The Metals Laboratory is responsible for identifying and measuring the concentration of metals (such as arsenic, lead, copper, mercury, or cadmium) in environmental samples. Aquatic biota is thought to be especially sensitive to metals and can bio-accumulate metals in tissues. Using Inductively Coupled Plasma Spectroscopy (ICP and ICP/MS) and flow injection atomic absorption instruments, the Metals Laboratory can measure metal concentrations down to a few parts per billion.
At the other extreme, the Metals Lab conducts a Toxicity Characterization Leachate Procedure (TCLP) to mimic the level of metals leached out of a landfill over many years. Above certain levels, soils contaminated with metals may need remediation or removal to ensure human health and safety.
Shene Jones, Manager