Contaminated Land, Water and Leachates Analysis
There are unacceptable risks to human health and the environment from historic land contamination which were addressed in the UK through the Environmental Protection Act 1990. br The Environment Agency (EA) and DEFRA provides further information on the legal framework and issues related to bringing contaminated land back into safe use.
At ELAB we can help provide data on both toxicity in soil and its effect on the environment. Our data reporting meets the needs of specialists including Site Investigators, Remediation Specialists, Geotechnical and Geo-environmental experts and Engineering Consultants.
Our range of testing services include:
WAC (Waste Acceptance Criteria) "Tank Testing" to determine the leaching characteristics of solidified (monolithic) wastes.
Environmental testing and analysis of a wide range of contaminants for investigations/monitoring of contaminated sites and for groundwater investigations. The testing done can include (but is not restricted to) the following.
We use ICP-MS for metals analysis, and can offer analysis of a large number of metals down to very low detection levels.
Analysis of Organic Compounds
These are analysed using GC-MS or GC-FID. Regularly analysed are PAH's, PCB's, SVOC's, Volatile Compounds (by gcms headspace analysis), OrganoChlorine and Organonitrogen pesticides . Again detection levels are very low. We have occasionally analysed for explosives.
Benzene, Toluene, Ethyl Benzene and Xylene (BTEX)
Pesticides & Herbicides
Polyaromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs)
Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs)
Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)
Semi-volatile Organic Compounds (SVOC)
Total Petroleum Hydrocarbons (TPH including CWG)
Our instrumentation is such that we can analyse for many hundreds of organic compounds. We are also able to undertake general scans to identify any unknowns present. This is done by searching through the NIST Library of about 180,000 compounds which are then reported by name and CAS number together with an approximation of the amount present. HPLC instrumentation is used for analysis of phenols, elemental sulphur and various herbicides.
Topsoil Analysis can also be obtained form ELAB based on the BS3882 standard. See our technical datasheet for further information.
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