Why Aren’t We Using Passive Sampling More Often? – The End-user Perspective

Poster Presentation

Prepared by J. Conder, M. Vanderkooy, J. Thompson, J. Roberts, M. Healy
Geosyntec Consultants, 2100 Main Street, Suite 150, Huntington Beach, CA, 92648, United States

Contact Information: jconder@geosyntec.com; 714-465-1226


Passive sampling approaches are now recognized as one of the best tools to quantify the availability of organic compounds in sediment, surface water, and soil. Despite the dozens of publications detailing the development and application of passive sampling approaches during the last 15 years, recent enthusiastic regulatory support (e.g., USEPA’s 2012 passive sampling guidance), and a 6-paper series detailing a successful 2012 SETAC Pellston workshop on passive sampling, the majority of the end-user community (i.e., industrial and government organizations with environmental responsibilities and the consultants that assist them) continues to move slowly in applying this powerful technology. This presentation will highlight the current real and perceived barriers to widespread application of passive sampling from an end-user’s point of view, as well as practical lessons learned from a private environmental consultant’s experiences in applying passive sampling techniques for clients during the last 10 years. Additionally, we will discuss where the field of passive sampling needs to trend in the next few years to maximize the adoption of passive sampling approaches in the end-user community. Despite the current challenges and research action items, it is clear that currently-available passive sampling approaches are ready for widespread application and can provide high-quality data to aid environmental decision makers.