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Soil Vapor Intrusion Testing

Soil Vapor Intrusion Testing

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VAPOR INTRUSION TESTING

Centek Laboratories, LLC Air Testing Laboratory has extensive experience sampling and analyzing a broad range of air contaminants including, but not limited to, Volatile Compounds, Air Toxics, and Hazardous Air Pollutants. In fact, Centek Laboratories, LLC opened it doors in 2003 working with New York State to develop and implement the NYSDOH Soil Vapor Intrusion Guidance. To this day, the NYSDOH Vapor Intrusion Guidance is regarded as one of the most recognized documents relevant to Vapor Intrusion Sampling and Analysis.

Centek Laboratories, LLC has the analytical expertise and project management capabilities to support a variety of soil vapor intrusion and indoor air investigations.

Centek offers specialized sampling programs to fit your projects budget and sampling / analytical goals.

  • Soil Gas Vapor Intrusion Testing
  • Indoor Air Vapor Intrusion Testing
  • Ambient Air Testing
  • Helium Leak Testing
  • Soil Gas Tracers
  • Appropriate Methods and Procedures

Subsurface Vapor Intrusion has become a topic of particular interest due to factors including:

  • Increased recognition of Vapor Intrusion as an important exposure pathway
  • Greater emphasis on the remediation of contaminated sites that introduce harmful substances into indoor air
  • The recent publication of key state and federal Vapor Intrusion Guidance documents

QUALIFICATIONS

Centek Laboratories, LLC is accredited by both NELAP and AIHA-LAP, LLC (ISO/IEC1725) to run EPA Method TO-15, as well as several other local, state, and federal programs. Most current guidance documents recommend the use of EPA Method TO-15. Contact the laboratory for our most up to date certification information.

Centek Laboratories, LLC are expert analysts of fuel hydrocarbons in air from gasoline, diesel, oil, mineral spirits, bunker fuel, jet fuel etc. and other specific compounds of concern. Specific target compounds for analysis include, but are not limited to benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, xylenes, fuel aromatics, fuel oxygenates (MTBE, ETBE, TAME, TBA, DIPE), and chlorinated solvents (PCE, TCE and their breakdown products such as vinyl chloride, 1,1-DCE and others). In addition to Centek’s TO-15 list is the ability to scan for over 170,000 additional hazardous compounds within the air matrix.

Our state-of-the-art instrumentation, in many cases, is specifically designed and modified by our technical staff to achieve low detection limits while maintaining the highest quality data for your Vapor Intrusion Projects. Centek Laboratories, LLC has experience working with large conglomerates, government agencies, as well as smaller private firms and homeowners.

CENTEK LABS VAPOR INTRUSION ARTICLES

PAST VAPOR INTRUSION CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

SAMPLING EQUIPMENT

Centek Laboratories, LLC equipment is readily available for your project as soon as the next day. We offer innovative silonite coated summa canisters ranging from 400cc to 6L. Our staff is experienced at collecting and analyzing samples of soil gas using a wide variety of containers including Tedlar bags, 400cc canisters, 1L canisters, 1.4L canisters, and full 6L canisters. Equipment rentals are always included FREE OF CHARGE.

WHY CHOOSE CENTEK?

Centek Laboratories, LLC personnel are valuable consultants for your Vapor Intrusion projects. Specialization has its advantages. Centek focuses its resources within a small area of the environmental laboratory arena. Our specialization and resources afford us the ability to be the best at what we do.

Centek Laboratories, LLC will provide the most simple and cost-effective solution for your Soil Vapor Sampling and Analytical needs. If you do not already work with us, give us a shot on your next Vapor Intrusion Analytical bidding opportunity. We are more than confident that our pricing, client services, technology, and capabilities will impress.

***To set up a lunch and learn regarding Vapor Intrusion Testing and Analysis, please contact Russell Pellegrino at (315) 431-9730

Volatile Organic Compounds Testing

BioGas Matrix Analysis Testing

BioGas Matrix Analysis Testing

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RENEWABLE ENERGY

Image The age-old saying of “One man’s garbage…Is another’s mans Gold” is becoming true in the reclaiming of Biogas from landfill operations. While we still depend on fossil fuels as our primary energy resource, the use of newer and cheaper energy sources such as landfill gas is increasing throughout the world today.

Biogas, and particularly landfill gas, or LFG, is usually heavily contaminated with VOCs (Volatile Organic Contaminants). VOC levels can exceed 1,000 ppmv, and are usually at least 50 ppmv, requiring removal by specialized treatment equipment so LFG can be used as a reliable fuel. Treatment systems for heavily contaminated biogas utilize media that is regenerated on a continuous basis to prevent siloxanes, halogenated VOCs, and other harmful VOCs from entering combustion equipment or being released to the atmosphere.

