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The Background Workgroup of the Contaminated Media Forum meets monthly via teleconference/webinar or in person to discuss issues with the evaluation and determination of background and the use of non-site-specific background studies to support a determination of background at contaminated sites being cleaned up pursuant to Chapter 62-780, F.A.C.


Meeting Notes

Background Studies and Technical Documents

  1. A Summary of Selected Soil Constituents and Contaminants at Background Locations in New Jersey
  2. Arsenic Concentrations in Florida Surface Soils - Influence of Soil Type and Properties (Chen et al)
  3. Background Levels of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons in Northern California
  4. Background Versus Risk-Based Screening Levels - An Examination of Arsenic Background Soil Concentrations in Seven States
  5. British Columbia Protocol 4 for Contaminated Sites Determining Background Soil Quality (October 2010)
  6. British Columbia Soil Sampling Guide for Local Background Reference Sites
  7. Colorado Proposed Soil Remediation Objectives Policy Document (December 31, 1997)
  8. Development of Oregon Background Metals Concentrations in Soil (March 2013)
  9. EPA - Guidance for Comparing Background and Chemical Concentrations in Soil for CERCLA Sites (September 2002)
  10. EPA - Role of Background in the CERCLA Cleanup Program (April 26, 2002)
  11. Illinois - Title 35, Part 742, Subpart D, Determining Area Background
  12. Methodology for the Determination of Normal Background Concentrations of Contaminants in English Soil
  13. Michigan Background Soil Survey 2005
  14. Northern California PAH Data Set
  15. Southern California - A Methodology for Using Background PAHs to Support Remediation Decisions (January 24, 2002)
  16. Southern California PAH Data Set
  17. Urban Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs) - A Florida Perspective (January 18, 2010)
  18. USGS Paper - Element Concentrations in Soils and Other Surficial Materials of the Counterminous United States
  19. Washington - Urban Seattle Area Soil Dioxin and PAH Concentrations Initial Summary Report (September 2011)
  20. Ohio EPA - Evaluation of Background Metal Soil Concentrations in Cuyahoga County - Cleveland Area
  21. Ohio EPA - Evaluation of Background Metal Soil Concentrations in Franklin County - Columbus Area
  22. Links to all Ohio EPA studies

Last updated: November 04, 2016

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