OCTOBER 31, 2017 – The Director has approved the 29 new analytical methods listed below.  The majority of these new methods were developed in support of the Stage 10 (Omnibus) amendment to the Contaminated Sites Regulation.

Details of the 29 new analytical methods are available on the ministry’s Environmental Protection and Sustainability, Research, Monitoring & Reporting, BC Environmental Laboratory Manual website.

The new methods were developed with the assistance of the British Columbia Environmental Laboratory Technical Advisory Committee (BCELTAC) over the course of the last 16 months.  The ministry would like to take this opportunity to thank the committee for their outstanding expertise and effort in achieving this work.

Further information on BCELTAC is available on the ministry’s Environmental Protection and Sustainability, Research, Monitoring & Reporting, Sampling Methods and Quality Assurance website.

Please direct comment on the new methods to:  Joyce Austin, Senior Provincial Laboratory Specialist, Knowledge Management Branch at Joyce.Austin@gov.bc.ca.

Technical questions regarding the new methods should be directed to: Mark Hugdahl (BCELTAC Chair) at Mark.Hugdahl@alsglobal.com.

List of new methods

  1. Alcohols in Soil and Water – PBM
  2. Asbestos in Soil – PBM
  3. Asbestos in Water by Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) – Prescriptive
  4. Cyanide Analysis (Total, WAD, Free) – PBM
  5. Cyanide by Manual Distillation – PBM
  6. Chlorinated and Non-Chlorinated Phenols in Soil – PBM
  7. Digestion for Total Metals in Water – Prescriptive
  8. Diisopropanolamine (DIPA) in Water and Soil Samples by HPLC – PBM
  9. Extractable Petroleum Hydrocarbons (EPH) in Solids by GC/FID – PBM
  10. Extractable Petroleum Hydrocarbons (EPH) in Water by GC/FID – PBM
  11. Glycols in Soil and Water – PBM
  12. Liquid-Solid Partitioning (Leachability) of VOCs – Prescriptive
  13. Liquid-Solid Partitioning (Leachability) as a Function of pH (Metals, Inorganics, and SVOCs) – Prescriptive
  14. Methylmercury in Soil or Sediment – PBM
  15. Methylmercury in Water – PBM
  16. Nonylphenols and Ethoxylates in Soil by LC/MS/MS – PBM
  17. Nonylphenols and Ethoxylates in Water by LC/MS/MS – PBM
  18. PAH Soil by Gas Chromatography Mass Spectrometry (GC/MS) – PBM
  19. PAH Water by Gas Chromatography Mass Spectrometry (GC/MS) – PBM
  20. Perfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) in Soils by LCMS/MS – PBM
  21. Perfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) in Water by LCMS/MS – PBM
  22. Phenols Chlorinated & Non-Chlorinated Water – PBM
  23. Strong Acid Leachable Metals (SALM) in Soil – Prescriptive
  24. Sulfolane in Water and Soil Samples – PBM
  25. Trace Metals Analysis by ICP-MS – PBM
  26. Volatile Hydrocarbons (VH) in Waters by GC/FID – PBM
  27. Volatile Organic Compounds in Soil – PBM
  28. Volatile Organic Compounds Water – PBM
  29. 17α-Ethinylestradiol (EE2) in Water by LC/MS/MS – PBM