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Oct 2017 | Volume 7 | Issue 10

There May Be Something Lurking in the Water:

A Halloween Tale

by Allison Mackenzie, CEO

There may be something lurking in the water and it’s far scarier than any ghoul, ghost, or swamp monster – it’s PFAS, or Polyfluoroalkyl Substances. At high concentrations PFAS have been linked to a number of reproductive and developmental, liver and kidney, and immunological health effects, such as low infant birth weight, delayed puberty onset, elevated cholesterol levels, reduced immunologic responses to vaccination, thyroid hormone disruption, and possibly even cancer. What’s scarier is that these compounds are resistant to environmental degradation and prone to bioaccumulation in the blood and organs of humans and other animals!

For decades, PFAS have been used in hundreds of industrial applications and consumer products such as carpeting, apparels, upholstery, food paper wrappings, fire-fighting foams, and metal plating. PFAS have been found at very low levels both in the environment and in the blood samples of the general U.S. population, making them contaminants of emerging concern.

Babcock Labs has over 15 years of experience analyzing contaminants of emerging concern under contract with the EPA and for small water systems. Our PFAS testing capabilities include compounds outlined in EPA Method 537 (Rev 1.1). EPA Method 537 identifies 14 perfluorinated compounds, six of which are included on List 1 of UCMR 3. Babcock Laboratories has also modified Method 537 for use on alternate matrices outside of drinking water, such as soil and groundwater. To meet your specific testing needs...  (read more)


UCMR 4 Workshop:

Technical Training & Seminar

It's almost 2018! Are you ready for the fourth round of the EPA’s Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Rule?

Join us on January 31, 2018, for Babcock Labs’ UCMR 4 workshop (register now). 

The workshop will include a short course seminar on UCMR 4 methods, analyses, and special requirements, in addition to the responsibilities of public water systems (PWSs). Attendees will also learn about sampling, including bottle type and preservation. Additionally, the workshop will provide real life case studies for review. Attendees are asked to bring a copy of their UCMR 4 schedule to the workshop so that they can receive one-on-one assistance to address their specific UCMR 4 needs. 

Babcock Laboratories is an EPA UCMR 4 approved lab, fully certified to perform all UCMR 4 analyses . Since the inception of the program over 15 years ago, Babcock Labs has been the industry’s trusted laboratory for UCMR testing services. (read more)


ESOP Month:

Babcock Labs Celebrates Being Employee Owned

For over 20 years, the Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) Association and its member companies across the nation have celebrated Employee Ownership Month every October. This is Babcock Labs’ third year as a 100 percent employee-owned company, and therefore our third year taking part in the October ESOP Month celebrations!

The purpose of ESOP Month is to engage and educate employees in their company ownership. As an ESOP, employees have stock in the company which in turn gives our staff greater incentive to provide our clients with exceptional analytical testing services. Essentially, by investing in the quality of the work we provide, each of us here at Babcock Labs is investing in our future and the futures of our fellow coworkers. It’s a win for our clients and it’s a win for our team. Additionally, it’s a win for our community because employee ownership and our ability to stay independent from multi-national network labs keeps revenue local, as our business and employees invest their earnings back into the local economy.

To celebrate this win-win-win situation, our employees participated in a month of ESOP fun! Our employee owners kicked off the start of October with a company breakfast where staff had the opportunity to share a meal together and hear about the month’s festivities. The festivities have included... (read more)


In Case You Missed It:


Babcock Labs is ready for stormwater season. Are you? (read more)

Babcock Labs highlighted EVMWD's drought-conscious water plan (read more)

Babcock Labs hosts numerous technical trainings and informational seminars to benefit its clients (read more)


Laboratory Services
Drinking Water Analysis
Wastewater Analysis
Groundwater Analysis
Stormwater Analysis
Hazardous Waste & Soils Analysis
Food & Beverage Analysis
Field Services 
Data Deliverables
Emergency Services
Special Projects 
 
Quick Links
Our Mission, Vision, and Goals
Online Results 
Technical Trainings & Seminars
Current Topics
Certifications
Request a Quote
Babcock Blog
 
Contact Us

Cathy Iijima 
Director of Client Services
951-653-3351 x 235
ciijima@babcocklabs.com


Contact my Project Manager
 


REMINDER:
Babcock Labs will be closed for Thanksgiving

 

Join us on November 15th for our next Drinking Water Workshop!
Register now 

 

Our website has been completely revamped!
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Ready for UCMR 4?
We are! 

