Battelle’s Norwell, Massachusetts laboratory is now accredited through the Department of Defense (DoD) Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program (DoD ELAP). ELAP accreditation demonstrates that the laboratory has met DoD standards for specified environmental testing services.
This accreditation, awarded in November 2016, covers a scope of services that includes testing of specific analytes in soil, sediment, water and tissue matrices. Currently, these analyte classes include organochloride pesticides, PCB congeners and PAH. Battelle has also started the accreditation process for poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) analysis in soils, sediments and water.
Laboratories that wish to provide testing services for DoD environmental programs are required to have current DoD ELAP accreditation, which shows that the laboratory has met the requirements of the DoD ELAP Quality Systems Manual for Environmental Laboratories. The ELAP program builds on the quality system requirements of ISO/IEC 17025:2005 and the National Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program (NELAP), a national program developed by the NELAC Institute. Battelle has held NELAP accreditation since 2001.
Battelle’s Norwell laboratory specializes in analyzing trace organic compounds—such as pesticides, PCBs, PAHs and organotins—in complex matrices such as seawater, surface water, groundwater, sediment, polyethylene devices, semipermeable membrane devices and tissues. The laboratory also characterizes petroleum products and is a recognized leader in petroleum hydrocarbon analysis, fingerprinting and oil spill detection, tracking and response. The customized facility was built in 2014 to enhance Battelle’s state-of-the-art analytical and data management capabilities. The Norwell lab houses more than 10,000 square feet of dedicated laboratory space for extracting and analyzing sediment, soil, water and tissues to support risk assessments, monitoring programs and ecological assessments.
Battelle has provided environmental services to the DoD for decades, including environmental monitoring, remediation and restoration at U.S. Army and U.S. Navy sites. The ELAP accreditation will allow Battelle to perform associated analytical work in house, giving DoD clients a “one-stop shop” for environmental services and analysis.