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EPA Region 9 Mobile Microbiology Laboratory

Mobile Laboratory

 The Region 9 Lab operates mobile laboratories to support the Superfund program. This laboratory, known as the Field Analytical Support Program (FASP), is equipped with gas chromatographs (GC) and a gas chromatograph/mass spectrometer (GC/MS). The FASP mobile laboratory is used primarily for analyzing volatile organic compounds in water and soil. The information generated is screening data, which provides analytical results to on-site project managers within 24 hours. This rapid turn-around-time is invaluable when one of the data quality objectives is to define the levels of pollution at various points at a given site. The Field Analytical Support Program is also capable of on-site analysis for toxic metals, such as mercury and lead, by means of X-ray Fluorescence (XFR) technology. Other field measurement capabilities include bioassay kits for petroleum by-products.

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