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TestAmerica Addresses the Testing Challenges of Emerging Contaminants at the 2012 EMDQ Workshop


Dr. Douglas Weir, TestAmerica West Sacramento’s Quality Assurance Manager, will present on analytical impacts for testing a new class of emerging contaminant compounds at the 2012 Environmental Monitoring and Data Quality (EMDQ) Workshop. The presentation will be given on March 28, 2012 in La Jolla, California.

The technical session DoD Emerging Contaminants covers the revolutionary method developments for detecting and quantifying new contaminants of concern. Dr. Weir will highlight the latest challenges and limitations of traditional analytical methods for atypical matrices. A comprehensive review of analytical techniques required to produce significant data, in addition to the issues regarding detection limits based upon the availability of commercial standards and instrumentation, will also be discussed.

Dr. Weir has over 20 years of experience in the environmental testing industry. He completed his postdoctoral work at the National Research Council of Canada and the Department of Energy’s Radiation Laboratory at Notre Dame, before entering into the commercial environmental industry. In subsequent years, Dr. Weir has worked in laboratories across Canada and the United States, specializing in non-routine analytical testing. His work has primarily focused on emerging contaminant analysis, including pharmaceuticals, hormones, and brominated diphenyl ethers. As TestAmerica West Sacramento’s Quality Control Officer, Dr. Weir’s contributions continue to lead in the development of rigorous testing protocols for new contaminant analyses to assure accurate and defensible results.

About TestAmerica

TestAmerica is the leading environmental testing firm in the United States, with over 90 locations providing innovative technical expertise and comprehensive analytical testing services. Specialty analyses include source, ambient and indoor air, water quality, compliance, desalination, shale gas, specialty organics, emergency response, industrial hygiene, dioxins, drinking water, sediments and tissues, PPCPs and emerging contaminants, explosives, Federal/DoD, and 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; 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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 emerging contaminants
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