Environmental Measurement Symposium

New Orleans, LA  •  August 2018


Keynote Address
Celestin D

8:00-8:45
8:00 Welcome
Jerry Parr, The NELAC Institute
8:15 Keynote Address: The Importance of Science and Monitoring in Restoring Ecosystems
Dr. Donald Boesch, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Studies


TNI Mentor Session: Recovering from Data Integrity Lapses - How to Respond and Restore Confidence in Your Data
Celestin C
9:00-12:00

Based on survey results from questionnaire sent to TNI laboratories on data integrity issues such as a data error affecting multiple clients, an ethics violation that impacted data, or a computer issue resulting in data losses, this Mentor Session will explore the frequency of these issues and what steps were taken to remedy the issue.

9:00 "Survey Says..." Presentation of the Results of Our Survey of the TNI Membership
Dorothy Love, Eurofins
9:30 "What TNI Says..." Presentation of Where the Actions/Responsibilities Around These Issues are
Addressed in the TNI Standard
Michelle Wade, Wade Consulting Services
10:00 BREAK
10:30 Workgroups and Panel to Address Case Studies
11:30 Report Out from the Workgroups and Input from the Panel

Session Moderator: Dorothy Love, Eurofi ns Lancaster Environmental

Proficiency Testing Expert Committee
Strand 13A
9:00-12:00

The mission of the Laboratory Proficiency Testing Committee is to develop standards:

  • 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.
9:00 Committee Overview and Membership
PT Frequency Discussion
10:00 BREAK
10:30 Evaluating & Reporting PTs to the PTRL - Guidance Presented
2016 TNI Standard PT Scoring Change - Impact on Microbiology PTs

Committee Chair: Nicole Cairns, New York State Department of Health

Stationary Source Audit Sample (SSAS) Expert Committee
Strand 1
10:30-12:00

The purpose of this committee is to develop consensus standards for the manufacture (and analysis) of air profi ciency testing for source emission testing.

10:30 SSAS Table Management SOP Revisions
SSAS Table Changes
SSAS Volume 1 Module 1 Revisions

Committee Chair: Tom Widera, ERA

Lunch Provided
Celestin D
12:00-1:00

Lunch Address: The Rise and Disappearance of Southeast Louisiana and Filling the Bowl: How the New Orleans Area Flooded During Hurricane Katrina

Dan Swenson, Graphics Editor, The New Orleans Advocate


Consensus Standards Development Program Executive Committee
Celestin C
1:00-3:00

The purpose of this program is to develop consensus standards for use by TNIís accreditation and proficiency test programs.

  • Chair and Committee Member Training reminder
  • Updates to Standards Activity Spreadsheet
  • "Lessons Learned" response for BoD, LASEC and AC
  • Implementation of TNI Glossary
  • Committee Reports
    • Asbestos
    • Chemistry
    • Field Activities
    • Laboratory Accreditation Body
    • Microbiology
    • Proficiency Testing
    • Quality Systems
    • Radiochemistry
    • Stationary Source Audit Sample
    • Whole Effluent Toxicity

  • New/Old Business


Whole Effluent Toxicity Expert Committee
Strand 13A
1:00-3:00

The mission of this committee is to update and maintain the whole effluent toxicity (WET) testing Standard (Volume 1, Module 7) based upon public comment, provide technical assistance on issues related to whole effluent toxicity, develop tools to aid implementation, and facilitate the implementation of the Standard.

1:00 Welcome & Introductions
1:15 Brief Background on WET
1:35 Discussion of the QA/QC Requirements for Chemistry
1:55 Discussion of Possible Ways to Structure IDOC/CDOC Requirements
2:40 Discussion of Scope of the Revised Module

 


Committee Vice-Chair: Elizabeth West, Louisiana DEQ

Special Session on Method Development and Validation
Strand 12B
1:00-3:00ASTM committee D-19 is working on a Standard Guide for developing and validating test methods used for EPA compliance monitoring. This Guide would be a complement to ASTM D-2777, Practice for Determination of Precision and Bias of Applicable Test Methods. This interactive session will solicit ideas from the conference attendees on what elements should be included in this new Guide.
Session Moderator: William Lipps, Eurofins Eaton Analytical, LLC

Innovative New Technology Showcase
Celestin AB
3:30-5:00

The Innovative New Technology Showcase will feature a poster and a five-minute oral presentation describing each new technology.

