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The Standard – June 2022

New PFAS Advisories Released by US EPA

On June 15, 2022, US EPA released drinking water health advisory levels for four per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). The health advisory levels (HALs) included revised targets for the …

US EPA Brownfields Grant Award Announcements

In central Virginia where I live, spring brings with it a burst of color in my backyard garden, a bird’s nest with hatchlings on my front door wreath, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) Brownfields Grant Award announcements. On May 12, 2022, US EPA issued a …

The US EPA Posts Method 1621 – A Possible Proxy for Total PFAS?!?!

During April 2022, The US EPA Office of Water solicited comments on its document, “Screening Method for the Determination of Adsorbable Organic Fluorine (AOF) in Aqueous Matrices by Combustion Ion Chromatography (CIC).” The document was …

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PFAS Ban Extends to Oil & Gas Fluids

Regulations on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) chemistries beyond environmental matrices have certainly expanded over the past year with more than a handful of states proposing, if not formally regulating, PFAS in consumer products …

Shift to an F3 for Putting Out Field Fires

In 2020, a large utility company invested hundreds of thousands of dollars in a third-party application rollout for its groundwater monitoring programs and well inspection maintenance program. The application was to be used in the field to …

Would You Like Fries with That?

As a lay(wo)man, I can get lost when listening to our Environmental Standards Chemists discuss the matter of PFAS chemistry, especially as it relates to PFAS being detected in food and food packaging. Finally, I am at the point where I think  …

To Decant or Not to Decant? That is a Question.

Sediment projects provide a variety of unique challenges for environmental practitioners. Sample collection techniques and sample depths often depend on the project and data quality objectives. Collecting  …

The Adventures of Shaun Gilday

When I told people I was traveling to Jordan, I got all types of responses and quizzical looks. The typical responses were “The country!?” and “For pleasure or for work?!” Before my work took me to Jordan, I hadn’t given much … 

Wastewater Diaries

I hate the sound of my voice, but I am really proud to have worked with my son, Clark Gathright, and some of his classmates from CRAS on this little wastewater video. Environmental Standards’ Quality Assurance Chemists assist our clients troubleshoot …

US EPA Flip Flops on its Approval of ASTM E1527-21

On November 1, 2021, ASTM International’s (ASTM’s) Committee on Environmental Assessment, Risk Management, and Corrective Action approved a new standard for conducting Phase I environmental site  …

Let Us Be Your Lab Analytical Watch Dog

Due to the positive responses we received from our invitation earlier this year to take part in a cost-sharing opportunity to have your environmental laboratories audited by Environmental Standards, we have added   … 

Lab News

Are We Near a Breaking Point? The commercial environmental laboratory business is a highly regulated and competitive business. Over the last … 

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