Our Mission

SiREM provides innovative, reliable, and scientifically grounded solutions for environmental protection, remediation, and monitoring. In addition to excellence in the lab, we focus on customer service to support successful projects and maximize impact, sustainability, and value.

Our Vision

Through our comprehensive range of services and state-of-the-art laboratory solutions, we collaborate with each other and with our clients to fuel discovery and create innovative solutions. We put precision and quality at the heart of what we do, giving our clients actionable data to make informed decisions and drive positive environmental change. We have built a reputation for providing the best customer service in the industry, partnering with clients to address their most challenging issues. 

Our History

SiREM was established in 2002 as a specialty environmental laboratory to provide innovative products and services supporting remediation and monitoring at complex sites.

Although SiREM officially opened its doors in 2002, the journey began long before that with KB-1®, our bioaugmentation culture for chlorinated solvents, which was developed in collaboration with Dr. Elizabeth Edwards at the University of Toronto (A Conversation with Dr. Elizabeth Edwards). In the 1990s, when reductive dechlorination for chlorinated solvents was in its infancy, Dr. Edwards was at the forefront of her field, and the work she led paved the way for SiREM.

Since that time, SiREM has continued to collaborate with Dr. Edwards, supporting mutually beneficial projects. These projects include developing additional bioaugmentation cultures (KB-1® Plus and DGG Plus), designing and commercializing molecular genetic testing tools, and pioneering bioremediation of complex and emerging contaminants, among others.

An industry leader in bioaugmentation to remediate chlorinated solvents and BTEX compounds (benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, and xylene), we brought the KB-1® culture to market in 2002, followed by KB-1® Plus cultures in 2006; DGG Plus cultures for benzene, toluene, and xylenes in 2016; and DXO-88 for 1,4-dioxane in 2022. Through our strong research and development program we continue to develop and commercialize new bioaugmentation cultures.

Much of the work we do starts at the bench scale. In fact, SiREM has provided high quality bench-scaletreatability testing since 2002. This sort of testing helps quantify and optimize many remediation technologies including monitored natural attenuation, enhanced in situ bioremediation (EISB), in situ chemical oxidation (ISCO), in situ chemical reduction (ISCR), in situ stabilization (ISS), and permeable reactive barriers. We also use this kind of testing to provide valuable information for process engineering and industrial wastewater applications.

SiREM was one of the first commercial laboratories to offer DNA-based technologies to support remediation and still leads the industry with a wide range of DNA testing, including Gene-Trac®testing for monitoring biodegradative microbes and other specialized analyses.

We are also a leader in passive sampling for many organic and inorganic chemicals in sediment porewater and surface water and for volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in indoor air, outdoor air, and soil gas. We first brought the WMS passive sampler to market in 2010, and we added new variations over the last decade, including the WMS-VP, which allows for easy passive sampling of VOCs in sub-slab. In 2015, SiREM developed the SP3 sampler and service for organic compounds in sediment porewater and surface waters and added the SPeeper for inorganics in 2018. In 2022, the PFASsive sampler was commercialized to take advantage of the benefits of passive sampling for PFAS projects.

With a combined staff of more than 35 scientists, engineers, and related technical and project support personnel, we serve our clients from laboratory facilities in the United States and Canada.

For more information about SiREM and our history we suggest viewing our 20th anniversary webinar from January 2022.
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Research and Technology Commercialization 

SiREM is active in research and development (R&D), often collaborating with leading industry and academic research organizations. SiREM staff also provide technical expertise to organizations such as the Interstate Technology and Regulatory Council, to reduce barriers to the use of innovative air, water, waste, and remediation environmental technologies and processes. 

As a member of the Anaerobic BTEX Research Consortium, SiREM provides samples and technical support to external research projects; our research partners in the consortium publish in leading technical journals and present at industry conferences. Extensive and ongoing R&D keeps us at the forefront of our field, which in turn means we can offer clients leading-edge products and services. 

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Exhibitions and Conferences

SiREM exhibits and presents at leading academic and industry conferences to contribute to our field and share our latest work and technology advances. See our news feed for upcoming conference presentations.

Academic Mentorship and Community Outreach

SiREM staff mentor students from local high schools, colleges, and universities. We do this by giving guest lectures and lab tours, supporting student projects, and hiring and supervising interns. SiREM also supports the training of graduate students through academic research programs.

Fundraising Charitable Support

SiREM supports and participate in charitable programs and fundraisers, including the Good Morning Science event sponsored by Pueblo Science and by fundraising for the SickKids Foundation.