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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 7, 2005

Contact:  Robert McCann
               (517) 241-7397

State Laboratory Receives High Marks

The Department of Environmental Quality announced today that results
from the latest National Environmental Water Pollution Proficiency Test
evaluations give the DEQ laboratory a 99.35% score.  There were 294 labs
graded as part of the test, with an average score of 95.9%.

The DEQ Laboratory Services Section operates a number of programs for
the state that include an Environmental Laboratory, a Drinking Water
Laboratory, a Drinking Water Laboratory Certification Program and an
Environmental Laboratory Data Recognition Program.

The laboratory operates on a $2.4 million appropriation from the
state's general fund.  In comparison, to conduct the same volume of
testing at private labs would cost the state $3.9 million on average.

"This is a testament to the exceptional work that the DEQ laboratory
staff does on a daily basis," said DEQ Director Steven E. Chester.
"Through research and cost cutting initiatives, we are able to
outperform private labs in terms of the quality of our work, while
maintaining a cost savings to the taxpayers of Michigan."

Aside from conducting its own testing, the DEQ laboratory works with a
number of private laboratories around the state that perform testing on
compliance and monitoring samples for submission to the department
regulatory programs.

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