Boise Environmental Consulting Services Boise Environmental Consulting Company  

Air Quality Management  
Environmental Audits  
Brownfield Assessment  
Hazardous Building Occupancies  
Hazardous Chemical Reporting  
Hazardous Waste Management  
Real Estate Transaction Services  
Litigation and Expert Witness  
Spill Prevention, Response and Remediation  
*Frequently Asked Questions*  
Back to Services
Why are sample results often reported as less than some number rather than "0"?

Sample results are often shown as "< 5.0 mg/l"? (read as less than five milligrams per liter). This is because the test method or test instrument (in this case, looking for the number of milligrams in each liter of sample) begins to detect the amount of a substance at some particular level that is more than zero. As test methods and test instruments evolve, they can detect substances at lower and lower levels. Thus, "< 5.0 mg/l" means that the substance was not detected but it might be present at some amount that is too small to detect.
Other FAQ
- Would our project remain confidential?
- Why are environmental property assessments variously called Phase 1, Phase 2 and Phase 3?
- How does a lead-based Paint Inspection differ from lead-based paint Risk Assessment?
- Why are sample results often reported as less than some number rather than "0"?
- Do all environmental permits require monitoring?
- Is my company required to report regulatory violations that we identify ourselves?
- When should a chemical or oil spill be reported? To Whom?
©TORF Environmental Management, All rights Reserved.
Our Services Company Bio Contact Us Client Login