Ann Arbor, MI, April 6, 2017
Michigan’s governor, Rick Snyder, announced that the state will set an even lower action level for lead in its water sources in the wake of the recent Flint, MI water crisis. The state of Michigan, as well as the federal limit, is currently 15 parts per billion (ppb). Governor Snyder intends to gradually drop Michigan’s action level to 10 ppb by the year 2020 to avoid future lead problem recurrences.
The Flint, MI lead crisis began when the water utility sourced water from the Flint River to save money. Its corrosive properties leached lead from pipes and plumbing fixtures exposing thousands of people to the toxic heavy metal. Since 2014, the city has been fighting to correct its lead in drinking water problem.
Although exposure to lead is dangerous for everyone, it is especially harmful to children since their brains and bodies are still developing. According the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are no safe blood lead levels in children, and that it can affect nearly every system in the body including behavioral problems, stunted growth and hearing impairment.
“The water crisis in Flint has raised awareness about the negative effects of lead,” said Joseph Frasca, Senior Vice President of Marketing at EMSL Analytical, Inc. “Lead can enter the body when it is either ingested or inhaled. At EMSL, we provide water testing services for lead and other heavy metals as well as microbial pathogens and other contaminants. These services are available to public health agencies, environmental professionals and the general public.”
EMSL Analytical, Inc. offers lead testing services, sampling supplies as well as Lead in Paint & Dust Test Kits and Drinking Water Test Kits. To learn more about lead testing or other environmental and air quality issues, please visit www.EMSL.com
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. About EMSL Analytical, Inc.
EMSL Analytical, Inc. is one of the leading testing laboratories with over 40 locations throughout the United States and Canada. EMSL is a nationally recognized and locally focused provider specializing in fast laboratory results for mold, bacteria, Legionella
, USP <797>, pathogens, asbestos, lead, soot, char & ash from fires, VOC’s, odors, radon, formaldehyde, indoor air quality, microbiology, environmental, industrial hygiene, radiological, food, beverage & consumer products and material testing services for the identification of unknown substances. EMSL services both professionals and the general public. EMSL maintains an extensive list of accreditations from leading organizations as well as state and federal regulating bodies including, but not limited to A2LA, AIHA LAP, LLC. (AIHA EMLAP, AIHA IHLAP, AIHA ELLAP), NVLAP, CDC ELITE, CPSC, CA ELAP, NY ELAP, TX DOH, NJDEP and multiple other state accrediting agencies. Please visit our website at www.EMSL.com
for a complete listing of accreditations. In addition, EMSL carries a wide range of Sampling Equipment and Investigative Products for environmental professionals.