Asbestos Expert, Dr. Matt Sanchez, to Explore Amphibole Type and Morphologies in Vermiculite at Annual PACNY Conference

(MONROEVILLE, Pa., February 11, 2015) RJ Lee Group, developers of one of the two approved methods for the analysis of vermiculite in spray-on fireproofing in the state of New York, will participate in the 19th Annual PACNY (Professional Abatement Contractors of New York) Environmental Conference in February. As recent members, they will exhibit for the first time and Technical Manager Dr. Matt Sanchez, expert in characterizing asbestos in raw materials and in building products, will be a featured speaker. Dr. Sanchez’s topic will be “Amphibole Type and Morphologies that Occur in Vermiculite from Select Sources Around the World.” In his presentation, he will describe the digestion process used in the NYSDOH-approved method LAB.055.1* for spray-on fireproofing that contains vermiculite, and apply it to loose fill vermiculite. Additionally, he will demonstrate the type and morphologies of amphibole minerals that can be observed when analyzing vermiculite from various sources. Dr. Richard Lee, company CEO, referring to the company’s participation in PACNY noted, “Joining PACNY puts us among some of the most knowledgeable people in asbestos abatement. Our analytical expertise can help guide their abatement direction, but we also benefit from their knowledge and expertise in the abatement process.”

The conference is being held February 25-27, 2015 at Turning Stone Resort & Casino, Verona, NY. RJ Lee Group experts will be on hand to answer questions and to discuss capabilities in vermiculite, asbestos, and crystalline silica analyses as well as other IH issues. Dr. Sanchez’s presentation will take place on Thursday, February 26 during the morning session.


PACNY addresses the needs and concerns of abatement contractors and those in related industries by allowing contractors to band together to face abatement challenges, rather than stand alone as individual businesses. For more information about PACNY, visit

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RJ Lee Group is a 200-person industrial forensics laboratory headquartered in Monroeville, Pa. that specializes in providing innovative solutions in materials characterization, method development, forensic engineering, and information management. For more information about RJ Lee Group, visit our website at



*Lab.055.1 is Patent Pending 13/918,071. RJ Lee Group developed Method LAB.055.1—the only New York Department of Health-approved alternative method to 198.8 for the analysis of vermiculite in spray-on fireproofing.