Toxicity Monitoring Applications

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Waste water respirometry solutions for toxicity reduction tests

by Strathkelvin Instruments Ltd.     based in Motherwell, UNITED KINGDOM

In industrial manufacturing companies, before a new process comes on-line, it is important to measure the toxicity of the effluent stream. This is especially the case for companies who treat their own waste. From the toxicity value (EC50) obtained, it may be a cost-effective solution to simply discharge the effluent to the treatment works at a slow and defined rate to minimise damage to the activated sludge. Following a period of acclimatisation it is often possible to increase feed rates to the plant and this can again be managed using the Strathtox Respirometer. An alternative approach is to undertake toxicity reduction procedures, such as neutralisation or acid hydrolysis, in pilot-scale laboratory studies. The Respiration or the Nitrification Inhibition Test may be used for this. In the future, toxicity reduction may be stipulated by local authority, water company or publicly-owned treatment works prior to giving discharge consents. Toxicity reduction may be evaluated using toxicity tests on activated sludge provided by the treatment works.

Industrial dedusting

by GGE srl     based in Rio Saliceto, ITALY

The industrial dedusting field is very varied and branches out in numerous specialized branches. For a preliminary examination of the problem it is necessary to dispose of two series of data: characteristics of the system which emits the pollutants; nature of pollutants and their characteristics.

Integrated real-time gas analysis solution for emissions industry

by CIC Photonics, Inc.     based in Albuquerque, NEW MEXICO (USA)

Pollutant emissions from industrial smoke stacks are a major national concern due to both health concerns and climate change. As a consequence, there are at least tens of gas analyzer manufacturers in the U.S. alone that compete in that market and have done so for years. What CIC Photonics brings to that competitive field is its expertise derived from its Combustion Efficiency Solution and its high performance IRGAS Systems. The IRGAS-CEM provides real-time and simultaneous measurements of the multitude of toxic combustion products, including CO, CO2, NOx, SOx, CH4, CxHy, H2S, etc. The EP-IRGAS-SPA is also applicable for fast time responses.

Microbial testing for biological wastewater treatment industry

by LuminUltra Technologies Ltd.     based in Fredericton, NEW BRUNSWICK (CANADA)

Realize a new level of process stability and efficiency! Wastewater operators have traditionally had no choice but to rely on TSS or VSS measurements to quantify biomass in their process. These measurements detect much more than just living biomass and therefore are inaccurate and unresponsive indicators of the living population.

Environmental testing & compliance screening for energy/environmental sector

by Oxford Instruments plc     based in Abingdon, UNITED KINGDOM

Compliance screening and testing is often carried out during the manufacturing phase of a product, and all the way through its disposal or recycling process. It ensures that products and materials meet specific standards or comply with international and local directives or regulations. These standards and regulations are introduced to ensure the quality and safety of a product, and to minimise or eliminate its negative impact on the environment and people. Examples of products or materials tested are: electrical and electronic equipment (for compliance with the Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) directive), waste oils, soil (soil remediation depending on contents of toxic metals), children’s products (for compliance with Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008), etc.

Final effluent monitoring for wastewater treatment industry

by Pollution & Process Monitoring Ltd     based in Sevenoaks, UNITED KINGDOM

Industry and municipal waste-water (sewage) treatment plants have had to respond to environmental legislation such as the Urban Waste Water Directive, IPC, IPPC and now the EPR (Environmental Permitting Regulations). As successive legislation becomes more stringent, discharge consents have been progressively tightened, and the need for self-regulation has become more important. As a consequence, on-line instrumentation has been installed throughout waste-water industry to continuously to provide final effluent monitoring and perform water analysis for key consent parameters.

Air pollution control for soil remediation

by Epcon Industrial Systems, LP     based in The Woodlands, TEXAS (USA)

Epcon is known in the industry for the Soil Remediation Oxidizer, including Hazardous and Toxic Spills. Epcon Thermal OxidizerSystems, which operate in a very safe manner, clean up the toxic chemicals from the ground. We pre-test and pre-assemble the majority of systems in our 150,000 Sq. Ft. modern shop.

Waste water respirometry solutions for toxicity testing

by Strathkelvin Instruments Ltd.     based in Motherwell, UNITED KINGDOM

If industrial wastewater entering a treatment works contains toxic components the rate of biodegradation will be inhibited or stop completely. This can result in failed consents and will certainly give rise to operational problems. Visible indications include deflocculation, bulking and the appearance of filamentous bacteria. Sometimes, there are no visible effects. When the sludge bacteria are inhibited, there is the possibility of toxicity carryover in the effluent that is discharged to receiving waters. With new environmental legislation being introduced, worldwide, to protect the natural environment, toxin discharge is now a serious concern for treatment plant managers.

Automation of molecular pathology

by Aurora Biomed Inc.     based in Vancouver, BRITISH COLUMBIA (CANADA)

Tumor markers found in blood, urine and body tissues can be used in diagnosing and treating cancer. Each tumor marker is indicative of a particular disease and thus can be used for the screening, monitoring and diagnosis of specific tumor types. In addition to being used in prognosis, these molecular markers help to predict the response, resistance and toxicity to therapy. For example, BCR-ABL gene sequence detection is used to diagnose chronic myelogenous leukemia and acute lymphatic leukemia.

