Date: Tue, 21 Dec 2010 15:42:17 -0500
Reply-To: Don Wanamaker <dwanamaker**At_Symbol_Here**>
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From: Don Wanamaker <dwanamaker**At_Symbol_Here**EMLWEB.COM>
Organization: Environmental Management, Ltd.
Subject: Re: Precipitate Sampling

My guess is you'll find silver and not much else.  Do a total RCRA metals first (not a TCLP) and find an area to take a background sample as well.
Good luck.
Don Wanamaker
Environmental Management, Ltd.
(888) 4-EMLWEB or (888-436-5932)
----- Original Message -----
From: Wendy Campbell
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Sent: Tuesday, December 21, 2010 2:15 PM
Subject: [DCHAS-L] Precipitate Sampling

Hey all,

I just ran into an interesting situation.  Some years ago, there was a plumbing leak in a pipe tunnel.  The "grey" water in the lines that leaked out originated in a photography teaching lab and a metal arts teaching lab.  After the leak was fixed, the water was simply allowed to dry in the tunnel and now there is a lot of dust left on the floor.  There will be a lot of work performed in the tunnels in the next month or two, and this will certainly stir up the dust.  

I know what processes are done there now, and I have a good idea of "recent" history (the past 10 years or so), but I'm not overly familiar with historical photography lab practices and the photography manager is newer here than I am.  Based on what I do know, I grabbed a sample of the material and will have it tested to see what might be in there and at what levels so we can start planning a clean-up of the area.  My question to the list is this:  What would you sample for?  It would be awesome to have that mysterious machine from CSI that can analyze molecules in seconds in the field, all the way down to the brand of perfume and its retailers, but......  I'm thinking a TCLP for metals is in order, but is there anything else that I should request of the lab doing the analysis?      


Wendy Campbell, CSP
Occupational Health and Safety Officer
Environmental Health and Safety
Boise State University
1910 University Drive
Boise, Idaho 83725-1826
Office: (208) 426-3303
Fax:  (208) 426-3343

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