The Environmental Laboratory supports the environmental protection functions of state government by performing chemical, bacteriological and radiological analyses of environmental samples including drinking water, surface water, waste water, sediment, air, fish, soil and hazardous waste. The Laboratory provides these testing services for programs in the Environmental Health Division at the Minnesota Department of Health, for the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, the Minnesota Department of Transportation, and various agencies of local government. The Laboratory maintains the capability to respond to radiological emergencies within the State. The Laboratory also develops new analytical methods and provides technical training and consultation at the request of its clients. The Environmental Laboratory ensures that testing capacity is available to support the public health and environmental protection objectives of the state.
The Environmental Laboratory includes these technical areas: General Chemistry, Metals Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Radiation Chemistry and Water Microbiology.