• Friday, July 20, 2018
USACE Certification

     Phoenix Environmental Laboratories has received approval from the USACE for our Laboratory Quality Assurance Plan (LQAP) filed with the New England District Corps of Engineers. This LQAP includes bulk sediment analysis of dredged material for disposal in New England waters as outlined in the Regional Implementation Manual (RIM) prepared by the joint Corps of Engineers/EPA Region 1.

PCB (Polychlorinated Biphenyl) Congeners

     There are 209 distinct PCB compounds known as congeners. PCBs have typically been identified as commercial mixtures called Aroclors, which are made up of individual PCB congeners. PCB congener-specific analysis offers many advantages over traditional PCB analysis including more accurate quantitation, lower reporting limits and more useful data to determine PCB toxicity. Phoenix is now certified to analyze PCB Congeners and is currently offering analyses reporting 22 specific congeners as outlined in USACE and NOAA PCB methods.

Fluridone by 525.3

      Fluridone is an herbicide used in controling aquatic weed infestations of Duckweed, Milfoil and Watermeal. It is reported by the manufacturer that there are no restrictions on swimming, eating fish, and human or livestock consumption of treated water. Irrigation restrictions may apply for up to 30 days. Fluridone is used at low concentrations, but long contact time is required, otherwise, plants will start to grow again.

EPA 522 (1,4 Dioxane in Drinking Water)

      1,4 Dioxane is a water miscible organic compound classified as an ether. It is commonly used in paint strippers, dyes, greases, varnishes and waxes and is highly flammable. 1,4 Dioxane is a colorless liquid with a smell similar to lighter fluid. Classified by the EPA as "likely" to be carcinogenic to people.

Uranium (DW) & Tungsten

      Certified for Uranium analysis in drinking water and Tungsten.

Age Dating Home Heating/Fuel #2

      Age Dating of home heating / fuel #2 via the Christensen, L. B., and Larsen, T. H. 1993 method. This method age dates a fuel release under 20 years of age to withing +/- 2 years.

Air Phase Petroleum (APH)

      APH is the measurement of the gaseous-phase concentrations of volatile aliphatic and aromatic petroleum hydrocarbons in air and soil gas.

Laboratory Expansion

      Phoenix labs has increased capability for TO14 and TO15 Air Analysis. We have also built a brand new lab dedicated to HPLC testing of Formaldahyde, Carbamate and Diquat.

EPA TO-10A (Determination of PCBS in Ambient Air using PUF Sampling Media)

      The lab is certified for EPA method TO-10A; Determination Of Pesticides And Polychlorinated Biphenyls In Ambient Air Using Low Volume Polyurethane Foam (PUF) Sampling Followed By Gas Chromatographic/Multi-Detector Detection (GC/MD).


Customer Feedback

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     Every step of the process was fast, friendly and effortless. And we received our test results very quickly. Thank you!

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     Outstanding customer service! Quick responses from all employees at the lab, very accommodating staff, helpful web tools, and a great user experience. Thank you for all you do!

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! Important High-Level Voa Vial Update !

     The following link describes the update to our Voa Vial Labels. High-Level Voa Vial Update Doc

1,4-Dioxane EPA-522
Low Level 1,4-Dioxane (0.25 ug/L) 8270 SIM

      1,4 Dioxane is a colorless liquid with a faint smell of the solvent Diethyl Ether. It is commonly used as a stablizer for the solvent Trichloroethane. It can be irrating to the eyes and respitory tract and can cause damage to the central nervous system. 1,4 Dioxane analysis is offered at a low level of 0.25 ug/L.

Online Invoices

      Invoices have been added to the available online data. In addition, customers providing email addresses will receive pdf copies of the invoices along with the chain of custody when the invoice is generated.

PCB Analysis in Air, Caulk, Bulk Samples, Soils, Water, Wipes

      The lab is proud to offer our specialzied analysis of PCBs in all matrices. We have extensive experience with schools and remediation.


Homologs 680

      For samples whose congener makeup may have been altered due to weathering, testing for Aroclors can yeild erroneous results. Testing for PCB homologs will give more reliable results for these samples. Homologs are a way of grouping PCB congeners by the number of chlorine atoms they have, varying from one to ten. PCBs with the same number of chlorine atoms would belong to the same homolog group. For example, there are 11 different di-chloro congeners in the 2-chlorine homolog group and 42 different tetra-chloro congeners in the 4-chlorine homolog group.

Soxhlet Extraction for PCBs

      The lab is performing Soxhlet Extraction for PCBs.


Bis 2 Ethylhexylphthalate

      Bis-2-Ethylhexylphthalate is a compound used in making plastic bottles. There has been concern regarding it's toxiciy and possible leaching from plastic containers.