USGS/EPA collection protocol for bacterial pathogens in soil

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This Sample Collection Procedure (SCP) describes the activities and considerations for the collection of bacterial pathogens from representative surface soil samples (0-5 cm). This sampling depth can be reached without the use of a drill rig, direct-push technology, or other mechanized equipment.

This procedure can be used in most soil types but is limited to sampling at or near the ground surface. This protocol has components for two different types of sampling applications: (1) typical sampling, when there is no suspicion of contamination (e.g., surveillance or background studies); and (2) in response to known or suspected accidental contamination (e.g., the presence of animal carcasses). This protocol does not cover sampling in response to a suspected bioterrorist or intentional release event.

Surface material is removed to the required depth (0-5 cm) and clean trowel or 50 ml sample tube is used to collect the sample. Sample containers are sealed, bagged, and shipped to the laboratory for analysis. Associated documentation, including a Field Data Log and Chain-of-Custody are also included in this document.

Additional publication details

Publication type Report
Publication Subtype Other Government Series
Title USGS/EPA collection protocol for bacterial pathogens in soil
Series number EPA/600/R-14/027
Edition 1.0
Year Published 2014
Language English
Publisher Environmental Protection Agency
Contributing office(s) St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center
Description Report: vi, 34 p.
Country United States