ALS has a broad scope of experience in providing analytical testing services to environmental emergency incidents.
ALS is a leader in providing analytical testing services to the environmental industry and has a broad scope of experience in providing analytical testing services to environmental emergency incidents such as plant explosions, ammonia and chemical fires, petroleum spills, train derailments, and accidental emissions or releases. These services are provided to consultants, government and industry in their efforts to make timely decisions in protection of the environment, mitigation of risk and maintaining business continuity.
ALS provides invaluable support for logistics and expedited testing services which can fall under the incident command structure during the initial stages of an environmental emergency. It is critical for stakeholders to be able to draw upon the technical expertise and support of the environmental laboratory to access not only sampling containers for the collection of water, soil, air and biota that may be potentially impacted, but to ensure that the analytical characterization results are processed on an urgent basis.
The initial data provided from environmental samples collected within the first 48 hours can provide critical insight into hazard identification, scope and environmental contamination zones, and indicators of efficacy of initial containment procedures. Ongoing expedited rush analysis services ensure timely cleanup of the site. Additional services such as mobile laboratory testing, specialty forensic analysis, and field screening tools are also available.
- 24/7 live operator emergency contact number
- Mobilization of ALS' team of experts and network laboratories throughout the United States
- Sample bottles and coolers
- Designated project lead
- Weekend and evening project coordination support
- Rapid deployment of sampling supplies to site
- Transport and logistics support between the site and the nearest ALS laboratory
- Convenient sample bottle supply centers and drop-off depots
- Around-the-clock expedited laboratory services
- Web-access to analytical results in real-time with screening tool to compare to regulatory limits
- Specialty forensic services
- On-site services
Analytical support in response to environmental emergencies can be challenging. Depending on the nature of environmental emergency and the surrounding environment, a variety of services are required of analytical laboratories. Usually, the company faces a number of questions from impacted or potentially impacted stakeholders. These include:
- Will the environmental emergency impact human health?
- Will the environmental emergency impact drinking water?
- Will the environmental emergency impact ground water?
- Will the environmental emergency impact wildlife and birds?
- Will the environmental emergency impact surrounding communities by exposing them to airborne toxic chemicals?
- What analyses are required to determine impact on humans, fish, wildlife, birds, vegetation, sediments, and water to determine impact or adverse risk?
- Following cleanup, is there confidence that the site has been fully remediated?
- Have sufficient samples been collected and analyzed to perform a legally defensible risk assessment?
There is no “one size fits all” solution to an environmental emergency, as every incident has unique characteristics and challenges. However, at a very high level, the following steps are essential:
- Early detection of the release
- Isolation of the release point to prevent further release
- Notification of incident to the appropriate regulatory agencies, municipalities, and other stakeholders
- Containment of the released product down gradient environmental receptors
- Recovery of the released product to mitigate further environmental impacts .
- Delineation and remediation of contaminated areas impacted by the release.*
- Reclamation of the remediated areas.*
- Monitoring of the impacted areas to ensure restoration efforts have been successful.*
* ALS provides support in these areas.
- Water analysis - Groundwater, surface water, and drinking water
- Soil analysis
- Air analysis
- Industrial Hygiene analysis