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2023 Proposed EPA Regulations

Part 1. Methods Update Rule for the Analysis of Effluent
Part 2. National Primary Drinking Water Regulations for PFAS

April 11, 2023

Course Description:

Part 1: On February 21, EPA proposed changes to its test procedures required to be used by industries and municipalities when analyzing the chemical, physical, and biological properties of wastewater and other environmental samples for reporting under the EPA’s National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit program. This course will review the proposed changes in detail, including:

  1. Revisions to four current EPA methods,
  2. 50 revised methods (97 techniques) published by Standard Methods,
  3. Five new and 8 revised methods (18 techniques) published by ASTM International,
  4. Two new methods approved by EPA under the alternate test procedures (ATP) program, and
  5. Other minor technical corrections.

Part 2: On March 14, EPA released a pre-publication copy of a proposed rule to regulate 6 perfluoro alkyl substances (PFAS) in water. This course will review the proposed sampling an analytical requirements in detail, including:

  1. The analytes to be regulated and their Maximum Contaminant Levels (MSL)
  2. Special sampling considerations,
  3. The analytical methods to be used,
  4. The frequency of monitoring for various Public Water Systems (PWS).
  5. The proficiency testing requirements,
  6. The reporting requirements including options for averaging results.

Class participants will:

Part 1

  • Learn how to read an EPA proposed rule, including the difference between the Preamble and the Regulatory Text.
  • Know which new and revised methods were proposed and any critical changes.
  • Understand the technical clarifications being proposed.
  • Understand the important new footnote to Tables 1C and 1D relating to the use of Standard Methods method 6020.
  • Know how to send in comments.

Part 2

  • Gain an understanding of the makeup and health risks of these “forever chemicals.”
  • Know the monitoring frequency based on the size of your PWS.
  • Know the proposed MCLs and how to calculate a Hazard Index.
  • Know how to average results.
  • Know how to report results below the “Practical Quantitation Limit.
  • Know which methods to be used.
  • Understand “trigger levels” that can be used to reduce monitoring.
  • Know how to use any existing data.

Intended Audience:

  • Accreditation Bodies, Assessors, Internal Auditors, Wastewater Facilities, Quality Managers, Laboratory Managers


$35 per person for TNI members
$50 per person for TNI non-members
$150 per group of 5-10 students at same location for TNI members
$210 per group of 5-10 students at same location for TNI non-members


No certificates are automatically provided with this training. A Certificate of Completion (CoC) ($30 per person) or Certificate of Attendance (CoA) ($20 per person) may be purchased during or after registration or webcast purchase. A passing score of at least 70% must be received on the exam in order to receive CEUs and a CoC. Scores of less than 70% will receive a Certificate of Attendance at no reduced fee. For a CoA you will not need to take the quiz and you will not receive CEUs. To receive your certificate, contact Paul Junio at [email protected] with date of purchase and date of training completion. See FAQs for additional information.


Start Date:
Tuesday 11th April 2023, 12:00pm EDT

90 minutes

CEUs: 0.2

Presented By:

Jerry Parr, Catalyst Information Resources, and William Lipps, Shimadzu

About the Presenter:

Jerry Parr is the Principal Scientist with Catalyst Information Resources, a company focused on providing current relevant information on environmental laboratory issues. He also serves as the Executive Director for The NELAC Institute, serves on the Advisory Board for the Environmental Laboratory Washington Report, and is the conference organizer for the National Environmental Monitoring Conference. He has a BS in Chemistry from the University of Texas at Austin and has 40 years of experience in environmental analytical chemistry.

William Lipps has over 35 years’ experience as a chemist and manager of industrial and environmental laboratories, product specialist, product manager, and marketing of both laboratory services and instruments. William is chair of ASTM Committee D19 on water, is an Editor for Standard Methods for the Examination of Water and Wastewater, and a US delegate to ISO TC147 water chemistry. William is general manager of government and regulatory business development at Shimadzu.