Better, Faster, Cheaper – Automation in the Environmental Laboratory

There is a laboratory joke common in our industry that goes something like this: You can have your results with high quality, done quickly, or at a low cost. Pick Two. The basis of the joke relies on the theory that better/faster/cheaper couldn’t all happen at the same time. But what if it could? At Suburban Testing Labs, we … Read more

Project Manager Earns P.G. License

Suburban Testing Labs’ Project Manager, Alana Kopicz has recently tested and earned her Professional Geologist License. Following 6 months of massive effort and preparation, Ms. Kopicz took the 4 hour P.G. license exam in September 2016 and 60 days later, learned she passed the exam to become a Pennsylvania Licensed Professional Geologist.   The Team at Suburban … Read more

Environmental Alphabet Soup

As it is with most industries, nick names and acronyms and shortened words become the norm. And our industry is certainly no exception! How many of us need to occasionally refer to a reference sheet or guide to remind ourselves what some of this alphabet soup means? Take a peak below at some common chemical names, quality terms, and … Read more

Time to Unwrap the Package

You look at the neatly-wrapped gifts under the tree and wonder; you are trying to guess what’s in the package.  What is the shape? What is the size? What is the weight? Does it make a noise when I gently shake it?  You are trying to determine what might be in the package before you actually … Read more

#GivingTuesday 2016

Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Cyber Monday – Welcome #GivingTuesday.  After you’ve spent the weekend focusing on holiday shopping, take a moment to be charitable this season.  Since 2012, #GivingTuesday has become a movement that celebrates and supports giving and philanthropy. Need ideas?  Not to worry! Here are two great charities that we recommend. Berks Nature Berks … Read more

The Chemistry of Color

By: Beth Witouski, Business Development Manager, Suburban Testing Labs Fall is such a beautiful time in Pennsylvania. I enjoy the crisp weather, the apple and pumpkin-related treats that are readily available, and the beauty of Mother Nature as she reveals her glorious landscape of colors in the changing trees. And, as a chemist, I’m also … Read more

2016 Holiday Office Hours

From our family to yours, we wish you a happy and healthy holiday season.  Our office hours for the 2016 holiday season are as follows:  

Our Team is Growing!

Our team is growing to best serve our clients.  We are pleased to announce the addition of a new project manager to our client services team.  As our services and client base grow, we want to ensure all of our clients are getting an excellent customer experience and that begins with your project manager.

PA Act 2 Updates

The PA DEP’s Land Recycling Program implements standards for the cleanup of soil and groundwater contamination from releases of various toxic and carcinogenic chemicals.  Existing regulation requires that every three years DEP evaluate its standards to consider new scientific information and propose changes as necessary to the Medium-Specific Concentrations (MSCs) that are a part of … Read more


Do you ever wonder why different sample types have different methods for metals analysis?  Learn about the difference between our two primary methods for the analysis of metals in our Suburban Academy YouTube Video Tutorial: ICP-OES and ICP-MS.  Many factors are considered including regulatory limit requirements, solids content, and EPA approval. Check out our newest Suburban … Read more

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