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TestAmerica Presents Procedures on Sample Integrity and On-site Laboratories for Emergency Response at the 2011 NEMC


Charles Newton, TestAmerica’s Laboratory Director for the Mobile, AL laboratory, and Bosco Ramirez, Corporate Operations Director, will present insights on environmental monitoring measures and on-site laboratory capabilities stemming from Emergency Response (ER) events. The presentations will be held at the 2011 National Environmental Monitoring Conference (NEMC) on August 17th in Bellevue, WA.

Mr. Newton will review the utilization of critical and fundamental quality control, and sample integrity precautions related to Emergency Response efforts. The technical procedures that should be considered to safeguard from real-time environmental issues, analytical delays, and ensuring data usability will also be discussed.

The second technical session led by Mr. Ramirez, reveals the operational requirements and challenges that impact the ability for successful on-site testing during Emergency Response events. These occurrences often trigger the need to collect data for environmental impact and human health risk assessment. Mr. Ramirez will provide an overview of the logistical and timing demands that can be overcome with an on-site laboratory.

The NEMC is the largest conference focused on environmental measurements in North America. The conference brings together scientists and management from Federal and State agencies, the regulated community, academia, and laboratory and engineering entities. NEMC has been co-sponsored by the NELAC Institute under a cooperative agreement with the U.S. EPA.

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.


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 emergency response
 on-site laboratory
 sample integrity

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