The MBMG Analytical Laboratory conducts analytical method development and sample analyses in support of research being done by MBMG programs. Although the lab is licensed by the State of Montana–Department of Health and Human Services to analyze drinking water supplies, we typically do not perform analyses for the general public. Our QA/QC program meets criteria established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).
The inorganic lab routinely determines major anions, cations, trace metals, selected rare earth metals, selected isotopes, alkalinity, pH, and radon. The primary focus of the organic lab is the determination of acidic compounds, polynuclear aromatic compounds, and extractable petroleum hydrocarbons in waters and soils. All groundwater data obtained by the lab are reported in the GWIC database.
In addition to supporting the numerous research projects and ongoing monitoring done by MBMG programs, the Analytical Lab works closely with several departments of Montana Tech to provide analyses to both graduate and undergraduate research.