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Organosilicons cause most of the damage to Internal Combustion (IC) engines, microturbines, boilers, and SCR catalysts. We measure the organosilicon content, major gas components (methane, nitrogen, oxygen, carbon monoxide & carbon dioxide), complete VOC (volatile organic contaminant) spectrum, plus organic and inorganic sulfur of your biogas. From this analysis, our biogas molecular scientists can determine the fouling potential (from silica formation) and treatability of your biogas.

Along with our industry partners, we can provide you with test results. We can develop a complete gas profile and determine the proper treatment processes needed to meet even the most stringent biogas specifications for use as a fuel. These treatment methods can include:

  • Siloxane (and other organosilicons) Removal
  • Moisture Removal
  • Sulfur Removal
  • Methane Content Upgrade
  • System Maintenance

LEED® Indoor Air Quality Testing

LEED® Indoor Air Quality Testing

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LEED 4 IAQ AIR TESTING PROGRAM

Are You Ready for the New V4 IAQ Test?

TO ESTABLISH BETTER QUALITY INDOOR AIR IN THE BUILDING AFTER CONSTRUCTION AND DURING OCCUPANCY.

The New V4 requirements are as follows:

Air testing now worth (2 points)

After construction ends and before occupancy, but under ventilation conditions typical for occupancy, conduct baseline IAQ testing using protocols consistent with the methods listed in Table 1 for all occupied spaces. Use current versions of ASTM standard methods, EPA compendium methods, or ISO methods, as indicated. Laboratories that conduct the tests for chemical analysis of formaldehyde and volatile organic compounds must be accredited under ISO/IEC 17025 for the test methods they use. Retail projects may conduct the testing within 14 days of occupancy.

Demonstrate that contaminants do not exceed the concentration levels listed in Table 1.

Table 1. Maximum concentration levels, by contaminant and testing method

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See our blog or call Russell Pellegrino at (315) 431-9730 for updates.

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LEED 3.2 IAQ AIR TESTING PROGRAM

Per LEED® 2009 for New Construction and Major Renovations IEQ Credit 3.2: Construction Indoor Air Quality Plan—Before Occupancy OPTION 2. Air Testing

SIMPLE – COST-EFFECTIVE – SUSTAINABLE LEED® Air-Sampling and Analytical Program

Upon researching air-sling programs available from other laboratories, the Centek Labs team of analysts and LEED® Certified Professionals aimed to utilize its unique capabilities to provide a program that is simple, cost-effective, and environmentally friendly. After thorough research, the Centek Labs team developed an air-sampling program using our specially treated whole air-sampling canisters and instrumentation while adhering to all requirements set for the by LEED® 2009 for New Construction and Major Renovations IEQ Credit 3.2: Construction Indoor Air Quality Plan—Before Occupancy OPTION 2. Air Testing.

MEDIA USED

1) 1L Silonite – Coated Whole Air Sampling Canister and 4-hour Preset Regulator

COMPOUNDS OF CONCERN ANALYZED (via US EPA Compendium) Through One Whole Air Sample

  • TVOC (Total Volatile Organic Compounds) 500 ug/m3
  • FORMALDEHYDE 27 ppb
  • CO (Carbon Monoxide) 9 ppm

2) PM10 MONITOR

COMPOUNDS OF CONCERN ANALYZED (via US EPA Compendium) THROUGH PM10 MONITOR

  • Particulate (PM10) 50 ug/m3

Centek Labs Sustainable Air Sampling Program is Simple

The Centek Labs Sustainable Air-Sampling Program uses less (yet more innovative) media and equipment. Media set up and break down requires no tools or power. Media setup time is one-third of the estimated setup time of other sampling programs.

Centek Media Set up and Breakdown description (pdf)

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LEED IEQ Credit 3.2 Air Testing Sampling Instructions

Centek Labs reports include all compounds of concern and their associated contamination levels. Avoid the hassles of having to interpret separate reports for each compound of concern.

COST-EFFECTIVE SUSTAINABLE AIR SAMPLING PROGRAM

SAVINGS are made possible through our ALL IN ONE PRICING schedule. TIME IS MONEY, because of its simplicity, you will spend less time in the field. Our standard analytical turn around time is 5 business days. We offer rush turn around times as soon as same day. The faster the building owner can occupy, the more money they can make.

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