Environmental Measurement Symposium

New Orleans, LA  •  August 2018


Keynote Address
Celestin D

8:00-8:45
8:00 Welcome
Alfredo Sotomayor, Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District
8:15 Keynote Address: Environmental Monitoring Because We All Live Downwind
Dr. Ann Marie Carlton, University of California, Irvine


Laboratory Accreditation System Executive Committee (LASEC)
Strand 13B
9:00-10:00

The mission of this committee is to manage TNI's efforts in supporting a national program for the accreditation of environmental laboratories by supporting the NELAP Accreditation Bodies (ABs) and non-governmental ABs (NGABs) recognized to accredit to the TNI Environmental Laboratory Sector (ELS) Standard, enabling stakeholders such as laboratories, proficiency testing providers, and data users to effectively participate in the development of, adoption and implementation of, and compliance with the TNI standards.

  • Update on Committee Activities
  • Plans for Implementation of the 2016 Standard

Committee Chair: Judy Morgan, Pace Analytical

NELAP Accreditation Council
Strand 13B
10:30-12:00

The NELAP Accreditation Council (AC) has final authority for implementation of the program for the accreditation of environmental laboratories within the National Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program. The NELAP AC facilitates a national program though mutual recognition.

10:30 Welcome and Introductions
10:45 Status of the 2016 Standard and its Implementation
11:00 Update on Evaluations and Changes for the Next Cycle
11:30 Policy Development Progress
11:45 Other Council Activities (as time permits)

Council Chair: Aaren Alger, Pennsylvania DEP

Quality Systems Expert Committee
Strand 11
9:00-12:00

The mission of this committee is to maintain the laboratory quality systems standard (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.

The Quality Systems Committee will be having a working meeting on Module 2 - Management and Technical Requirements for Laboratories Performing Environmental Analysis. Due to the update to ISO 17025:2017, Module 2 is required to be updated to reflect the new ISO language. The Committee has begun the process of incorporating existing TNI language into this new structure and will continue to do so. Input from the audience is requested and welcomed as this process begins. Feedback from the Special Session on Implementing the 2017 Version of ISO/IEC 17025 held on Wednesday afternoon will also aid in steering this session.


Committee Chair: Paul Junio, Northern Lake Service

NEMC Steering Committee / TNI Advocacy Committee
Strand 12
9:00-12:00

The session is to plan the semi-annual meetings of TNI, including the Environmental Measurement Symposium.

  • 2019 Milwaukee Meeting
  • Future Winter Meetings

10:00 BREAK

  • 2018 Environmental Measurement Symposium Recap
  • 2019 Environmental Measurement Symposium - Jacksonville, FL

Moderator: Jerry Parr, The NELAC Institute

NEMC Session Chairs Working Lunch
Strand 12
12:00-1:00

Lunch Provided
Celestin D
12:00-1:00

Microbiology Expert Committee
Strand 11
1:00-4:00

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 the TNI Microbiology Standard.

  • Update and Discussion on Microbiology Method Codes
  • Microbiology Technical Manager Requirements (Volume 1 Module 2: Section 5.2.6.1.c)
  • Prepare feedback to Quality Systems Expert Committee
  • Open Discussion

Committee Chair: Robin Cook, City of Daytona Beach

National Environmental Field Activities Program Executive Committee and Field Activities
Strand 13B
1:00-4:00

The mission of the TNI Field Activities Committee (FAC) is to maintain the standards for the National Environmental Field Activities Program (NEFAP) 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. 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.

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).

NEFAP Overview
Background of NEFAP
Scope and Application of Committees/Program
Purpose and Charter of FAC/EC

Review of ISO Update and Its Impact on Standard
Review of special session and input on direction of TNI relating to topic
Input on specific sections and its applicability/impact on the Standard and NEFAP

Standard Revision Update Discussion
How do we add value to Standard
Should Standard be expanded
Open comment on Standard revision/suggestions

Next Steps for NEFAP
Discussion of Standard and how it relates to strategic plan
Marketability of the program, discussion of "why NEFAP"
Solicitation of input on direction of program/marketing opportunities

Additional Committee Business


NEFAP Executive Committee Chair: Kirstin Daigle, Stone Environmental Field Activities Committee Chair: Shannon Swantek, Environmental Standards, Inc.

General Session: Committee and Program Reports
Strand 12
4:15-5:00

Each committee chair will provide a recap of events that occurred during the week.

