City Officials Temporarily Close Main Library Due to Meth Contamination Concerns
EMSL Analytical provides laboratory testing services, sampling supplies, test kits and personal protective equipment to safely identify illicit drugs and the residues that are often left behind after their use or from clandestine drug production.
Denver, CO, January 31, 2023
Last month, the Boulder Public Library in Colorado had to temporarily close its doors after indoor environmental testing identified methamphetamine according to the news media. Testing was ordered after reports reached officials of people smoking in the library restrooms and following several instances where city workers had to receive medical attention after potentially being exposed to meth fumes or residues.
According to a City of Boulder announcement following additional contamination.......[Read More]
Red Tide Bloom Detected in Florida and Warning of Potential Respiratory Effects
EMSL Analytical offers environmental testing services and sampling supplies to identify harmful algal blooms, and other microbial and chemical pollutants, to protect the public, workers and local ecosystems.
Tampa, Florida, January 27, 2023 In December, the Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County (DOH-Pinellas) notified the public of a red tide bloom that was found along some Pinellas’ coastal beaches. Red tide blooms are a type of harmful algal bloom (HAB) caused by colonies of algae that grow out of control while producing toxins that can potentially harm wildlife, pets and even humans. According to the DOH-Pinellas warning, some people may have mild and short-lived respiratory symptoms such as eye, nose and throat.......[Read More]
Popcorn Ceilings and Testing for Asbestos Exposure Risks
EMSL Analytical offers laboratory testing services, sampling supplies, test kits and personal protective equipment to identify and mitigate exposure risks to asbestos-containing ceilings and other building materials.
Cinnaminson, New Jersey, January 26, 2023 Countless homes and buildings were constructed in the decades leading up to the 1980s that were made with popcorns ceilings. This once popular way to quickly texture a ceiling has fallen out of favor with property owners and renters, resulting in many being converted to a smooth surface. Unfortunately, many of these aging popcorn ceilings contain asbestos. In addition to popcorn ceilings, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) lists ceiling tiles, sprayed-on materials like soundproofing.......[Read More]
Denver Water’s Lead Reduction Program Found Effective by EPA and Ways to Test Drinking Water Quality
EMSL Analytical offers laboratory testing services, sampling supplies and easy-to-use test kits to identify lead and other contaminants from water samples.
Denver, Colorado, January 23, 2023
Last month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced it approved Denver Water’s comprehensive approach for reducing lead in drinking water through the issuance of a final variance under the Safe Drinking Water Act. According to the EPA news release:
The variance allows Denver Water to continue to implement a set of actions, called the Lead Reduction Program Plan, which work together to reduce lead in Denver’s drinking water. Denver Water is also receiving $76.......[Read More]
Firefighter Cancer Awareness Month and Identifying Occupational Exposure Hazards
EMSL Analytical offers industrial hygiene, environmental and material testing services, sampling supplies, test kits, air monitoring instruments and personal protective equipment to identify and mitigate exposure risks.
Cinnaminson, New Jersey, January 20, 2023
The U.S. Fire Administration and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) both report that cancer is a leading cause of death among firefighters. The agencies also share that research suggests firefighters are at higher risk of certain types of cancers when compared to the general population. According to NIOSH:
Firefighting settings are complex and contain various hazardous substances. Firefighters can be exposed to hundreds of different chemicals in the form.......[Read More]
PCB Pollution Lawsuit Ends with the Largest Environmental Damage Recovery Settlement in Oregon History
EMSL Analytical provides laboratory testing services and sampling supplies to identify polychlorinated biphenyls from environmental, material and industrial hygiene samples.
Portland, Oregon, January 18, 2023
Last month, Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum announced a $698 million dollar settlement with chemical company for their past role in polluting Oregon with polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). The settlement ends a lawsuit that was filed back in 2018 that alleged the company was aware of the highly toxic nature of PCBs as early as 1937. According to an Oregon Department of Justice press release announcing the settlement:
PCBs are toxic compounds formerly used in coolants, electrical.......[Read More]