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NCDEQ - PCBs in Solids

Category Press Release
Publish Date 4/11/2019
Author Lacey Wallen
Title EMSL Charlotte Accredited by NCDEQ for Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCB) Testing
Introduction EMSL Analytical, Inc. is proud to announce that its Charlotte laboratory is now NCDEQ accredited for PCBs in solids.

Charlotte, NC,  April 11th , 2019

EMSL Analytical, Inc. is proud to announce that its Charlotte, North Carolina laboratory has added polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) testing to its list of accreditations through the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (NCDEQ) Division of Water Resources. EMSL Charlotte can now analyze organic PCBs in solids via EPA Method SW-846 8082A.

PCBs were used as an additive in some caulks in the past due to their water and chemical resistance, durability and elasticity. The chemical compounds were also used in other building materials such as paints, mastics, sealants, adhesives, specialty coatings and fluorescent light ballasts. While PCBs were banned in the United States in 1979, they can persist in old materials and contaminate surfaces, dust, soil and the indoor air quality (IAQ) of structures. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), PCBs have been shown to cause cancer and numerous other serious health effects in animals.

“PCBs have no known taste or smell, and range in consistency,” said Joe Frasca, Senior Vice President of Marketing at EMSL Analytical, Inc. “The best way to identify the presence of PCBs is through laboratory testing. EMSL Charlotte is now equipped to handle PCBs analysis no matter how large or small the project for local clients and customers in surrounding states.”

In addition, EMSL Charlotte is accredited by the American Industrial Hygiene Association, LLC (AIHA-LAP, LLC) Environmental Lead Laboratory Accreditation Program (ELLAP), Environmental Microbiology Laboratory Accreditation Program (EMLAP) and Industrial Hygiene Laboratory Accreditation Program (IHLAP). EMSL Charlotte is an AIHA-LAP, LLC participant in the Environmental Lead Proficiency Analytical Testing Program (ELPAT) for lead testing in paint chips, soil, dust wipes and air. The laboratory is also an AIHA-LAP, LLC participant in the Environmental Microbiology Proficiency Analytical Testing Program (EMPAT) for fungi as well as the Industrial Hygiene Proficiency Analytical Testing Program (IHPAT) for asbestos, metals, silica, organics and formaldehyde analysis.

The laboratory is also certified by the National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program (NVLAP) for air and bulk asbestos analysis. EMSL Charlotte holds state certifications for Virginia in polarized light microscopy (PLM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) as well as in North Carolina for coliform, metals by ICP and turbidity in drinking water.

EMSL Charlotte is located at 10801 Southern Loop Boulevard in Pineville, North Carolina and can be reached directly by calling (704) 525-2205. EMSL also has laboratories in Raleigh and Kernersville. To learn more about EMSL’s testing services and locations, please visit, email or call (800)-220-3675.

About EMSL Analytical, Inc.
EMSL Analytical is one of the leading testing laboratories with over 46 locations throughout the United States and Canada. EMSL is a nationally recognized and locally focused provider specializing in fast laboratory results for mold, bacteria, Legionella, USP <797>, pathogens, asbestos, lead, soot, char & ash from fires, VOC’s, odors, radon, formaldehyde, indoor air quality, microbiology, environmental, industrial hygiene, radiological, food, beverage & consumer products and material testing services for the identification of unknown substances. EMSL services both professionals and the general public. EMSL maintains an extensive list of accreditations from leading organizations as well as state and federal regulating bodies including, but not limited to A2LA, AIHA LAP, LLC. (AIHA EMLAP, AIHA IHLAP, AIHA ELLAP), NVLAP, CDC ELITE, CPSC, CA ELAP, NY ELAP, TX DOH, NJDEP and multiple other state accrediting agencies. Please visit our website at for a complete listing of accreditations. In addition, EMSL carries a wide range of Sampling Equipment and Investigative Products for environmental professionals.
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