Taiga Environmental Laboratory

Services

Instrumentation

Taiga Environmental Laboratory is continually expanding its organic capacities to service a full spectrum of environmental assessment needs. In order to offer the highest-quality results, in a timely and cost-effective manner, the lab is equipped with state-of-the-art instrumentation:

  • Inductively Coupled Plasma - Mass Spectrometers (ICP/MS) for highly accurate metals results at low detection limits
  • New Ultra-low ICP/MS detection limits for trace metal samples
  • Gas Chromatograph - Mass Selective Detector/Flame Ionization Detector
  • Ion Chromatograph
  • Automated Chemistry Analyzers

Methods

Taiga's professional, experienced team of laboratory technologists follow parameter-specific analytical methods based on Standard US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Methods and the Standard Methods for the Examination of Water and Wastewater (21st edition).These methods, in conjunction with a thorough Quality Assurance/Quality Control (QA/QC) Program, allow the lab to achieve method detection limits (MDLs) comparable to low level regulatory limits--for example, Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment's (CCME) guidelines.

In many cases, the Taiga Lab is the only northern source for some of the most complex and time-sensitive analysis

Drinking water

Taiga offers testing for microbiological contamination (Total and Fecal Coliforms, E. Coli, Faecal Streptococcus) and general water quality parameters--such as pH, conductivity, alkalinity, turbidity, colour, metals--in drinking water.

It also has a ‘drinking water package'. This package is designed to cover the Government of the Northwest Territories' Compliance Monitoring Protocol requirements for the sampling and testing of drinking water.

Sewage analysis

The wide range of analytical services offered by Taiga includes all of inorganic, organic and microbiological parameters needed to fulfill specific water licence requirements. Annual, monthly or weekly sampling programs can be accommodated as needed.

Effluent quality

Taiga offers chemical and microbiological analysis to assess the quality of effluent produced by municipal and industrial activities.

Baseline monitoring

Taiga Environmental Laboratory assists clients who are working with low or ultra-low level (some conditions apply) guidelines for metals and other inorganic parameters in water. 

The laboratory also offers the ‘CCME (Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment) remedial soil package', using the Reference Method for the Canadian Wide Standard for Petroleum Hydrocarbons in Soil Tier 1 Method (2001), as required by many environmental assessment and remediation programs.

Waste characterization

Taiga can assist with the identification and quantification of inorganic (metals) and organic contaminants--for example, (Total Petroleum Hydrocarbons [TPH]. For specialized projects, the lab's professional staff may be able to provide a customized analysis based on required specifications.