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TestAmerica Addresses Challenges of Sampling and Reporting Lower Level Volatiles in Ambient Air at the 2011 NEMC


William Elcoate, TestAmerica’s Air Product Manager and recognized Vapor Intrusion (VI) expert, will reveal the latest data findings on detecting and quantifying volatiles in ambient and indoor air. The platform presentation will be held at the 2011 National Environmental Monitoring Conference (NEMC) on August 18th in Bellevue, WA.

Public concern and regulatory interests surrounding ambient air and inhalation risks, posed by long term exposure to Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), have been on the rise in the environmental community. These concerns have been fueled by health and ecological risks from emissions during oil & gas exploration, chemical refining and manufacturing, greenhouse gases, fugitive emissions, and a broad range of particulates and other airborne contaminants.

Mr. Elcoate will provide an overview of procedures, media, and methodologies used for sampling, detecting and quantifying volatiles in ambient and indoor air. Comparisons of traditional methods and a review of quality assurance and documentation needed to allow for sensitive and definitive measurements, in support of investigations and monitoring, will also be discussed.

Mr. Elcoate has over 20 years of experience in the environmental testing industry and is currently a technical and regulatory expert for TestAmerica’s Air Testing Program. He has been actively involved in vapor intrusion seminars across the nation. For more information, please contact Mr. Elcoate through his expert profile 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
 ambient air
 indoor air
 vapor intrusion

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