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Pace Analytical Purchases Microseeps Laboratories, Pittsburgh, PA

Click here to read the Pace Analytical press release.

New Document Available: "Why Do I need to measure ethene below 1 μg/l?"

Low concentrations of ethene are often ignored but are actually a very important indicator of oxidative mechanisms.

Research is showing that oxidative processes are often an important part of chlorinated ethene biodegradation even at very low oxygen levels. Of course, the biodegradation can’t be all oxidative. There needs to be some reductive dechlorination, and that reductive dechlorination produces ethene. If we insist that there is no oxidation, that ethene is not enough to make much of a difference. However, if we recognize oxidative processes and if the chlorinated ethene contours of the map are shrinking, low concentrations of ethene are very powerful indicators.

Indeed, as we explore further we see that if there truly is evidence of biodegradation, ethene concentrations should be measured and CSIA should also be used to provide a valuable, independent line of evidence that has NO reliance upon end-products. However, that is another story … In the meantime, please read about ethene levels further.

Microseeps, Inc. Produces New Document on Applications of Shale Gas Analyses

Microseeps, Inc. recently produced a new document titled "Environmental, Exploration and Production: Applications of Shale Gas Analyses." The document was written by Dr. Robert Pirkle and Dr. Patrick McLoughlin.

You can download the document here

Take the Microseeps Customer Care Survey!

At Microseeps, we are committed to providing you with the highest quality analysis and customer service across a broad range of powerful tools. We are conducting a brief survey in an effort to learn about your needs and experiences, and to learn how we can provide you with the best service possible. This survey is completely confidential. You have the option of leaving your contact information at the end, but this will only be used to contact you directly if so indicated and will not be revealed in any other way. We greatly appreciate your willingness to provide us with your valuable feedback, and we look forward to serving you in the future. Please don't hesitate to contact us with any questions by emailing info@microseeps.com.

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Microseeps Launches Insituation.net - an Informative Blog!

Microseeps is pleased to announce the launch of Insituation.net, a new blog that presents insights and discussions into Microseeps' cutting edge tools. Readers will find informative blog posts, as well as an "Ask the Lab" section where visitors can submit a question to be answered by Microseeps experts. Visit Insituation.net today!


Join Microseeps at the Oct. 20th Advanced Tools Workshop - Oakland, CA!

The Advanced Tools for In-Situ Green Remediation Workshop is an 8 hour intensive, interactive workshop with key experts from academia, government, and industry. This course is charting the sea change facilitated by a new set of tools to support in-situ Green remediation. These approaches depend on a new set of advanced tools that provide definitive data in designing and monitoring progress at groundwater contamination sites.


Join Microseeps at the Advanced Tools Workshop - April 22nd, Austin, TX

Advanced Tools for In-Situ Green Remediation Workshop
in conjunction with the ITRC Spring Meeting
April 22, 2010 - Sheraton Hotel, Austin, TX

Click here to view the workshop agenda and brochure

The Advanced Tools for In-Situ Green Remediation Workshop is an 8 hour intensive, interactive workshop with key experts from academia, government, and industry. This course is charting the sea change facilitated by a new set of tools to support in-situ Green remediation. These approaches depend on a new set of advanced tools that provide definitive data in designing and monitoring progress at groundwater contamination sites.


Did you miss the first CSIA & ISCO webinar? No Problem! Sign up for the FREE repeat webinar!

Special Microseeps E-training Event: Improving Project Performance with CSIA Wednesday March 17, 12pm - 1pm Eastern Time

Join us for this special E-training to learn how to maximize your next ISCO project!

Dr. Bob Pirkle from Microseeps and Matt Burns from WSP Environment & Energy will discuss the use of CSIA to improve project performance at ISCO remediation sites.

Find out:

  • How to save 20% or more on applications
  • When and where to reinject
  • How to definitively demonstrate performance

Dr. Robert Pirkle to Speak at the GRA Solvent Release Sites Symposium on April 1, 2010

Dr. Robert Pirkle, President of Microseeps, Inc. will be a featured speaker at the GRA Symposium - Solvent Release Sites: Characterization, Cleanup and Closure, on April 1, 2010 in Santa Clara, CA.  Dr. Pirkle will present "Optimizing In Situ Chemical Oxidation Performance Monitoring and Project Management Using Compound Specific Isotope Analysis."

For more information on the symposium, including the full agenda and registration information, click here


Advanced Tools Workshop to be held in Portland, OR - October 7!

The Advanced Tools for In-Situ Remediation Workshop will be presented in Portland, OR on October 7, 2009.  The workshop, focused on the latest cutting edge tools for in-situ remediation, will feature the following presenters:

  • John Wilson, USEPA National Risk Management Research Laboratory
  • Michael Hyman, North Carolina State University
  • Tim Buscheck, Chevron Energy Technology Company
  • Kerry Sublette, Center for Applied BioGeosciences, University of Tulsa
  • Bob Pirkle, Microseeps, Inc.
  • Greg Davis, Microbial Insights, Inc.

The Advanced Tools for In-Situ Remediation Workshop is an 8 contact hour program presented in a combined classroom and participatory workshop format. The workshop is formulated for Environmental Professionals with a broad range of skills, but focused on those who evaluate environmental data, or design environmental remedial projects, where in-situ degradation is a significant component. This course presents the latest information on contaminant degraders, degradation pathways, and process assessment and quantification techniques.


For complete information, workshop agenda, and registration, click here


Advanced Tools Workshop comes to Albany April 16th, 2009

John Wilson, author of the recently released CSIA guide, headlines this exciting program to be held on April 16, 2009 in Albany, NY.


