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Environmental Soil Testing

The tests described are designed to assist municipalities, farmers, environmental agencies, and others in developing environmentally sound soil management programs. These tests for major and trace elements assist in monitoring soils that have been amended with biosolids or other materials.

Total Sorbed Metal Test

Service Fees

Service Includes: Fee
Total Sorbed Metals Test This test determines the total sorbed levels of cadmium, copper, lead, nickel, chromium and zinc in soils by EPA method 3050B + 6010. $65.00
Total Sorbed Metals Test II plus Mercury This test determines the total sorbed levels of cadmium, copper, lead, nickel, chromium and zinc plus arsenic, mercury, molybdenum and selenium in soils by EPA method 3050B + 6010. $160.00

DEP Chapter 271 General Soil Permit Test

Service Fees

Service Includes: Fee
DEP Chapter 271 General Soil Permit Test Tests are performed for arsenic, cadmium, copper, lead, mercury, molybdenum, nickel, selenium, zinc, and PCBs to satisfy requirements of DEP Chapter 271, General Permit for Land Application of Sewage Sludge. Also provided in the report are pH and plant-available phosphorus results from the soil fertility analysis. $235.00

Optional and Individual Analyses

Service Fees

Service Method Fee
PCBs EPA Method 8082 $80.00
Mercury EPA Method 7473 $35.00
Cyanide EPA Method 7.3.3.2 + 9010 $25.00
Lead EPA Method 3050B + 6010 $27.00
Molybdenum EPA Method 3050B + 6010 $27.00
Arsenic EPA Method 3050B + 6010 $27.00
Selenium EPA Method 3050B + 6010 $27.00
Faxing Reports Cost per page $1.00

Fees effective 7/01/2012

Submitting Your Sample

To obtain the tests, purchase a standard soil test kit for soil fertility analysis from the county offices of Penn State Extension. Indicate on the soil test kit information sheet the desired analyses (listed above). Please send a check or money order with your sample to cover the cost of the environmental soil test(s) requested, or provide billing information. Make checks payable to The Pennsylvania State University.