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EPA's Region 6 Office

Serving: Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, and 66 Tribal Nations

Laboratory Support and External Laboratory Oversight Section


The Laboratory Support and External Laboratory Oversite Section performs technical oversight of the Regional Environmental Services Assistance Team (ESAT) and the Contract Laboratory Program (CLP) contracts. The section oversees contractor data verification and validation activities, performs CLP sample scheduling and determines contractor generated technical data usability for client programs. The section is responsible for CLP Regional Sample Control Center (RSCC) activities and the Regional ESAT Project Officer and the CLP Regional Project Officer are members of this section. Duties also include representing Region 6 in the National Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program (NELAP) and oversight for the Region’s NELAP activities.

In addition, the section coordinates the Drinking Water Certification Program, which includes auditing the States Primary Drinking Water Laboratory and evaluating the States Drinking Water Certification Program. The Laboratory Support and External Laboratory Oversite Section maintains the Region 6 Laboratory website, and serves as the regional point of contact for laboratory related technical assistance inquiries. The Laboratory Support and External Laboratory Oversite Section is under the supervision of the Associate Branch Chief.

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