The National Environmental Monitoring Conference (NEMC)
The National Environmental Monitoring Conference (NEMC), held concurrently with TNI’s summer meeting, is the largest conference focused on environmental measurements in North America! The conference brings together scientists and managers from federal and state agencies, the regulated community, academia, and laboratory and engineering support communities. NEMC features presentations, posters, training, exhibits, and networking opportunities. Since 2006, NEMC has been co-sponsored by TNI under a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The technical program is organized by a committee of environmental experts from government, academia, and private industry to bring together a balance of technical and policy topics for each year's symposium that are of interest to all. The conference was initiated in 1985 as part of EPA's efforts to foster a partnership among the Agency, the regulated community, the public, state regulatory agencies, and the other members of the monitoring community. More information about NEMC can be found at www.nemc.us .
|8:00 - 8:45 Independence BCDE|
|9:00 - 10:00 Independence FGHI|
Committee Chair: Judy Morgan, Pace Analytical
|9:00 - 12:00 Penn Quarter B|
Committee Chair: Maria Friedman, California Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program
The mission of the Performance Testing Program Executive Committee (PTPEC) is to establish and maintain certain elements of a national PT Program to support TNI's Accreditation Programs and other TNI activities.
Those elements include:
|10:30 - 12:00 Independence FGHI|
Council Chair: Aaren Alger, Pennsylvania DEP
|12:00 - 1:00 Independence BCDE|
Lunch Address: Dispelling Myths of Citizen Science
Caren Cooper, North Carolina State University
|1:00 - 5:00 Lafayette / Farragut|
Session Chairs: Lara Phelps, USEPA, Offi ce of the Science Advisor, Designated Federal Offi cial and Henry Leibovitz, Rhode Island State Health Laboratories, Chair
The Environmental Laboratory Advisory Board (ELAB) is managed in compliance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA)
to solicit consensus advice on issues such as enhancing EPA's measurement programs; and facilitating the operation and expansion of a
national environmental accreditation program.
Updates on Current Topics
Updates on Current Topics (continued)
New Topics for Consideration
|1:00 - 5:00 Independence FGHI|
Session Moderator: Dorothy Love, Eurofins Lancaster Laboratories
|1:00 - 3:00 Penn Quarter B|
Committee Chair: Paul Junio, Northern Lake Service
The mission of the Quality Systems Expert Committee is to maintain laboratory quality systems standards (TNI Volume 1, Module 2) based on public input and to provide technical assistance on issues related to adopted standards; and to develop tools that facilitate the implementation of the standard.
|1:00 - 3:00 Franklin Square|
Committee Chair: Tom Widera, ERA
|3:30 - 5:00 Penn Quarter B|
Committee Chair: Robin Cook, City of Daytona Beach
The mission of Microbiology Expert Committee is to maintain the Microbiology Standard (TNI Volume 1, Module 5) based on input from stakeholder groups and the public; to provide technical assistance, support and training on issues related to microbiology and the TNI standard; and, to develop tools to facilitate the implementation of TNI Microbiology Standard.
|5:30 - 7:00 Independence Ballroom|
Join us to see the latest innovations for environmental laboratories
|8:00 - 8:45 Independence BCDE|
|9:00 - 12:00 Declaration A|
Committee Chair: Valeria Slaven, Valeria Slaven Consulting Services
The mission of this committee is to improve the technical quality of environmental testing methodologies by providing tools (e.g., detection, quantitation, calibration) that assure the quality of data, which may be adopted by federal and state regulatory agencies.
|12:00 - 1:00 Independence BCDE and Franklin/McPherson Sq.|
|1:00 - 3:00 Declaration A|
Committee Chair: Nicole Cairns, New York State DOH
The mission of the Laboratory Proficiency Testing Committee is to develop standards for the development and testing of PT samples; evaluation of PT Providers; evaluation of PT Provider Oversight Organizations; and use of PT samples by laboratories and laboratory accrediting bodies.
|1:00 - 3:00 Penn Quarter A|
Committee Chair: Robert Shannon, Quality Radioanalytical Support
The mission of this committee is to improve the technical quality of radiochemical testing by providing standards (e.g., detection, quantitation, calibration, quality control, method validation) that assure the quality of data, which may be adopted by federal and state regulatory agencies.
|3:30 - 5:00 Independence FGHI|
The Innovative New Technology Showcase allows up to twelve (12) organizations to showcase innovative new technologies such as sensors, sampling devices, personal monitoring devices, and other new or innovative approaches to environmental monitoring. The Showcase will feature:
|12:00 - 1:30 |
|1:30 - 5:00 Wilson / Roosevelt|
Committee Chair: Bob Wyeth, Independent Consultant
The purpose of this program is to develop consensus standards for use by TNI’s accreditation and proficiency test programs.
|1:30 - 5:00 Penn Quarter AB|
Committee Vice-Chair: Pete de Lisle, Coastal BioAnalysts
|1:30 - 5:00 Independence HI|
Instructor: Jory Weintraub, Duke Initiative for Science and Society
Funding is scarce. Anti-science rhetoric is on the rise. Policymakers often fail to grasp the research necessary to make informed decisions in the best interests of their constituents. But empirical data suggest that good science communication both empowers citizens and benefi ts the careers of scientists. This half-day workshop helps scientists develop communication skills and put those skills into action by:
You must be pre–registered to attend.
|8:00 - 8:45 Independence A|
|9:00 - 12:00 Independence BC|
Committee Chair: Carl Kircher, Florida DOH
|9:00 - 10:00 Lafayette / Farragut|
Committee Chair: Kevin Holbrooks, JEA
The mission of the TNI Field Activities Committee (FAC) is to develop standards for accrediting bodies and field sampling and measurement organizations. The FAC will engage experts to develop consensus-based standards with the goal of improving the consistency of field methods and the quality of environmental data.
|9:00 - 12:00 Independence DE|
Moderator: Jerry Parr, The NELAC Institute
The session is to plan the semi-annual meetings of TNI.
|10:30 - 12:00 Lafayette / Farragut|
Committee Chair: Justin Brown, EMT
The mission of the National Environmental Field Activities Program Executive Committee (NEFAP EC) is to develop and oversee a national program for the accreditation of field sampling and measurement organizations (FSMO).
|12:00 - 1:00 Independence BC|
Lunch Address: Historical Review of Data Qualifiers and QC Formulation
Gary Ward, G. Ward and Associates
|1:00 - 4:00 Lafayette / Farragut|
Session Moderator: Bob Wyeth, Independent Consultant
|4:00 - 5:00 Independence DE|
TNI Board Chair: Alfredo Sotomayor, Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District
|8:00 - 8:45 Constitution AB|
|9:00 - 12:00 Penn Quarter AB|
Committee Chair: Steve Arms, Florida DOH (Retired)