Welcome to the State of California 

Environmental Management Branch

CDPH's Environmental Management Branch (EMB) promotes and maintains a physical, chemical, and biological environment that contributes positively to health, prevents illness, and assures protection of the public.

On July 1, 2014, the Drinking Water Program and the Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program moved from CDPH to the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB). Find out more at http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/drinking_water/programs/index.shtml.

EMB's Major Components

  • Environmental Management Branch (EMB). EMB regulates medical waste generators, shellfish production and harvesting operations, and recreational health (swimming pools); provides sanitary surveillance of state institutions; oversees the Registered Environmental Health Specialist program; oversees radiological surveillance around federal facilities, the state's radon program, and the Medical Waste Management Program; and houses CDPH's Nuclear Emergency Response Program.
  • Drinking Water and Radiation Laboratory (DWRL). DWRL provides analytical support to the DDWEM's programs and CDPH's Radiological Health Branch, and, through interagency agreements, to other State agencies.
  • Drinking Water Program (DWP). DWP is now the SWRCB's Division of Drinking Water. 
  • Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program (ELAP). ELAP is now part of the SWRCB's Division of Drinking Water.

Receive Notices about Webpage Updates                                                         

DDWEM has created LISTSERVs to notify customers when webpages have been updated.  Anyone can sign up to receive these notifications.  Subscribing and unsubscribing are done by an automated system.  To subscribe, send a blank email to one or more of the following email addresses.  

Drinking Water and Radiation Laboratory
Last modified on: 3/10/2015 12:47 PM