The Centre for Science and Environment, a non-governmental organization based in New Delhi, set up the Pollution Monitoring Laboratory to monitor environmental pollution. The laboratory aims bring science out into the public domain; it undertakes scientific studies to generate public awareness about food, water and air contamination. It is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment to monitor and analyse air, water and food contamination: High Performance Liquid Chromatograph (HPLC), Gas Chromatograph
(GC) with ECD, FID and other detectors, UV-VIS Spectrophotometer, Mercury Analyzer, and Respirable Dust Sampler among others. It provides scientific services at nominal
cost to communities that cannot obtain scientific proof of local pollution. Given the state of scientific research in India -- most of it restricted to national defense and food security -- the laboratory is an effort to use science to achieve ecological security.