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TestAmerica Invited to Speak on Low Level Reporting in Saline Matrices at the 2010 WateReuse California Annual Conference


TestAmerica’s Trevor Brenner, Operations Director of the Irvine, CA laboratory will present on the intricacies of low level detection of metals in a saltwater matrix at the upcoming 2010 WateReuse California Annual Conference. The presentation will be given on Monday, March 8, 2010 in San Diego, CA.

Speaking in the session, Water Quality and Emerging Health, Mr. Brenner will discuss the challenges attributable to saltwater matrices trace level analysis for metalic elements. Due to this intricate matrix, many polyatomic interferences are produced which can impose limitations on traditional ICP-Mass Spectrometry (ICP-MS) analysis. In order to reach these low levels and combat the interferences, different preconcentration and matrix removal procedures have been developed. Mr. Brenner will compare the various methods of achieving low level results in saltwater samples using ICP-MS by direct analysis, and by modified EPA Method 1640 preconcentration techniques using CoNO3 and FePd.

Mr. Brenner has over ten years of experience in the environmental testing industry. He has held past positions of Field Technician, Analyst, Supervisor, Project Manager, Laboratory Manager, Director of Client Services and Client Services Manager. Mr. Brenner has extensive knowledge of EPA methodologies and laboratory quality control procedures and continues to work with a wide variety of Industrial Wastewater, Municipal, and Oil Company clients.

About TestAmerica

TestAmerica is the leading environmental testing firm in the United States, including 36 laboratories and 31 service centers. TestAmerica provides innovative technical expertise and comprehensive analytical testing services. Specialty analyses include source and ambient air, aquatic toxicity, explosives, specialty organics, dioxins, drinking water, sediments and tissues, emerging contaminants, radiochemistry and mixed waste testing.

TestAmerica affiliate companies include EMLab P&K, the leader in analytical microscopy and indoor air quality; QED Environmental Systems, Inc., the leading supplier of groundwater sampling equipment and remediation pumping systems; TestAmerica Drilling Corp., provider of innovative environmental and geotechnical drilling; and TestAmerica Air Emissions Corp. (METCO Environmental), specializing in air emissions testing. TestAmerica currently employs nearly 2,800 professionals dedicated to exceptional service and solutions for our clients’ environmental testing needs.


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