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.
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)