March 14, 2014
After 10 years, the Shenandoah Lab will close. All tests will be consolidated in Richmond and that has some people worried.
"It will be just the accessibility to the people to find out what the reports are, what the answer is and so forth," said Frank Riley, director of the lab. "I think that will be more difficult for the people of the Valley."
Time sensitive cases are also a concern. "The EPA regulations say that water tests must be set up within 30-hours," added Riley. "That has put a real crunch on getting the right results."
Delegate Allen Louderback helped in the fight for the lab.
"When you have regional operations that are operating very effectively, then I think you should leave those open because they serve the people better," said Louderback. He adds that he doesn't think enough research was done in Richmond. But he says according to the department of General Services, everything will work out fine. "They say the quality of service will not be diminished. They are fully committed. They feel the services will be better."
Louderback says he'll hold them to their words and wants everyone to be critical of the new courier system.