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Starting with Quality Data

Environmental data are used as a basis for virtually all environmental decisions. Decisions based on inaccurate or unreliable data could affect Navy's compliance with regulations, result in unacceptable risks to human health and the environment, or result in the expenditure of unnecessary funds for sampling, testing, or remediation.

Navy environmental sampling and testing laboratory professionals offer expertise to Activities and the Fleet, as these organizations face the challenges of ensuring that environmental data are of the type and quality needed to support decision making.

The CNO Environmental Data Quality Program and NAVSEA Laboratory Quality and Accreditation Office provide core expertise and leadership to Navy on issues related to environmental sampling, laboratory testing, and data quality. Key program objectives are to:

  • Develop and recommend Navy policy affecting sampling and testing operations;

  • Facilitate the timely, coordinated Navy response to legislative/regulatory initiatives and other requests for information and policy;

  • Conduct outreach and provide technical assistance to the Regional Environmental Coordinators and Major Claimants related to new and emerging DoD and/or intergovernmental compliance strategies;

  • Participate in the Intergovernmental Data Quality Task Force (IDQTF) and the National Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Conference (NELAC) to represent Navy's interests and ensure that Navy requirements are met when standards and policy are established; and

  • Develop guidance and training programs to improve core competency and assist Navy shore personnel in the area of environmental sampling and testing.

In September 1996, the Deputy Under Secretary for Defense - Environmental Security (DUSD(ES)) established Navy as Lead Service for DoD environmental sampling and testing data quality issues. In keeping with this responsibility, CNO was tasked to chair the DoD Environmental Data Quality Workgroup (EDQW) to address the issues listed above across DoD.


Last Update:  09 November 2009

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