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Industry Events

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November
11/15 Babcock Laboratories Drinking Water Workshop - Riverside, CA*** 
11/28-12/1 ACWA Fall Conference - Anaheim, CA 
 


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Sept 2017 | Volume 7 | Issue 9

Technical Training & Seminars:

Drinking Water Workshop, UCMR 4 Workshop, & More

by Allison Mackenzie, CEO

Thank you to everyone who attended our UCMR 4 Workshop this month – the event was completely sold out! With UCMR 4 just around the corner, we are happy that we were able to inform you about the methods, analyses, special requirements, and responsibilities of the newest round of the Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Rule (UCMR 4) and answer your questions.

I personally received feedback on the workshop from one of our clients who said, “I intend to present the information to my department and would like to emphasize how prepared your laboratory is for the study and of how much project management Babcock can provide.”

Due to the popularity of this workshop, some organizations who wished to attend were unable to do so which is why I am pleased to announce that we will hold another UCMR 4 Workshop on January 31st, 2018! Click here to learn more and register now.

Yet another popular workshop we hold is our semi-annual Drinking Water Workshop. Like UCMR 4, the last time we held this workshop it was sold out. I am happy to announce that our next Drinking Water Workshop will be held on November 15th, 2017. Our Drinking Water Workshop includes a short course seminar, interactive training, and up to three contact hours. Click here to learn more and register now.... (read more)


Regional Spotlight:

EVMWD's Drought-Conscious Water Plan 

Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District (EVMWD) has released its proposed Drought Contingency Plan in response to expected supply shortages and demand increases.

Given California’s recent bouts with extreme drought, it is vital that water agencies develop short-term and long-term plans that factor in drought conditions, water supply, and population needs. The Press Enterprise recently published an article on EVMWD’s Drought Contingency Plan, which reads as follows:

While wet weather last winter and spring ended a half-decade of drought in California, a water district that serves much of southwestern Riverside County is preparing for future dry years and water shortages.

Anticipating customer demand to double by 2040 as its water supply shrinks, the Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District has created a proposed Drought Contingency Plan in conjunction.

The 178-page plan prepared by consulting firm Civiltec Engineering is now available for public review on the district’s website and was presented to the agency’s Board of Directors on Thursday, Sept. 14, in anticipation of full adoption later this year... (read more)


Stormwater Preparedness:

Are You Ready for Stormwater Season?

 Stormwater season is upon us! Under the current Industrial General Permit (IGP) permit holders are required to collect and analyze stormwater samples from each discharge location for two Qualified Stormwater Events (QSEs) within the first half of each reporting year (July 1 to December 31), and two (2) QSEs within the second half of each reporting year (January 1st to June 30th).

QSE is defined as a precipitation event that produces discharge from any industrial drainage area proceeded by 48 hours with no discharge. QSE discharges can start the night before, within 12 hours of facility operational start time. Stormwater sampling requirements under the IGP instruct that all samples be collected within the first 4 hours of discharge.

All Dischargers are required to submit and certify all reports electronically...(read more)


In Case You Missed It:


Babcock Labs presented at the National Environmental Monitoring Conference in Washington, D.C. (read more)

Babcock Labs is fully approved to perform all UCMR 4 analyses (read more ) and recently held a UCMR 4 Workshop  (read more)

Babcock Labs participated in beta testing of the State's new LTS Portal and was one of the few labs to be first registered on the Portal (read more)


Laboratory Services
Drinking Water Analysis
Wastewater Analysis
Groundwater Analysis
Stormwater Analysis
Hazardous Waste & Soils Analysis
Food & Beverage Analysis
Field Services 
Data Deliverables
Emergency Services
Special Projects 
 
Quick Links
Our Mission, Vision, and Goals
Online Results 
Technical Trainings & Seminars
Current Topics
Certifications
Request a Quote
Babcock Blog
 
Contact Us

Cathy Iijima 
Director of Client Services
951-653-3351 x 235
ciijima@babcocklabs.com


Contact my Project Manager
 

 

Join us on November 15th for our next Drinking Water Workshop!
Register now 

 

Our website has been completely revamped!
Check it out now 



Ready for UCMR 4?
We are! 

Learn more

Industry Events

View our events calendar 
 

October
3-4 Groundwater Resources Association of California Annual Conference - Sacramento, CA
4-6 WaterSmart Innovations - Las Vegas, NV
23-26 AWWA Cal-Nev Fall Conference - Reno, NV

November
15 Babcock Laboratories Drinking Water Workshop  - Riverside, CA***
15-18 ACWA Fall Conference - Anaheim, CA

 


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Aug 2017 | Volume 7 | Issue 8

Industry Experts:

Babcock Labs to Present at NEMC

by Allison Mackenzie, CEO

This month Babcock Laboratories, a leader in the environmental testing industry, attended the National Environmental Monitoring Conference (NEMC). Both our Senior Chemist, David Schiessel, and our Corporate Communications Director, Alexandra Chrystal, gave presentations at this year’s meeting, which took place August 7th - 11th in Washington, D.C.

