Technical Sessions

NEMC 2018 featured over 180 presentations and posters organized into concurrent technical sessions from Monday through Friday with a general session on Wednesday morning. A keynote address on a major topic kicked off the start of each day.

The Forum on Environmental Accreditation

The Forum on Environmental Accreditation (the Forum) held concurrently with NEMC, is the principal conference for addressing policy and technical issues affecting the accreditation of environmental laboratories in addition to field sampling and measurement organizations. The Forum features open public meetings of all TNI committees to allow quality professionals, chemists, analysts, microbiologists, engineers, and managers from federal and state agencies; commercial, municipal, state and federal laboratories; and many others who are actively involved and interested in laboratory accreditation issues to review what has been done and participate in the efforts to establish a national program for environmental laboratories and field sampling and measurement organizations. Details for the Forum meetings can be found at www.nelac-institute.org.

 

Monday, August 6

 8:00 Welcome

8:15 Presentation of the 2018 Charlie Carter Award

8:20 - 8:45 Keynote Address

9:00 - 12:00 Concurrent Sessions

  • NEMC: Academic Research Topics in Environmental Measurement and Monitoring
  • NEMC: Microbial Monitoring in Ambient Water
  • NEMC: Monitoring for Contaminants in Foods & Beverages
  • NEMC: New Environmental Monitoring Techniques for Organics (Session 1)
  • TNI: Assessment Forum: Early Implementation of the 2016 TNI Standard
  • TNI: Proficiency Testing Expert Committee

12:00 - 1:30 Lunch on your own

1:30 - 5:00 Concurrent Sessions

  • ELAB: Environmental Laboratory Advisory Board
  • NEMC: Changing the Paradigm for Water Pollution Monitoring
  • NEMC: Operational and Advocacy Issues Impacting the Environmental Laboratory Industry
  • NEMC: Topics in Shale Gas
  • TNI: Chemistry Expert Committee
  • TNI: Proficiency Testing Program Executive Committee

5:30 - 7:00 Opening Reception and Exposition and Poster Session

Tuesday, August 7

 8:00 - 5:00 Poster Session and Exposition

8:00 Welcome

8:15 - 8:45 Keynote Address: The Importance of Science and Monitoring in Restoring Ecosystems
Dr. Donald Boesch, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Studies

9:00 - 12:00 Concurrent Sessions

  • NEMC: New Environmental Monitoring Techniques for Organics (Session 2)
  • NEMC: Resolving Method Differences for Volatile Organics by GC/MS with Best Practices
  • NEMC: Spotlight on Method 6020 Instrumentation - ICP-MS Metals Analysis
  • NEMC: Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP)
  • TNI: Mentor Session
  • TNI: Whole Effluent Toxicity Expert Committee

12:00 - 1:00 Lunch Provided

Lunch Presentations: Interactive Graphics by Dan Swenson, Graphics Editor, New Orleans Advocate

  • The Rise and Disappearance of Southeast Louisiana, and
  • Filling the Bowl: How the New Orleans Area Flooded during Hurricane Katrina

1:00 - 3:00 Concurrent Sessions

  • NEMC: Citizen Science
  • NEMC: Forensic Environmental Chemistry
  • NEMC: Metals and Metals Speciation Analysis in Environmental Samples (Session 1)
  • NEMC: Air Methods & Monitoring (Session 1)
  • TNI: Consensus Standards Development Program Executive Committee
  • TNI: Laboratory Accreditation Body Expert Committee

3:30 - 5:30 Innovative New Technology Showcase and Reception

INNOVATIVE NEW TECHNOLOGY SHOWCASE
Tuesday, August 7, 2018; 3:30 - 5:30 pm

The Innovative New Technology Showcase allows up to twelve (12) organizations to showcase innovative new technologies such as sensors, sampling devices, personal monitoring devices, and other new or innovative approaches to environmental monitoring. The Showcase will feature:

  • A poster board and table set-up in a walk-in reception style setting;
  • A 5 minute platform speaking opportunity for all those attending the Showcase to hear about each technology;
  • A networking reception with attendees following this event.