Agilent
The Ultivo Triple Quadrupole LC/MS presents a transformative approach to LC/TQ and is the newest member of the Agilent Triple Quadrupole family. At the core of Ultivo lie our Triad Technologies (Tt) - Vortex Collision Cell, Cyclone Ion Guide, and VacShield.

CEM Corporation
Energized Dispersive Guided Extraction (EDGE™) is an automated pressurized fluid extraction system offers reliable, quick, and sensitive extraction of difficult analytes from nearly any sample type, with sample sizes varying up to 30g.

EnviroChem Services
Excitation-emission matrix (EEM) fluorescence spectroscopy combined with PARAllel FACtor (PARAFAC) data analysis provides analytical water quality monitoring for drinking water, wastewater, industrial effluents, surface water, dissolved organic matter, and nanoparticle analyses.

LGC Standards
A new Certified Reference Material (CRM) for dissolved gases in ground water will be discussed. Measurement of dissolved light hydrocarbon gases (methane, ethane, ethene, propane, etc.) in ground water is of great importance for pre-drill and postdrill aquifer monitoring in localities where hydraulic fracturing for shale gases is occurring.

NECi
NECi's enzyme-based nitrate detection reagents are compatible with the new Total N base hydrolysis method. We've validated Persulfate digestion in heating block or autoclave followed by determination of Nitrate using our EPA, USGS, and ASTM methods. The method is compatible with any nitrate determination format, from Discrete Analyzers to our own handheld photometer. We'll also show our early stage prototype nitrate and phosphate meter, designed for one-step, reagentless testing of N and P using disposable screen-printed electrodes.

OI Analytical, a Xylem Brand
OI Analytical's new 1080 Combustion Total Organic Carbon (TOC) Analyzer is easy to use and maintain and provides a lower total operating cost. The proprietary technologies featured in this innovative system significantly reduce maintenance and downtime, extend the life of the catalyst, and provide flexibility over a large sample range.

Restek Corporation
The EPH (Extractable Petroleum Hydrocarbon) fractionation Solid Phase Extraction (SPE) cartridge with advanced sorbent technologies is used in fractionation of aliphatic hydrocarbons and aromatic hydrocarbons from water, soil, and sediment matrices.

SCIEX
Quadrupole Time of Flight mass spectrometers (QTOF) are high resolution instruments that will revolutionize LC-MS/MS analysis for environmental applications. The X500R is a high-resolution mass spectrometer that has increased specificity compared to standard triple quadrupole instruments.

Thermo Fisher Scientific
The ISQ 7000 Single Quadrupole GC-MS and TSQ 9000 Triple Quadrupole GC-MS/MS power you with UNSTOPPABLE sensitivity, uptime, and ease of use. Now you can revolutionize your analyses for a range of sample types, all while increasing throughput and reducing cost-per-sample.

Thermo Fisher Scientific
Organic halogen compounds cannot be directly analyzed by Ion Chromatography. In Combustion Ion Chromatography (CIC), the samples containing halogen-containing compounds are first combusted and the resultant gas are released into an absorption solution, which will be loaded directly for ion chromatography.

USEPA Office of Research and Development
EPA's Office of Research and Development has developed lightweight, gas sampling instrument systems capable of being carried aloft by tethered, helium-filled aerostats (balloons) and, more recently, by National Air and Space Administration (NASA) unmanned aerial systems (UASs or "drones").

Ziltek Pty Ltd
RemScan® - Rapid Measurement of Total Petroleum Hydrocarbons in Soil is a handheld infrared device for the rapid infield measurement of Total Petroleum Hydrocarbons (TPH) in soil. The technology was commercialized by Ziltek, an Australian based company that develops and markets innovative environmental technologies.


