What’s Up with the Water Lab Alliance?

Apparently, the Water Lab Alliance (WLA) is NOT taking a summer vacation!  See below for a list of activities and potential projects for the coming year…stay tuned for more information on these efforts as they get underway.

WLA Training Center– This year, EPA launched the WLA Training Center. The purpose of the WLA Training Center is to familiarize WLA member laboratories, WLA users, and Water Sector stakeholders, such as first responders and emergency managers with WLA response procedures, analytical methods, sample handling recommendations, data reporting, and supporting tools.

WLA Security Summit– EPA is beginning discussions to hold a third WLA Security Summit.

Full-Scale Exercise (FSE) – EPA will conduct a third Full-scale Exercise this fall in Region 7 and 8. The FSE will test the laboratory response plan procedures for sample collection, shipment, and analysis and data reporting for the following through a combined chemical and biological contamination scenario.

WLA Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP) for Utility Laboratories-The WLA is working closely with Tucson Water to develop a Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP) for drinking water laboratories.  The COOP will serve as a template for laboratories to use when developing their own plans.

WLA Forum-The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in collaboration with the Association of Public Health Laboratories, is sponsoring the Water Laboratory Alliance (WLA) Forum. The Forum will be held on June 8, 2011 (1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.) at the Qwest Center in Omaha, Nebraska

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