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TestAmerica Provides Current Updates on EPA’s Stationary Source Audit Program


Maria Friedman, TestAmerica’s Quality Assurance Manager of the Los Angeles laboratory, will present the latest developments in the privatization of the U.S. EPA’s Stationary Source Audit Program (SSAP) at the 2011 National Environmental Monitoring Conference (NEMC). The presentation will be held on August 15th in Bellevue, WA.

Stationary source testing is a field of environmental monitoring that measures the emissions of air pollutants from stationary sources, such as factories and power plants. To gauge the accuracy and effectiveness of this testing, the EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation administers the SSAP. Audit samples must be analyzed along with samples collected for regulatory compliance. The analysis helps the regulatory agency determine the validity of compliance test results.

On September 13, 2010, the EPA finalized rule changes to the SSAP, allowing accredited providers to supply audit samples, and requiring stationary sources to obtain and use audit samples provided by these accredited providers. The former practice involved audit samples being attained from the EPA. Providers become accredited to standards established by The NELAC Institute (TNI). Ms. Friedman will provide an overview of these standards and TNI’s Stationary Source Audit Sample Program.

Ms. Friedman has 17 years of experience in ambient air analytical methodologies. She has been an active participant in TNI since 2005, when she joined TNI’s Information Technology Committee, and currently is the Chair of TNI’s Stationary Source Audit Sample Expert Committee, formed over three years ago to create standards to support the privatization of EPA’s audit sample program.

About TestAmerica

TestAmerica is the leading environmental testing firm in the United States, including 36 laboratories and 35 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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