Scranton environmental lab fined $20,000 for violations
A Scranton environmental laboratory has surrendered accreditations and is paying a $20,000 fine to settle violations found by state regulators during an inspection last fall.
Northeastern Environmental Laboratories, based on North Main Avenue, agreed to give up the majority of its accreditations for drinking water and wastewater management and testing, the Department of Environmental Protection said Wednesday.
The department found violations of staff training, water-test supervision, records management and sample-handling protocols during an inspection in September. Both the department and an attorney representing the lab said there is no indication that any test results were affected.
DEP spokeswoman Colleen Connolly said the department's laboratory accreditation staff "consistently tried to work with NEEL to bring it into compliance, but the company failed to correct the deficiencies, and we documented additional cases of violations."
The lab's certificate of accreditation expired April 1, and the company told the state it will not seek re-accreditation, DEP said.
The company's attorney, David J. Gromelski, said Northeastern Environmental Laboratories is still "very much in business" and continues to perform field work, sample collection and other environmental consulting services for its clients.
The company has contracted with another laboratory for testing and analysis.
All of the company's clients had already been notified of the surrender of the accreditations, he said.
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