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EMSL Analytical Offers Radiological Sample Analysis


The nation’s leading environmental testing laboratory now offers services to analyze radioactive samples following the nuclear disaster in Japan.

Cinnaminson, NJ

Twenty-five years ago the world faced one of the first major crises at a nuclear power plant in Chernobyl. Earlier this year the public was reminded of the potential hazards associated with nuclear energy when a nuclear power plant in Japan began releasing radiation after it was hit with a massive earthquake and tsunami.

The most recent crisis has raised concerns across North America regarding the fallout of released radioactive particles that could potentially cross the Pacific and reach this continent. Following the nuclear disaster in Japan there has been a dramatic increase in the number of requests to perform Gamma Spectroscopy analyses. In response, EMSL Analytical is pleased to announce that they are now accepting radiological samples.

The ability to measure Gamma isotopes that may have been released from the Japanese nuclear power plant allows EMSL to measure for things such as Cesium-134, Cesium-137, Iodine-131 and other radioactive elements. Samples are being processed to test food products, soils, vegetation and water matrices. Some samples are able to be processed in as short as one day.

“EMSL is pleased to be able to expand our offerings for analyzing radioactive samples,” reported Joe Frasca, Senior Vice President, Marketing at EMSL. “In addition to this most recent offering by EMSL Analytical, the laboratory announced last year that it was accepting samples for polarized light microscopy (PLM) for radioactive asbestos samples. This service is essential for analyzing samples from facilities that contained radioactive materials, such as nuclear power plants and nuclear powered naval vessels that are being remediated to remove hazardous asbestos containing materials,” he continued.

EMSL Analytical has been offering environmental testing services since 1981. The company has over 30 laboratories across the United States and Canada that offer a variety of environmental testing services and sampling supplies and products.

To learn more about testing for radioactive materials or other environmental issues please visit, call (800) 220-3675 or email

About EMSL Analytical, Inc.
EMSL Analytical is a nationally recognized and locally focused provider of environmental and materials testing services and products to professionals and the general public. The company has an extensive list of accreditations from leading organizations as well as state and federal regulating bodies.


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