Testmark and AEL Continue to Grow
“… Our business model has always been to invest locally – to put real infrastructure and real jobs in the communities in which we work. …”
Assessing the Quality of Lab Data: Getting Back to Basics
“… Science is an ever-changing landscape. For us in the environmental lab business, we’ve witnessed first-hand the huge advances made in the tools of our trade over the past few decades. …”
Site Investigations: What Are You Looking For?
“… there is a very strong argument to be made for the intelligent investigator who attempts to understand what they are likely to find on a site and why — someone who brings value to the process. Asking “what am I looking for?” or perhaps more cautiously worded “what am I probably looking for?” is key to a successful sampling and testing plan…”
Compliance with Canada’s newest Wastewater regulation pH Stabilization testing – Are You Ready?
“… Compliance means meeting the required monitoring, record keeping, and reporting requirements laid out in the Regulation. And unless you’ve been granted a transitional authorized standard, compliance also means meeting the following national effluent quality standards for deleterious substances…”
Ontario’s Revised Brownfield Regulation: SNAPSHOT AT THE HALF-YEAR MARK
With 6 months under its belt, Ontario’s amended Record of Site Condition (O. Reg. 153) to the July 2011 Standards appears to have made a relatively smooth transition from policy to practice. From an analytical laboratory perspective, we continue to field some common questions from our environmental consulting clients. Here are some of our “Top Ten” Q&A (in no particular order).
Best-Practices for Soil Sampling for Volatile Parameters
Improper sampling techniques for volatile organics can lead to seriously compromised test results. Volatile parameters are by their very nature volatile – meaning they vaporize easily. Significant vapor losses can occur during both field sampling and in sample transfer steps that occur in the lab if adequate care is not taken.
It has been estimated that the losses of volatile organic compounds can be as high as 90% by the time the samples come to the laboratory for some samples if they are merely collected in glass containers with Teflon-lined septa. For this reason, a better approach is needed.
After a wonderful 5-year run, we are retiring our biannual Testmark Newsletter and replacing it with Elements, a slimmed-down biannual bulletin aimed at providing technical information and updates for our clients. In an internet-based age susceptible to information overload, we feel there is value in trimming the fat and presenting the facts. We hope you enjoy the read!