Standard regulatory practices limit the total concentration of toxic metals, such as mercury, when discharged from industrial sources, ignoring the importance of speciation and bioavailability. This can result in dischargers spending more on wastewater treatment than might be necessary for adequate environmental protection. In a new article by author Robin Reash, data from Brooks Applied Labs is used to support the conclusion that by utilizing analyses for bioavailable forms of mercury, such as acid-labile mercury and methylmercury, the regulatory limits imposed are likely overly conservative. The article, published in August 2018 in the SETAC journal Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management, is available on-line here.
Brooks Applied Labs will be exhibiting at the Business & the Environment Conference & Expo in Portland December 11-12. This conference, organized by the Northwest Environmental Business Council (NEBC), is the Northwest’s largest environmental conference, with educational sessions covering topics such as environmental protection, sustainable business practices, and trending policy issues. Elizabeth Madonick will be there to answer any questions you may have about how our specialty elemental analyses and speciation services can support your projects. If you are going to be at the conference, be sure to come by and say hello!
At the annual meeting of the American Council of Independent Laboratories (ACIL) last month, Brooks Applied Labs’ President and CEO, Michelle Briscoe, was honored to receive the Preston Millar Award for the Environmental Sciences Section (ESS) in recognition of her outstanding services to the section and the organization. Ms. Briscoe, who also serves on the ACIL Board of Directors, has recently been leading an effort to increase the value of the ACIL organization for smaller businesses and to encourage a more diverse membership. Congratulations, Michelle!
Here at BAL we take pride in our willingness to help out in our community. BAL’s charitable giving committee, BAL Gives, has selected to support the Sultan Food Bank. Each month this small food bank serves over 800 low income individuals from approximately 325 households throughout the rural 25-mile Sky Valley stretch between Sultan and Skykomish, Washington. Last year, BAL donated over 120 pounds of food and household goods to the Sultan Food Bank, and this year we hope to break our donation record! Stay tuned to see how BAL will continue to support our community in December.