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About Region 2’s Laboratory at EPA's Edison Environmental Center

What We Do

The Region 2 Laboratory provides analytical and technical support to each of the major programs within the Region. Our goal is to provide timely, high quality, defensible data that supports the monitoring objectives of the regional programs. The lab provides analytical and technical support to each of the major programs within the Region. The programs include air, RCRA, TSCA, FIFRA, Superfund, wastewater, drinking water and ambient water. The support includes chemical, microbiological and biological testing of pollutants in water, soil, sediment and tissue samples.

The lab provides analytical support for chemical, microbiological and biological testing of pollutants in water, soil, sediment and tissue samples. The lab has two major components: The Organic and Inorganic Chemistry Section (OICS) and the Sanitary Chemistry and Biology Team (SCBT).   OICS is responsible for the analysis of environmental samples for organic contaminants and metals; SCBT is responsible for the analysis of environmental samples for wet chemical, microbiological and biological contaminants/parameters.

Organization

John Bourbon, Chief

John Bourbon is currently the Acting Chief of the Laboratory Branch under the Division of Environmental Science and Assessment. His duties include the management of over 20 staff with general oversight of all laboratory operations. John has a wide breadth of laboratory analytical and management experience, having over five years experience as a metals analyst, five years of experience in quality assurance and 11 years in management of the Organic and Inorganic Chemistry Sections under the Laboratory Branch. John also has considerable experience in the management of the Laboratory’s annual budget including the procurement of supplies, equipment and service agreements. John graduated with a B.S. in Chemistry from Cook College, Rutgers in 1986 and an M.S. in Chemistry from Fairleigh Dickinson University in 1995.