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Current Analytical Services at Superfund Sites

EPA provides several types of analytical services at Superfund sites, which can be categorized into four main areas:

  • The National Contract Laboratory Program provides high-volume standard analyses for non-complex matrices. This program produces nationally consistent data of known and documented quality and enables quick access to on-demand commercial laboratory capacity.

  • Regional Analytical Services from a variety of sources provide non-standard parameters using established technologies for complex matrices. Through regional oversight and quality assurance, flexibility in the menu of services is offered at costs that are based on the requirements of the analysis.

  • Field Analytical Services provide on-site identification and screening of hazardous substances. The types of services in this category enable quick turnaround results at a lower cost due to lower documentation and quality control requirements.

  • EPA Laboratories for Research and Development provide services for complex requirements involving emerging technologies. This category of analytical services, which is generally characterized by higher cost, includes methods development and establishment of new environmental standards.


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