The Environmental Laboratory of the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services is a full-service environmental laboratory providing analytical, consulting and training services to programs of the State of Montana, local and federal agencies, and to the general public. The mission of the Environmental Laboratory is to support Montana’s efforts to preserve a healthy environment by:
- performing efficient and high quality environmental analyses;
- providing guidance and consultation regarding the requirements of environmental analyses;
- promoting intergovernmental coordination and cooperation in the area of environmental testing; and
- providing consultation and certification services to laboratories analyzing drinking water.
The Environmental Laboratory is certified by Region 8 Environmental Protection Agency to provide analyses for the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA), and also provides testing for the Clean Water Act (CWA), the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination Systems (NPDES) and the Clean Air Act, as well as for non-regulated monitoring. The Environmental Laboratory manages the laboratory certification/licensure program for local, state and commercial laboratories that analyze Montana’s public water supplies.