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Originally posted by paxnatus
*Update Lab Testing*
Here are the facts I have gathered:
As Clouds has said, many labs across the country can perform a simple water test. They can even tell you if the rainwater is toxic. A general water test is not too expensive under $100.00. However this test will not break down the compounds of the toxic elements in the water. So yes, you will have abnormal findings, but there will be no way to determine the source of those findings.
So far I have found only one lab in the nation that can not only test for dispersant's but for the chemical compound DOSS or Dioctyl Sulfosuccinate Sodium Salt, the chemical property left from the use of Corexit.
If DOSS is present, then there is no question Corexit is in the rainwater, thus allowing the lab to identify where the source came from.
Analytical testing for these compounds requires the use of sophisticated instrumentation. Due to their chemical nature, many of these compounds are not amenable to standard environmental gas chromatographic (GC) techniques.
The method used will be Liquid Chromatography/Mass Spectroscopy/Mass Spectroscopy (LC/MS/MS).
There must be parameters in place before the testing. So if we were to test for Benzine or Oil based chemical properties, there is not only a different test method but a different test that would need to be ordered thus driving the cost per sample up.
Because the test is very expensive I am in the process of finding funding to back this project. Please know that money will not deter us from getting to the truth.
We have placed an order for the supplies needed to collect the samples. They are being shipped today to Clouds. We will let you know the next step to take if you would like your sample tested.
The only thing I ask is that you continue to be patient. This is a ground breaking project and the 3 of us are working very diligently to provide the most accurate data we possibly can.
Thank you very much for your participation in this thread, and the compliments. Remember we are just like you. Everyday Joe's and Jane(lol)
Nothing special about any of us, we just got to the point where enough was enough, and we want the truth.
We welcome any and all help if you would like to participate.
[edit on 8-7-2010 by paxnatus]