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TestAmerica Presents Status Report on ITRC Guidance for Incremental Sampling Methodologies at the 2011 DoD EMDQ Conference


Dr. Mark Bruce, Technical Director of TestAmerica’s North Canton, Ohio laboratory, will provide the latest updates of the Incremental Sampling Methodology (ISM) guidance at the 2011 DoD Environmental Monitoring & Data Quality Workshop (EMDQ). The presentation will be provided on March 30, 2011 in Arlington, Virginia.

Dr. Bruce and the Interstate Technology and Regulatory Council (ITRC) team have been developing a nationally available guidance document to improve the quality of site characterization and to minimize data variability. The presentation provides an overview of the current status on the draft ISM guidance related to foundational concepts of incremental sampling principles, systematic planning, statistical ISM design, field activity, laboratory sample processing, making decisions, and regulatory concerns of ISM data. The ISM draft guidance and training sessions are scheduled for early 2012.

ITRC is a coalition of State regulators that work with Federal partners and industry members to advance the development of guidance for environmental issues. Alaska and Hawaii have widely adopted the use of ISM for site characterization. The Department of Defense has devoted many resources to the development of ISM and is also a significant contributor to this ITRC team.

Dr. Bruce was honored with an Industry Recognition Award by the ITRC for his outstanding contribution to Incremental Sampling Methodology. 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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