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

23rd Annual Quality Assurance Conference was cancelled,
but presentations are still available

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).

Please also visit our Region 6 Regional Science Council website and view the recent video from Dr Nadia Plata, who visited the EPA Region 6 all the way from Switzerland. She spoke on the "Soils Contamination: The Scourge of the Planet?"

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Monday, October 21, 2013

Time
Session A
Session B
Session C
Session D
9:30 am
Registration/Information
10:15 am
Opening Remarks
James McDonald
Assistant Regional Administrator for Management
U.S. EPA, Region 6
10:30 am
Monica Jones
Director, Quality Staff
U.S. EPA, Headquarters
11:30 am

Lunch

1:00 pm
The Role of Green Chemistry in Sustainability
Mary Kirchhoff
American Chemical Society
[Abstract]
2:00 pm
Measurement Traceability - What It Is and What It Isn’t
Michael Shepherd
Shepherd Technical Services
3:00 pm
Does Your Project Need Life Support?
Patricia Taylor
U.S. EPA, Region 6
4:00 pm
Adjourn


Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Time
Session A
Session B
Session C
Session D
8:30 AM
Thunderstorms and Their Influence on Atmospheric Chemistry
 Daniel Riemer  
 University of Miami
Hidden Dangers: Does My Lab Do More Harm Than Good?  
Judy Morgan  
  Environmental Science Corporation
The Chemistry behind Solid-Phase Extraction
Don Shelly
UCT
[Abstract]
[Abstract 2]
[Presentation]

Detection of Pyrethoids in Surface Water and Sediment
Stephan Bauman
Agilent
9:30 AM

Next Generation Canisters for Whole Air Sampling
Tom Robinson
Entech Instruments

How to Incorporate Your PT Results and Standards into QC Program
Shawn Kassner
Phenova
[Abstract]

Increasing Productivity for the Analysis  of Halogenated Flame Retardants: Method Optimization and Maximizing Column Lifetime
Michelle Misselwitz
Restek

Honey bees versus neonicotinoid insecticides: The issues and challenges
Mike Merchant
Texas A&M University
[Abstract]

10:30 AM
New Advances in GC/MS Instrumentation  -  Source,  Electronics, and Software Tools
Stephan Baumann
Agilent
Regions 4, 5 and 6 Full Scale Laboratory Exercise
Rick McMillin
U.S. EPA. Region 6
EPA 524.3:  The New Fast Appoach for the Analysis of VOCs in Environmental Matrices
Ilaria Ferrante
DANI Instruments
Starting Over:  Experiences  Learned When I Had To Replace 75% of My Personnel in Two Months
Steven C. Moser
and
Neonicotinoids and Colony Collapse Disorder in Bees: Preparations and Methods
 Jennifer Bledsoe
  Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
11:30 AM

LUNCH

1:00 PM

A Side-by-Side Comparison  of Lead Monitoring Methods
Artisha Hicks
Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality
[Presentation]

Root Cause Analysis - A Problem Solving Tool for Qulity and Program Managers
Scott Dockum
U.S. EPA, Headquarters
[Abstract]

Is Your LIMS stuck in the 90’s?  It’s Time to go Mobile!
Christine Paszko
Accelerated Technology Laboratories
[Abstract]

Addressing the Helium Shortage with Hydrogen and Nitrogen as Alternate Carrier Gasses for Gas Chromatography Applications
Michelle Misselwitz
Restek
2:00 PM
Diffusive Monitoring  -  A Cost Effective  and Quantitative Approach to Environmental Monitoring
Nicola Watson
Markes International
[Abstract]
Twelve Step Program to Compliance
JoAnn Boyd
Southwest Research Institute

Development of QA Project Plans to Support  Method Development and Validation Projects
Marion Kelly
and
Lynn Walters
Headquarters, U.S. EPA
[Abstract]

Analysis of Organophosphate Pesticide Residues in Food and Agricultural Products Using GC Coupled to ICP-Triple Quad with MS/MS Modes of Analysis
Patrick Simmons
Agilent
[Presentation]

3:00 PM

Implementing the Federal Open Data Policy at EPA
David Parrish
U.S. EPA, Region 6

Jane Hurley
Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality

Facilitating Good Automated Laboratory Practices and ISO 17025 with LIMS
Christine Paszko
Accelerated Technology Laboratories
[Abstract]

Finally – A Robust QuEChERS Sample Cleanup/Tandem GC/MS Pesticide Analyzer Method
Stephan Bauman
Agilent

4:00 PM

Sampling Check Lists
Phil Schwindt
Consultant

Laboratory Hot Topics Roundtable
Jane Hurley
Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality

QA Track Web Application – Supporting Accountability for Quality
Marion Kelly
U.S. EPA, Headquarters
and
Elizabeth Benjamin
CSC
[Abstract]

Rapid  Multiple Reaction Monitoring Optimization for Triple Quadrupole MS Pesticide Analysis
Jorge Smith
Shimadzu
[Abstract]

5:00 PM
Adjourn

 


Wednesday, October 23, 2013

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

New Sampling and Analysis Advancements in Environmental Air Analysis
Nicola Watson
Markes International

New Detection Methods for Emerging Environmental Pollutants using LC-MS/MS and Differential Mobility Separation
Jennifer Krone
and
André Schreiber
ABSciex
[Presentation]

- continued -

Update on Activities of the NELAC  Institute
JoAnn Boyd
Southwest Research Institute

Field Operations Group (FOG) Guidelines Implementation
Craig Weeks
U.S. EPA,  Region 6

