. Laboratory Analytical Waste Management and Disposal Information Document Companion to Selected Analytical Methods for Environmental Remediation and Recovery (SAM). U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC, EPA/600/R-19/116, 2019.
During development of the Selected Analytical Methods document, EPA recognized the need for a document to provide guidelines regarding management and disposal of wastes resulting from samples that have been analyzed by the methods listed in SAM. This document is intended to provide general guidelines for use by EPA and EPA-contracted laboratories when managing and disposing of analytical waste following use of the methods listed in SAM. The document includes information regarding laboratory waste management responsibilities; waste minimization; federal and state regulations; and waste treatment, storage, packaging, disposal and decontamination procedures. It is assumed that laboratories using this document will be handling environmental samples (e.g., water, soil, surfaces wipes, air particulate filters, outdoor building and infrastructure materials) that contain one or more of the chemical, biological, or radiochemical analytes listed in SAM at levels that would be expected to be found in samples that are collected in support of site remediation and clearance. It is also assumed that these samples and the corresponding analytical waste are thoroughly characterized, and the hazardous components and concentration levels understood. The document is expected to be used by CBR laboratories that will provide analytical services after an intentional or unintentional incident.
This document addresses management of laboratory analytical waste unique to remediation activities following a homeland security incident when SAM methods would be applied, and assumes that specific environmental sample types (i.e., water, soil, surfaces wipes, air particulates and building materials) that will be analyzed by laboratories using the methods listed in SAM.