CEP IS THE FIRST U.S. LAB TO SUCCESSFULLY EXTRACT AND IDENTIFY VOLATILES IN FISH -- IT'S TOUGH TO GET GAS FROM A GROUPER
SANTA FE, N.M., Nov. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Environmental testing for gasoline and other volatiles in fish, never done before in the United States because of difficult extraction, has been successfully performed in a study by Controls for Environmental Pollution Inc. (NASDAQ: CFEP). The analytical laboratory is the first to successfully identify volatiles among other pollutants in fish taken from a river near a hazardous waste site on the East Coast. "The measurement of volatiles in fish is not common, even though volatiles are a pervasive pollutant in rivers and other water bodies," said James Mueller, president of CEP. "The EPA hasn't focused on these pollutants because it's been so tough to accurately analyze in marine life forms, until now." CEP tested over 200 fish, including bottom feeders, insect eaters, and predators, for ethel benzene, gasoline, and other volatile compounds. Tests were also conducted for the presence of the toxic compounds listed in EPA's Appendix IX, including pesticides, metals, herbicides, PCBs, and radionucleides. The edible portions as well as bones and non-edible parts of
the fish were examined.
Mann Testing Labs in Mississauga, Ontario, which studies marine life extensively, provided guidance for the test procedure. CEP utilized the gas chromatograph mass spectrometer system to identify the volatiles within the fish tissue. The analysis was especially challenging since fish have their own natural volatile oils which can be confused with volatile pollutants, and fish tissue can get mixed in with the volatile sample. The test was perfected by Dr. Fred Shore, who came to CEP this year from Radian Corp. He is also developing explosive testing capabilities for CEP and advancing the lab's overall capabilities, especially in the organics laboratory. "Now that a test for volatiles in fish can be accurately made, we recommend that communities and companies with water-borne hazardous waste situations should include a check for volatiles in their environmental testing and analysis," said Mueller. Controls for Environmental Pollution Inc. is an analytical laboratory company based in Santa Fe. The company provides environmental monitoring services, analyzing a host of media for chemical, biological, and radiological contaminants in air, soil, water, food, waste streams, and other realms. They also furnish consulting services, sample collection, and research studies. CEP clients include Fortune 500 companies, numerous departments of the U.S. government, utilities and universities, as well as international government agencies and industries. -0- 11/16/93 /CONTACT: Gail Rubin, 505-265-7215/ (CFEP)
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