9:30 AM
Single Tube Sampling and Analysis of Volatile and Semi-Volatile Organics in Air.  The Cost Effective Green Solution
Lee Marotta
PerkinElmer

Why Systematic Planning Applies to All Projects
John Warren
U.S. EPA, Headquarters

Field Sampling and Measurement Accreditation
JoAnn Boyd
Southwest Research Institute
10:30 AM

Helium Shortage Issues: Switch to Hydrogen or Conserve Helium?
Fred Feyerherm
Agilent

Utilization of GCxGC-TOFMS as a Broad-Spectrum Analysis for Endocrine-Disrupting Compounds in Urban and Rural Watersheds
Naomi Diaz
LECO

And They Said That It Couldn’t Be Done: A Brief History of Environmental Water Monitoring
William Telliard
Consultant
[Abstract]

Wastewater Sampling
Stacey Pentecost
Texas Commission on Environmental Quality

11:30 AM

LUNCH

1:00 PM

Eliminating Sample Preparation Bottlenecks with Automation
Jennifer Peterson
Thermofisher

Caffeine, Atrozine, Viagra, and DEET  -  Identification and Quantitation of  Expected and Unexpected Environmental Pollutants in Water Using LC-MS/MS
Jennifer Krone
and
Quantitation and Identification of Dicyandiamide and Other Unexpected Contaminants in Food
André Schreiber
ABSciex

A Systematic Approach  to Methods Development and Validation
William Telliard
Consultant
[Abstract]
Red River Fish Kill
Brendon Furneaux
Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality
2:00 PM

Measuring Halogenated Disinfectant By-Products with Mass Spectrometry by Selective Ionization and Detection
Doug Carlton
University of Texas at Arlington
[Abstract]
[Presentation]

The Use of High Temperature Dynamic Headspace/Purge and Trap for the Determination of Semi-Volatile Compounds (SVOC) in Different Environmental Matrices
Ilaria Ferrante
DANI Instruments

Reinvention and Harmonization of EPA Detection and Quantitation Procedures
Richard Burrows
Testamerica
Current Drinking Water Activities Occurring in EPA Region 6
Jatin Mistry
U.S. EPA, Region 6
[Abstract]
3:00 PM
Add a Little GREEN to Your  LCMS Analyses with MicroLC
Lou Horak 
Eksigent/ABSciex
Rob Freeman
Restek
A Comparative Study of On-Line and Laboratory TOC Analyzers for the Analysis of Raw and Finished Drinking Water
William Lipps
Xylem
The Top 10 Reasons Why Laboratories Have Audit Findings in EPA SDWA Radiochemistry Audits
Larry Umbaugh
               Computer Science Corporation
4:00 PM
A Comprehensive  Approach to Measuring Groundwater Quality in Areas Engaged in Natural Gas Extraction
Zacariah Hildenbrand
University of Texas at Arlington
The Science of SFC,SFE and UPC – An Introduction to Convergence Chromatography
Larry Meeker
Waters
Latest Developments in Data Usability
John Warren
U.S. EPA, Headquarters
[Presentation]
Ensuring Analytical Quality Systems Through Effective Management of GC and GC/MS Assets
Eric Philips
  Agilent
5:00 PM
Adjourn

  • At 4:00, the State Drinking Water Officers will have a closed meeting in the Ellen Berry Training Center..

 

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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Time
Session A
Session B
Session C
Session D

8:30 AM

Getting More for Your Money Through Statistical Sampling
John Warren
  and
Barry Nussbaum
     U.S. EPA, Headquarters
[Abstract]

The Envision Sustainability Rating System 
Troy Dorman
Tetratech

GC Triple Quadrupole Use in Challenging Matrices for Detection of Compounds in EPA Methods 8270, 8081 and 8082
Fred Feyerherm
Agilent

9:30 AM
Analysis of Targeted and Non-Targeted Identified Contaminants in Storm Water Retention Ponds Using LC-HRMS with On-line Solid-Phase Extraction
Jonathan Beck
ThermoFisher
Use Split Injection and Short Narrow Columns to Rapidly Screen Heavily Contaminated Samples
Chris Rattray
Restek
10:30 AM
Trace Level Drinking Water Analysis with Large Volume Injection
Chris Rattray
Restek
Rapid and Sensitive VOC Analysis in the Field of Air, Water, and Soil Samples with a 5 lb Handheld Gas Chromatograph
Bob Kibler 
Defiant Technology
11:30 AM

Lunch

1:00 PM
How Many Samples?
John Warren 
and
Barry Nussbaum
    U.S. EPA, Headquarters
[Abstract]

 

Selected Examples of Metals and Halogen Removal in Developing World Water Supplies
Andrew Quicksall
  Southern Methodist University

Alternative Methods to RSK 175 Using Purge and Trap Concentration and Automated Headspace for the Analysis of Dissolved Gases in Drinking Water
Nathan Valentine
Teledyne
[Abstract]

2:00 PM
Review EPA Methods for Perchlorate Using Suppressed Conductivity Detection
Richard Jack
ThermoFisher
Quantitative Analysis of Bisphenol A and Bisphenol A-glucuronide in serum Using UHPLC-MS-MS
Richard van Breeman
University of Illinois
[Abstract]
3:00 PM
A Semi-automated Method for the Simultaneous Determination of Total Nitrogen and Total Phosphorus
William Lipps
Xylem
Low Level PAH Anlysis with a Self-cleaning GC/NS Source Low Level PAH Anlysis with a Self-cleaning GC/NS Source
Eric Philips
Agilent
4:00 PM
   
Adjourn

 

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