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PDFWAC 173-340-820

Sampling and analysis plans.

(1) Purpose. A sampling and analysis plan is a document that describes the sample collection, handling, and analysis procedures to be used at a site.
(2) General requirements. A sampling and analysis plan shall be prepared for all sampling activities that are part of an investigation or a remedial action unless otherwise directed by the department and except for emergencies. The level of detail required in the sampling and analysis plan may vary with the scope and purpose of the sampling activity. Sampling and analysis plans prepared under an order or decree shall be submitted to the department for review and approval.
(3) Contents. The sampling and analysis plan shall specify procedures, that ensure sample collection, handling, and analysis will result in data of sufficient quality to plan and evaluate remedial actions at the site. Additionally, information necessary to ensure proper planning and implementation of sampling activities shall be included. References to standard protocols or procedures manuals may be used provided the information referenced is readily available to the department. The sampling and analysis plan shall contain:
(a) A statement on the purpose and objectives of the data collection, including quality assurance and quality control requirements;
(b) Organization and responsibilities for the sampling and analysis activities;
(c) Requirements for sampling activities including:
(i) Project schedule;
(ii) Identification and justification of location and frequency of sampling;
(iii) Identification and justification of parameters to be sampled and analyzed;
(iv) Procedures for installation of sampling devices;
(v) Procedures for sample collection and handling, including procedures for personnel and equipment decontamination;
(vi) Procedures for the management of waste materials generated by sampling activities, including installation of monitoring devices, in a manner that is protective of human health and the environment;
(vii) Description and number of quality assurance and quality control samples, including blanks and spikes;
(viii) Protocols for sample labeling and chain of custody; and
(ix) Provisions for splitting samples, where appropriate.
(d) Procedures for analysis of samples and reporting of results, including:
(i) Detection or quantitation limits;
(ii) Analytical techniques and procedures;
(iii) Quality assurance and quality control procedures; and
(iv) Data reporting procedures, and where appropriate, validation procedures.
The department shall make available guidance for preparation of sampling and analysis plans.
[Statutory Authority: Chapter 70.105D RCW. WSR 01-05-024 (Order 97-09A), § 173-340-820, filed 2/12/01, effective 8/15/01; WSR 90-08-086, § 173-340-820, filed 4/3/90, effective 5/4/90.]
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