APHL works to strengthen public health laboratories' ability to respond to environmental emergencies. The association works closely with the chemical (LRN-C) and radiological (LRN-R) arms of the Laboratory Response Network and with EPA’s Environmental Response Laboratory Network and Water Laboratory Alliance.
For example, during the Gold King mine spill, the Fukushima nuclear incident and the Gulf Coast oil spill, APHL convened calls with federal and state agencies to coordinate efforts and provide a voice for laboratories. During the outbreak of
acetyl fentanyl overdoses, the
Elk River spill in WV and recent algal bloom incidents, APHL convened webinars to educate the field about the topic and related laboratory methods.
Want APHL’s help in an emergency? Email EH@aphl.org or call 240.485.2745.