Thursday, 24 June 2010

Oil spill identification Waterborne petroleum and petroleum products PD CEN/TR 15522-1:2006

Where an oil pollution incident has occurred, samples should be collected from both the spill and, wherever possible, the potential source of the pollutant, e.g. ship, shore tank, pipeline or road vehicle, in order to assist in the identification or confirmation of the source of the spill. The aim of this document is to give guidance on the best current practice for taking such samples. This document does not contain details relating to all types of spill situation, but should only be regarded as general guidelines. However, by following these guidelines it should be possible to collect and provide legally valid samples that can be used in the process of identifying or confirming the source of the spill. The issues addressed only cover the mechanics of sample collection. The command and control that may be put in place during incident response, the authorities who may request sample collection and the individuals who have the authority to collect samples, will vary from country to country and as a consequence these issues are not addressed

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