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Serving: Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, and 66 Tribal Nations

21st Annual Quality Assurance Conference

Note: The session papers and presentations accessible via this site are posted for conference purposes only. They have not been endorsed by EPA management and thus do not represent an official statement of EPA's views or policy. They are not intended to be used to formulate or support any EPA decision or position. Posting these materials does not indicate EPA adoption or endorsement of the information contained therein. Presentations are added as they are received (or added as the permission from the author is received).

The conference is held in our 12th floor conference center located at 1445 Ross Ave., Dallas, TX 75202google maps logo which is located at the corner of Ross Avenue and Field Street in downtown Dallas.

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Monday, October 17, 2011

Time
Session A
Session B
Session C
Session D
Session E
9:30 am
Registration/Information
10:15 am
Opening Remarks
Lynda Carroll
Assistant Regional Administrator for Management
10:30 am
Monica Jones

Quality Staff


U.S.EPA, Headquarters

11:30 am

Lunch

1:00 pm

-

2:00 pm

Quality Assurance Plans Using Existing Data
Monica Jones
Quality Staff
U.S. EPA, Headquarters

[Abstract]

3:00 pm

Strange Bedfellows: Bed Bugs, Pesticides, and Politics
Mike Merchant
Texas A&M University

4:00 pm
Adjourn


Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Time
Session A
Session B
Session C
Session D
Session E
8:30 AM
Quality Assurance Requirements for Stack Samplers
Phil Schwindt 
       Air and Waste Engineering [Presentation]
Cloud Computing
Myra Bambacus
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Managing the Audit Process Without Going Broke
Judy Morgan
Environmental Science Corporation
[Presentation]
Status of Clean Water Act Methods
Maria Gomez-Taylor
U.S. EPA, Headquarters.
An Improved Multi-Residue Pesticide Screening Method using GC-MS
Kory Kelly
Phenomenex
9:30 AM

The Complexity of Analytical Validation of Near Zero Emissions from Coal Fired Plants and How to Enable Compliance with Regulations
Tracey Jacksier
Air Liquide

[Presentation]

Analytic Dilution Assays. Borrowing from Biology
Stanley Deming
Statistical Designs

[Presentation]

Continuing Efforts in the Municipal Solid Waste Permits Section’s Practical Quantitation Limit Pilot Study    
Arthur Denny
Texas Commission on Environmental Quality

[Presentation]
[Assessment Report]

Legionella-like Pathogens via Drinking Water, Role of QMRA
Nick Ashbolt
U.S. EPA, Cincinnati

[Presentation]

Pesticide Monitoring To Meet the Regulatory Requirements by the Direct Injection of Drinking Water
Jordan Blodgett
Waters Corporation

[Presentation]

10:30 AM
New Advancements in TO15 Canister Analysis
Tom Robinson
Entech Instruments

[Presentation]
Troubleshooting for Gas Chromatography
Kory Kelly
Phenomenex
Updates on FEM Policies and Guidance
Lara Autry
U.S. EPA, Research Triangle Park

[Presentation]
-
Analysis of Aminocylcopyrachlor (Imprelis) in Vegetation and Soil by LC/MSMS and                     Analysis of Chlorophenoxy Herbicides in Soil, Vegetation, and Water by LC/MSMS   
Steven Moser
Oklahoma Department of Agriculture
11:30 AM

LUNCH and Library Open House**

1:00 PM

Optimizing Sampling and Method Parameters for Soil Vapors Using Automated Thermal Desorption/Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry (ATD/GC/MS)
Lee Marotta
PerkinElmer

There Is No “I” in Team
Patricia Taylor
U.S. EPA, Region 6

[Presentation]

Collaborative Opportunities for Meeting EPA’s Measurement and Monitoring Needs
Lara Autry
U.S. EPA, Research Triangle Park

[Presentation]

Data Defensibility:  Benefits of High-Quality  Data Versus Substandard Data
JoAnn Boyd
Southwest Research Institute

[Abstract]
[Presentation]

Advanced LC-MS/MS Tools to Identify and Quantify Target and Non-target Pesticides
André Schreiber
AB Sciex

2:00 PM
On-site Fast Measurements of VOCs Using Hand-Held Chemical Analyzers Based on Ion Mobility Spectrometry - A Technology Emerging During the Past Thirty Years
Gary Eiceman
New Mexico State University
The Benefits of a Field Sampling and Measurement Organization
JoAnn Boyd
Southwest Research Institute

[Presentation]

EPA’s New Scientific Integrity Policy
Anand Mudambi
Headquarters, U.S. EPA

Improved Automation and Data Integrity Through a Laboratory Information Management System
Lee Otis
Promium

and
Elizabeth Turner
Ed Howland

North Texas Municipal Water District

Simplified Pesticide Analysis
Eric Phillips
Thermo Fisher

3:00 PM

Advances in Air Monitoring; Emerging Measurement Techniques for Airborne Pollutants
Nicola Watson
Markes International

