Question regarding analyzed soil samples at the ASARCO site

The following is an email exchange that took place 10/6/2011 – 10/18/2011 between Heather McMurray and the Site Trustee. The Trustee’s responses are bolded.

Mr. Puga,

Is there any chance for the following, “If the lab is now done with the soil samples, please provide these to the community to a lab of choice, with chain of custody instead of allowing these to be destroyed (this has precedence – we have soil samples archived already from the TCEQ).”

thank you,
Heather McMurray

Dear Ms. McMurray,

Unfortunately, the Trust cannot comply with your request. As you know, environmental samples only yield valid results when the sampling and analysis are conducted to a rigid and agreed upon protocol. Releasing the samples to other parties after they have undergone analysis is not part of our Quality Assurance/Quality Control protocol.

Regards,
Roberto Puga

Dear Mr. Puga,

We already have chain of custody soil samples from the Asarco site.

Please send me the link (or a copy) of your “quality assurance/quality control protocol”.

“Releasing the samples to other parties after they have undergone analysis is not part of our Quality Assurance/Quality Control protocol.”

Heather McMurray

Dear Ms. McMurray,

The Quality Assurance Project Plan and Field Sampling Plan are Appendices B and C of the Final Remedial Action Work Plan. You can find these documents on the Trust’s website at the following link:

http://www.recastingthesmelter.com/wp-content/themes/recastingasarco/downloads/site_documents/asarco-final-rawp-with-appendices-04-2011.pdf

If you would like a hard copy sent to you, we would be happy to prepare one and mail it. Please send my your address if you would like the hard copy.

Regards,
Roberto Puga

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