 

Wednesday, August 8

 8:00 - 5:00 Poster Session and Exposition

8:00 - 8:15 Welcome

8:30 - 12:00 Plenary Session: The Future Landscape of Science

  • Dr. Paul Gilman, Covanta
  • Janet Ranganathan, World Resources Institute
  • Dr. Beth Karlin, See Change Institute
  • Dr. Anton Simeonov, National Institutes of Health

12:00 - 1:30 Lunch on Your Own, OR Attend a Free Lunch Seminar with:

Agilent Technologies
Towards Safer Water: Advancements in the Analysis of Regulated and Emerging Contaminants in Water
Tarun Anumol, Agilent Technologies

OR

Restek Corporation
Perfluorinated Compound and PPCP Analysis by LC-MS/MS
Christopher Rattray, Restek Corporation

OR

Waters Corporation
Data (In)Dependent Analysis of Environmental Toxicants by Atmospheric Pressure Gas Chromatography Quadrupole Time-of-Flight Mass Spectrometry
Karl Jobst, Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change

1:30 - 5:00 Concurrent Sessions

  • NEMC: Air Methods & Monitoring (Session 2)
  • NEMC: Challenges and Opportunities for Solid Phase Extraction
  • NEMC: Laboratory Informatics
  • TNI: Changes to the TNI Standard from the 2017 ISO/IEC Standard 17025
Steamboat Natchez
Optional Social Event
Dinner Jazz Cruise on the Steamboat NATCHEZ

Savor the beauty and romance of the New Orleans skyline aboard the last authentic steamboat on the Mississippi River featuring live jazz by the Grammy nominated "Dukes of Dixieland".


Thursday, August 9

 8:00 Welcome

8:15 - 8:45 Keynote Address: Additional Benefits of Federal Air Quality Rules: Model Controlling Forest Carbon Particles
Dr. Ann Marie Carlton, University of California, Irvine

9:00 - 12:00 Concurrent Sessions

  • NEMC: Characterization of Perfluoroalkyl Substances in the Environment (Session 1)
  • NEMC: Field Sampling, Measurement & Sensor Technology
  • NEMC: Metals and Metals Speciation Analysis in Environmental Samples (Session 2)
  • NEMC/TNI: NEMC Steering Committee and Conference Planning
  • TNI: Laboratory Accreditation System Executive Committee
  • TNI: National Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program (NELAP) Accreditation Council
  • TNI: Quality Systems Expert Committee

12:00 - 1:00 Lunch Provided

1:00 - 5:00 Concurrent Sessions

  • NEMC: Characterization of Perfluoroalkyl Substances in the Environment (Session 2)
  • NEMC: Collaborative Efforts to Improve Environmental Monitoring (Session 1)
  • NEMC: Data Quality, Management and Review
  • NEMC: Government Public Health and Private Environmental Laboratory Partnerships
  • TNI: Field Activities Committee
  • TNI: National Environmental Field Activities Program (NEFAP) Executive Committee
  • TNI: Microbiology Expert Committee
  • TNI: Stationary Source Audit Sample (SSAS) Expert Committee
  • TNI: General Session (Committee Chairs Report)

Friday, August 10

 8:00 Welcome

8:15 - 8:45 Keynote Address: Evidence-Based Approaches to Curriculum Reform and Assessment
Dr. Melanie Cooper, Michigan State University

9:00 - 12:00 Concurrent Sessions

  • NEMC: Collaborative Efforts to Improve Environmental Monitoring (Session 2)
  • NEMC: Overcoming Legacy Obstacles with Innovative Approaches
  • NEMC: Topics in Drinking Water
  • TNI: Advocacy Committee

