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TestAmerica to Present Radiochemistry Webinar
8/27/2015 1:59:44 PM
TestAmerica Laboratories, Inc., the leader in environmental testing, will present a webinar entitled Fundamental Instrumentation and Methods for Radiochemistry Analysis in the Environmental Industry as part of its Ask the Expert Webinar Series. The webinar, hosted by TestAmerica Technical Director Terry Romanko, will be provided live on September 8, 2015 at 1:30 P.M. Eastern …
TestAmerica Laboratories, Inc. recognizes 50 years of service from Matt Lardy
8/27/2015 9:00:00 AM
TestAmerica Laboratories, Inc., a leader in laboratory support services to the Department of Energy and the Nuclear Power Industry, congratulates Matt Lardy on 50 years of service at the Richland, Washington Laboratory.   Mr. Lardy has dedicated much of his working career to the disciplines of radiochemistry and radiobioassay analysis.  He has worked in both technical and …
Is Toxic Lead Lurking in Your Water Supply?
Is Toxic Lead Lurking in Your Water Supply?
8/26/2015 5:23:00 PM
According to CBC News , in late July, Memorial University in St. Johns, Canada temporarily closed its campus after higher than acceptable levels of lead were found in the drinking water of several buildings. The campus reopened several days later as bottled water and special lead-removing filters were added to some of the drinking fountains as more tests were …
Radon and Other Natural Sources of Radiation Exposure
Radon and Other Natural Sources of Radiation Exposure
8/25/2015 5:09:02 PM
Even though many people may not be aware of it, radiation is all around them. In fact, this natural “background” radiation has been here since the birth of the universe. People are exposed to small amounts of radiation from natural sources every day. This radiation exposure can be measured. In the United States, the dose, which is the amount of radiation energy absorbed by …
Aerobiology Laboratory Supports Legionella Testing Clients Following New Legislation
Aerobiology Laboratory Supports Legionella Testing Clients Following New Legislation
8/25/2015 3:29:14 PM
Following the largest known outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in New York City, which has caused the death of twelve people and sickened more than 125 others, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has signed legislation to prevent future spread of this deadly disease.  A summary of the legislation requires all cooling towers to be registered, tested for Legionnaires’ disease, and …
TestAmerica Laboratories, Inc. Announces In-House Capability for Passive Air Sampling at Refineries
8/25/2015 8:48:21 AM
TestAmerica Laboratories, Inc., a leader in air testing services, announced today the introduction of an in-house capability to analyze for benzene and other organic compounds in air using passive sampling tubes.    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed a rule that will require the monitoring of air concentrations at the fence line of refineries.  The proposed …
Is Lead Contamination Around Vernon Recycling Plant More Widespread than Previously Thought?
Is Lead Contamination Around Vernon Recycling Plant More Widespread than Previously Thought?
8/24/2015 2:05:34 PM
In July, KCAL, the Los Angeles CBS affiliate, broadcasted a report about the ongoing contamination issues surrounding a recycling plant located in a heavily populated area in Vernon, California. According to the news report, environmental health experts have found additional lead contamination in a much larger area than previously known. The soil at 146 homes, out of …
Sulfur Dioxide Occupational Exposure Risks Identified by EMSL Analytical, Inc.
Sulfur Dioxide Occupational Exposure Risks Identified by EMSL Analytical, Inc.
8/24/2015 11:22:15 AM
Sulfur dioxide (SO2) is one of a group of highly reactive gases known as oxides of sulfur. It is a colorless gas with a pungent and suffocating odor.  It is also a common air pollutant found in many parts of the world.  Much of the sulfur dioxide in the air comes from the burning of coal and oil at electric power plants. Other sources of sulfur dioxide come from industrial …
After the Fire – Steps a Property Owner Should Take Following Damage to a Commercial or Residential Property
After the Fire – Steps a Property Owner Should Take Following Damage to a Commercial or Residential Property
8/24/2015 10:34:57 AM
According to the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA), as recently as 2013, fires caused an estimated $11.5 billion in direct property loss in the United States.   The NFPA also reports that year there were approximately 487,500 structure fires and every 85 seconds there was a fire reported in a home. While no one ever expects a fire to impact their home or business, these …
Summer Allergies in Puerto Rico due to Outdoor Pollen & Mold or Indoor Contaminants?
Summer Allergies in Puerto Rico due to Outdoor Pollen & Mold or Indoor Contaminants?
