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Guide for Development of Sample Collection Plans for Radiochemical Analytes in Outdoor Building and Infrastructure Materials Following Homeland Security Incidents
Hall, K., J. Griggs, T. Stilman, K. Snead, S. Hudson, AND L. Nguyen. Guide for Development of Sample Collection Plans for Radiochemical Analytes in Outdoor Building and Infrastructure Materials Following Homeland Security Incidents. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC, EPA/600/R-20/097, 2020.
There is a need for sampling and sample strategy tools to facilitate sampling and analysis of urban matrices in response to an intentional/unintentional contamination incident. This document provides a framework for developing and implementing an approach to sample collection during the cleanup of outdoor building and infrastructure materials after a radiological contamination incident. This document incorporates processes that include quantitative and qualitative assessments at each stage of cleanup decision making: from initial scoping and stakeholder outreach, to evaluation of cleanup options and implementation of the chosen alternative. The elements in this EPA document provide a general guide for preparation of homeland security incident-specific sample collection plans (SCPs) which are needed for collection of data once a contaminated site has been turned over to EPA and must be in compliance with EPA requirements regarding quality assurance (QA), quality control (QC) and data quality objectives (DQOs). Information in this document can be used to develop a systematic and integrated methodology for sample collection that will meet data use needs and site disposition objectives. This framework is designed to assist incident commanders, project managers, state and local authorities, contractors, and enforcement divisions responsible for the sample collection approach.
Report/The information in this document is intended to apply to the development of SCPs for cleanup of outdoor building and infrastructure materials contaminated with radioactivity following a homeland security-related incident.