soil analytical service Articles

  • Soil resource efficiency in urbanised areas - analytical framework and implications for governance

    Soil is a limited and non-renewable resource — implying that its supply is limited — of which a lot of functional demands are made. As well as the use of the soil resource for growing food, which has been done for millennia, the many and diverse services that can be derived from it are in particularly high demand in urbanised spaces, as these areas are where economic development and ...

  • Web-based analytical services improve remediation efficiency

    In this article, Steven Holmes, from analytical services provider ALcontrol, explains how web-based software is helping to ramp up the speed of environmental analysis for remediation contractors such as Sanctus Limited. Background The development of brownfield sites can be more complicated and take longer than other types of building land. However, it is an attractive option ...


    By ALcontrol Laboratories

  • Soil Treatment of Chlordane

    The following graph illustrates the analytical results of a bio-treatability study conducted on MTBE. A two-liter groundwater sample was collected from the client's service station in western Pennsylvania. We tested three different combinations of microbe and nutrient products in order to determine which products are the most effective. The results indicate that MTBE can be bioremediated by our ...

  • Soil Contamination and Possible Threats to Human Health

    In 2007, the city of Salisbury, North Carolina, purchased a piece of land that was the location of a former service station. The property had been given a clean bill of health in 1991 and again in 2007 just before the property was purchased. Last year, the city began site preparations to build a new central office for the local schools when soil contamination was found. It turns out ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • University of Southampton, Heavy Metal Contamination in Soils– Case Study

    Project Highlights Over the last 15 years, Envirochem have for-filled the role of environmental consultant analysts to the University of Southampton. During a period of significant redevelopment, Envirochem has assisted with a whole range of projects supplying an exhaustive range of asbestos related services, chemical sampling and ...

  • Dry cleaner investigation

    A BEACON Passive Soil-Gas (PSG) Survey was performed at a dry cleaner site in the southeastern United States to determine if Tetrachloroethene (PCE) contamination identified beneath the dry cleaner in a prior BEACON PSG Survey was migrating off site and, if so, in which direction it was moving. This survey involved 30 field samples collected in a grid pattern. Analytical results were provided to ...

  • Chlorinated solvents

    The initial PSG survey identified TCE source areas that did not agree with the GPR survey findings. Based on these results, a subsequent PSG survey was performed to further characterize the site and better define the source areas identified in the initial survey. Analytical results were provided to the client within four (4) days of receipt of samples at the laboratory for both surveys. The ...

  • How Close to Contamination does a Property need to be for Vapor Intrusion to be a Concern?

    Cinnaminson, NJ, February 19, 2013 There are numerous sites across North America that have contaminated soil or groundwater due to manmade pollution.  Some of these sites have been a problem for decades and as communities have grown, more and more residential and commercial properties have been built above or near these areas. A major issue for properties built near these contaminated ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Carbon Tetrachloride and Prop 65, What You Need to Know

    In 1986, California voters approved an initiative to address increasing concerns about exposure to toxic chemicals. That initiative, the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, is better known by its original name of Proposition 65.  Proposition 65 requires businesses to notify Californians about significant amounts of chemicals in the products they purchase, in their homes or ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Determination of arsenic in baby foods and fruit juices by GFAAS

    The United States does not have specific regulations specifying the allowable levels of toxic elements in foods, but many other countries do. For example, Canada has a specific tolerance level for arsenic of 0.1 ppm in ready to serve fruit juices, nectars, and beverages1. The toxic nature of arsenic is such that chronic exposure to the element can lead to internal cancers of the bladder and ...


    By PerkinElmer, Inc.

  • Land Application System (LAS), Design, Operation & Maintenance

    PLANTECO specializes in the use of green plants (phytoremediation) for the management of nutrients at municipal and industrial waste facilities and livestock feeding operations. Land Application Systems (LAS) consist of vegetated irrigation fields with selected plants that utilize the effluent wastewater as an efficient source of water and plant nutrients including nitrogen, phosphorus and ...


    By Planteco, Inc

  • TCE Hot Spots have California Residents Concerned

    For years, many people living near the Moffett Federal Airfield by Mountain View, California, have had concerns over toxic chemicals known to be in the soil and groundwater in the area. After a recent report by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), some residents now admit to being scared. The EPA has found higher than expected levels of trichloroethylene, also known as ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Is Radon & Radiation from Granite Countertops a Concern?

    Over the past several years there have been numerous media reports about possible health concerns regarding granite countertops emitting radiation and radon gas into people’s homes and businesses.  Granite’s durability and decorative appearance have made it a popular building material in many homes and buildings. Almost any type of rock could contain naturally occurring ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Farm site BTEX closure achieved within one year

    Soil and groundwater at the former Feley Farms Site (Michigan, USA) was impacted by gasoline constituents that originated from former USTs. The leaking tanks were removed in 1995; based on the reported petroleum-contaminated water seeping into the excavation hole along the surface of the bedrock during the tank removal process, groundwater monitoring was recommended. The results of the 1996-97 ...


  • Single field mobilization completes site investigation and removal actions

    The Kentucky Research Consortium for Energy and the Environment (KRCEE) worked with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) last summer to introduce new approaches and technologies to the site cleanup program operating at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant (PGDP) in western Kentucky. A Triad demonstration was conducted at PGDP's Area of Concern (AOC) 492 that integrated several real-time ...

  • Remediation of TCE NAPL in active Alleyway Arlington, Texas - Case Study

    Project Summary TRS Group, Inc. (TRS) completed a standard Fixed Price Remediation (SFPR) of trichioroethene (TCE) in soil in Arlington, TX using electrical resistance heating (ERH) in 2012, The system incorporated 19 electrodes with horizontal vapor recovery (VR) wells to treat a soil volume of approximately 4,155 cubic yards (yd3) located between two active buildings. Active ...


    By TRS Group, Inc.

  • Remediation of BTEX in Groundwater with LNAPL Using Oxygen Releasing Materials (ORM).

    Abstract: A field scale study was conducted at a former gasoline service station to evaluate the remediation of groundwater contaminated with dissolved benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, and xylenes (BTEX) using oxygen-releasing materials (ORM). The injection of oxygen through ORM slurry was the remedial alternative chosen to enhance the in-situ microbial degradation of the BTEX in groundwater. ...


    By REGENESIS

  • The EU Eco-Industry`s Export Potential

     Executive Summary DGXI of the European Commission has commissioned this study to provide an analysis of current export activity by the EU eco-industry, the employment effects of this export activity, whether exports can be increased in the future and to develop appropriate policy recommendations for promoting EU eco-industry exports and related employment in the future. ...

  • Better Management of Wastewater: Smiths Snackfood Company

     A consultancy study of company operations involved staff at all levels of the organisation and led to greater environmental awareness and significant cost savings and environmental benefits. Initial projects focussed on reducing solids in effluent to eliminate overloading of the wastewater treatment plant servicing the potato and corn processing lines. The initiatives taken have resulted in ...


  • TOC analyser improves lab efficiency

    Leading instrumentation company HACH LANGE is helping a number of key customers save valuable time and costs with its new IL550 TOC-TN analyser. TOC analysis is vitally important in applications ranging from power generation, wastewater, drinking water, surface water and ultrapure water, to agricultural soils, contaminated land and food. HACH LANGE analysers therefore offer a range of options ...


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