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EMSL Analytical Chosen to Perform Advanced PCR Detection for EPA


Bacterial contamination levels of recreational waters to be tested by EMSLís state-of-the-art PCR laboratory.

EMSL Analytical has been awarded the contract for rapid PCR detection of bacteria contamination in recreational water for the EPA. The EPA contract, EP-D-04-064, is being managed by Westat in Maryland. EMSL has a long history of providing these types of analytical testing services to protect people and the environment.

The frequency of public beach closures due to illnesses attributable to recreational water exposure has been a growing concern for health officials and the number of incidences and outbreaks has been increasing. New PCR technologies now allow for rapid analyses taking just a few hours and since water quality conditions can change rapidly due to changes in weather, currents, and events in surrounding areas old slower methods are not practical.

An amendment to the Clean Water Act was passed by Congress in 2000. The Beaches Environmental Assessment and Coastal Health (BEACH) Act of 2000 directed the EPA to investigate new technologies to rapidly quantify fecal indicator bacteria in recreational waters. The outcome of this amendment has been the rapid PCR detection method that can provide conclusive results in less than 2 hours.

ďAside from the beach study, EMSLís PCR laboratory is also an EPA contract laboratory for the ERMI study dealing with mold in indoor environments. Working with the EPA allows EMSL access to the latest technologies in rapid detection of environmental microbiology and provides the most advanced tests to our clients,Ē stated Robert DeMalo, Senior Vice President, Laboratory Services at EMSL Analytical. ďOur DNA and water testing laboratories are a resource for government agencies, industry professionals and the general public,Ē DeMalo continued.

As one of the nationís largest environmental testing laboratories, EMSL Analytical has over a quarter century of providing testing services to government agencies such as the EPA. EMSL recently expanded their PCR capabilities to handle the growing demand for the tests.

About EMSL Analytical, Inc.
EMSL Analytical is a nationally recognized and locally focused provider of environmental, food, and materials testing services and products to professionals and the general public. The company has an extensive list of accreditations from leading organizations as well as state and federal regulating bodies.


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