The Environmental Analytical Laboratory (EAL) is a centralized facility. It provides analyses of a wide variety of environmental materials -- including water, soil and biological samples -- for major and trace elements, selected chemical species and nutrients and organic compounds. The facility is open for use by University of California academic researchers, other educational institutions, government agencies and research-based businesses on a recharge basis. It provides services not readily available from outside sources to promote research and community development. The facility supports comprehensive user training, self-operation instrument use, sample drop-off service, new project and grant proposal assistance and technical consultation.