EPA’s Environmental Data Gateway
David Parrish
U.S. EPA, Region 6

Staged Electronic Data Deliverables (SEDD)
Anand Mudambi
Headquarters, U.S. EPA

How a LIMS Can Help Laboratories Meet Water/Wastewater Regulatory Compliance Goals
Christine Paszko
Accelerated Technology Laboratories

High Throughput Pesticide Analysis by Time Of Flight MS (TOFMS) and High Resolution TOFMS
Lucas Smith
LECO

[Presentation]

4:00 PM

Quality Control of AutoGC VOC Data Collected by the TCEQ
Carol Meyer
Orsat

Criminal Enforcement
David Edelstein
U.S. EPA, Region 6

National Environmental Field Activities Program
Jerry Parr
The NELAC Institute

How a WIMS + LIMS Integration Can Offer a Total Data Management Solution  For Your Operations
 Christine Paszko
Accelerated Technology Laboratories

Chlorinated Pesticides and PCBS Analysis Using the GC/MS/MS System
Fred Feyerherm
Agilent Technologies

5:00 PM
Adjourn

**There will be an open house in the Region 6 Library during the break for lunch.  Conference attendees are encouraged to come in and visit.


Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Time
Session A
Session B
Session C
Session D
Session E
8:30 AM

Tarballs and Seawater. The Gulf Oil; Spill Analysis
Michelle Misselwitz
Restek

[Presentation]

Effect of Particulate Matter on Total Organic Carbon (TOC) Analysis of Environmental Water Samples 
William Lipps
OI Analytical
The Preparation and Use of Natural Matrix Reference Materials for Quality Control Purposes
Stephen A. Wilson
U.S. Geological Survey
[Abstract]
[Presentation]
POPs Quiz - Advances in Persistent Organic Pollutant Analysis
Eric Phillips
Thermo Fisher

Introduction into LC-MS/MS for Environmental Analysis - Hardware, Software, and Applications
André Schreiber
AB Sciex

9:30 AM
Contaminants Identified in Environmental Waters Using a Time of Flight Screening Approach
Jordan Blodgett
Waters

[Presentation]

Development and Validation of a New EPA Method for Flue Gas Desulfurization Wastewaters by GC/MS
Richard Burrows
Testamerica

A Case Study of an On-Line Monitoring Program for Nutrients That Is Currently Being Evaluated for Use in the Chesapeake Bay
Bill Telliard


[Abstract]
[Presentation]
Hexavalent Chromium - Myths and Mysteries Resolved
Jay Gandhi
Metrohm

and
Johnson Mathew
Region 6, U.S EPA

[Abstract]
- continued -
10:30 AM

Large volume Splitless Injections Using an Unmodified Split/Splitless Injection Port
Michelle Misselwitz
Restek

[Presentation]

Electrospray Ionization –Mass Spectrometry n Bio- and Environmental Monitoring
Kevin Schug
University of Texas at Arlington

Introducing a New Gas Phase Detector for Unknowns
Joe Weitzel
Agilent Technologies

Ethical Dilemmas with Environmental Data
JoAnn Boyd
Southwest Research Institute

[Presentation]

- continued -

11:30 AM

LUNCH

1:00 PM

How to Improve GC and GC/MS with a New MultiMode Inlet
Bill Wilson
Agilent Technologies

The NELAC Institute’s Environmental Measurements Expert Committee Study
Richard Burrows
TestAmerica

Radiochemistry - Then and Now
Dan Mackney
NAREL, U.S. EPA
Total Nitrogen Analysis - Past, Present, and Future
William Lipps
OI

Ultra Performance Liquid Chromatography – A Workshop
Jordan Blodgett
Waters

2:00 PM

Split Injections for Semivolatile Analysis
Michelle Misselwitz
Restek

[Presentation]

Ethics and Data Integrity
Jane Hurley
Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality

Radiochemisty Fundamentals - Understanding the Data from Basic Analysis: Gross Alpha and Gross Beta
Dan Mackney
NAREL, U.S. EPA

[Presentation]
A New Measurement for Total Oil and Grease
Bill Telliard
[Abstract]
[Presentation]
3:00 PM

Determination of High Molecular Weight Phthalates in Sediments Using Atmospheric Pressure Chemical Ionization GC/MS
Douglas Stevens
Waters

[Absract]

Internal Audits: Practical Tools for Management and Continually Improving
Jack Farrell
Analytical Excellence

Drinking Water Update
Glynda Smith,
Judith Brisbin

and
Jennifer Best
U.S. EPA, Cincinnati

Ambient Air Toxics Monitoring for the Fort Worth Natural Gas Air Quality Study
Regi Oommen
Eastern research Group

And
Quality Assurance of Secondary and Non-numeric Data
Mae Thomas
Eastern Research Group

4:00 PM


 

The Changing TNI/NELAC PT Program
Shawn Kassner
Environmental Resource Associates

[Presentation]

Sample Preparation
Greg Jeter
Waters

5:00 PM
Adjourn

There will be a closed meeting for the State Drinking Water Certification Officers following the last presentation of the day.


