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Environmental Sampling and Analytical Methods (ESAM) Program

Homeland Security Research Program Videos

EPA’s Homeland Security Research Program (HSRP) has developed videos to highlight sampling and analysis research. Below are descriptions and links to relevant research and tools which support ESAM.

Environmental Sampling & Analytical Methods Program (ESAM) 

Image of ESAM video titleThis video provides an overview of the Environmental Sampling and Analytical Methods (ESAM) Program webpage. It also provides “how to” instructions for use of the Selected Analytical Methods (SAM) and Sample Collection Information Document (SCID) query tools. 

Watch the ESAM video on YouTube

Bio-Response Operational Testing and Evaluation (BOTE)

Image of BOTE image titleHSRP and Federal Partners conducted the BOTE project in order to test and evaluate three decontamination technologies in an indoor setting for a biological incident. Samples were collected before and after decontamination using several sampling techniques. The samples were then analyzed to determine efficacy of the decontamination method. 

Watch the BOTE video on YouTube.

Underground Transport Restoration Project (UTR) 

Image of underground video titleDHS and EPA’s HSRP conducted the UTR project in an underground transport system (subway) setting in order to test and evaluate sampling methods and decontamination technologies that might be used for a wide-area biological incident. Sample processing and analysis methods were also developed and tested for unique sample types.

Watch the UTR video on YouTube.