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Now Certified for Hexavalent Cr by 218.6!

July 18th, 2012
Basic Laboratory has been granted certification by CA-ELAP for the analysis of hexavalent chromium in both Drinking Water and Wastewater samples by EPA 218.6. Also, utilizing the newest EPA method, EPA 218.7, we can also support our clients with detection limits that meet the newly proposed public health goal of 0.02ppb for hexavalent chromium.

Our standard analysis turn around time is 10 business days. Please give us a call if you would like further information or customized pricing for your project or sample type.


New Dionex ICS-5000 ion chromatograph!

April 27th, 2011
Basic Laboratory has purchased and installed a new dual channel Dionex ICS-5000 ion chromatograph. With the anticipated need for ultra-low level hexavalent chromium analysis in California and nationwide, this instrument will allow us to easily and consistenly provide analysis by EPA 218.6 with reporting limits that exeed the newly proposed public health goal of 0.02ppb for hexavalent chromium.

As a dual system, we will also be using the system's second channel to increase our productivity and lower detection limits for our routine anion testing by EPA 300.0 and 300.1 as well.


Now offering Methane by RSK175

April 27th, 2011
Basic Laboratory is now offer the analysis of methane in water samples by RSK175, a modified method using GC/FID. We can provide a reporting limit for methane at or below 2ppb. Give us a call or send us an email for more information.


New Agilent 7500ce ICP/MS Arrives!

June 30th, 2008
Basic Laboratory has purchased a new Agilent 7500ce ICP/MS system for trace metals analysis. The system is currently in the process of being installed and optimized in the laboratory. The 7500ce incorporates several new design innovations. Its Octopole Reaction System features redesigned ion optics and a high-transmission reaction cell, which allows the Agilent 7500ce to detect analytes at parts-per-trillion levels even in samples with high amounts of dissolved solids. With a dynamic range of nine orders, the new system can measure both trace species in the parts per trillion level and major elements in the parts per thousand level in the same analytical run.

The new instrument will continue to increase our capabilities for trace level metals analysis using methods like EPA 1638. The instrument can also be coupled with a GC or IC to provide metals speciation capabilities.


Perchlorate by EPA 331.0 – LC/MS/MS

June 9th, 2008
Basic Laboratory has received final certification from CA-ELAP for the analysis of perchlorate by LC/MS/MS method EPA 331.0. According to the EPA, “perchlorate is both a naturally occurring and man-made chemical. Most of the perchlorate manufactured in the United States is used as the primary ingredient of solid rocket propellant. Wastes from the manufacture and improper disposal of perchlorate-containing chemicals are increasingly being discovered in soil and water.”
Because of the potential health hazard, the State of California has chosen to require regular monitoring in most drinking water sources. The Method Detection Limit (MDL) required by California for monitoring purposes is 4ppb (0.004ppm). EPA method 331.0 is one of the newest and most highly advanced analytical methods, and allows us to accurately detect perchlorate down to less than 0.2ppb. We are capable of lower detection limits if necessary.
EPA method 331.0 is a significant advancement from the older EPA method 314.0 which utilized the standard ion chromatography technique. The use of LC/MS/MS allows for lower detection limits and the nearly complete elimination of false positive results.
If you are required to monitor for perchlorate, give us a call. For more information and details regarding the California perchlorate monitoring rule, click the link below.

Perchlorate Standard Adoption MemoPerchlorate Standard Adoption Memo (0.1 MB)