Keynote Speaker
Marlene Moore
8:15Lifetime of Learning - There Is Always Something To Learn
Marlene Moore, Advanced Systems, Inc.
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Academic Research Topics in Environmental Measurement and Monitoring
Session Chair(s): Bob Wyeth, Independent Consultant, and Tarun Anumol, Agilent
9:00A (Non)Targeted Method for Analysis of the Serum Exposome Using Atmospheric Pressure Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry
Karl Jobst, McMaster University
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9:30Application of Chemical and Biological Techniques to Characterize the Organic Matter Within Environmental Buffers Receiving Wastewater Effluent
Juliana Ordine, University of Arizona
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10:30Comparison of O-SPE and Using Liquid Chromatography Tandem Mass Spectrometry for the Detection of Trace Organic Compounds in Surface Waters, Wastewater Effluents, and Advanced Treatment Effluents
Kevin Daniels, University of Arizona
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11:00Detection of Nanoparticles in Edible Plant Tissues Exposed to Nano Copper Using Single Particle ICP-MS
Yuxiong Huang, University of California, Santa Barbara
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11:30Transformation Products and Disinfection By-Products in Wastewater Impacted Drinking Water
Danielle Westerman, University of South Carolina
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Microbial Monitoring in Ambient Water
Session Chair(s): Patsy Root, IDEXX Laboratories, and Debra Waller, New Jersey DEP
9:00Advances in Metagenomics for Characterizing Microbes in the Environment
Jason Dobranic, EMSL Analytical, Inc.
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9:30Ambient Microbial Testing in the San Antonio River Watershed, a Three-Pronged Approach
Shaun Donovan, San Antonio River Authority
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10:30Microbial Source Tracking (MST) Analyses in the Sasco Brook, Lower Farm River, and Goodwives River Watersheds
michael pascucilla, East Shore District Health Department
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11:00Multi-Laboratory Validation of Methods 1642 and 1643 for Male-Specific and Somatic Coliphage in Fresh and Marine Recreational Waters and Wastewater Samples
Yildiz Chambers-Velarde, CSRA
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11:30Quality Assurance Project Plan Essentials
Debra Waller, NJ Department of Environmental Protection
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Monitoring for Contaminants in Foods & Beverages
Session Chair(s): Joe Romano, Waters Corporation
9:00Dicamba, Acid Herbicides, and Metabolites: Analysis in Agricultural Samples
Katherine Hyland, SCIEX
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9:30An Automated Technique for Fast, Ambient Temperature Extraction and Analysis of Multi-Residue Pesticides in Various Matrices
Ruud Addink, Toxic Report LLC
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10:30Contamination, Adulteration and Counterfeiting: An Examination of Sources and Concentrations of Heavy Metals Present in Food, Spices, Beverages and Drinking Water
Patricia Atkins, SPEX CertiPrep
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11:00Analysis of Cationic Polar Pesticides in Fruits and Vegetables Using IC-MS/MS
Richard Jack, Thermo Fisher Scientific
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11:30Improving Chromatographic Performance of Underivatised Anionic Polar Pesticides in Food to Overcome Renowned Analytical Challenges
Kenneth Rosnack, Waters Corporation
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New Environmental Monitoring Techniques for Organics
Session Chair(s): Charles Appleby, USEPA OLEM OSRTI, and Scott Krepich, Phenomenex, Inc.
9:00Comparison of Tandem Quadrupole MS/MS and Magnetic Sector HRMS in the Analysis of Mixed-Halogenated Dioxins and Furans: Firefighter Occupational Exposure
Douglas Stevens, Waters Corporation
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9:30Comprehensive Targeted and Non-Targeted Analysis of Various Indoor Dust Samples Using LC-HRMS with Ion Mobility
Kenneth Rosnack, Waters Corporation
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10:30Dioxin Analysis in Water by Isotope Dilution Using Triple Quadrupole GC/MS
Diana Wong, Agilent Technologies
11:00Evaluation of High Throughput, No Methylene Chloride, Low Cost Sample Clean Up for POPs Analysis
Ruud Addink, Toxic Report LLC
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11:30Microcystins in Drinking Water Utilizing High Resolution Mass Spectrometry
Katherine Hyland, SCIEX
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Changing the Paradigm for Water Pollution Monitoring
Session Chair(s): Earl Hansen, The NELAC Institute, and David Kennedy, Phenomenex, Inc.
1:30Ammonia Colorimetric Testing by Gas Diffusion on Segmented Flow Analyzers
Sarah Leibenguth, SEAL Analytical
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2:00ATP Validation of COD Tests by MACHEREY-NAGEL – Experience Report on the Use of the New EPA Procedure for Method Defined Parameters
Christian Prokisch, MACHEREY-NAGEL
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2:30Comparison of Analytical Techniques for the Determination of Various Types of Algal Toxins by LC-MS/MS
Agustin Pierri, Weck Laboratories
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3:15Determination of Adsorbable Organic Halogen (AOX) in Wastewater Using Combustion Ion Chromatography
Kirk Chassaniol, Thermo Fisher Scientific
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3:40The Future-Relevant Environmental Laboratory
Nirmela Arsem, East Bay MUD
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4:05Utilizing Real-time Data to Compound Wins and Make Real Impacts
Mike Lunn, City of Grand Rapids, MI
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4:30Why We Need a New Total Nitrogen Parameter and Methods for CWA Reporting
William Lipps, Eurofins Eaton Analytical LLC
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Operational and Advocacy Issues Impacting the Environmental Laboratory Industry
Session Chair(s): David Speis, Retired
1:30Not the Big Easy: The NELAC Institute's (TNI) Journey to Recognize Non-Government Accreditation Bodies (NGABs)
Alfredo Sotomayor, Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District
