Contaminant Detection and Sampling and Analysis
To protect public health following a wide-area chemical, biological (pathogen and/or biotoxin), or radiological (CBR) contamination incident, environmental sampling and analysis results are used to make decisions regarding cleanup of contaminated areas and water distribution systems to help citizens return to their normal routines. Examples of types of samples that might be collected include air (aerosol), water, surface (such as building materials), and soil. Contamination involving CBR agents requires special sampling, handling and analytical procedures.
EPA's research helps improve contaminant detection capabilities, sampling strategies, sample collection procedures, and sample analysis methodologies needed during and following CBR contamination events.
EPA’s Environmental Sampling and Analytical Methods (ESAM) Program provides rapid, online access to information and tools to coordinate sampling analysis during a response to a CBR contamination incident. The program supports field and laboratory efforts to characterize contaminated sites and to remediate contamination.
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Scribe is a software tool developed by EPA's Environmental Response Team (ERT) to assist in the process of managing environmental data. Scribe captures sampling, observational, and monitoring field data.
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Featured Science Matters Articles
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