Assessing Environmental Health
The Division of Environmental Program Support (DEPS) provides centralized laboratory testing for the Department for Environmental Protection. DEPS supports many of the department's programs, including:
The nature and extent of pollutants are determined from analyzing samples from air, drinking water, ambient water, wastewater, sediments and soils, fish, chemicals and wastes. These samples are tested to measure levels of minerals, metals, nutrients, pesticides, herbicides, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and other priority pollutants.