Compost, Soil, and Sediment Testing

BAL has extensive experience in the analysis and identification of bacteria and pathogenic organisms in soil and sediment samples. BAL also provide analysis for Sludge (EPA 40 CFR Part 503) and Biofilter media and Compost. Below is a list of typical analyses that we provide our clients.

If the particular analysis that you require is not listed below, please contact the Laboratory at (401) 785-0241. BAL's technical staff can also assist you to tailor an analysis for your specific needs.

Soil/Sediment Analyses
  • Clostridium perfringens*
  • Total/Fecal Coliform – MPN
  • Total/Fecal Coliform/Escherichia coli – MPN
  • Total Heterotrophic Bacteria
  • Hydrocarbon Degrading Bacteria
Biofilter Media/Compost Analyses
  • Total Heterotrophic Bacteria
  • Yeast and Molds
  • Salmonella sp.
Sludge – EPA 40 CFR Part 503 Analyses
  • Fecal Coliform – MPN
  • Salmonella sp.- MPN

*BAL’s continued commitment to timely turn around and the expertise of their staff to perform the analyses, which includes numerous steps to prepare each sediment sample, is one of the reasons we have such prestigious clients including GERG Group and USGS.

We would also like to mention

BAL Laboratory is proud to have assisted the USGS (United States Geological Survey) in several of their studies regarding the sediments in the Massachusetts Bay and Boston Harbor through their analyses of Clostridium perfringens content in sediment. Please see their report documenting their research here