DR. BHARAT CHANDRAMOULI OF SGS TO PRESENT ON PFAS MONITORING AT WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANTS AT ECOS VIRTUAL CONFERENCE, JULY 29

PFAS in wastewater and biosolids present a difficult challenge as they are not removed/destroyed through conventional treatment. The conversion of precursors into persistent perfluorinated carboxylates and sulfonates during treatment poses further human and ecological risks. To discuss this issue, Bharat Chandramouli, Ph. D., Environmental Laboratory Product Manager, North America at SGS, joins an expert panel […]

Dr. Bharat Chandramouli of SGS to Present on PFAS in Air at the A&WMA Virtual Conference

Bharat Chandramouli, Ph. D, Environmental Laboratory Product Manager, at SGS North America, joins an expert panel at the upcoming A&WMA ACE Virtual Conference to discuss, “Ambient Air Methods, Analytical Challenges and Breakthroughs Associated with PFAS”, Tuesday, June 30, 1:30 PM – 3:15 PM ET. The science related to PFAS in air is still in progress, […]

US DoD and EPA Update on PFAS Methods

The annual DoD EMDQ Workshop, usually a source of great information and networking, was cancelled this year. To cover updates that would have been discussed at the workshop, the DoD team hosted an informative webinar on multiple topics. Highlighted below are some PFAS methods updates from Janice Willey’s May 19 presentation. The PFAS Isotope Dilution […]

US DoD Update on PFAS Methods

The annual DoD EMDQ Workshop, usually a source of great information and networking, was cancelled this year.To cover updates that would have been discussed at the workshop, the DoD team hosted an informative webinar on multiple topics. Highlighted below are some PFAS methods updates from Janice Willey’s May 19 presentation. The PFAS Isotope Dilution Method […]

Contaminants of Emerging Concern in Anishnaabeg Aquatic Ecosystems

Information on the occurrence of contaminants of emerging concern (CEC) in the aquatic ecosystems that North American indigenous communities depend on is scarce. Given the particular importance of these ecosystems for food and economic security of indigenous communities, assessing the presence of contaminants becomes very important. Therefore, we wanted to highlight an excellent study [1] […]

Extracting Cationic and Zwitterionic PFAS from AFFF-Contaminated Soils

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The PFAS on the regulatory radar, such as PFOS, PFOA, and other related targets on typical laboratory lists, are anionic, or neutral. Therefore, the methods are optimized for anionic PFAS and feature standardized solid extraction using methanol containing ammonia, and weak anion exchange cleanup. However, many aqueous film forming foam (AFFF) active ingredients can be […]

COVID-19 Update: SGS AXYS Operations and Receiving are Open

To our valued clients. SGS AXYS continues to monitor the COVID-19 situation and restrictions closely. The laboratory is open and all laboratory operations including sample receiving are fully functional. The Canadian Federal Government and BC Provincial Government recognize the importance of US-Canadian essential services and commercial activity and have prioritized the continued movement of commercial […]

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Replacing Aroclor Methods with Congener-Based Approaches for PCBs

Summary SGS has developed and validated accurate, sensitive and accessible polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) analysis by GC-MS in support of the US EPA’s initiative to update the PCB measurement strategy for the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit program. Background Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs) are ubiquitous contaminants regulated under the US Clean Water Act. Currently, the […]

The Effects of Diluted Bitumen (dilbit) on Juvenile Salmon

We in British Columbia love our Pacific wild salmon and view them as keystone species and indicators of ecosystem wellbeing. Numbers have dropped significantly recently from multiple stressors including climate change, habitat loss, pollution and more.  With  current and proposed pipelines that will carry diluted bitumen (dilbit) from the oil sands through spawning habitat and […]

How does PFAS contamination affect microbial communities?

The widespread use of aqueous film forming foams (AFFF) containing PFAS at airports all over the world has resulted in contamination of ground and surface water, and soil. In addition to the many ecosystem effects that are still being studied, how are microbial communities affected? Which PFAS are microbes able to degrade and how does […]