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EPA Continues to Update Environmental Sampling and Analytical Methods (ESAM) Program

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s Homeland Security Research Program (HSRP) aims to increase the United States’ capabilities to prepare for and respond to environmental disasters involving chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear substances (CBRN). As part of this effort, EPA researchers develop scientific data, methods, and tools that can be used by various stakeholders, including laboratories and on-scene coordinators, to increase the effectiveness of response.

One of HSRP’s most important efforts is the Environmental Sampling & Analytical Methods (ESAM) Program. Launched in 2018, the ESAM program and associated website is a one-stop resource for field-and-laboratory-ready documents and web-based tools supporting characterization and post-decontamination sampling of sites following an intentional or accidental homeland security-related contamination incident.

Read more about ESAM.

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