Environmental Response Laboratory Network (ERLN)
Regional Lab Functions
- Routine and special chemical and biological testing and projects
- Ambient and compliance monitoring
- Field sampling and technical support
- Analytical techniques, methodologies, and quality control
- Training and on-site evaluations
- Criminal and civil enforcement
EPA's Regional Laboratories play an important role in the ERLN:
- Serve as a regional point of contact for analytical issues during responses;
- Identify, organize, and coordinate all regional laboratory assets for ERLN during a response including screening and confirmatory laboratories;
- Coordinate sample flow from an emergency event to ERLN member labs from within and outside the Region;
- Coordinate special analytical service requests to national contract labs and oversee ERLN surveillance and testing performed by member laboratories as requested to assure laboratory results;
- Coordinate national training exercises for terrorism-related events as related to analytical capability and capacity to ensure efficient sample flow to member labs; and
- Partner with regional emergency and disaster coordinators (law enforcement, FEMA, OSCs, and other emergency response organizations).
Analytical services provided by the ten regional laboratories include a full spectrum of routine and special chemical and biological testing in support of regional and national programs including air, water, pesticides, toxics, hazardous waste, ambient monitoring, compliance monitoring, criminal and civil enforcement, and special projects.
Other core functions include technical advice and assistance to state and local agencies concerning analytical techniques; methodology and quality control; field sampling support; expert witness testimony; and training of program staff and other organizations. Find a partner laboratory in your Region.