Chemistry

The Environmental Chemistry Laboratory (ECL) provides DTSC and other boards and departments within Cal/EPA with expertise and laboratory capacity in the areas of analytical and environmental chemistry.

WHO WE ARE

The Environmental Chemistry Laboratory (ECL) is the Reference Laboratory that provides scientific leadership in analytical and environmental chemistry to DTSC and CalEPA. The two laboratories are strategically placed in Berkeley and Pasadena to support the State.

ANALYTICAL TESTING

ECL uses state-of-the-art analytical instruments and equipment to provide accurate and defensible data in the identification and quantification of hazardous waste and hazardous substances for regulatory decision making.

BIOMONITORING CALIFORNIA

ECL provides a direct metric for exposures of Californians to toxic chemicals. By measuring chemicals in wildlife and humans, it can provide a link between environmental contaminants and health outcomes.

CHEMICALS OF EMERGING CONCERN

Man-made chemicals have become a part of everyday life with about 85,000 chemicals in commerce, and about 2,500 new chemicals are introduced every year. ECL has become a leader in identifying chemicals of emerging concern. 

CONTACT INFORMATION

Contact ECL for more information about the laboratory. ECL welcomes the opportunity to collaborate with public and private entities on development of new analytical tools and methodologies and other projects.

DATA QUALITY

As an ISO/IEC 17025 accredited laboratory, ECL commits to producing and ensuring high quality data are used for decision making; providing exceptional customer service in analytical testing and technical support; and striving for continual improvement.

OUTREACH

ECL conducts outreach activities to help educate and inform stakeholders about its work. Its goal is to build trust with the communities it serves.

SEMINARS & PUBLICATIONS

ECL believes through a collective knowledge transfer, we discover better tools and solutions to keep our environment and community safe. Please check out our publications and join us in seminars.