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Explosive controversy: Atwater's lab fights accreditation denial

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August

Where there's smoke, there's fire, at least in the case of a state-run lab that tests fire debris for law enforcement agencies.

The state Bureau of Forensic Fire and Explosives Analysis, part of Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater's operation, is waging an all-out effort with a 30-year national accreditation agency that has stripped it of its fire debris accreditation, saying among other things that it has "concern regarding the competency of laboratory personnel."

The Times/Herald's full report is here.

[Last modified: Tuesday, August 16, 2016 1:37pm]

    

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