Water Treatment Solutions for Arsenic Removal

by Adedge Water Technologies, LLC     based in Buford, GEORGIA (US) (USA)

Compliance with the USEPA’s new maximum contaminant level (MCL) of 10 parts per billion (ppb) for arsenic affects thousands of small public water systems in the U.S. Among treatment options available, few are simple, proven, affordable, and reliable. AdEdge offers a line of packaged, pre-engineered drinking water treatment systems which are ideal for small public water systems such as schools, mobile home parks, shopping centers, subdivisions, and more.

Online Monitoring for the Drinking Water Industry

by AppliTek NV - Environmental Analysis Division     based in Nazareth, BELGIUM

AppliTek manufactures wet-chemical analyzers specifically designed for measuring on a continuous base the quality indices of drinking water, from raw water intake up to distribution level. Our systems have a small footprint, reduced reagent consumption and show excellent levels of detection in compliance with modern standards.

On top of that, the delivery of safe water throughout the water cycle will raise the need for efficient monitoring systems detecting in real-time contaminations. `Broadband toxicity`, a non-specific parameter defined by AppliTek, is a prodigiously new and clean technology for safeguarding drinking water.

Green chemistry scoring

by UL - The Wercs     based in Latham, NEW YORK (USA)

Through GreenWERCS, manufacturers can now drive greener formulations. GreenWERCS analyzes the composition of individual products using ingredient data to examine its potential impact on human health and the environment. It can utilize multiple and configurable pre-identified scoring and weighting algorithms to provide information on the chemical ingredients of the products and indicate whether or not they include:

Metal Stabilization

by Graus Chemicals, LLC     based in Glendale, ARIZONA (USA)

In-situ geochemical fixation using a chemical reductant such as Remotox (calcium polysulfide) converts the soluble toxic metals into insoluble non-toxic compounds. Remotox has proven to be effective under a wide range of conditions. It is considered more stable and persistent than other reductants in subsurface environments, and is relatively safe to handle in the field and easy to apply.

PTR-MS systems for security and safety purpose

by Ionicon Analytik Ges.m.b.H.     based in Innsbruck, AUSTRIA

Illicit substances real-time detection with IONICON PTR-MS. PTR-MS combines all features that are needed for analyzing dangerous and illicit substances like explosives, chemical warfare agents (CWA), toxic industrial chemicals (TIC) and drugs.

Waste water treatment plants Personnel Safety & H2S filter management

by Chromatotec Group     based in Val de Virvée, FRANCE

Context & Challenges Globally, the wastewater treatment is the first public health issue. Urban development leads to urbanization near waste water treatment plant and extension of sewerage network. These aspects induce to an augmentation of sulfur compounds (H2S, mercaptans and sulfides) which are very corrosive, odorant and toxic. To monitor this compounds online CHROMATOTEC® offers high meteorological solutions. As a result of the confinement of the waste water stations, toxic components such as H2S and Methylmercaptan increased. Safety of employees on such working sites has therefore become of major problem. To fight this hazardous pollution, air filtering systems have been installed. For the station managers, personal safety coupled with the need for constant air quality control and filter change has been a heavy task.

Waste water treatment plants Screening area: stripping

by Chromatotec Group     based in Val de Virvée, FRANCE

Context & Challenges Globally, the wastewater treatment is the first public health issue. Urban development leads to urbanization near waste water treatment plant and extension of sewerage network. These aspects induce to an augmentation of sulfur compounds (H2S, mercaptans and sulfides) which are very corrosive, odorant and toxic. To monitor this compounds online CHROMATOTEC® offers high meteorological solutions. To ensure the safety of operatives in the screening building/area of waste water treatment works an H2S analyzer has been installed in the main building to complement the protection provided by individual monitors. Chromatographic measurements show that other sulfurous compounds including Methylmercaptans are present in the air in addition to H2S.

XRF analysis for environmental applications

by Niton UK Limited     based in Woodmancott, Winchester, UNITED KINGDOM

Niton analysers are versatile environmental testing instruments that provide valuable assistance in portable soil testing applications such as brownfield site investigation. With the ability to analyse a wide range of materials, our instruments provide lab-quality soil/sediment chemistry in seconds. Lead, arsenic, cadmium, chromium, and other toxic metals contaminate sites of former industrial and agricultural activity around the world. Whatever the reasons for these occurrences, these pollutants cannot be ignored – particularly as environmental consciousness and regulatory initiatives grow.

XRF analysis for product testing & toy safety

by Niton UK Limited     based in Woodmancott, Winchester, UNITED KINGDOM

Each week brings a new report of problems with toy safety and consumer product safety. Ultimately, contract manufacturers, importers, distributors, retailers and brand owners all face potential liability when they fail to comply with laws which restrict the levels of toxic materials in their products. Handheld Niton analysers provide quick and easy screening of toys and other consumer goods for lead, cadmium, mercury and other toxic metals. Importers, brand owners and retailers can implement a standardised inspection protocol for incoming shipments to verify compliance, while simultaneously requiring supply chain documentation based on empirical testing.

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