10.12. Postburn Actions
10.12.1. Follow-Up Monitoring
The site must be surveyed immediately after the burn to ensure that no burning materials remain in the area. This could include thick patches of escaped oil, parts of the boom, or burning organic matter. After this immediate surveillance, the residue should be recovered quickly before it sinks. Areas where residue may have sunk should be carefully documented as this could adversely affect the benthic environment. The area should be surveyed and the amount of unburned oil remaining should be estimated. This value and the amount of residue are important in estimating the overall mass balance.