Dec 02, 2008

EPA and USGS Release New Tool to Support Drinking Water Analysis

Secure database includes advisor tool to help obtain incident response advice

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in cooperation with the U.S. Geological Survey, has launched the National Environmental Methods Index for Chemical, Biological and Radiological Methods (NEMI-CBR). NEMI-CBR is a secure, Web-based database for locating, evaluating, comparing and retrieving analytical methods for chemical, biological and radiological-related contaminants that could pose a threat to public water supplies.

An extension of the National Environmental Methods Index (NEMI), it includes all the information of NEMI, plus three additional fields needed to address emergency response. The tool also includes the CBR Advisor, an expert system companion that enables users to obtain advice in response to an incident and to access detailed information for planning and training purposes. NEMI-CBR is a password-protected tool with access granted to personnel from drinking water and wastewater utilities, state primacy (primary enforcement) agencies, federal officials (including government laboratory personnel) and public health agencies.

For more information about NEMI-CBR, visit www.epa.gov/nemicbr.

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