US EPA Region 2's Quality Management Plan (QMP) describes the Region's Quality System (QS), which is the collection of the Region's ongoing Quality Assurance (QA) policies, procedures, responsibilities and management systems. All of that is, in turn, designed to ensure that the Region's environmental data operations, and those of its grantees, contractors, and other partners in the government, the regulated community, and the public will produce and use environmental information (or data) that will satisfy its intended use, will be documented, and will be defensible. This QMP itself not only fulfills the requirements of the national QA Program, but is also intended to be a resource for members of the Region for better understanding the Region's Quality Program and how they fit into it.
For the first time, the QMP is presented "on line" in an entirely flexible and searchable format, rather than the traditional paper format. It is our hope and intent that the reader will investigate the QMP and, through it, the Region's Quality Program. This new format and arrangement of content is intended to make the Region's Quality System "user friendly" facilitating rapid access to information relevant to a variety of readers.