The incremental growth of the manufacturing industry has increased the chemical contaminants being released into the environment, and consequently increasing the risk for environmental harm.

Contaminants can be sourced from multiple areas such as industrial and commercial waste; oil spills; and many other non-point sources. Many sites, particularly trade waste and industrial sites have long histories of contamination and can have an environmental impact for decades.


The aesthetic impact of contaminants can be dreadful, with the destruction of scenic natural land leading to visual pollution. Moreover the accumulation of the contaminants in the food chain, can have a widespread impact on the health of large populations of humans. For economies which rely on healthy coastal areas and clean landscape, environmental contamination can be the root cause of major financial loss.

Qualitative and quantitative determination is integral to analyse the risks present in the environment. With accurate determination, contaminant monitoring programs can be instilled adequately for harm minimization.

Trade waste analysis

Analysis of Polar Organics in wastewater provides the non routine element to the ACS register of Testing methods. There are unique challenges to analysis of water soluble analytes and ACS has proven experience in the analysis of:

  • Glycols
  • Alcohols
  • Acrylates
  • Adipates
  • Organic acids
  • Alphatic and Aromatic Amines
  • Aldehydes and Ketones
  • EDTA and NTA
  • Mercaptans
  • Sulphur compounds
  • Alkyl Phenol Carboxylates
  • Quaternary ammonium Compounds

Herbicide and Pesticide Analysis in Drinking Water and Soil

ACS also specialize in analysis of the "new" generation of herbicides and pesticides in drinking water. Most of these so called new generation pesticides are much more polar and ionic in nature than the traditional OC and OP pesticides and are suited to analysis by HPLC and LCMS techniques. These include;

  • Carbamates
  • Triazines
  • Sulphonyl ureas
  • Glyphosate and AMPA
  • Glufosinate
  • Amitrole
  • Imazepyr
  • Imazapic
  • Paraquat and Diquat
  • Amitrole
  • Phosphorous acid

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