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TestAmerica Ready to Support EPA Initiative to Assess the Risk on Widely Used Flame Retardants


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced last Wednesday, March 27 that it will begin to focus on the risk of flame retardant chemicals and its potential impact to people’s health and the environment. Some flame retardant chemicals can persist in the environment, bioaccumulate in people and animals, and is shown to cause neurological developmental effects in animals.

TestAmerica, the leader in environmental testing, has the capabilities to support clients’ and the EPA’s initiative to assess the potential risk of flame retardants. TestAmerica’s laboratory network maintains the capability to analyze PBDEs (flame retardants) by Method 1614 and Chlorinated Phosphate Esters by Method 1694.

James E. Hyman, CEO of TestAmerica states, “We fully support EPA’s need to assess the risk of flame retardants and TestAmerica is ready to provide timely and relevant analytical testing services to clients. We have taken the initiative to develop and validate methods to analyze flame retardant chemicals, and expect these methods will provide the basis for developing additional analytical innovations that are valuable to understanding the full risks.”

About TestAmerica

TestAmerica is the leading environmental testing firm in the United States, with over 90 locations providing innovative technical expertise and comprehensive analytical testing services. Specialty analyses include source, ambient and indoor air, water quality, compliance, desalination, shale gas, specialty organics, emergency response, industrial hygiene, dioxins, drinking water, sediments and tissues, PPCPs and emerging contaminants, explosives, Federal/DoD, and 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; 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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