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Ward Swanson

Vice President, Senior Environmental Scientist

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Ward has 27 years of experience with environmental analytical chemistry, data quality assurance, and quality control. He helps industry and regulatory authorities solve complex analytical issues related to the preservation and restoration of the environment. Ward is a nationally recognized expert on laboratory regulations, analytical methodology, and internal database quality. He often coordinates with laboratories to implement specialty analyses for unique site conditions. Examples of his work include geochemical analysis, hydrocarbon fingerprinting, low-level mercury analysis, dioxin/furan analysis, and emerging chemicals of environmental concern such as perfluorochemicals (PFAS) and 1,4-dioxane. He currently leads Barr’s assessment and remediation business unit.


(952) 832-2660

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data quality and management
mining and minerals processing engineering


BA, Chemistry, Gustavus Adolphus College


Barr Engineering Co.
4300 MarketPointe Drive
Minneapolis, MN 55435

Phone: 952-832-2600
Fax: 952-832-2601
Toll free: 800-632-2277