Welcoming a New Baby Girl to the BAL Family!

Ophelia Juniper

On April 10th BAL Project Manager Jacki Aitken and her husband, Keven, welcomed a beautiful baby girl to their family: Ophelia Juniper. Their son, Silas, is excited to be a BIG brother! Everyone is doing great and happy to be home, trying to get as much sleep as possible. All of us at Brooks Applied Labs are so happy for the Aitken family and wish them well as they adjust to life as a…

Selective Sequential Extractions – What to Know

Any time metals are an environmental contaminant of concern, the predictable approach is to look at the total metals concentrations and determine a path forward. Whether it be determining risk due to toxicity, selecting a remediation plan, or establishing a regulatory permit limit, the decisions that are made assuming that all molecular forms of a metal have the same physical and chemical properties can have a number of dire consequences. Elemental speciation should be the first choice to avoid such erroneous and potentially costly assumptions from…

In the News (Again) – Arsenic in Baby Food

Brooks Applied Labs was recently mentioned in a Canadian Broadcasting Company news segment on their investigation into arsenic concentration of baby foods sold in Canada. BAL performed the testing which showed some baby foods contained inorganic arsenic above the US FDA guideline and the EU regulatory limit of 100 ppb. While minimizing exposure to this harmful element is beneficial to people of all ages, it is especially important for infants due to their smaller size and proportionally larger calorie…

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All Around the World

Team Brooks Applied Labs has been incredibly busy the past several weeks, with conference presentations locally, nationally, and internationally!

The Importance of Selenium Speciation

Got Selenium?The topic of selenium has garnered attention in various industries for decades now, but the challenge associated with removing selenium from wastewaters has not diminished. In order to understand the most effective form of treatment for this unusual element that is both an essential micronutrient but also toxic at relatively low concentrations, the molecular form, or speciation, of selenium must be understood.

The two most common inorganic forms present in industrial wastewaters and agricultural runoff are selenite and selenate. Numerous treatment options are available for selenite, but conventional…