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2:00Accreditation of Environmental Testing Labs by a Non-Governmental Accreditation Body (NGAB) - How is This Different from a State Accreditation?
Chris Gunning, A2LA
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2:30Using Independent Accrediting Bodies for Laboratory Qualification
Jordan Adelson, Navy
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3:15Florida Department of Health and Third Party Assessors - a Partnership
Vanessa Soto Contreras, Florida Department of Health - Environmental Laboratory Certification Program
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3:40Pennsylvania DEP’s Laws Relating to NELAP and the Use of Non-Governmental Accreditation Bodies
Aaren Alger, Dept of Environmental Protection / Bureau of Laboratories
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4:05One Year Later: California ELAP
Christine Sotelo, State Water Resources Control Board
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4:30Preliminary Observations from California Support
Mitzi Miller, NV5/Dade Moeller
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Topics in Shale Gas
Session Chair(s): Kesavalu Bagawandoss, TestAmerica Laboratories, Inc., and Dave Gratson, Environmental Standards, Inc.
1:30Dissolved Methane Round Robin Case Study – Regulations Without a Robust Analytical Method
Rock Vitale, Environmental Standards
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2:00Improved Accuracy of Dissolved Hydrocarbon Gas Analysis in Water
Mark Bruce, TestAmerica
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2:30An Overview of the Changes Made to the Current Region 6 GMG290000 Permit
Jennifer Griffith, Environmental Enterprises USA, Inc.
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3:30Portable, Rapid Analysis of MEA-Triazine via Raman Spectroscopy
Mark Peterman, OndaVia
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4:00Sampling Methods for Dissolved Gases
Kesavalu Bagawandoss, TestAmerica Laboratories, Inc.
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Keynote Speaker
Donald Boesch
8:15The Importance of Science and Monitoring in Restoring Ecosystems
Donald Boesch, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Studies
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New Environmental Monitoring Techniques for Organics
Session Chair(s): Charles Appleby, USEPA OLEM OSRTI, and Scott Krepich, Phenomenex, Inc.
9:00Reduced EI Source Contamination and Improved System Longevity with the Intuvo 9000 GC for Environmental Analysis
Tarun Anumol, Agilent Technologies, Inc.
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9:30Screening of Environmental Contaminants Using GC/Q-TOF and Accurate Mass Library
Kai Chen, Agilent Technologies
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10:30The Practicality (Necessity) of Use of Clean-Up Techniques for the Analysis of D/F and PCB Congeners
Charles Neslund, Eurofins Lancaster Laboratories Environmental, LLC
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11:00The Use of Advanced Instrumental Techniques to Address Emerging and Unique Circumstance Contaminants
Charles Neslund, Eurofins Lancaster Laboratories Environmental, LLC
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11:30Use of Advanced Tools to Measure the Composition of Extractable Oxygenated Organics at Historic Crude Oil Release Sites
Rachel Mohler, Chevron ETC
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Resolving Method Differences with Best Practices
Session Chair(s): Judy Morgan, Pace Analytical, and Jerry Parr, The NELAC Institute
9:00Overview of the Technology and Best Practices for Sample Collection and Preservation
Judy Morgan, Pace Analytical
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9:30Best Practices for Identification and Quantitation
Charles Neslund, Eurofins Lancaster Laboratories Enviromental LLC
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10:30Best Practices for Calibration and Calibration Verification
Richard Burrows, TestAmerica Laboratories, Inc.
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11:00Best Practices for Quality Control
Scott Siders, PDC Laboratories Inc.
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11:30Best Practices for Reporting and Data Qualifiers
Valerie Slaven, Valerie Slaven Consulting
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Spotlight on Method 6020 Instrumentation - ICP/MS Metals Analysis
Session Chair(s): Mark Bruce, TestAmerica Laboratories, Inc.
9:00EPA Method 6020 Using the Shimadzu ICPMS 2030
Andrew Fornadel, Shimadzu Scientific Instruments
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9:30Implementing EPA Method 6020 with the Agilent ICP-MS Portfolio
Craig Jones, Agilent Technologies, Inc.
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10:30Testing Compliance with the EPA 6020 Method for Soils and Sediments Using the NexION® 1000.
Anthony Palermo, PerkinElmer
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11:00Overcoming the Challenges of Trace Elemental Analysis in Environmental Samples Using ICP-MS
Fergus Keenan, Thermo Fisher Scientific
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11:306020 Analysis Using a Simultaneous ICP MS Without the Need of Reaction or Collision Cells.
Willi Barger, Spectro Ametek
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Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP)
Session Chair(s): Jordan Adelson, US Navy, and Herb Nelson, SERDP
9:00Overview of SERDP and ESTCP
Herb Nelson, SERDP & ESTCP
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9:30Designing Monitoring Programs for Aquatic Species Using Environmental DNA
Katherine Strickler, Washington State University
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10:30Development and Application of Unmanned Aerial Emission Sampling
Brian Gullett, U.S. EPA, Office of Research and Development
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11:00Field and Laboratory Data on Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFASs) in Groundwater to Inform the Selection of Sampling and Storage Conditions
Alix Robel, Oregon State University
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11:30Geochemical Factors Controlling the Release of Poly- and Perfluoroalkyl Substances from AFFF-Impacted, Source Zone Soils.
Andrew Maizel, Colorado School of Mines
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Luncheon Speaker
12:00Filling the Bowl: How the New Orleans Area Flooded during Hurricane Katrina
Dan Swenson, The New Orleans Advocate

