STL Only Lab in Mid-Atlantic Approved for UCMR5: EPA

The only commercial laboratory in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, Virginia and West Virginia approved by USEPA for UCMR5 Testing.

Reading, PA – In addition to being the first environmental testing lab in Pennsylvania accredited for the newly EPA-approved draft test method for analysis of Per/Poly-Fluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) in non-potable water, EPA Method 1633, Suburban Testing Labs (STL) is the only  Commercial Lab in the mid-Atlantic Region approved by USEPA to run the three UCMR5 methods.  This includes EPA Method 200.7 for Lithium, 537.1 and 533 for PFAS compounds in drinking water.

In order to become approved, STL had to meet application requirements and pass proficiency testing (PT) criteria, or blind samples, for the Laboratory Approval Program (LAP) supporting this UCMR5 program.

“Without this capability, clients in our region would be forced to ship samples to far-away, out of state labs to be compliant with testing requirements,” stated Lab Director and President Richard C. Stump, III.  “We can offer turnkey service, from collection to reporting, which can avoid the disruptive headaches of shipping to an out-of-state lab.  Reducing logistics costs, and potential issues associated with shipping is a huge advantage to our public water suppliers in the mid-Atlantic.”

Field Services Manager, Jayme Schaeffer, has developed the sampling protocol for our field scientists collecting PFAS samples.

“Guidelines for sampling are very specific, and we’ve done a lot of work preparing our team for PFAS sampling.”  stated Mr. Schaeffer.  “There’s a lot of restrictions to ensure there is no contamination during sampling and transport, and field blanks can also be used.  Our team is highly qualified and ready to take on even the biggest sampling tasks.”

Watch our LATEST VIDEO to learn more about PFAS testing in our laboratory here.

Testing for PFAS

credit: Agilent

UCMR5 PFAS analysis requires the analysis to be performed by a solid-phase extraction (SPE) on the sample, followed by analysis using Liquid Chromatography with tandem Mass Spectrometry (LC-MS-MS).

Analysis occurs at our headquarters without needing to ship samples to an out-of-state facility. Knowing your samples are handled at our lab without the possibility of shipping delays gives our clients peace of mind.

Accredited laboratories performing PFAS analysis in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, and Delaware are extremely rare.  Contact us today for information on how we can help you.

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