Session Moderator: Lara Phelps, USEPA ORD NRMRL


8:00-8:45

Keynote Address Celestin D
8:00 Welcome
Jerry Parr, The NELAC Institute
8:15 Keynote Address: The Importance of Science and Monitoring in Restoring Ecosystems
Dr. Donald Boesch, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Studies



9:00-12:00
TNI Mentor Session: Recovering from Data Integrity Lapses - How to Respond and Restore Confidence in Your Data Celestin C

Based on survey results from questionnaire sent to TNI laboratories on data integrity issues such as a data error affecting multiple clients, an ethics violation that impacted data, or a computer issue resulting in data losses, this Mentor Session will explore the frequency of these issues and what steps were taken to remedy the issue.

9:00 "Survey Says..." Presentation of the Results of Our Survey of the TNI Membership
Dorothy Love, Eurofins
9:30 "What TNI Says..." Presentation of Where the Actions/Responsibilities Around These Issues are
Addressed in the TNI Standard
Michelle Wade, Wade Consulting Services
10:00 BREAK
10:30 Workgroups and Panel to Address Case Studies
11:30 Report Out from the Workgroups and Input from the Panel


Session Moderator: Dorothy Love, Eurofi ns Lancaster Environmental
Proficiency Testing Expert Committee Strand 13A

The mission of the Laboratory Proficiency Testing Committee is to develop standards:

  • 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.
9:00 Committee Overview and Membership
PT Frequency Discussion
10:00 BREAK
10:30 Evaluating & Reporting PTs to the PTRL - Guidance Presented
2016 TNI Standard PT Scoring Change - Impact on Microbiology PTs


Committee Chair: Nicole Cairns, New York State Department of Health

10:30-12:00
Stationary Source Audit Sample (SSAS) Expert Committee Strand 1

The purpose of this committee is to develop consensus standards for the manufacture (and analysis) of air profi ciency testing for source emission testing.

10:30 SSAS Table Management SOP Revisions
SSAS Table Changes
SSAS Volume 1 Module 1 Revisions


Committee Chair: Tom Widera, ERA

12:00-1:00
Lunch Provided Celestin D

Lunch Address: The Rise and Disappearance of Southeast Louisiana and Filling the Bowl: How the New Orleans Area Flooded During Hurricane Katrina

Dan Swenson, Graphics Editor, The New Orleans Advocate



1:00-3:00
Consensus Standards Development Program Executive Committee Celestin C

The purpose of this program is to develop consensus standards for use by TNIís accreditation and proficiency test programs.

  • Chair and Committee Member Training reminder
  • Updates to Standards Activity Spreadsheet
  • "Lessons Learned" response for BoD, LASEC and AC
  • Implementation of TNI Glossary
  • Committee Reports
    • Asbestos
    • Chemistry
    • Field Activities
    • Laboratory Accreditation Body
    • Microbiology
    • Proficiency Testing
    • Quality Systems
    • Radiochemistry
    • Stationary Source Audit Sample
    • Whole Effluent Toxicity

  • New/Old Business


Whole Effluent Toxicity Expert Committee Strand 13A

The mission of this committee is to update and maintain the whole effluent toxicity (WET) testing Standard (Volume 1, Module 7) based upon public comment, provide technical assistance on issues related to whole effluent toxicity, develop tools to aid implementation, and facilitate the implementation of the Standard.

1:00 Welcome & Introductions
1:15 Brief Background on WET
1:35 Discussion of the QA/QC Requirements for Chemistry
1:55 Discussion of Possible Ways to Structure IDOC/CDOC Requirements
2:40 Discussion of Scope of the Revised Module

 



Committee Vice-Chair: Elizabeth West, Louisiana DEQ
Special Session on Method Development and Validation Strand 12B
ASTM committee D-19 is working on a Standard Guide for developing and validating test methods used for EPA compliance monitoring. This Guide would be a complement to ASTM D-2777, Practice for Determination of Precision and Bias of Applicable Test Methods. This interactive session will solicit ideas from the conference attendees on what elements should be included in this new Guide.

