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TestAmerica to Present on Radium Analysis at the Department of Defense Quality Workshop


The Department of Defense (DoD) Environmental Monitoring & Data Quality Workshop (EMDQ) will be held in Portland, Oregon from April 29-30. With representatives from Army, Navy, Air Force, and Defense Logistics Agency, this workgroup’s primary mission is to develop and recommend DoD policy pertaining to environmental sampling, laboratory testing operations and data quality. 

TestAmerica is the largest network provider for radiological and mixed waste testing, providing analytical services throughout the U.S. TestAmerica is also a DOECAP participant and the first laboratory to be accredited by the (DoD) Environmental Laboratory Approval Program (ELAP). TestAmerica conducts a comprehensive range of environmental analyses and specialty radiochemistry testing for major DOE and FUSRAP sites, as well as numerous solid waste landfills; assisting clients with meeting regulatory compliance requirements, providing automated sample scheduling services, site specific sample kits, long-term data management and client specific data handling. 

Terry Romanko, Technical Director and Radiochemistry expert at TestAmerica, has created a presentation on key methodologies in determining prevalent radium isotopes.  This presentation will be delivered on Thursday April 30th by Tony Byrd, Quality Assurance Specialist.  In the presentation Ra-226: An Inter-Method Comparison, Mr. Byrd will identify various methods, highlighting the strengths and weaknesses of each methodology to assist in determining the most appropriate application for radium-226. The utilization of a method is mainly driven by turnaround time, detection limit goals, and the importance of isotopic abundance to help determine disposal, clean-up, and treatment. 

Terry Romanko has over 25 years of experience in quality, research, development, and production within the radiochemical field. His background includes work in the environmental, radiochemical, pharmaceutical, and medical device industries, including a focus in Operations/Production, Product Development, Quality Control, and Radiation Safety. Mr. Romanko earned his Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Rice University in Houston, Texas. For more information on radium analysis or radiochemistry, please contact Mr. Romanko through TestAmerica’s Ask the Expert website at
About TestAmerica
TestAmerica is the leading environmental testing firm in the United States, with over 80 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; and TestAmerica Air Emissions Corp. (METCO Environmental), specializing in air emissions testing. TestAmerica currently employs nearly 2,400 professionals dedicated to exceptional service and solutions for our clients’ environmental testing needs.
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