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Battelle International Conference on Remediation of Contaminated Sediments

February 4 - 7, 2013

Dallas, TX


SSSAAP Conference

March 24 - 29, 2013

Hilton Head, SC


Managing Stormwater in the Northwest '13

March 7, 2013

Tacoma, WA


EPA Calls for Additional Testing on Health and Environmental Impacts of PBDEs

Vista awarded DoD-ELAP Accreditation!

Vista article wins 2009 Indoor Environmental Quality Best Paper Award!


Seventh International Conference on Remediation of Contaminated Sediments

The Seventh International Conference on Remediation of Contaminated Sediments will be held February 4-7, 2013, in Dallas. Maintaining the economic and biological viability of the environments of rivers, lakes, bays, and harbors requires management of complex series of actions related to accumulation in sediments of potentially hazardous contaminants, affecting a wide range of environmental, economic, and social issues. The Sediments Conference is a forum for sharing experience and progress toward this goal. Previous conferences have been attended by 1,100 scientists, engineers, regulators, remediation site owners, and other environmental professionals, representing universities, government agencies, consultants, and R&D and service firms from around the world.

37th Stationary Source Sampling and Analysis for Air Pollutants Conference

The Source Evaluation Society's 37th SSSAAP international Conference will be held in Hilton Head, SC. This international conference will have evening and morning sessions, March 24-29, 2013. The conference format includes technical presentations and incorporates ample opportunities for meaningful discussions. This conference provides a unique opportunity for discussions with emissions measurement professionals from industrial source operators, regulatory agencies, and consulting/engineering firms in a highly interactive setting.

Managing Stormwater in the Northwest '13

The Northwest Environmental Business Council conference held in Tacoma, Washington March 7, 2013 addresses the challenges and presents practical answers for companies and service providers in Washington and Oregon.   Now in its sixth year, this one-day specialty conference will examine the current compliance landscape and how property owners and managers can implement cost-effective prevention and control practices that save money in the long run – while doing the right thing. By bringing together regulated parties, solutions providers, and regulators, this event provides a unique forum for learning and networking.

March 20, 2012

Rules Proposed to Limit New Uses of Potentially Harmful Chemicals / EPA also calls for additional testing on health and environmental impacts of PBDEs
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed that companies be required to report to EPA all new uses, including in domestic or imported products, of five groups of potentially harmful chemicals. Over the years, these chemicals have been used in a range of consumer products and industrial applications, including paints, printing inks, pigments and dyes in textiles, flame retardants in flexible foams, and plasticizers. This action is part of EPA’s work to ensure chemical safety in order to protect Americans’ health and the environment.

The five chemicals EPA is targeting are polybrominated diphenylethers (PBDEs), benzidine dyes, a short chain chlorinated paraffin, hexabromocyclododecane (HBCD), and phthalate di-n-pentyl phthalate (DnPP). The agency is also proposing additional testing on the health and environmental effects of PBDEs.

“Although a number of these chemicals are no longer manufactured or used in the U.S. they can still be imported in consumer goods or for use in products. Today’s proposed actions will ensure that EPA has an opportunity to review new uses of the chemicals, whether they are domestically produced or imported, and if warranted, take action to prohibit or limit the activity before human health or environmental effects can occur,” said Jim Jones, EPA’s acting assistant administrator for the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention. “These actions also signal EPA’s ongoing commitment to the American people that the agency is taking significant steps to make sure that the chemicals manufactured and used in this country are safe.”

The proposed regulatory actions are known as significant new use rules (SNUR) under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). The proposed rules would require that anyone who intends to manufacture, import, or process any of the chemicals for an activity that is designated as a significant new use to submit a notification to EPA at least 90 days before beginning the activity. This notification means EPA can evaluate the intended new use and take action to prohibit or limit that activity, if warranted. For PBDEs, the agency will also issue simultaneously a proposed test rule under section 4(a) of TSCA that would require manufacturers or processors to conduct testing on health and environmental effects of PBDEs.

Contact Information: Dale Kemery (News Media Only) 202-564-7839 202-564-4355

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Vista Awarded DoD-ELAP Certificate of Accreditation

We are proud to announce Vista Analytical Laboratory has been awarded Department of Defense Environmental Laboratory (DoD-ELAP) accreditation by the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA). Vista has successfully fulfilled the requirements of ISO/IEC 17025:2005, the 2003 NELAC Chapter 5 Standard, and the DoD Quality System Manual (QSM 4.2) according to the Scope of Accreditation located here.  The DoD-ELAP accreditation program was developed in 2009 through an inter-agency workgroup and provides specific laboratory accreditation for labs working at Military and Federal sites across the United States. It replaces previous certification programs by the US Army Corps, Navy, and Air Force.

Vista Wins IEQ Best Paper Award for 2009  

Co-authors William Luksemburg and Martha Maier of Vista Analytical Laboratory have been named recipients of the Best Paper Award for 2009 by the American Industrial Hygiene Association Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) Committee.

The winning paper entitled "An Investigation of Homes with High Concentrations of PCDDs, PCDFs, and/or Dioxin-Like PCBs in House Dust" is published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene.  Vista’s co-authors on the paper include researchers from the University of Michigan and Limno-tech.

The paper reflects the study of dioxin, furan, and dioxin-like PCB congeners in house dust from 764 homes over selected regions in five Michigan counties. This investigation describes outlier house dust measurements, corresponding soil measurements, and explores possible sources of these toxins in house dust.

To be nominated, a research article must expand the knowledge base of indoor environmental quality professionals, address critical issues in indoor environmental quality, and be presented in an engaging and well-written manner.  The IEQ Committee selected this paper for its “timeliness and applicability, adherence to the scientific method, originality and clarity”.  The committee also noted the paper furthers the science and practice of indoor environmental air quality.

The award will be made at the annual American Industrial Hygiene Conference and Exposition in Denver, Colorado on May 24, 2010.

Click here to view the award winning paper.

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