Trace Level Analytical Techniques detect PBDE congeners.

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Using High-Resolution Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry (HR GC/MS) instrumentation, company analyzes Polybrominated Diphenyl Ether (PBDE) congeners in soils, sediment, water, tissue, solvents, and air. PBDEs are persistent, bioaccumulative, and toxic contaminants used as fire retardants in production of consumer products such as furniture, insulation, textiles, and plastics.

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STL Develops Capabilities to Analyze for Fire Retardants in the Environment

Severn Trent Laboratories, Inc. (STL) has developed the capability to support trace level analytical techniques for Polybrominated Diphenyl Ether (PBDE) congeners.

PBDEs have recently been recognized as persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic contaminants of worldwide concern. They are used as fire retardants in the production of common consumer products such as furniture, insulation, textiles and plastics.

"Regulations controlling the use and production of PBDEs have just begun being implemented in parts of Europe and the United States." stated Rachel Brydon Jannetta, STL President and CEO. "STL is pleased to be one of the first commercial laboratories able to offer analytical support in what is sure to be a growing field of interest."

Using High-Resolution Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry (HR GC/MS) instrumentation, STL is able to analyze of PBDEs in soils, sediment, water, tissue, solvents and air. STL is the largest HR GC/MS commercial laboratory company in the United States.

About STL

STL (Severn Trent Laboratories, Inc.) is the industry's leading environmental testing company. STL operations include 29 laboratories and 18 service centers in the United States, 4 laboratories and one service center in the United Kingdom, and a large fleet of mobile laboratories. Complementing STL's vast range of testing capabilities is QED Environmental Systems, Inc., the leading supplier of pumping systems and equipment used for groundwater sampling.

STL employs 2,600 people including 2,100 in the United States and has revenues in excess of $285 million annually. STL is part of the Severn Trent Group (London: SVT.L), Birmingham England, a leading provider of water, waste, and utility services. Severn Trent is a FTSE 100 company and is the leading utility in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index.

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