Thursday, October 20, 2011

Time
Session A
Session B
Session C
Session D
Session E

8:30 AM

Changing Paradigms in Complex Data Management and Decision Support Scientific Business Intelligence and Workflow Solutions
Robert Walker
Accelrys

[Presentation]

Dynamic Headspace Approach for the Determination of trace Contaminants
Manuela Bergna
DANI Instruments

[Presentation]

The Analysis of Low Levels of Hexavalent Chromium in Drinking Water
Johnson Mathew
U.S. EPA, Region 6

Quality Assurance in Solicitations and Work Assignments
Marion Kelly
Headquarters, U.S. EPA

[Presentation]
[Attachments]

What does it mean to be FGDC*-netadata Compliant?
George Brilis
U.S. EPA, Las Vegas

*FGDC – Federal Geographic Data Committee

9:30 AM
Quality Assurance in Electronic Data Management
Roseanne Sakamoto
U.S. EPA, Region 9

[Abstract]
and
Data Standards at EPA
Dawn Banks Waller
Headquarters, U.S. EPA
Review of Laboratory Data
Ann Strahl
Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
Effectively Extracting Lead  and Other Metals from Ambient Particulate Matter for Analysis by ICP-MS
Randy Mercurio
Eastern Research Group
Field QC Procedures and Effects on Field Blank Sample Results
Timothy Oden
U.S. Geological Survey

[Presentation]
Proton Transfer Reaction–Mass Spectrometry and Some Applications in the Environmental Field
Alfons Jordan
Ionicon

[Presentation]
10:30 AM
Auditing Electronic Recordkeeping Systems
George Brilis
U.S. EPA, Las Vegas
- Continued -
“Resolutionary” Performance - The Elements of a UPPC Separation
Larry Meeker
Waters

[Presentation]
Nutrient Cycling in Estuarine Environments.  Challenges for Developing Nutrient Criteria in These Dynamic Coastal Habitats             
Chris Shank

University of Texas

[Presentation]
Certified Reference Materials - Production, Characterization and Use to meet the Requirements of ISO 17025
Jim Brown
Sigma-Aldrich

[Abstract]
11:30 AM

Lunch

1:00 PM
Methods for Screening Data Quality in Electronic Data Management Systems
Roseanne Sakamoto
U.S. EPA, Region 9
Presentation by Webinar at:
http://www.clu-in.org/conf/tio/qa

Measurement Uncertainty Workshop
Lynn Vanatta
[Abstract]

Persistent Organic Pollutants in the US Population
Arnold Schecter
University of Texas School of Public Health

Successful Implementation of the UFP-QAPP Format at ERT
Stephen Blaze
Environmental Response Team
U.S. EPA

Regional Science Council
Closed Meeting
Eugene Thilsted Moderator
2:00 PM
The EPA Metadata Editor and the Quality Assurance Profession
George Brilis
U.S. EPA, Las Vegas
ENERGY STAR product Plans 2012
Katherine Kaplan
Headquarters - U.S.EPA

[Presentation]
and
Maintaining the ENERGY STAR Brand: Product Testing and Certification
Eamon Monahan
Headquarters - U.S. EPA

[Presentation]
3:00 PM
-
-
 
4:00 PM
     
Adjourn

Footnote: In order to help us prepare for the Measurement Uncertainty Workshop conducted by Lynn Vanatta, we would appreciate your replying to Johnson.Donald@epa.gov if you plan to attend this workshop on Thursday afternoon and Friday morning or just on Thursday afternoon. As you know, Lynn is a very popular speaker and has many publications in the field of data management.


Friday, October 21, 2011

Time
Session A
Session B
Session C
Session D
Session E
8:30 AM
Measurement Uncertainty Workshop
(continued)
Lynn Vanatta
[Abstract]
-
-


Regional Science Council
Closed Meeting
Eugene Thilsted Moderator
9:30 AM
-
-
 
10:30 AM
-
-
 
11:30 AM
-
-
-
-
noon

Footnote: In order to help us prepare for the Measurement Uncertainty Workshop conducted by Lynn Vanatta, we would appreciate your replying to Johnson.Donald@epa.gov if you plan to attend this workshop on Thursday afternoon and Friday morning or just on Thursday afternoon. As you know, Lynn is a very popular speaker and has many publications in the field of data management.

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