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Environmental Laboratory Advisory Board


The Environmental Laboratory Advisory Board (ELAB) is established in compliance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) to provide consensus advice, information and recommendations on issues related to:

  1. Enhancing EPA's measurement programs
  2. Facilitating the operation and expansion of a national environmental accreditation program

Members of ELAB

ELAB is composed of approximately 15 members who are representative of the stakeholder community. Members are selected who have relevant backgrounds and expertise and may include individuals from:

  • Trade associations for the environmental laboratory industry
  • Trade associations from EPA's regulated community
  • Environmental public interest groups
  • Academia
  • Federal, local and tribal governments
  • Laboratory assessment bodies

All ELAB meetings are open to the public and any interested persons may attend at any time. Below is the current membership roster for the Environmental Laboratory Advisory Board (ELAB).

ELAB Member Representing Contact Information
Ms. Patricia M. Carvajal, Chair Watershed/Restoration  San Antonio River Authority
P O Box 839980 
San Antonio, TX 78283-9980 
Phone: (210) 302-3672 
Patricia Carvajal (pmcarvajal@sara-tx.org)
Dr. A. Dallas Wait, Vice Chair Consumer Product Ind. Gradient
20 University Road
Cambridge, MA 02138
Phone: (617) 395-5000
A. Dallas Wait (dwait@gradientcorp.com)
Ms. Lara P. Phelps, DFO  USEPA USEPA/OSA .
109 T.W. Alexander Drive (E243-05)
Research Triangle Park, NC 27709 
Phone: (919) 541-5544 
Lara Phelps (phelps.lara@epa.gov)
Dr. Michael F. Delaney  Massachusetts Water Resources Auth. Massachusetts Water Resources Auth.
190 Tafts Ave.
Winthrop, MA 02152
Phone: (617) 660-7801
Michael Delaney (mike.delaney@mwra.com)
Mr. Michael Flournoy Eurofins Env. Testing US Eurofins Frontier Global Sciences Inc.
11720 North Creek Parkway N., Suite 400
Bothell, WA 98011
Phone: (425) 686-3562
Michael Flournoy (michaelflournoy@eurofinsus.com)
Dr. Deyuan (Kitty) Kong Chevron

Energy Technology Company
100 Chevron Way, 50-1263
Richmond, CA 94802
Phone: (510) 242-1654
Kitty Kong (kitty.kong@chevron.com)

Ms. Sylvia (Silky) S. Labie Sm Third Party Assessors Env. Lab. Consulting and Tech., LLC
P O Box 13324
Tallahassee, FL 32317-3324
Phone: (850) 656-6298
Sylvia Labie (elcat-llc@comcast.net)
Dr. Henry Leibovitz APHL Rhode Island State Health Laboratories
50 Orms Street
Providence, RI 02904
Phone (401) 222-5578
Henry Leibovitz (henry.leibovitz@health.ri.gov)
Dr. Mahesh P. Pujari NACWA  Env. Monitoring Div., City of Los Angeles 
12000 Vista Del Mar 
Playa del Ray, CA 90293 
Phone: (310) 648-5836 
Mahesh Pujari (mahesh.pujari@lacity.org)
Ms. Patsy Root Lab. Product Developers IDEXX Laboratories, Inc.
1 IDEXX Drive
Westbrook, ME 04092
Phone: (207) 556-8947
Patsy Root (Patsy-Root@IDEXX.com)
Ms. Aurora Shields Wastewater Laboratories City of Lawrence, Kansas
720 W 3rd Street
Lawrence, KS 66044
Phone: (785) 832-7817
Aurora Shields (ashields@lawrenceks.org)
Ms. Michelle L. Wade Laboratory Consulting Wade Consulting & Solutions
990 E 1587 Road
Lawrence, KS 66046
Phone: (913) 449-5223
Michelle Wade (michellefromks@gmail.com)

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Meetings and Events Calendar for ELAB

The upcoming schedule of Environmental Laboratory Advisory Board (ELAB) meetings and other events relevant to the work of the board are listed below. Please contact the Designated Federal Official (DFO), Lara Phelps (phelps.lara@epa.gov) or (919) 541-5544, if you are interested in joining any of the board's meetings via teleconference.

Meeting/Event Date Time
ELAB Monthly Teleconference 4/15/15 1:00 - 3:00 pm (ET)
ELAB Monthly Teleconference 5/20/15 1:00 - 3:00 pm (ET)
ELAB Monthly Teleconference 6/17/15 1:00 - 3:00 pm (ET)
ELAB Face-to-Face Meeting in Chicago, IL 7/13/15 1:00 - 5:00 pm (CT)
Forum on Laboratory Accreditation; Chicago, IL 7/13/15-7/17/15 Schedule Varies
ELAB Monthly Teleconference 8/19/15 1:00 - 3:00 pm (ET)
ELAB Monthly Teleconference 9/16/15 1:00 - 3:00 pm (ET)
ELAB Monthly Teleconference 10/21/15 1:00 - 3:00 pm (ET)
ELAB Monthly Teleconference 11/18/15 1:00 - 3:00 pm (ET)
ELAB Monthly Teleconference 12/16/15 1:00 - 3:00 pm (ET)

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ELAB History and Mission

In 1995, Environmental Laboratory Advisory Board (ELAB) was initially solely established to solicit consensus advice from the environmental laboratory community on the formation of the National Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Conference (NELAC) process and standards.  Since then, ELAB’s Charter has been expanded to now provide consensus advice, information and recommendations to:

  • Forum on Environmental Measurements (FEM)
  • EPA’s Science Advisor
  • EPA’s Administrator

ELAB enhances the EPA’s measurement programs in areas such as:

  • Validating and disseminating methods for sample collection and for biological, chemical, radiological and toxicological analysis
  • Developing scientifically rigorous, statistically sound and representative measurements
  • Employing the performance paradigm in environmental monitoring and regulatory programs
  • Improving communications and outreach between EPA and its stakeholder communities
  • Employing a quality systems approach that ensures that the data gathered and used by the Agency are of known and documented quality

ELAB facilitates the operation and expansion of a national environmental accreditation program.  In this regard, ELAB will provide advice and recommendations to EPA on issues that impact the non-governmental community that are related to:

  • The operation and expansion of a national environmental accreditation program characterized by an acceptance of the program by all states and suitable for accrediting environmental laboratories or entities of all sizes and types
  • Steps that need to be taken in order to facilitate the further implementation of the performance paradigm in the nation’s environmental monitoring and accreditation programs 

ELAB Charter

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