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  • The productive environmental laboratory: BSK Labs boosts efficiency with Metrohm IC

    BSK Labs runs a number of environmental laboratories and service centers along the west coast of the US. A total of 70 employees – including microbiologists, chemists, lab technicians, and support staff – make sure that the 200 to 350 samples that come in every week are analyzed. BSK Labs specializes in potable water chemistry, ground water monitoring, storm water runoff, solid waste ...


    By Metrohm AG

  • USEPA Method 8260C using the Tekmar Atomx Automated VOC Sample Prep System and a Thermo Focus/DSQ™ II GCMS

    The United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) developed Method 8260 to determine the concentration of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) in water and soil matrices. USEPA Methods 5030 and 50351 are used to prepare water, soil and waste samples for analysis by USEPA Method 8260. USEPA Method 8260 was recently updated from 8260B to 8260C2. In this study water and soil sample analysis ...


    By Teledyne Tekmar

  • LIMS and the Automation of the Water Lab

    (Reproduced by permission from Laboratorium Magazine) Europe’s most modern water lab is located in Leeuwarden, in the Netherlands. Vitens made a big splash when it brought this modern building, with its transparent design, into operation in January 2005. Many colleagues from Dutch and foreign labs are eager to visit this installation, where water control samples are routed automatically with the ...


    By STARLIMS Corporation

  • PPCPs: Preparing for an uncertain regulatory future

    A recent study published in Environmental Pollution* identified 56 active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) in effluent samples from 50 large wastewater treatment plants across the U.S. Among the products found in samples were commonly prescribed anti-psychotic and antihypertensive drugs. As more studies continue to fuel public concerns over risks to public health and the environment, wastewater ...

  • Preparation of Large-Size Cohesive Specimens for Calibration Chamber Testing

    This paper describes the design of an automated slurry consolidometer and calibration chamber system used to prepare largesize cohesive soil specimens for testing in-situ devices, model foundations, and ground anchors. A two-stage technique for the preparattion of homogeneous cohesive specimens subjected to a known stress history is described. Briefly summarized are the data acquisition/control ...


    By ASTM International

  • Automated Data Management Helps Labs Meet Regulatory, Reporting Requirements

    THE NELAC (National Environmental Accreditation Conference) standards published in 2003 were revised and made available in July 2011 as the new TNI Standard 2009. Implementation of this updated standard, which is based on ISO 17025 guidance, will become a reality in the next year. For water system operators and testing labs, implementation requires not only adherence with ISO 17025 standards but ...

  • Two environmental laboratories, 1 private and 1 government, optimize automation and ROI with investment in BOD/Titrate duo (case study)

    MANTECH INC. is a leading manufacturer of automated multi-parameter, titration, BOD and COD laboratory instruments. Both a Private and Government Environmental Laboratory required optimized return on investment for both automated BOD/CBOD and automated multi-parameter systems. They each invested in the MANTECH BOD/Titrate Duo. Background Each laboratory identified ...


    By MANTECH INC.

  • New laser-based dust emission monitoring system

    Abstract A new generation of continuous particulate matter concentration monitoring instruments is presented, covering a measuring range of 0 to 1000 mg/m3. The laser-based scattered light instrument gives an improved stability as well as excellent resolution in the low range. This enables high concentration measurement as well as especially low emission monitoring down to 0.01 mg/m3 with a ...


    By Sigrist-Photometer AG

  • Project profile - City of Wellman, Texas arsenic treatment system

    Background The City of Wellman, Texas (Wellman) applied to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) to participate in the arsenic treatment demonstration program for Round 2 and was selected. Wellman has five water-supply wells which pump water to a 110,000 gallon storage tank. Water-quality analyses revealed that arsenic concentrations exceeded the new maximum contaminant level ...

  • Project profile - Highland Hills MHC Highland, MI 450 GPM AD26 arsenic, iron system

    Background In January 2008 AdEdge Technologies, Inc. was selected among other vendors by Nationwide MHP to supply a turnkey arsenic, iron, and manganese treatment system for the Highland Hills MHP in Highland, Michigan. The system consists of multiple wells that combine together to serve potable water to 306 connections and a population of 765 in the community. Several options were ...