Mr. Schiessel contributed two oral presentations and one poster presentation on his innovative research and method development concerning the analysis of perfluorinated compounds (PFCs—also known as PFAS). Given the health risks PFCs pose to the public and environment, it is important that laboratories have the capability to detect these types of analytes even when they are not specifically looking for them. For this reason, Mr. Schiessel has focused his research and development efforts on non-targeted suspect screening strategies using low resolution LC-MS-MS, and will present his data and findings at the conference. You can read more about Mr. Schiessel’s research and method development efforts in an earlier article.

Ms. Chrystal gave an oral presentation on effectively communicating scientific information, the theme of this year’s conference. Her presentation identified common challenges ... click here to read more.


UCMR 4 Workshop:

Technical Training & Seminar

Are you preparing for the fourth round of the EPA’s Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Rule? Join us on September 21st for Babcock Labs’ UCMR 4 workshop (click here to register now). 

The workshop will include a short course seminar on UCMR 4 methods, analyses, and special requirements, in addition to the responsibilities of public water systems (PWSs). Attendees will also learn about sampling, including bottle type and preservation. Additionally, the workshop will provide real life case studies for review. Attendees are asked to bring a copy of their UCMR 4 schedule to the workshop so that they can receive one-on-one assistance to address their specific UCMR 4 needs. 

Babcock Laboratories is an EPA UCMR 4 approved lab, fully certified to perform all UCMR 4 analyses. Since the inception of the program over 15 years ago, Babcock Labs has been the industry’s trusted laboratory for UCMR testing services. Click here to read more.

PFAS/PFCs Testing:

Analysis of Polyfluoroalkyl Substances 

Did you know that Babcock Laboratories’ scope of testing services include the analysis of Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS)—also known as Perfluorinated Compounds (PFCs)? 

PFAS are a diverse group of manufactured compounds frequently used as surfactants in industrial, consumer, military, and firefighting applications across the United States, such as Aqueous Film Forming Foam (AFFF) firefighting products, textiles, carpeting, metal plating, paper food packaging, cleaning products, coating additives, and pesticides. PFAS compounds exhibit distinctive chemical characteristics that make them stable in the environment and resistant to degradation, allowing them to bioaccumulate in soil, sediment, groundwater, and animal tissue over time.  

Babcock Labs has over 15 years of experience analyzing contaminants of emerging concern under contract with the EPA and for small water systems. Our PFAS testing capabilities include... click here to read more.

In Case You Missed It:


Babcock Labs is fully approved to perform all UCMR 4 analyses (read more)

CA ELAP update: State Board considers final recommendations (read more)

Babcock Labs held TEAM Event on drinking water regulatory updates and conservation (read more)


Laboratory Services
Drinking Water Analysis
Wastewater Analysis
Groundwater Analysis
Stormwater Analysis
Hazardous Waste & Soils Analysis
Food & Beverage Analysis
Field Services 
Data Deliverables
Emergency Services
Special Projects 
 
Quick Links
Our Mission, Vision, and Goals
Online Results 
Technical Trainings & Seminars
Current Topics
Certifications
Request a Quote
Babcock Blog
 
Contact Us

Cathy Iijima 
Director of Client Services
951-653-3351 x 235
ciijima@babcocklabs.com


Contact my Project Manager
 


REMINDER:
Babcock Labs will be closed on Monday, September 4th in observance of Labor Day

 

Our website has been completely revamped!
Check it out now 



Ready for UCMR 4?
We are! 

Learn more

Industry Events

View our events calendar 
 
September 
5-8 Floodplain Management Association (FMA) Annual Conference - Long Beach, CA 
10-13 Annual WateReuse Symposium - Phoenix, AZ
18-20 WaterPro Conference - Reno, NV
21 Babcock Labs UCMR 4 Workshop - Riverside, CA***
26-28 Annual Tri-State Seminar - Las Vegas, NV**

October 
3-4 Groundwater Resources Association of California Annual Conference - Sacramento, CA 
4-6 WaterSmart Innovations - Las Vegas, NV
23-26 AWWA Cal-Nev Fall Conference - Reno, NV
 


*Look for us! Babcock Labs is attending this event.
**Babcock Labs is attending and sponsoring/speaking at this event.
***Welcome! Babcock Labs is hosting this event.
Copyright © 2017 Babcock Laboratories, Inc., All rights reserved.

Our mailing address is:
P.O. Box 432
Riverside, CA 92502