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TestAmerica Examines New Changes for Determining Method Detection and Quantitation Limits at the 6th Annual EM/DQ Workshop


Dr. Richard Burrows, TestAmerica’s Technical Director, will present on new procedures designed to determine method detection and quantitation limits. The presentation will be given at the 2009 DoD Environmental Monitoring & Data Quality Workshop from March 30 – April 3, 2008 in San Antonio, TX.

The EPA has been studying possible changes to basic procedures for determining detection and quantitation limits and for measuring the quality of calibration curves. This presentation will explain the changes that are under consideration, and will examine the improvements in data quality that could be realized if they were implemented.

Dr. Burrows, Director of Technical Services at TestAmerica, is actively involved with environmental methods and technique development through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), American Council of Independent Laboratories (ACIL), and Federal Advisory Committee on Detection and Quantitation. Dr. Burrows’ method development work has involved bringing new perspectives to method detection limits (MDLs), quality assurance and quality control (QA/QC), environmental reference materials, volatile and semivolatile organic compound methods and HPLC/MS.

About TestAmerica

TestAmerica is the leading environmental testing firm in the United States, including 39 laboratories and 28 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 over 3,200 professionals dedicated to exceptional service and solutions for our clients’ environmental testing needs.


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