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

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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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
Dr. A. Dallas Wait, Chair
Consumer Product Ind.
20 University Road
Cambridge, MA 02138
Phone: (617) 395-5000
A. Dallas Wait (dwait@gradientcorp.com)
Dr. Henry Leibovitz, Vice Chair APHL Rhode Island State Health Laboratories
50 Orms Street
Providence, RI 02904
Phone (401) 222-5578
Henry Leibovitz (henry.leibovitz@health.ri.gov)
Dr. Kim A. Anderson Oregon State University Oregon State University 
1007 Agric. Life Sciences Bld
Corvallis, OR 97331 
Phone: (541) 737-8501 
Kim Anderson (kim.anderson@orst.edu)
 Ms. Ann K. Bailey Puget SoundKeeper Alliance Puget SoundKeeper Alliance
46313 SE 134th Street
North Bend, WA 98045 
Phone: (425) 281-0899 
Ann Bailey (abailey134@gmail.com)
Dr. Brian T. Buckley Rutgers University Environmental & Health Sciences Institute
170 Frelinghuysen Road
Piscataway, NJ 08854
Phone: (848) 445-0202
Brian Buckley (bbuckley@eohsi.rutgers.edu)
Ms. Patricia M. Carvajal Watershed/Restoration
San Antonio River Authority
PO Box 839980
San Antonio, TX 78283
Phone: (210) 302-3672
Patricia Carvajal (pmcarvajal@sara-tx.org)
Dr. Michael F. Delaney MWRA Massachusetts Water Resources Authority
190 Tafts Avenue
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. Keri C. Hornbuckle University of Iowa University of Iowa
4105 Seamans Center for the Engineering Arts & Sci.
Iowa City, IA 52245
Phone: (319) 384-0789
Keri Hornbuckle (keri-hornbuckle@uiowa.edu)
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)
Mr. Jeffrey M. Loewe Industry - NiSource NiSource Environmental
801 E. 86th Avenue
Merrillville, IN 46410
Phone: (219) 647-5249
Jeffrey Loewe (jloewe@NiSource.com)
Mr. Brad Meadows BSK Associates BSK Associates
1414 Stanislaus Street
Fresno, CA 93706
Phone: (559) 497-2888 x211
Brad Meadows (bmeadows@bskassociates.com)
Ms. Sharon Mertens The NELAC Institute Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District
260 W. Seeboth Street
Milwaukee, WI 53204
Phone: (414) 277-6384
Sharon Mertens (smertens@mmsd.com)
Ms. Lara P. Phelps, DFO EPA 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. 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)
Mr. Elan Rieser Utility Water Act Group Con Edison Company of New York 
31-01 20th Avenue, Building 138
Astoria, NY 11105
Phone: (718) 204-4192
Elan Rieser (riesere@coned.com)
Ms. Debra A. Waller State of NJ Dept. of Health NJ Department of Environmental Protection
401 E. State Street, Mail code 401-02D
Trenton, NJ 08625
Phone: (609) 984-7732
Debra Waller (debra.waller@dep.nj.gov)

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Meetings and Events Calendar

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 2/17/16 1:00 - 3:00 pm (ET)
ELAB Monthly Teleconference 3/16/16 1:00 - 3:00 pm (ET)
ELAB Monthly Teleconference 4/20/16 1:00 - 3:00 pm (ET)
ELAB Monthly Teleconference 5/18/16 1:00 - 3:00 pm (ET)
ELAB Monthly Teleconference 6/15/16 1:00 - 3:00 pm (ET)
ELAB Monthly Teleconference 7/20/16 1:00 - 3:00 pm (ET)
ELAB Face-to-Face Meeting in Orange County, CA 8/8/16 1:00 - 5:00 pm (PT)
Forum on Laboratory Accreditation; Orange County, CA 8/8/16-8/12/16 Schedule Varies
ELAB Monthly Teleconference 9/21/16 1:00 - 3:00 pm (ET)
ELAB Monthly Teleconference 10/19/16 1:00 - 3:00 pm (ET)
ELAB Monthly Teleconference 11/16/16 1:00 - 3:00 pm (ET)
ELAB Monthly Teleconference 12/21/16 1:00 - 3:00 pm (ET)

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