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TestAmerica Addresses the Challenges of Vapor Investigations at Redeveloped Brownfields


Will Elcoate, TestAmerica’s Air Product Manager, will present on the challenges of collecting relevant and appropriate data for Vapor Intrusion (VI) site investigations conducted at Brownfields redevelopment properties. The review will be presented in the Poster Session at the Brownfields 2009 Conference from November 16-18, 2009 in New Orleans, LA.

The EPA has recognized the importance of evaluating and mitigating the potential health risks posed by exposure to volatile compounds via the VI pathway when redeveloping Brownfields properties. The determination of site specific risk posed by the Vapor Intrusion pathway may involve the collection of samples and laboratory chemical analysis. The poster provides an overview of the current guidance for vapor intrusion pathway investigations, discusses the data quality objectives process, and the importance in collecting data of known quality. The collection of representative and relevant data of measurable quality is critical in decision making as a means to minimize future liabilities associated with these redevelopment projects.

The National Brownfields Conference is the nation’s largest conference focused on environmental revitalization and economic redevelopment. 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 and has been actively involved in Vapor Intrusion seminars across the nation. For more information, please contact Mr. Elcoate through TestAmerica’s Ask the Expert website at

About TestAmerica

TestAmerica is the leading environmental testing firm in the United States, including 37 laboratories and 29 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
 analytical testing
 vapor intrusion
 Brownfields redevelopment
 Brownfields 2009

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