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Methods Update Rule for the Analysis of Effluent


Course Description:

On April 16, EPA finalized 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 in 40 CFR Part 136. 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.

Expected Learning Outcomes:

  • Learn howe to read an EPA final rule, including the difference between the Preamble and the Regulatory Text and the difference between the Federal Register (FR) and the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR).
  • 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

Intended Audience:

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


$45 for TNI members
$50 for non-members

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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.


About Webcasts: Upon receipt of your payment, you will receive a special link by e-mail to watch the webcast on your computer. The link is time-limited: you will have full access to the webcast and any associated handouts for 6 months after receipt of payment, at which time the link will expire. Webcasts cannot be downloaded; they are intended for viewing on your computer only during the 6-month window. If you have any questions, please contact Ilona Taunton at [email protected].

2 hours

CEUs: 0.2

Presented By:

Jerry Parr

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.