|What to do if you want to analyze regulated foreign or domestic soil at the APS
Soil from foreign sources and certain locations in the United States are regulated in their movement into and about the United States. A permit from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is required to receive these soils unless they are sterilized. More complete information about the regulation of soil can be found on the USDA Soil Permit web page. More general information is available on the USDA APHIS website. Please contact Liz Schmidt well in advance of your experiment start date to arrange for use of regulated soil samples at the APS.
A few important concepts from the USDA Circular Q-330.300-2, Soil (01/2010) are:
|Does the APS have a permit to receive regulated foreign and domestic soil samples?
|Yes, the APS has a USDA permit to receive and manage regulated soil samples.
|What if I need help deciding if my samples are regulated soil?
|If you are having difficulty deciding if your samples are "soil" or if they are regulated, please contact Liz Schmidt (email@example.com).
|What do I have to do to ship a regulated soil sample to the APS?
Contact the APS Soil Custodian to arrange for the shipment to the APS. The following criteria must be met for soil sample shipments subject to USDA soil permit regulations:
|What will happen to my soil sample when it arrives at the APS?
All regulated soil samples will be stored in a locked cabinet in Room 437 C002 until needed at the beamline. All samples are entered into a logbook with the following information:
When the soil sample is not being analyzed it must be secured (when unattended) at the beamline and the area posted for regulated soil samples. Secured is defined as a locked location (i.e. a lockable drawer or cabinet). Please contact the APS Soil Custodian (Liz Schmidt) with any questions regarding securing of samples.
|How do I arrange for the return of soil samples to my home institution after the experiment?
|Regulated soil samples may only be received by an institution that has a USDA permit to receive regulated soil. In order to ship a regulated soil sample from the APS, the user must present a copy of the receiving institution's soil permit for inclusion in the outgoing shipment. The APS will also have to obtain written permission from an appropriate USDA PPQ Office to send the shipment.
|How can I treat my sample so it can ship as unregulated soil?
|In order to convert a soil sample from regulated to unregulated it must be heat treated according to USDA guidelines. Contact Liz Schmidt or Matt Spilker for heat treating temperatures and times accepted by the USDA.
|Can I dispose of my soil samples when the experiment is finished?
|Instead of shipping a sample from the APS to the user's home institution after completion of the experiment, it may be disposed of at the APS by heating treating the soil sample according to USDA guidelines. Arrangements for disposal must be made with Liz Schmidt or Matt Spilker prior to the user's departure from the APS.
|How do I treat laboratory equipment that comes in contact with regulated soil samples?
Any piece of laboratory equipment that comes in contact with an untreated (i.e. unsterilized) regulated soil sample must be washed with a 70% alcohol solution. This may be done in the LOM laboratory where sample preparation is being conducted.
Please contact the APS User Safety Program if you have any questions or cannot access the internal links.
|Updated: February 22, 2024