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The Crucial Role of Independent Laboratories in Disaster Recovery

By Johnny Mitchell

What is the worst possible outcome from a train derailment, pipeline rupture, major fire, or any other disaster? Most will ask how many people have been injured, or did anyone lose their lives? These are perfectly acceptable questions to ask, as we should absolutely be concerned about the well-being of all people. However, many of us get so wrapped up in the immediate consequences we fail to see the road ahead. The fact is, contaminants from a large-scale oil spill, for example, can impact the surrounding area with a remediation timeline of anywhere from two to 10 years or more.

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