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Environmental Laboratory Privatization Feasible; Cost Savings Are Uncertain, Report No. 01-65, December 2001
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  • It is feasible to privatize additional Department of Environmental Protection laboratory services.  The department currently uses contract laboratories to perform some of its regular laboratory work, and anticipates increased privatization to meet the demands of the Total Maximum Daily Load Program.
  • The department could contract out additional routine laboratory work.  Private laboratories could do most of the department laboratory’s chemical analytical work, but may lack the capacity to conduct a majority of the department’s biological analyses.  Further, we believe it is appropriate for the department to retain some in-house capacity to provide quality assurance to ensure the quality of private laboratory analyses.
  • Given that the department cannot report its full cost of providing laboratory services, it is currently unclear what effect increased privatization would have on the state’s cost for laboratory services. 

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Waste Management
Water Resource Management

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 05-29 Progress Report: Environmental Laboratory Privatization Expands; Process Enhancements Made, published in April 2005.
  • Report No. 03-12 Justification Review: Water Resource Management Program, Department of Environmental Protection, published in February 2003.

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