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TestAmerica Provides Current Status and Overview on ISM Guidance Updates for 2012 Release


Dr. Mark Bruce, TestAmerica’s Technical Director of the North Canton, Ohio laboratory and industry expert, will address the current status of the Incremental Sampling Methodology (ISM) guidance at the Pittcon 2011 Conference & Expo. The presentation will be given on March 17, 2011 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, GA.

As an active member of the Interstate Technology and Regulatory Council (ITRC) team on Incremental Sampling Methodology (ISM), Dr. Bruce has been working with the team to assemble a national guidance document to improve the quality of site characterizations. Dr. Bruce’s presentation will touch on the key components of a solid ISM plan including: project planning, field sampling activities, laboratory sample process options, and an overview of the regulatory acceptance of ISM data. The ISM draft guidance and training sessions are scheduled for early 2012.

“We feel that supporting organizations like the ITRC with our technical experience and expertise is our duty as conscientious members of the environmental community. TestAmerica is fortunate to have on staff the technical experts that are capable of contributing to these efforts,” adds Dr. Keith Wheatstone, Chief Operating Officer.

Dr. Bruce has more than 27 years of analytical chemistry experience and serves as resident technical expert for method development and modification. Recent analytical advancements led by Dr. Bruce involve arsenic and mercury speciation, vapor space organics, and incremental sampling methodology. For more information on low-level mercury monitoring or the upcoming ISM guidance, please contact Dr. Bruce through his profile on TestAmerica’s Ask the Expert webpage at

About TestAmerica

TestAmerica is the leading environmental testing firm in the United States, including 36 laboratories and 36 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.


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