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The Use of Passive Samplers to Monitor Organic Contaminants at Superfund Sediment Sites
Sponsored by: USEPA Office of Superfund Remediation and Technology Innovation
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August 26, 2013, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM, EDT (18:00-20:00 GMT)

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Passive samplers are useful new tools for assessing contaminant exposures and evaluating the potential for adverse environmental effects at Superfund sites. Since the 1990’s, passive samplers have been used for monitoring contaminant concentrations in the water column, soil and sediment interstitial waters, and air at sites around the world. However, their use in sediments to date has been primarily for research. This webinar will introduce the concepts behind passive sampling, the types of passive samplers currently available to monitor dissolved organic contaminants, and the general methods for deployment and analysis. It will also discuss the potential uses of passive samplers in the different phases of the Superfund process and the advantages and disadvantages of their use. This webinar is based on, and complementary to, the recently released Sediment Assessment and Monitoring Sheet on the use of passive samplers at Superfund sites, published by EPA in December, 2012, and available at

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