Newsletter – February 2013

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QuanTEM CHRONICLE            
An Informative Newsletter for Environmental Professionals
February 2013
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February 2013

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Director of Microbiology

Roy comes to us from Tyson Foods and has been working as a microbiologist and quality assurance manager for the last 11 years. He is responsible for maintenance of AIHA’s EMPAT, the laboratory’s QA system, document control systems, and SOPs.


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 John’s RANT
February 2013
John Barnett, President
John E. Barnett

As some of you are aware I enjoy sailing (racing) when the time allows.  Over the years I’ve noticed some very strong similarities between sailing and business.  Racing is a lot like business in the fact that you have a target and you’re trying to reach in the shortest time possible.  Also crews on a sail boat can range from one person, just like a sole proprietor, to a crew of many, just like a small business.

I guess the thing that stands out is how important the leadership is.  The Captain/President has to be in charge.  He or she can delegate tasks to others but he/she has to take responsibility for the final decision.  Also decisions by committee are a sure way to lose.  Sure, every manager needs input from different sources, but they need to be of such character as to stand up and make the needed decisions and see that they are carried through.

Corporate Culture:  Racing sail boats develop a culture just like businesses do; it’s just that it happens a lot faster.   Remember regattas only last from two to four days where businesses expect to be around for a long time.    If the Captain has a laid back, non-caring attitude so will the crew.  If the president doesn’t define the attitude and ethics of the company, someone will – and it may not be the fit the company needs.

OK, so I’ve got too much time on my hands but I really needed a way to combine my two passions into one thought process.

Have a great day.

John E. Barnett


QuanTEM Laboratories, LLC


John E. Barnett
QuanTEM Laboratories, LLC
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The Tape Lift Direct Exam

By:  Roy Yates-O’Neal

Director of Microbiology

QuanTEM Laboratories, LLC

Tape lifts are one of the most common techniques used to test surfaces for mold during a mold inspection and can provide valuable information, confirmation of mold growth, the type/group of mold, and the relative concentration being the most important.


The tape lift method can be performed by using regular, clear tape and requires no special equipment.  The adhesive side of the tape is pressed against a moldy surface in order to collect the sample, which is then sent to a laboratory for analysis.

Advantages of Tape Lifts

  • It is inexpensive.
  • It requires no complex equipment.
  • Samples showing hyphae fragments and reproductive structures can provide further evidence of mold growth.
  • Tape sampling is usually non-destructive.

Disadvantages of Tape Lifts

  • While tape sampling is an excellent way to collect samples where mold is easy to see, light-colored organisms may not be as obvious and may be missed using only the tape lift method.
  • If the tape lift is collected from a dusty area rather than an area of actively growing mold it is most likely that only spores will be collected.  This can make determination of the mold type more difficult.
  • Tape lifts are meant to be used for qualitative rather than quantitative analysis.  Tape sampling can aid in the identification of mold, but cannot accurately determine the scope and severity of the mold problem.

When to Sample With Tape Lifts


Tape lift samples should be taken when a visual inspection reveals any of the following:

  • moisture intrusion;
  • water damage;
  • visible mold growth;
  • conditions conducive to mold growth.



U.S. News

Lead levels in young children in the United States have declined dramatically in recent decades, according to government figures released Friday. But the new report on the environment and children’s health also found a rise in asthma among kids. “This latest report provides important information for protecting America’s most vulnerable — our children. It shows good progress on some issues, such as reducing children’s blood lead levels and exposure to tobacco smoke in the home, and points to the need for continued focus on other issues,” Environmental Protection Agency administrator Lisa Jackson said.


January 16, 2013

Asbestos help part of ‘Common Sense’ law

By DENISE A. RAYMOPress-Republican

MALONE – Congressman Bill Owens re-introduced legislation before the new 113th Congress on Tuesday to speed help to communities with asbestos-laden buildings.

The Common Sense Waiver Act would empower the Environmental Protection Agency to waive some of its regulations on demolition of contaminated buildings that have been condemned or are on the verge of collapse.

“Since coming to Congress, I’ve worked to help fix or eliminate government regulations that just don’t make sense,” the Plattsburgh Democrat said in a news release.

“This legislation represents another opportunity to do exactly that.”


The Common Sense Waiver Act is also known as H.R. 204.

Among the communities that could benefit is the Village of Chateaugay.

Several of officials from that community met with legislators in October 2012, asking for help with a deteriorating building on the northern corner of Route 11 and Route 374.

The structure has been coming apart, and bricks have fallen into the street, which is the main roadway to Chateaugay Central School and the U.S. border with Canada.

Town Supervisor Don Bilow, Village Board member Bob Bessette and others have worried for two years that someone will be hurt or killed by debris as they walk by.

Legislature Chairman Billy Jones (D-Chateaugay), who was the mayor of the Village of Chateaugay at the time the building began to rapidly decay, applauds Owens for reintroducing the law and was disappointed the bill did not gain much Congressional attention last year.

“This is the perfect name for it: Common Sense Waiver Act,” Jones said. “What makes more sense? Letting a building fall down and exposing people to injury, or possibly maiming or killing someone because we can’t take a building down … when the asbestos is going to fly into the air anyway when it falls down, or taking precautions and bringing it down in an orderly manner?”


Owens first brought the issue up in 2011 when the former Tavern Arms, also known as Nikki’s Place, collapsed in on itself in downtown Malone.

No one was hurt, but traffic on Route 11 was rerouted for several hours.

The village wanted to raze the structure but could not afford to do so “because of costs and regulations associated with demolishing a building that contains asbestos,” Owens said.

He contacted the EPA, which offered no funding. And it refused to waive its regulations to allow the crumbling building to be brought down and removed safely.

Nikki’s fell down within a few hours, which cleared the way for the EPA to assist with the cleanup.

“Current regulations say if a town or village can’t afford to demolish a building that contains asbestos, their only course of action is to let it fall down,” Owens said.

“That means higher costs and greater risk to public safety, which simply doesn’t make sense,” he said.

“This legislation gives EPA the flexibility to make a decision based upon the merits of each individual case where appropriate,” the congressman said.


The Town of Waverly has also been trying in vain to rid the community of the former St. Regis Falls Central School building, which was condemned a number of years ago, and the town and village of Malone are working on an application for Brownfield money to take down a few of the buildings it has flagged for demolition.

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February 27-March 1 2013
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March 25-26, 2013
Environmental Information Association (EIA) Conference: Hyatt Regency Hotel Crystal City, VA.   QuanTEM Booth # 127


April 10-12 2013
QuanTEM’s Mold Investigator Training
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