8/24/2015 10:27:29 AM
Many Puerto Ricans have allergies and although many associate the condition with the spring season, allergies can be a problem any month of the year.  Summer allergies can be caused by seasonal outdoor culprits or due to the presence of indoor allergens.  Two of the most common causes of summer allergies are due to the presence of pollen and mold.    Just last week, the …
IAQ a Key Component for a Successful School Year as Texas Students Return to Classrooms
IAQ a Key Component for a Successful School Year as Texas Students Return to Classrooms
8/24/2015 10:18:17 AM
Over 80,000 students begin classes today at the Austin Independent School District and similar situations are taking place at school districts across Texas.  In fact, close to 5 million students at over 1,000 school districts statewide are ready to begin the 2015-2016 school year.   School districts face many challenges when it comes to providing a healthy learning …
EMLab P&K Releases Zip Code-Based Mold Lab Report for Mold Testing in Nevada
EMLab P&K Releases Zip Code-Based Mold Lab Report for Mold Testing in Nevada
8/24/2015 6:00:00 AM
EMLab P&K, a TestAmerica company and the leading commercial indoor air quality (IAQ) laboratory in North America, announces the release of the MoldRANGE Local Climate report for clients in Nevada. Now EMLab P&K’s patent-pending, zip code-based MoldRANGE Local Climate report is available across the entire contiguous United States. The mold laboratory report provides …
Kentucky Middle School’s Equipment Failure Results in Mold Growth
8/21/2015 2:15:02 PM
Last month, WPSD broadcasted a report about the temporary closing of a middle school in McCracken County, Kentucky. The middle school was reportedly closed so remediation crews could begin removing mold recently found in the building to get the facility ready for students and faculty preparing for the new school year. According to the news report, a compressor failed which …
New York Governor Passes Historic Cooling Tower Regulation to Prevent Legionnaires’ Disease Outbreaks
8/21/2015 1:31:20 PM
On August 17th, 2015, Governor Cuomo of New York announced new emergency health regulations mandating that all cooling towers across the state must be registered, inspected and tested to help prevent the spread of Legionella bacteria. This is the first regulation in the United States that requires, by law, Legionella testing in cooling towers as well as establishes …
Nationwide Workplace Safety Checks Ordered by Chinese Government Following Tianjin Disaster
Nationwide Workplace Safety Checks Ordered by Chinese Government Following Tianjin Disaster
8/19/2015 5:44:31 PM
Earlier this month, a catastrophic series of explosions took place at the Chinese port city of Tianjin.  The explosions originated at a warehouse filled with hazardous materials.  Some media reports have stated that there were 700 tons of sodium cyanide being stored in the location, a safety violation.  Managers of the facility have provided limited information to emergency …
Widespread Flooding in Tampa Causes Property Damage and Health Concerns
8/19/2015 10:24:13 AM
The first three days of August brought a month’s worth of rain to Tampa.  Parts of the metro area reportedly received up to 18 inches of rain and the region recorded measurable rain for 14 days straight. With the area soaked, the rain had nowhere to go. In many parts of the city, flooding and leaking homes and buildings resulted in extensive property damage.   Now that the …
Superbugs and Exposure Concerns for California’s Health Club Members
Superbugs and Exposure Concerns for California’s Health Club Members
8/19/2015 9:52:27 AM
There are over 30,000 health clubs with approximately 50 million members in the United States. Thousands of these gyms are located across California and are regularly visited by the state’s many health-conscious residents. For most people, going to the gym and getting in a workout is a way to improve their athletic skills, personal appearance and overall health. …
Free Legionella Pocket Guide & Webinar Offered by EMSL Analytical, Inc.
Free Legionella Pocket Guide & Webinar Offered by EMSL Analytical, Inc.
8/18/2015 1:03:19 PM
The worst outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in New York’s history has already claimed 12 lives and infected over 100 people as of Monday, August 10th. The outbreak occurred in the South Bronx and has over 1.4 million residents of the borough along with surrounding communities on edge. With health and safety officials scrambling to prevent more illnesses, EMSL Analytical, Inc. …
Up to 30 percent less precipitation in the Central Andes in future
Up to 30 percent less precipitation in the Central Andes in future
8/18/2015 11:30:53 AM
The population in the Central Andes already faces water shortages today. Now geographers at the University of Zurich have collaborated with Swiss and South American researchers to show that precipitation in the rainy season could drop noticeably – and this could happen within the next twenty years. In contrast to conventional research projects, which often look at climate …
Mosquito-repelling chemicals identified in traditional sweetgrass
Mosquito-repelling chemicals identified in traditional sweetgrass
8/18/2015 9:47:49 AM
Native North Americans have long adorned themselves and their homes with fragrant sweetgrass ( Hierochloe odorata ), a native plant used in traditional medicine, to repel biting insects, and mosquitoes in particular. Now, researchers report that they have identified the compounds in sweetgrass that keep these bugs at bay. The team will describe their approach in one of more …