EPA Guide for CSIA : A Guide for Assessing Biodegradation and Source Identification of Organic Ground Water Contaminants using Compound Specific Isotope Analysis Now Available

Authors include: John Wilson, USEPA, Daniel Hunkeler, University of Neuchatel, Rainer Meckenstock, Institute of Groundwater Ecology, Torsten Schmidt, University of Duisburg-Essen, Barbara Sherwood Lollar, University of Toronto.

Dr. Pirkle and Dr. McLoughlin of Microseeps reviewed the recently released EPA guide for CSIA, an important new publication from EPA.  This informative document is titled "A Guide for Assessing Biodegradation and Source Identification of Organic Ground Water Contaminants using Compound Specific Isotope Analysis (CSIA)." The forward of the document states that "This Guide provides general recommendations on good practice for sampling ground water for CSIA, and quality assurance recommendations for measurement of isotope ratios. The Guide also provides recommendations for data evaluation and interpretation to use CSIA to document degradation of organic contaminants, or to associate plumes of contaminants in ground water with their sources."


Click here to download the guide now.

Microseeps offers a free technical webinar focused on CSIA.  Click here for more information


Microseeps Contributes to New ITRC document on Enhanced Attenuation: Chlorinated Organics

The ITRC team Enhanced Attenuation of Chlorinated Organics (EACO) has finished their technical and regulatory document. It is available at http://www.itrcweb.org/gd_EACO.asp. Enhanced Attenuation (EA) is a remedial strategy intended to facilitate transition of contaminated sites through the remediation process. This document gives people a defendable way to transition from a high energy, intensive treatment such as "pump and treat" toward an MNA situation. It is an excellent guidance for the first time "innovator" who wants to try EA or a powerful resource for the long-time user of EA (even if they never called it EA!) and can provide a support when proposing EA to a client, regulatory body or other stake-holder. In addition, the EACO "Resource Guide" is a very useful complimentary tool intended for users of the technical-regulatory guidance may wish to explore. It is a web based application that directs - via annotated bibliography, a number of the technical resources available for learning the specifics of the techniques in the technical-regulatory guidance.

Internet based training is available on the EACO concept and the dates/times are below.

June 26 (Thursday) 11:00 a.m. - 1:15 p.m. EASTERN TIME
September 11 (Thursday) 11:00 a.m. - 1:15 p.m. EASTERN TIME
November 6 (Thursday) 11:00 a.m. - 1:15 p.m. EASTERN TIME

Go to www.itrcweb.org to confirm these dates and to register.
Registration opens 4-6 weeks before the training class.


Microseeps & Microbial Insights Sponsor Seminar:
"Planning for the Use of Advanced Site Characterization Tools"

On the morning of Thursday June 21, 2007 in Atlanta, GA, Microseeps and Microbial Insights will sponsor a technical seminar titled "Planning for the Use of Advanced Site Characterization Tools." The seminar's featured speakers are Dr. Robert Pirkle of Microseeps and Greg Davis of Microbial Insights.

Topics to include:

  • Current and Advanced Tools
    Typical sampling and analysis
    Microbiological Tools (BioTraps, Etc.)
    Compound Specific Isotopic Analysis (CSIA)
  • Anticipated benefits from an indepth characterization
  • Meeting Data Quality Objectives

* Registration for this seminar is now closed.


Microseeps is now offering free individual e-training sessions for customers and their guests.

As part of Microseeps' commitment to providing its customers with an assortment of training materials and resources, we are now pleased to host free e-training sessions covering a range of topics including Compound Specific Isotope Analysis, Monitored Natural Attenuation, Dissolved Gas Sampling and more. To learn more, click here


Microseeps and Microbial Insights Will Introduce Their First Collaborative Achievement at the Battelle Conference in Monterey,  CA in May 2006.

Microseeps and Microbial Insights, two cutting edge specialty environmental services companies, will introduce their first collaborative achievement at Battelle’s Conference on Remediation of Chlorinated and Recalcitrant Compounds, May 22-25 in Monterey, California.

Microseeps, a leading specialty environmental geochemistry firm, has been on the forefront of new methods and technologies for assessing in-situ degradation of subsurface contaminants.  Microbial Insights has pioneered the field of environmental microbiology by offering a unique set of molecular biological tools to facilitate intelligent site design and management decisions.  The two companies have established a collaborative relationship designed to foster innovation and new technologies.

At the Battelle Conference, the firms will introduce their first technical achievement, a new 5-step process for demonstrating that biodegradation processes are occurring or can occur at a given site.  This process offers significant advantages on sites where monitored natural attenuation (MNA) or enhanced bioremediation may be the remdiation method of choice. 

 Microbial Insights in a collaborative effort with Microseeps has expanded the capabilities of Bio-Trap Samplers to not only determine the microbial response, but to also assess the presence and acceleration potential of degradation of a given contaminant in-situ.  This collaborative achievement involves the use of Bio-Trap Samplers which have been baited with known concentrations of contaminants or surrogates (13C enriched petroleum hydrocarbons or fuel oxygenates and fluorinated analogs of chlorinated solvents).  This process can effectively answer whether a contaminant is being degraded by indigenous microbes or if a particular amendment would accelerate the biodegradation rate at a site.

Microbial Insights, Inc. is an environmental biotechnology company based out of Rockford, Tennessee.  The company develops and applies cutting edge genetic and chemical diagnostic tests that describe and quantify microbes and microbial communities.  Microseeps, Inc. is a specialty analytical laboratory located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  Microseeps is a recognized leader in the development of specialized analytical methods to support monitored natural attenuation and other in-situ remediation techniques.  Together, this unique collaboration facilitates integrated solutions through a comprehensive understanding of environmental data.





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