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Property owners who are tasked with Meth Lab remediation may need Pre-Remediation Sampling conducted. If the need arises Indoor Environmental Professionals Inc is able to provide you with Meth Laboratory Testing.
What Is Post-Remediation Sampling?
The purpose of post-remediation sampling is to show that cleanup effectively reduced contamination and, thus, the potential for exposure. Post-remediation sampling also can verify that cleaning was completed and that previously contaminated areas were cleaned to applicable standards. If post-remediation samples return results that exceed standards, the site should be cleaned again. In some cases, when portions of the site or structure cannot be cleaned, owners may consider encapsulation or removal if allowed by the oversight agency (see Section 3.15 of the EPA’s Voluntary Guidelines for Methamphetamine Laboratory Cleanup). Because the selection of sampling sites greatly influences the results of post-remediation sampling, having an independent third party conduct the sampling may be appropriate and is a requirement in some states.
Is Testing Necessary?
The following information may be useful in helping you make that decision.
According to section 3.6 of the EPA’s Voluntary Guidelines for Methamphetamine Laboratory Cleanup:
The decision whether to conduct pre-remediation sampling (and for which constituents) is best made on a property-specific basis. Owners and contractors should consult state and local requirements or guidelines when making the determination whether to conduct pre-remediation sampling. Pre-remediation sampling can reduce costs by streamlining the cleanup process and identifying materials that are too contaminated to clean and should simply be removed. Pre-remediation sampling also can be useful in excluding certain portions of a property from a cleanup, such as areas to which the operators of the lab did not have access. If pre-remediation sampling is conducted it should be conducted using the same protocols used for post remediation sampling (see Section 5.0).
Other Reasons For Pre-Remediation Sampling
According to the EPA’s Voluntary Guidelines for Methamphetamine Laboratory Cleanup these are the other reasons pre-remediation testing is recommended.
- To ensure the safety and health of those working on a site before or during remediation.
- To establish whether contamination exceeds state and local requirements or guidelines.
- To inform the cleanup plan and process by identifying the extent of contamination in areas of the former lab.
- To determine which materials can be cleaned and which should be removed. This assessment can help lower overall cleanup costs.
- To help quantify cost estimates for cleanup.
- To sample for lead and mercury, two elements commonly associated with the P2P method of production, if this method was employed.
- To corroborate or augment information that law enforcement officers gathered from those directly involved with the meth lab.
- To meet pre-remediation sampling requirements of a bank, insurance agency, mortgage holder, other private entity or state and local authorities.
- To allow for the comparison of pre- and post-remediation samples to show the reduction of contaminants achieved through remediation. (Note: The same sample collection method should be used for both pre- and post-remediation sampling if parties intend to compare results.)
- To establish a record of baseline conditions prior to remediation. In other cases, pre-remediation sampling is not required and may increase costs. Some states assume that all areas of a former meth lab are contaminated and require that the entire structure be cleaned. For some structures, it is more cost-effective to remediate the entire structure than to take pre-remediation samples in an attempt to avoid having to remediate certain areas.
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