Notice: Environmental Laboratory Testing Status
To Environmental Sample Collectors and Submitters:
At this time, our Environmental Sample Receiving Unit and Laboratory Operations are OPEN AND AVAILABLE TO RECEIVE AND TEST SAMPLES following our usual Monday-Friday 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM schedule. If samples with regulated hold times of 48 hours or less must be delivered to our laboratory after 12 PM on Fridays, we ask that all collectors notify our laboratory before 12 PM on Fridays, indicating the type of analysis and number of samples to be submitted. Communication can either be via phone at (651) 201-5300 or email at HEALTH.Env.OperationsUnit@state.mn.us with a subject line of Friday Submission. Please follow the Sample Drop-off instructions link below for NEW instructions for Social Distancing Requirements.
Please continue to check this website for any updates or changes to our schedule or changes to our ability to accept and test samples due to the COVID-19 crisis and response.
The Environmental Laboratory supports the environmental protection functions of state government by performing chemical, bacteriological and radiological analyses of environmental samples including drinking water, surface water, waste water, sediment, air, fish, soil and hazardous waste. The Laboratory provides these testing services for programs in the Environmental Health Division at the Minnesota Department of Health, for the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, the Minnesota Department of Transportation, and various agencies of local government. The Laboratory maintains the capability to respond to radiological emergencies within the State. The Laboratory also develops new analytical methods and provides technical training and consultation at the request of its clients. The Environmental Laboratory ensures that testing capacity is available to support the public health and environmental protection objectives of the state.
The Environmental Laboratory includes these technical areas: General Chemistry, Metals Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Radiation Chemistry and Water Microbiology.