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Twenty Years of Department of Energy Support From TestAmerica

TestAmerica has been supporting the Department of Energy (DOE) with laboratory support services for nearly two decades.  As the nation’s largest environmental laboratory network, TestAmerica offers the DOE and its contractors an unmatched portfolio of services including chemical, physical and radiochemical analyses on a variety of different matrices including soil, sediment, sludge, groundwater, surface water, waste matrices and building materials such as wood, concrete, metals, and painted materials.  TestAmerica also offers bioassay monitoring services to ensure the health and safety of DOE employees at facilities across the nation.  

Each of the laboratories listed below participate in the DOE’s Consolidated Audit Program (DOECAP).  The DOECAP program was developed to improve the quality of environmental data produced at commercial laboratories supporting DOE sites, while also offering DOE Program Managers the confidence they need to ensure that data is both high-quality and legally defensible.  Of the laboratories listed below, TestAmerica Richland and St. Louis provide radiochemistry services and hold comprehensive radioactive materials licenses.

Laboratory

Location

TestAmerica St. Louis

Earth City, MO

TestAmerica Richland

Richland, WA

TestAmerica Denver

Denver, CO

TestAmerica Knoxville

Knoxville, TN

TestAmerica Sacramento

West Sacramento, CA

 

In addition to participating in DOECAP, TestAmerica actively supported the joint Department of Defense/Department of Energy (DoD/DOE) initiative to develop a single quality document.  TestAmerica was directly involved in reviewing and suggesting improvements to all seven modules of the draft Quality Service Manual (QSM) document which ultimately became DoD QSM Version 5.0.  TestAmerica currently supports both DoD QSM versions 5.0 and 4.1, with intentions to also offer version 5.1 upon release.

TestAmerica DOE Project Experience

TestAmerica participates in many studies conducted in and around Department of Energy plants located in Oak Ridge, TN and Kansas City, MO.  Concerns over PCB levels contained in native fish tissues resulted in the establishment of several biomonitoring studies.  TestAmerica began supporting the projects during the 2006 monitoring event analyzing more than 300 fish and clams over the last three years for PCB aroclors by SW 8082 and for PCB congeners by 1668A.  Dragonflies were also analyzed for PCB congeners by 1668A. 

TestAmerica also performs analysis of urine and fecal tissue for routine and rapid turnaround times to support a large scale personnel exposure monitoring program.  Analysis is conducted for the following isotopes: Americium, Plutonium, Strontium, Thorium, Tritium and Uranium (Isotopic).  In support of this program, TestAmerica supplies a contract specific customized data report and EDD format.