Evaluating the quality of the air, water and soil around buildings and industry can be a complex endeavor. While environmental regulations have established many best practices in the field of environmental compliance, regulations often don’t fully reflect the concerns that can be created when construction and or industry begins to intrude on their surrounding environments. While there are a number of well-developed protocols and regulations, many of which either dictate or infer the testing and monitoring protocols necessary, there can be numerous cases where standardized test methodologies do not address concerns on the edge of established practices – or as is increasingly the case, a new industry or operation not well considered by existing regulations has raised cause for potential concern.
EMSL Analytical has years of experience assisting both environmental engineering professionals and members of the community in determining the proper methodology to monitor evolving changes. With our ability to combine analytical services from traditional environmental chemistry disciplines, industrial hygiene, and advanced material science analysis, we can often tailor an analytical plan to meet your specific needs. Common applications can include examination of bulk PM 10 or 2.5 filters for specific types of materials that might be generated from an industrial source, examination of residues from a stack filter or scrubber at a powerplant, or examination of micro-particles in a water bed that might be selectively capturing compounds of interest. Our analytical techniques can include inorganic chemical analysis through ICP, AA and XRF, mineral identification and speciation, organic compound analysis through either spectroscopic or chromatography methods, and precision micro-analysis.
When new industries develop, especially in areas where there are undeveloped areas, or perhaps residential areas, there are often concerns about how that industry can impact the surrounding environment. In creating proactive testing and monitoring plans, officials in charge of potential source sites can fully grasp the impact they might have on the surrounding environment, and take the appropriate steps to minimize or eliminate that impact. By engaging with EMSL, you can gain a better understanding of the surrounding environment, can create an environmental monitoring plan, where you can manage your own operation better, as well as manage the expectations and concerns of those living in that environment.