Session Moderator: William Lipps, Eurofins Eaton Analytical, LLC

3:30-5:00
Innovative New Technology Showcase Celestin AB

The Innovative New Technology Showcase will feature a poster and a five-minute oral presentation describing each new technology.

Agilent
The Ultivo Triple Quadrupole LC/MS presents a transformative approach to LC/TQ and is the newest member of the Agilent Triple Quadrupole family. At the core of Ultivo lie our Triad Technologies (Tt) - Vortex Collision Cell, Cyclone Ion Guide, and VacShield.

CEM Corporation
Energized Dispersive Guided Extraction (EDGE™) is an automated pressurized fluid extraction system offers reliable, quick, and sensitive extraction of difficult analytes from nearly any sample type, with sample sizes varying up to 30g.

EnviroChem Services
Excitation-emission matrix (EEM) fluorescence spectroscopy combined with PARAllel FACtor (PARAFAC) data analysis provides analytical water quality monitoring for drinking water, wastewater, industrial effluents, surface water, dissolved organic matter, and nanoparticle analyses.

LGC Standards
A new Certified Reference Material (CRM) for dissolved gases in ground water will be discussed. Measurement of dissolved light hydrocarbon gases (methane, ethane, ethene, propane, etc.) in ground water is of great importance for pre-drill and postdrill aquifer monitoring in localities where hydraulic fracturing for shale gases is occurring.

NECi
NECi's enzyme-based nitrate detection reagents are compatible with the new Total N base hydrolysis method. We've validated Persulfate digestion in heating block or autoclave followed by determination of Nitrate using our EPA, USGS, and ASTM methods. The method is compatible with any nitrate determination format, from Discrete Analyzers to our own handheld photometer. We'll also show our early stage prototype nitrate and phosphate meter, designed for one-step, reagentless testing of N and P using disposable screen-printed electrodes.

OI Analytical, a Xylem Brand
OI Analytical's new 1080 Combustion Total Organic Carbon (TOC) Analyzer is easy to use and maintain and provides a lower total operating cost. The proprietary technologies featured in this innovative system significantly reduce maintenance and downtime, extend the life of the catalyst, and provide flexibility over a large sample range.

Restek Corporation
The EPH (Extractable Petroleum Hydrocarbon) fractionation Solid Phase Extraction (SPE) cartridge with advanced sorbent technologies is used in fractionation of aliphatic hydrocarbons and aromatic hydrocarbons from water, soil, and sediment matrices.

SCIEX
Quadrupole Time of Flight mass spectrometers (QTOF) are high resolution instruments that will revolutionize LC-MS/MS analysis for environmental applications. The X500R is a high-resolution mass spectrometer that has increased specificity compared to standard triple quadrupole instruments.

Thermo Fisher Scientific
The ISQ 7000 Single Quadrupole GC-MS and TSQ 9000 Triple Quadrupole GC-MS/MS power you with UNSTOPPABLE sensitivity, uptime, and ease of use. Now you can revolutionize your analyses for a range of sample types, all while increasing throughput and reducing cost-per-sample.

Thermo Fisher Scientific
Organic halogen compounds cannot be directly analyzed by Ion Chromatography. In Combustion Ion Chromatography (CIC), the samples containing halogen-containing compounds are first combusted and the resultant gas are released into an absorption solution, which will be loaded directly for ion chromatography.

USEPA Office of Research and Development
EPA's Office of Research and Development has developed lightweight, gas sampling instrument systems capable of being carried aloft by tethered, helium-filled aerostats (balloons) and, more recently, by National Air and Space Administration (NASA) unmanned aerial systems (UASs or "drones").

Ziltek Pty Ltd
RemScan® - Rapid Measurement of Total Petroleum Hydrocarbons in Soil is a handheld infrared device for the rapid infield measurement of Total Petroleum Hydrocarbons (TPH) in soil. The technology was commercialized by Ziltek, an Australian based company that develops and markets innovative environmental technologies.



Session Moderator: Lara Phelps, USEPA ORD NRMRL