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Chemistry Laboratory Operations:
The Division of Water Quality Laboratory Section is committed to protecting and enhancing North Carolina's surface and ground water resources for the citizens of North Carolina and future generations. The laboratory strives to achieve this goal by providing the highest quality analytical data and the best overall service in environmental testing.
The Laboratory Section is comprised of managers and supervisors, chemists, chemistry technicians, and administrative and support staff. The main laboratory facility is located in Raleigh, NC, and is referred to as the Central Laboratory. A satellite lab (ARO Lab) is located in Swannannoa, NC, as part of the Asheville Regional Office and provides assistance with time-sensitive tests.
The Central Laboratory consists of three branches: Inorganic Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, and Support. The Inorganic Chemistry Branch is divided into two units: BioChemistry consists of the Nutrients and Wet Chemistry groups, and Metals/Microbiology consists of the Metals and Microbiology groups. The Organic Chemistry Branch consists of two analytical units: Semi-Volatiles (Semi-Volatiles, Pesticides, Gel Chromatography Extractions) and Volatiles. The Support Branch provides assistance to sample collectors and the lab units listed above.
The Laboratory Section analyzes routine water samples collected from a variety of sources: creeks, streams, rivers, lakes, monitoring wells, effluent discharges, and Undergorund Storage Tanks (UST). In addition, the section analyzes samples associated with compliance monitoring and emergency situations.
The section's primary clients include the Environmental Sciences Section, Surface Water Protection Section, and the Aquifer Protection Section of the Division of Water Quality, and the Division of Waste Management's Underground Storage Tank (UST) Section.