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Interpreting and Reporting Radiological Water-Quality Data

September 7, 2008

This document provides information to U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Water Science Centers on interpreting and reporting radiological results for samples of environmental matrices, most notably water. The information provided is intended to be broadly useful throughout the United States, but it is recommended that scientists who work at sites containing radioactive hazardous wastes need to consult additional sources for more detailed information. The document is largely based on recognized national standards and guidance documents for radioanalytical sample processing, most notably the Multi-Agency Radiological Laboratory Analytical Protocols Manual (MARLAP), and on documents published by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the American National Standards Institute. It does not include discussion of standard USGS practices including field quality-control sample analysis, interpretive report policies, and related issues, all of which shall always be included in any effort by the Water Science Centers. The use of 'shall' in this report signifies a policy requirement of the USGS Office of Water Quality.

Citation Information

Publication Year 2008
Title Interpreting and Reporting Radiological Water-Quality Data
DOI 10.3133/tm5B6
Authors David E. McCurdy, John R. Garbarino, Ann H. Mullin
Publication Type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Series Title Techniques and Methods
Series Number 5-B6
Index ID tm5B6
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization National Water Quality Laboratory