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Improved Method for Petroleum Hydrocarbons in Solids

Friday, March 1st, 2013

By Mark Hugdahl, Technical Director, ALS Environmental – Canada

Beginning April 1, 2013, the ALS Environmental laboratory in Winnipeg will begin the use of a new and improved analysis method for Petroleum Hydrocarbons in soils and other solids. The Microscale Solvent Extraction (MSE) Technique has been used successfully at other ALS Canada laboratories for almost five years and is now available at ALS Winnipeg as a CALA accredited test procedure.

The MSE method, also known as the “Tumbler” extraction technique, will be used for the analysis of CCME Petroleum Hydrocarbon fractions (F2-F4G) in soils, sediments, sludges, and wastes. The method has been demonstrated to meet all regulatory requirements specified by CCME and all provincial jurisdictions where ALS Canada operates.

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Theoretical Gypsum Requirement (TGR) Models

Friday, July 6th, 2012

By John Ashworth,  ALS Environmental – Canada

ALS Environmental Lab TestingGypsum is often applied as an amendment to soils that exhibit a high sodium adsorption ratio (SAR).  The addition of gypsum can reduce a soil’s clay plasticity, thus improving drainage and ease of cultivation. Estimating the correct amount of gypsum required to remediate a particular site is an inexact science requiring experience and consideration of specific site history and conditions, but models described in the literature can produce theoretical estimates to provide guidance.  As a service to our clients, ALS now offers two theoretical calculations for gypsum requirement that are suited to two common categories of salt-impacted soil on the Canadian prairies.