Environmental Laboratory Enforcement


Welcome to the Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program’s Enforcement webpage. ELAP’s Enforcement Unit was created in 2015 to protect public health and the environment by ensuring laboratory compliance with regulatory and statutory requirements. Enforcement is a critical component in creating the deterrence needed to encourage the regulated community to anticipate, identify, and correct violations. Our role is to ensure that violations of statutes and regulations result in firm, fair, and consistent enforcement. Our technical staff review complaints regarding laboratories from concerned agencies and members of the public and perform verification inspections to observe that corrective actions were properly completed by laboratories after routine on-site audits. ELAP partners with the State Water Board’s Office of Enforcement to provide representation in all enforcement actions. ELAP enforces legal compliance for accredited laboratories by pursuing administrative and criminal actions against laboratories performing egregious violations against the Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Act and applicable regulations.

Disclaimer

The tables below are a list of actions and orders issued to laboratories. These tables are merely lists of administrative actions taken by ELAP to ensure compliance with the statutes and regulations governing environmental laboratories in this state. ELAP expresses no opinion as to the quality of any laboratory beyond whether they are accredited to perform environmental analyses in the state. Due to web accessibility requirements for the State of California, some items in the Tables may not be available for viewing on this site.

  To view a copy of an Action or Order listed below, please email ELAPCA_Technical@waterboards.ca.gov.

List of Formal Laboratory Enforcement Actions

2021 Formal Laboratory Enforcement Actions

Date Laboratory Action or Order Issued
     

2020 Formal Laboratory Enforcement Actions

Date Laboratory Action or Order Issued
12/24/2020 Cranmer Engineering Inc.
(Certificate 1963)
CITATION: CIVIL PENALTY $10,500
10/16/2020 BC Laboratories, Inc.
(Certificate 1186)
CITATION: CIVIL PENALTY $18,000
04/20/2020 Western Analytical Laboratory
(Certificate 1559)
REVOCATION (ALL FIELDS OF TESTING);
DENIAL OF APPLICATION;
CITATION: CIVIL PENALTY $90,000 UPHELD BY STATE BOARD
01/07/2020 ATS Environmental Inc
(Certificate 1632)
SUSPENSION (All Fields of Testing)

2019 Formal Laboratory Enforcement Actions

Date Laboratory Action or Order Issued
11/15/2019 Zalco Laboratory
(Certificate 1791)
CITATION: CIVIL PENALTY $3,400
9/9/2019 BC Laboratories, Inc.
(Certificate 1186)
CITATION: CIVIL PENALTY $4,780
05/09/2019 Western Analytical Laboratories
(Certificate 1559)
REVOCATION (All Fields of Testing)*;
DENIAL OF RENEWAL APPLICATION*;
CITATION: CIVIL PENALTY $90,000*  
*These actions were petitioned by the laboratory and heard by the State Board Hearing Officer, who issued a final decision that was adopted by the State Water Board on April 20, 2020.
03/05/2019 City of Modesto Water Quality Control Laboratory
(Certificate 1362)
REVOCATION
(Field of Testing 101: Microbiology of Drinking Water;
Field of Testing 102: Inorganic Chemistry of Drinking Water)

2018 Formal Laboratory Enforcement Actions

Date Laboratory Action or Order Issued
08/21/2018 49er Water Laboratory
(No Certificate Number)
DENIAL OF INITIAL APPLICATION
05/15/2018

CalTech Environmental Laboratories
(Certificate 2424)

FELONY CONVICTION

2017 Formal Laboratory Enforcement Actions

Date Laboratory Action or Order Issued
12/22/2017 Diamond Water Laboratory
(Certificate 2113)
SUSPENSION (All Fields of Testing)
05/08/2017 Bolsa Analytical
(Certificate 1326)
REVOCATION (All Fields of Testing);
DENIAL OF RENEWAL APPLICATION

2016 Formal Laboratory Enforcement Actions

Date Laboratory Action or Order Issued
03/10/2016 San Francisco Public Utilities Commission - Oceanside Treatment Plant
(Certificate 1720)
REVOCATION (Field of Testing 113 - Mussels Testing)
10/10/2016 Tahoe Truckee Sanitation Agency
(Certificate 1144)
SUSPENSION (Field of Testing 101 Microbiology of Drinking Water*)
*Reinstated 12/1/16
10/31/2016 Alpha Scientific Corporation
(Certificate 2633)
REVOCATION (All Fields of Testing)

Report a Concern or Complaint about a Laboratory

To report a concern or complaint about an environmental laboratory, please contact the Supervisor of ELAP’s Enforcement Team, Alexandria Turner, at Alexandria.Turner@waterboards.ca.gov or (916) 323-3433.