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  • Floods Cause Asbestos Scare in Washington

    LA Testing provides asbestos testing services to keep area residents and cleanup workers safe from its deadly fibers. Garden Grove, CA, September 27th, 2010 Earlier this month The Seattle Times reported about asbestos concerns along the Sumas River in Washington.  It all began with flooding that occurred back in January of 2009 that spread debris carried ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • EPA Finalizes Libby Amphibole Asbestos Health Assessment

    The U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the release of its final Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) health assessment today for Libby Amphibole Asbestos (LAA). This assessment analyzes the potential cancer and non-cancer human health effects from inhalation exposure to LAA, and includes the final Toxicological Review of LAA. In addition, using the toxicity values as well as ...

  • EPA finalizes Libby Amphibole Asbestos health assessment (Mont.)

    The U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the release of its final Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) health assessment today for Libby Amphibole Asbestos (LAA). This assessment analyzes the potential cancer and non-cancer human health effects from inhalation exposure to LAA, and includes the final Toxicological Review of LAA. In addition, using the toxicity values as well as ...

  • Asbestos proficiency testing program support earns national accreditation

    RTI International scientists recently earned recognition from the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation for their significant involvement in proficiency testing of laboratories using optical and electron microscopy to analyze for asbestos in building materials and air samples. The accreditation as a proficiency testing provider is based on internationally-accepted criteria for ...


    By RTI International

  • WR Grace agrees to pay $250m for asbestos clean-up in US

    WR Grace, a global supplier of specialty chemicals, has agreed to pay $250 million, the highest sum in the history of the Superfund program, to reimburse the federal government for the costs of the investigation and cleanup of asbestos contamination in Libby, Mont., the Justice Department and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today. The action settles a bankruptcy claim brought by ...


    By US Department of Justice

  • ASTM C1571 - 03(2012) Standard Guide for Characterization of Radioactive and/or Hazardous Wastes for Thermal Treatment

    This guide identifies methods to determine the physical and chemical characteristics of a variety of hazardous and/or radioactive wastes including heavy metal contaminated wastes. These wastes can be in the physical form of sludges (wet or dry), spent waste water filter aids, waste water filter cakes, incinerator ashes (wet or dry), incinerator ...


    By ASTM International

  • The Microscope: iATL author`s cover article

    Lou Solebello, Senior Analyst/Microscopist at iATL has secured the front cover for his recent article in The Microscope (Volume 58). The article is a continuation of recent research that Mr. Solebello has conducted and presented previously at the 2010 ASTM Beard Conference and at InterMicro in 2010.  Lou's involvement in ASTM ...

  • EMSL Analytical Acquires New Microbiology Lab in Cincinnati

    The nation’s leading environmental testing company, EMSL Analytical, has acquired the microbiology laboratory previously known as Quantus Analytical of Concentra Health Services, Inc. This transaction has been both amicable and mutually advantageous to both companies.   EMSL will continue to operate this laboratory from its current Cincinnati location for its clients’ ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • EMSL Analytical Acquires Midwest Laboratories as Strategic Growth Initiatives Continue

    Midwest Laboratories’ asbestos samples are now being processed at EMSL Analytical’s AIHA and NVLAP accredited Chicago testing facility. Cinnaminson, NJ, September 7th, 2010 EMSL Analytical is pleased to announce that they have acquired Midwest Laboratories’ PLM and TEM laboratory operations.  The announcement is part of EMSL’s calculated ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • EMSL Raleigh Lab Moves To New Larger Facility

    EMSL Analytical, Inc., a nationwide leader and local provider of indoor air quality, environmental, food and materials testing is moving on May 25th, 2011 to a facility located at 2500 Gateway Centre Blvd., Suite 600, Morrisville, NC 27560. Leading environmental and indoor air quality professionals throughout the south east turn to EMSL Analytical, Inc. for high quality analytical laboratory ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Expect Mold Problems Throughout Flooded Northeast Properties