  • Consensus Standards Development Program
  • National Environmental Field Activities Program
  • National Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program
  • Proficiency Test Program
  • Stationary Source Audit Sample Program
  • General and Administrative Committees

TNI Board Chair: Alfredo Sotomayor, Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District


8:00-8:45

Keynote Address Celestin D
8:00 Welcome
Alfredo Sotomayor, Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District
8:15 Keynote Address: Environmental Monitoring Because We All Live Downwind
Dr. Ann Marie Carlton, University of California, Irvine



9:00-10:00
Laboratory Accreditation System Executive Committee (LASEC) Strand 13B

The mission of this committee is to manage TNI's efforts in supporting a national program for the accreditation of environmental laboratories by supporting the NELAP Accreditation Bodies (ABs) and non-governmental ABs (NGABs) recognized to accredit to the TNI Environmental Laboratory Sector (ELS) Standard, enabling stakeholders such as laboratories, proficiency testing providers, and data users to effectively participate in the development of, adoption and implementation of, and compliance with the TNI standards.

  • Update on Committee Activities
  • Plans for Implementation of the 2016 Standard


Committee Chair: Judy Morgan, Pace Analytical

9:00-12:00
Quality Systems Expert Committee Strand 11

The mission of this committee is to maintain the laboratory quality systems standard (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.

The Quality Systems Committee will be having a working meeting on Module 2 - Management and Technical Requirements for Laboratories Performing Environmental Analysis. Due to the update to ISO 17025:2017, Module 2 is required to be updated to reflect the new ISO language. The Committee has begun the process of incorporating existing TNI language into this new structure and will continue to do so. Input from the audience is requested and welcomed as this process begins. Feedback from the Special Session on Implementing the 2017 Version of ISO/IEC 17025 held on Wednesday afternoon will also aid in steering this session.



Committee Chair: Paul Junio, Northern Lake Service
NEMC Steering Committee / TNI Advocacy Committee Strand 12

The session is to plan the semi-annual meetings of TNI, including the Environmental Measurement Symposium.

  • 2019 Milwaukee Meeting
  • Future Winter Meetings

10:00 BREAK

  • 2018 Environmental Measurement Symposium Recap
  • 2019 Environmental Measurement Symposium - Jacksonville, FL


Moderator: Jerry Parr, The NELAC Institute

10:30-12:00
NELAP Accreditation Council Strand 13B

The NELAP Accreditation Council (AC) has final authority for implementation of the program for the accreditation of environmental laboratories within the National Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program. The NELAP AC facilitates a national program though mutual recognition.

10:30 Welcome and Introductions
10:45 Status of the 2016 Standard and its Implementation
11:00 Update on Evaluations and Changes for the Next Cycle
11:30 Policy Development Progress
11:45 Other Council Activities (as time permits)


Council Chair: Aaren Alger, Pennsylvania DEP

12:00-1:00
NEMC Session Chairs Working Lunch Strand 12


Lunch Provided Celestin D



1:00-4:00
Microbiology Expert Committee Strand 11

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 the TNI Microbiology Standard.

  • Update and Discussion on Microbiology Method Codes
  • Microbiology Technical Manager Requirements (Volume 1 Module 2: Section 5.2.6.1.c)
  • Prepare feedback to Quality Systems Expert Committee
  • Open Discussion


Committee Chair: Robin Cook, City of Daytona Beach
National Environmental Field Activities Program Executive Committee and Field Activities Strand 13B

The mission of the TNI Field Activities Committee (FAC) is to maintain the standards for the National Environmental Field Activities Program (NEFAP) 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. 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.

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).

NEFAP Overview
Background of NEFAP
Scope and Application of Committees/Program
Purpose and Charter of FAC/EC

Review of ISO Update and Its Impact on Standard
Review of special session and input on direction of TNI relating to topic
Input on specific sections and its applicability/impact on the Standard and NEFAP

Standard Revision Update Discussion
How do we add value to Standard
Should Standard be expanded
Open comment on Standard revision/suggestions

Next Steps for NEFAP
Discussion of Standard and how it relates to strategic plan
Marketability of the program, discussion of "why NEFAP"
Solicitation of input on direction of program/marketing opportunities

Additional Committee Business



NEFAP Executive Committee Chair: Kirstin Daigle, Stone Environmental Field Activities Committee Chair: Shannon Swantek, Environmental Standards, Inc.

4:15-5:00
General Session: Committee and Program Reports Strand 12

Each committee chair will provide a recap of events that occurred during the week.

  • Consensus Standards Development Program
  • National Environmental Field Activities Program
  • National Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program
  • Proficiency Test Program
  • Stationary Source Audit Sample Program
  • General and Administrative Committees


TNI Board Chair: Alfredo Sotomayor, Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District