  • Project profile - Lakeview Estates Community Durand, MI AD26 arsenic, iron & manganese system

    Background In August, 2007 AdEdge Technologies, Inc. was selected among other vendors by Tri-County Drilling to supply an arsenic, iron, and manganese treatment system for the Lakeview Estates MHP in Durand, Michigan. The system consists of multiple wells that combine together to serve potable water to 239 connections in the community. Several options were considered based on the need to ...

  • Project profile - Meadow Lake MHC White Lake, MI 750 GPM iron & manganese system

    Background In February 2008 AdEdge Technologies, Inc. was selected as the sole vendor by Sun Communities, a nation wide owner and operator of Mobile Home Communities, to supply an iron and manganese treatment system, for the Meadow Lake MHC in White Lake, Michigan. The Meadow Lake MHC treatment system is the third packaged treatment system Sun Communities has purchased from AdEdge. The ...

  • Project profile - Webb Consolidated Independent School Bruni, Texas arsenic treatment system

    Background Webb Consolidated Independent School District (Webb CISD) located in Bruni, Texas applied to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) to participate in the arsenic treatment demonstration program for Round 2 and was selected. The school has a water-supply well which pumps water to a 12,000 gallon storage tank. Waterquality analyses revealed that arsenic concentrations ...

  • Project profile - USEPA arsenic demonstration project Springfield, Ohio – Chateau estates arsenic and iron treatment system

    Background AdEdge Technologies Inc. (AdEdge) was selected in 2004 by the U.S. EPA and the host site as part of the Round 2 Arsenic Demonstration Program to implement full scale arsenic treatment for the Chateau Estates Mobil Home Community in Springfield, Ohio. The public water system has approximately 230 connections with an average daily flow of 45,000 gallons per day. AdEdge was ...

  • The Perfect Lab Partner For Compliance

    In July 2011, the NELAC (National Environmental Accreditation Conference) standards were revised as the new The NELAC Institute (TNI) Standard 2009, based on ISO 17025 guidance. Implementation of this updated TNI standard by the respective accrediting bodies will become a reality in the next year, though many have already implemented the new standard. For water system operators and testing labs, ...

  • Design of a Large Calibration Chamber

    The design and operation of a conceptually simple, low-cost chamber for calibration of cone penetrometers and other in situ devices is described. The chamber weighs over 5500 kg and houses a 4400-kg soil sample that is 1.5 m in diameter and height. Operations in the chamber are automated using a self-equilibrating hydraulic insertion frame, a soil pluviation system for sand placement, a vacuum ...


    By ASTM International

  • Installation TOXcontrol at River Rhine intake

    The Water works Amsterdam takes surface water from the Rhine at the location Nieuwegein (the Netherlands) for theproduction of drinking water. The water quality of the Rhine can fluctuate due to the input of effluents from SWTP (22million people are living in the catchment area), and due to agricultural and industrial activities along the Rhine. This is why the Water Works Amsterdam operates an ...

  • Thermal Desorption-GC/MS Analysis of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons on fine particulates in air

    Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) are commonly found throughout the environment in soil, water and adsorbed to fine particulate matter in air. Of the 16 common PAHs, 7 have been classified as animal carcinogens by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). Resulting from this classification, PAHs are monitored and regulated in the environment. Analysis of PAHs in soil and water ...


    By PerkinElmer, Inc.

  • Discrete or Continuous Flow Analysis – which is better?

    A wide variety of factors affect the choice of analytical instrument. These include target workload (samples/hour), variety of chemistries, methods required, bench space, staff availability etc. In the following article Lalicia Potter, Technical Sales & Support Director at SEAL Analytical, examines one of the common decisions facing laboratory managers. As the manufacturer of an ...

  • Lakeview Estates MI Project Profile

    Background In August, 2007 AdEdge Technologies, Inc. was selected among other vendors by Tri-County Drilling to supply an arsenic, iron, and manganese treatment system for the Lakeview Estates MHP in Durand, Michigan. The system consists of multiple wells that combine together to serve potable water to 239 connections in the community. Several options were considered based on the need to ...

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