Environmental Forensics and Forensics Chemistry
ATS routinely implements forensic chemistry techniques to develop defensible scientific observations and conclusions regarding the source(s) or age of chemical contamination in the environment. Successful environmental forensics requires a combination of in-depth knowledge of analytical methodologies and chemical processes, data interpretation skills, and innovative chemometric techniques to successfully differentiate contaminants in the environment.
Our team has more than 30 years of experience in using chemical forensics to deconvolute contamination involving PCBs, chlorinated dioxins, chlorinated phenols, pesticides, explosives, halogenated solvents, metals, petroleum hydrocarbons, PAHs, MTBE, and other product additives, and many other compounds. Inherent in this expertise is a comprehensive understanding of chemicals and their fate and transport processes. We have more than 10 U.S. and foreign patents issued and pending in the application of this expertise to environmental investigation, source control, and remediation. In that regard, our team has successfully used chemical forensics as part of due diligence investigations for the nature and extent of contamination to successfully identify sources with toxicological significance on the follow success story example projects:
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Success Stories - Environmental Forensics and Forensics Chemistry
Other Success Stories
Grand Marsh Pipeline Release, Enbridge Energy, Grand Marsh, Wisconsin (alkylated PAH and petroleum biomarkers)
Hayton Area Remediation Project, New Holstein, Wisconsin (PCB and chlorobenzenes)
Kysor Industrial Superfund, Cadillac, Michigan (trichloroethylene, trichloroethanoic acid, xylenes, tetrachloroethylene, and chromium)
North Bronson Industrial Area Superfund Site, Bronson, Michigan (1,2-dichloroethylene, trichloroethylene, tetrachloroethylene, and metals)
Rice Insulation vs. Westinghouse, Milwaukee, Wisconsin (2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin, chlorobenzenes, PCB, and VOC);
Spearhead Pipeline Highway 71 Crossing, Enbridge Energy, Flanagan Missouri (alkylated PAH and petroleum biomarkers)
Venice Park LF, Lennon, Michigan (Freons, trichloroethylene, and tetrachloroethylene)
Confidential Landfill, Lansing, Michigan (1,4-Dioxane, VOC, lithium, and boron)
Waukegan Harbor, Waukegan, Illinois (PCB, PAH, trichloroethene, and cyanide)