Citizen Science
Session Chair(s): Leon Vinci, Drexel University and Mike Pascucilla, East Shore District Health Dept
1:00Citizen Science and the Nexus with Climate Change
Leon Vinci, Drexel Univ, CNHP
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1:30Citizen Science as Key Components for Identifying Regulatory Gaps: Lessons from Love Canal, Exxon Valdez, Deepwater Horizon & Other Man-Made Disasters
Elizabeth Geltman, CUNY School of Public Health
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2:00Community Collaboration to Advance Citizen Science: A Success Story in Louisiana
Charles Fator, Hanby Environmental
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2:30Configuring the Landscape of Science with Citizen Research & Policy
Leon Vinci, Drexel Univ, CNHP
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Forensic Environmental Chemistry
Session Chair(s): Kitty Kong, Chevron Energy Technology Company, and Michelle Kerr, USEPA Region 5
1:00Forensic Chemical Analyses Coupled with Detailed Site and Water Column Observations Used to Locate the Primary Cause of a Persistent Sheen off Louisiana’s Coast
Edward Overton, Louisiana State University
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1:30A Biomarker-Based Approach Identifying Contaminated Sediments as the Primary Source of Oil Sheen at Mississippi Canyon Block 20
Christopher Reddy, Makepeace Environmental Solutions, LLC
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2:00Interpretation of Bicyclic Sesquiterpane Petroleum Biomarker Results for Environmental Forensic Investigations
Heather Lord, Maxxam Analytics
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2:30Environmental Forensic Analysis of Crude and Refined Petroleum Products Utilizing GC×GC-FID, GC×GC-TOF-MS, and GC×GC-HRT-MS
Robert Nelson, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
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Metals and Metals Speciation Analysis in Environmental Samples
Session Chair(s): Annie Carter, Brooks Applied Labs
1:00Measuring the Efficiency of Different Solid Sample Digestion Methods: A Comparison Study of Time, Cost, and Accuracy
Connie Hayes, High Purity Standards
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1:30Determining Elemental Mercury in Soils by Selective Volatilization
Annie Carter, Brooks Applied Labs
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2:00Determination of Methylmercury Levels in Mercury-Contaminated Soils from Oak Ridge TN by Cold Vapor Generation
Zikri Arslan, Jackson State University
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2:30Patterns of Mercury Release from Profundal Sediment of California Reservoirs
Byran Fuhrmann, UC Merced
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Plenary Speaker
8:30Environmental Science and Policy – The Road Ahead
Paul Gilman, Covanta
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9:15Monitoring to Mobilize: Radical Transparency in Our Rapidly Changing World
Janet Ranganathan, World Resources Institute
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10:30The Landscape of Science Translation
Beth Karlin, See Change Institute
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11:15Challenges and Opportunities in Disease and Toxicity Screening
Anton Simeonov, National Institutes of Health
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Luncheon Speaker
12:00Towards Safer Water: Advancements in the Analysis of Regulated and Emerging Contaminants in Water
Tarun Anumol, Agilent Technologies, Inc.
12:00Perfluorinated Compound and PPCP Analysis by LC-MS/MS
Christopher Rattray, Restek Corporation
12:00Data (In)Dependent Analysis of Environmental Toxicants by Atmospheric Pressure Gas Chromatography Quadrupole Time-of-Flight Mass Spectrometry
Karl Jobst, Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change

