Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of
Environmental Protection (DEP) will collect a $600,000 penalty from
Eurofins, QC (EQC), for violations related to falsified and mishandled
discharge water tests and results at their lab in Southampton, PA.
“DEP relies on accredited, third-party laboratories to conduct testing
and ensure that regulated entities are complying with state laws and
regulations,” said DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell. “Falsifying records
and mishandling samples undermines the trust that DEP places in labs
like EQC, and we will not hesitate to penalize labs that do not meet our
DEP first discovered possible violations in December 2016 while
conducting an audit of EQC’s whole effluent toxicity testing (WETT)
results, which are used to determine compliance with National Pollutant
Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) regulations. Testing results
reviewed in the audit found sample results that appeared to be
photocopies of previous data sheets, with minor edits made. The lab’s
accreditation expired in February 2017 and was not renewed.
After being alerted to the questionable results, EQC hired a third-party
auditor to review records from the facility. That audit found hundreds
of cases of manipulated or falsified data, as well as hundreds of
missing records, and cases where samples were mishandled.
MEDIA CONTACT: Neil Shader, 717-787-1323