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Environmental Forensics Testing

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Environmental Forensics Services

  • Particle characterization
  • Dust characterization
  • Carbon black analysis
  • Fly ash characterization
  • Darkening agents identification
  • Soot analysis
  • Asbestos analysis & exposure
    evaluation
  • Unknown material analysis
  • Contamination analysis
  • Source Determination
  • Expert witness services

Particles in the environment come from both natural and industrial sources. Burning for power generation or waste incineration, grinding processes, material storage and transportation and other processes are common sources of industrial particles that may make their way into the environment. These small particles are easily transported and may end up at considerable distances from their original sources.

When neighbors of potential industrial sources of particles notice dark material or other unexpected particles collecting on surfaces, they may ask, “What are they?” “Where are they coming from?” and “Are they dangerous?”

Can particle source be determined?

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MVA has over twenty years of experience in analyzing environmental particles and identifying their sources using microscopy. MVA can determine the composition and morphology of the suspect particles and identify likely sources, whether soil erosion, plant pollen, fungal material, fly ash or any number of other materials. When the particles are consistent with an industrial source, MVA can identify likely industrial processes and compare the suspect particles to known particles from those sources.

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Why is that important?

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This scientific information can help industrial facilities and their neighbors resolve disputes over who (or what) is responsible when unknown or unusual particles appear in their environment.