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TestAmerica Expert Dr. Mark Bruce Participates as Trainer on Incremental Sampling Methodology

North Canton, OH, USA – WEBWIRE

Dr. Mark Bruce of TestAmerica recently joined experts from the public, private and university sectors to participate as a trainer in the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Interstate Technology and Regulatory Council (ITRC) two part training course titled Soil Sampling and Decision Making Using Incremental Sampling Methodology. The training course focused on assisting regulators and practitioners with the fundamental concepts of Incremental Sampling Methodology (ISM) including: soil/contaminant heterogeneity, representative sampling, and sampling/laboratory error.
ISM is a composite sampling and processing technique that provides a mean concentration estimate of a chemical for the volume of soil being sampled at a site. ISM is being used more frequently to characterize heterogeneous sites because it reduces data variability and increases sampling representativeness.  
Since 2003, TestAmerica has been at the forefront of the evaluation and implementation of ISM.  Starting in 2009, TestAmerica actively participated with the ITRC in the development of its ISM technical and regulatory guidance. TestAmerica provides a single source solution for ISM processing and analytical support, offering detailed, technical support in the evaluation of ISM options, comprehensive ISM sample processing, and comprehensive organic and inorganic laboratory testing services.
Dr. Bruce has over 35 years of environmental analytical chemistry experience in academic and commercial laboratories. He has led method development and modification projects for both organic and inorganic analyses, which include arsenic speciation, methyl mercury, low-level mercury, vapor space organics, leaching and ISM. Dr. Bruce is actively involved with the ITRC committee for ISM, and he is a recipient of the ITRC Industry Recognition Award for his contribution. 
About TestAmerica
TestAmerica is the leading environmental testing firm in the United States, with over 80 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, PFCs 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; and TestAmerica Air Emissions Corp. (METCO Environmental), specializing in air emissions testing. TestAmerica currently employs more than 2,000 professionals dedicated to exceptional service and solutions for our clients’ environmental testing needs.


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