History of the Elliot Lake Research Field Station
ELRFS was founded in 1991 as a $3M initiative of the Ministry of Northern Development and Mines (MNDM), Laurentian University and the City of Elliot Lake. It was developed into a R&D centre to undertake research, development, and application of environmentally and socially responsible techniques and technologies. A unique area of specialization focused on the long-term effects of low level radiation.
After the closure of the uranium mines in Elliot Lake the laboratory, with the assistance of the mining companies, began providing analytical services in support of local decommissioning and environmental monitoring programs in the region. Building on this solid base the laboratory has developed a client base from across Canada. While the laboratory specializes in radionuclide analysis it also provides a wide range of inorganic services to private industry for environmental samples, including solid wastes, effluents, receiving waters, ground waters, soils, sediments, plant, animal and fish tissues, and airborne particulates.
In 2002 ELRFS became accredited by Standards Council of Canada (SCC). Since
January 2005 ELRFS has been ISO 17025 accredited by the Canadian Association of Environmental Analytical Laboratories (CAEAL) for specific environmental tests listed in the Scope of Accreditation. Accreditation is the formal recognition of the competence of a laboratory to achieve and demonstrate the highest levels of scientific and management excellence through the combined principles of Competence, Consistency, Credibility and Communication. CAEAL member laboratories voluntarily participate in rigorous programs of proficiency testing and accreditation, demonstrating their commitment to generate high quality data.
Linked with the departments of biology and chemistry at Laurentian University, the Analytical Services Laboratory is able to access scientific expertise from the professors and principal investigators to conduct environmental research projects and analytical services for our clients.
ELRFS is located in Sudbury, Ontario, approximately 400 km north of Toronto.