In the Fall of 2020, B&B Laboratories earned ISO 17025 accreditation for poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) analyses in water, soil/sediment, and tissue samples. These novel analyses are some of the company’s first to employ liquid chromatography/triple quadrupole mass spectrometry, or LC/MS/MS. PFAS are highly durable compounds, giving them the moniker “forever compounds”, and as a result are being detected in many areas of the environment including water, soil/sediment, and in the tissues and organs of marine and terrestrial wildlife.
This challenging and ever-evolving class of environmental contaminants are pervasive and, while not acutely toxic, are known to bioaccumulate in organ tissues and contribute to health issues.
PFAS are found in numerous everyday items from non-stick or waterproof objects to some fast-food wrappers and stain resistant clothing. Environmental scientists are becoming more aware of the pervasiveness and diversity of these compounds and are working on ways to decrease or eliminate PFAS in the environment. B&B’s methods are optimized to detect a select group of 28 PFAS compounds (see table) to parts-per-trillion levels in all three matrices.
For more information, summary posters are available for water samples (link) and soil/sediment/tissue samples (link).
B&B Laboratories is an affiliate of TDI-Brooks International which are both owned and operated by world-renowned geochemists Dr. Jim Brooks and Dr. Bernie Bernard in College Station, Texas.
Our Environmental, Geochemical, and Geotechnical Laboratories are staffed with highly skilled scientists and chemists who have worked in partnership with federal and state agencies as well as the private energy and environmental industry for over 25 years.