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TestAmerica Speaks on New EPA Method Development for Analysis of Flue Gas Desulfurization Wastewaters


Dr. Richard Burrows, TestAmerica’s Director of Technical Services, nationally recognized for his technical and regulatory expertise, will present on the development of an EPA method for Flue Gas Desulfurization (FGD) wastewater analysis. The presentation will be given at the annual 2011 National Environmental Monitoring Conference (NEMC) on August 15th in Bellevue, WA.

Air quality regulations established in the U.S. require systems to remove sulfur dioxide for most coal-fired plants, resulting in Flue Gas Desulfurization (FGD) wastewaters. These wastewaters may contain significant and highly variable concentrations of toxic metals, especially selenium, resulting in analytical challenges due to unpredictable interferences.

Dr. Burrows will outline the development of this innovative testing method, utilizing aerosol dilution, discrete sampling, and interference removal via collision cell technology, which provides a straightforward, yet rugged approach to the analysis of this complex matrix. TestAmerica assisted the EPA in developing this method and now has it commercially available.

Dr. Burrows is an active member of the U.S. EPA’s Federal Advisory Committee, the Environmental Laboratory Advisory Board (ELAB), and also participates in method and technique development with the American Council of Independent Laboratories (ACIL). Dr. Burrows’ method development work has brought new insights to method detection limits (MDLs), quality assurance and quality control (QA/QC), environmental reference materials, and volatile and semi-volatile organic compound methods in the industry. To submit an inquiry to Dr. Burrows, please visit his profile on TestAmerica’s Ask the Expert webpage at:

About TestAmerica

TestAmerica is the leading environmental testing firm in the United States, including 36 laboratories and 35 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.


 environmental testing
 Flue Gas Desulfurization
 sulfur dioxide scrubbing
 coal-fired plant

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