      EMSL Testing Lab Offers Solutions for Testing Mold, Bacteria, Asbestos, Sewage Contamination, Chemicals and Contaminated Drinking Water. Over the past few days, the Northeast part of the United States has been facing flooding issues caused by hurricane Irene.  The Northeast already had flash flooding a little over a week ago that brought rising water tables to many areas.  The ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • IATL opens new division

    Recent changes to the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s (CPSC) program on allowable levels of lead in products have prompted new rounds of testing. As a Manufacturer (or if you are anywhere in the Supply Chain for any product sold in the United States), you are responsible for monitoring and reporting the lead content in your product. There are threshold values of allowable lead in products as ...

  • NIH-funded researchers discover genetic link to mesothelioma

    Scientists have found that individuals who carry a mutation in a gene called BAP1 are susceptible to developing two forms of cancer — mesothelioma, and melanoma of the eye. Additionally, when these individuals are exposed to asbestos or similar mineral fibers, their risk of developing mesothelioma, an aggressive cancer of the lining of the chest and abdomen, may be markedly increased. The ...

  • IATL opens new nanoTEM division

    “As nanotechnology progresses from research and development to commercialization and use, it is likely that manufactured nanomaterials and nanoproducts will be released into the environment. EPA is charged with protecting human health and the environment, as well as ensuring that the application of engineered nanotechnology products occur without unreasonable harm to human health or the ...

  • Oak Ridge completes field work on Recovery Act-projects

    The U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management (EM) has finished field work on the last Recovery Act-funded environmental cleanup project. Since 2009, EM has used the $751 million in Recovery Act funds to accomplish 27 projects, many of which included multiple subcomponents and extensive scopes. “This is a landmark milestone for our program ...


    By US Department of Energy

  • EMSL Becomes the Only AIHA EMLAP Accredited Indoor Air Quality Testing Laboratory in Massachusetts

    EMSL Analytical, Inc. is the only AIHA EMLAP Accredited indoor air quality testing laboratory providing microbiological analyses in Massachusetts. In addition, EMSL’s Wallingford, CT laboratory is also AIHA EMLAP Accredited. The Accreditation of this facility marks EMSL as the exclusive laboratory in the nation to currently operate twenty one AIHA EMLAP Accredited laboratories. EMSL's ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Clark Seif Clark Celebrates 20 Years of Environmental Consulting Services

    On April 1st of 1996, several of the leading environmental, industrial hygiene, engineering and building science professionals officially opened the doors at Clark Seif Clark (CSC). The environmental consulting firm quickly made a name for themselves in their home state of California before expanding and opening several offices on the West Coast and now providing services for clients nationwide. ...


    By Clark Seif Clark Inc.

  • New US research finds deadly links betweem talcum powder and ovarian cancer

    What could be more benign than body powder, right? Some of Chicago's most highly placed doctors would say, wrong. They are part of a coaltion of public health experts, medical doctors and consumers organizations that is petitioning the federal goverment for warning labels on cosmetic talcum powder products used by many women as part of their personal care regime - a warning that frequent use is ...

  • R. Baker & Son All Industrial Services completes large industrial demolition project in NJ

    R. Baker & Son All Industrial Services, a specialized contractor providing total plant dismantlement, building demolition, rigging and decommissioning services, completed the demolition of a large chemical manufacturing facility in New Jersey (NJ).The facility, which formerly manufactured a variety of chemicals, consisted of over sixteen (16) multi-story buildings and was situated near a major ...

  • ASTM D6058 - 96(2011) standard practice for determining concentration of airborne single-crystal ceramic whiskers in the workplace environment

    The SCCW may be present in the workplace atmosphere where these materials are manufactured, processed, transported, or used. The test methods discussed in this practice can be used to provide guidance when monitoring airborne concentrations of SCCW in these environments. Because of their visibility limitations, a significant fraction of the very small thin fibers that are present in some samples ...


    By ASTM International

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