A Primer On Lab Analyses Of Environmental Samples

Law360, New York (August 15, 2013, 12:54 PM EDT) -- Laboratory analysis of environmental samples has evolved from the limited “wet chemistry” methods of the pre-1970s to today’s powerful and sensitive instrument methods. Guiding this sophisticated technology is a host of unique regulatory and trade group methods,[1] resulting in multiple ways to analyze any particular chemical. The accuracy, precision and detection limits that can be achieved vary according to the method used.

Environmental contaminant analysis has two basic parts — sample preparation and analysis. Some requirements are prescriptive (e.g., “do this after that”) while others are...
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