About EPA

About Region 7’s Science and Technology Center

Michael Davis, Director

What We Do

The EPA Region 7 Laboratory plays a critical role in protecting people's health and the environment. Analysis of air, water, soil and biological samples provides the basis for EPA decision-making.

The laboratory meets the varied needs of many internal and external customers, including Region 7 environmental programs, federal agency partners, tribal, state and local governments, and non-governmental organizations.

The lab specializes in chemical and biological analyses, field sampling services, and air monitoring. (See lab capabilities below.) To ensure quality of environmental data, EPA scientists use state-of-the-art instruments and techniques in the lab and in the field to determine if air, water, soil, plants and animals have been contaminated.

Scientists follow rigorous quality control methods to ensure quality, accurate data. The Region 7 Laboratory is certified by the National Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program for more than 100 known environmental contaminants.

Laboratory capabilities include:

  • Chemical Analyses - analyzes air, water, soil, sediment, and toxic waste samples for various chemicals.
  • Biological Analyses - analyzes biological samples, such as fish tissue and other animals, for contamination.
  • Air Monitoring - works with state and tribes to implement air monitoring programs with more than 175 monitoring stations throughout Region 7.
  • Response Support - responds immediately to emergencies with mobile analytical equipment that can identify and measure environmental and biological contaminants.
  • Quality Assurance - ensures that environmental data is precise, accurate, and valid so it can be used to support decision-making.

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