- Prairie and Northern Laboratory for Environmental Testing
- National Laboratory for Hydrometeorology and Arctic Meteorology
Prairie and Northern Laboratory for Environmental Testing (Edmonton, AB)
The Prairie and Northern Laboratory for Environmental Testing (PNLET) consists of two chemistry laboratories (inorganic and organic) and an ecotoxicology laboratory (environmental toxicology and microbiology). There is a staff complement of 20 to 30 scientists. The laboratories are fully equipped facilities, accredited according to the standard ISO/IEC 17025 and capable of handling a broad range of analytical requirements for environmental testing. PNLET provide forensic/legal analysis to support the Canadian Environmental Protection Act and the Fisheries Act, and support to major analytical programs in support of monitoring and research. In addition to Environment Canada, the labs support other federal government departments, as well as provincial governments in the Prairies, by providing advice and analytical support for environmental projects and related activities.
Facility highlights include:
- PNLET is the national centre of specialization for a number of regulations under Canadian Envoronmental Protection Act and the Fisheries Act.
- Provides Environmental forensic analysis and monitoring/research related to the oil sands.
- Key clients include Environmental Enforcement, EPOD-Compliance Promotion, other federal departments and provincial/territorial governments in the region.
The National Laboratory for Hydrometeorology and Arctic Meteorology was formed in 2004. The lab’s mission is to provide improved scientific understanding and prediction of high-impact weather, primarily focussing on prediction of hydro-meteorological and northern latitude weather phenomena and processes. The lab is co-located with the Environment Canada Storm Prediction Centre in Edmonton, and has satellite offices in Saskatoon at the National Hydrology Research Centre and the Storm Prediction Centre in Winnipeg. Outputs include applied research to address forecasting issues identified in the Department and facilitation of technology transfer of science results into the operational weather forecasting program.
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