Forensic Chemistry & Laboratory Services

FORENSIC CHEMISTRY & LABORATORY SERVICES

Assessing and allocating liability for environmental contamination.

Contaminant identification, differentiation, and source attribution.

Our scientists help clients assess contaminated sites associated with chemical and particulate discharges to soil, groundwater, sediment, surface water, and air. These investigations range in size from small retail sites to USEPA Superfund Sites/ Sediment Megasites. We collaborate extensively with business line managers, legal teams, engineers, risk assessors, and remediation specialists worldwide. Services include:

Forensic & Environmental Chemistry

  • Petroleum Fuels and Products
  • MGP & Coking Tars, Wastes
  • Stray Gases/Methane
  • PCBs
  • Dioxins and Furans
  • Chlorinated Solvents
  • Persistent Pesticides
  • Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products
  • Industrial Chemicals
  • Perfluoroalkyl Substances

Industry & Site Settings

  • Refining
  • Chemical Plants
  • Bulk Fuel Storage/Pipelines
  • Fracking
  • Contaminated Sediments
  • Pulp, Paper, Wood Treating
  • Tar Generating and Processing
  • Dry Cleaning/Degreasing
  • Metalworks

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SERVICE AREA REPRESENTATIVES

Steve Mattingly, M.S.
Senior Consultant
Rockland, MA
[email protected]

Scott Stout, Ph.D.
Senior Consultant
Rockland, MA
[email protected]

Gregory Douglas, Ph.D.
Senior Consultant
Rockland, MA
[email protected]

Allen Uhler, Ph.D.
Senior Consultant
Rockland, MA
[email protected]

PFAS SERIES: TOTAL OXIDIZABLE PRECURSOR (TOP) ASSAY

A significant challenge with the analysis and interpretation of perand polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) is that standard methods are limited by the availability of commercial analytical standards and can therefore only measure up to approximately fifty of the thousands of potential PFAS structures….

NewFields scientists have 35+ years of experience working in or with specialized environmental analytical laboratories where “chemical fingerprinting” techniques were first developed and applied to contaminant liability issues.….

Chlorinated Solvents (aka, chlorinated volatile organic compounds or CVOCs) found widespread use over the past century in degreasing, dry-cleaning, chemical manufacturing, and other industrial, commercial and residential activities.….

GEOSTATISTICS SERIES: SOIL BACKGROUND ANALYSIS

Background analysis is an integral component of most environmental site investigations. Soil contaminants detected in impacted sites often have naturally occurring and/or anthropogenic (man-made) components unrelated to site releases.….

GEOSTATISTICS SERIES: SEDIMENT BACKGROUND ANALYSIS

Background analysis is an integral component of most environmental site investigations. Sediment contaminants detected in impacted sites often have naturally occurring and/or anthropogenic (man-made) components unrelated to site releases.….

Fingerprinting Gasoline: Not all gasoline is/was created equal. By measuring and understanding the oft-regulated chemical changes in gasoline over time, the variation among different blends/grades, and the effects of weathering, the source and “age” of gasoline-derived contamination.….

Fingerprinting Middle Distillate Fuels: Diagnostic features arising from the parent crude oil feedstock and the effects of refining and blending, interpreted in light of regulatory changes and environmental weathering, allow for the distinction between different sources of distillate fuels and their likely age(s).….

STRATEGIC ENVIRONMENTAL BASELINING: Liability Management Years After Property Transfers

Commercial and industrial property acquisitions or divestitures involve risk due to the extant environmental conditions of the property(s) at the time of sale. .….

ENVIRONMENTAL FORENSICS PRACTICE CELEBRATING 20 YEARS AT NEWFIELDS

We would appreciate the opportunity to spend an hour with you and your team so we may share the details of our expertise, present some focused project experiences relevant to your needs, and discover how our capabilities may be of benefit to your projects or cases…

THE BASICS OF MICROPLASTICS: Forensic Application of Physical and Chemical Characteristics

Microplastics (MP) are an emerging contaminant causing a range of human and ecological health issues…

Ethylene Oxide (EtO) in Air

Ethylene oxide (EtO) is a colorless, flammable, reactive gas that has both anthropogenic and natural sources…

PFAS Forensics –
New Publication Reveals Diagnostic Source Fingerprints

A new publication co-authored by NewFields scientist Dr. Trever Schwichtenberg has revealed diagnostic PFAS for common PFAS sources. This work involved a number of the world’s leading PFAS researchers and was funded by the Department of Defense’s environmental research division…

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