Air Methods & Monitoring Part 1
Session Chair(s): Deb Gaynor, ddms, inc. and Nicola Watson, Markes International
1:30Benzene Fenceline Monitoring; Lessons Learned for Ongoing Compliance
Jason Robles, Camsco
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2:00Methods Development for the Analysis of Volatile Organic Compounds on Carbopack X Sorbent Tubes Using Thermal Desorption and Time-of-Flight Mass Spectroscopy.
Tamira Cousett, Jacobs Technology
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2:30Extending the Analysis of Ozone Precursors – Continuous, Unattended, Cryogen-Free On-Line Monitoring of PAMS Hydrocarbons and Polar VOCs in Ambient Air by TD–GC–MS
Nicola Watson, Markes International
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3:30Source Attribution Using Volatile Organic Compound Measurements to Assess Air Quality Impacts at Five National Parks in the Western US
Barkley Sive, National Park Service
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4:00Using the HAPSITE as a Vapor Intrusion Investigation Tool
Kristoffer Henderson, Geosyntec Consultants
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4:30Hexavalent Chromium in Ambient Air. A Practical Guide to: ASTM D7614-12: Determination of Total Suspended Particulate (TSP) Hexavalent Chromium in Ambient Air Analyzed by Ion Chromatography (IC) and Spectrophotometric Measurements.
Sheri Heldstab, CHESTER LabNet
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Challenges and Opportunities for Solid Phase Extraction
Session Chair(s): Zoe Grosser, Consultant, representing Horizon Technology, Inc. and Polly Newbold, ddms, inc.
1:30SPE Basics: Sorbents, Sorption, and Multiclass Analytes
Martha Wells, EnviroChem Services
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2:30Large Volume Injection Liquid Chromatography Tandem Mass Spectrometry for Organic Contaminants in Aqueous Samples and Organic Extracts
Alix Robel, Oregon State University
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3:30A Review of Solid Phase Extraction Sorbents Over Time As Applied to Environmental Applications
William Jones, Horizon Technology, Inc.
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4:00What Does EPA Method 625.1 SPE Round Robin Data Really Tell Us?
Polly Newbold, ddms, inc.
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Laboratory Informatics
Session Chair(s): Robert Benz, Khemia
1:30Build a Digital Bridge With Your Clients
David Riese, Promium
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2:00ELN vs LIMS?
Eric Dingfelder, ChemWare, LLC
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2:30Informatics Data Processing of Outliers in Environmental Laboratories
Edward Askew, Askew Scientific Consulting
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3:30Integrating Remote Data – The Tools to Streamline Field Information
Bill Pingpank, Ethosoft, Inc.
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4:00Achieving ISO 17025 Compliance Using LIMS
Arun Apte, CloudLIMS.com
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4:30You've Bought a LIMS, Now What?
Charlotte Fort Findley, Autoscribe Informatics
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Keynote Speaker
Ann Marie Carlton
8:15Environmental Monitoring Because We All Live Downwind
Ann Marie Carlton, University of California at Irvine
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Characterization of Polyfluoroalkyl Substances in the Environment
Session Chair(s): Charles Neslund, Eurofi ns Lancaster Laboratories Environmental, LLC and Karla Buechler, TestAmerica Laboratories, Inc.
9:00The Analysis of Per and Polyfluorinated Alkyl Substances (PFAS) - Challenges and Best Practices
Karla Buechler, TestAmerica
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9:30Comparison of ASTM D7979 PFAS Compounds by the ASTM Method Versus Solid Phase Extraction
William Lipps, Eurofins Eaton Analytical, LLC
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10:30Total Oxidizable Precursors Assessments for PFAS Contaminated Soil and Water
Heather Lord, Maxxam Analytics
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11:00A Holding Time Evaluation Study for the Analysis of PFAS in Aqueous Samples
Charles Neslund, Eurofins Lancaster Laboratories Environmental, LLC
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11:30Identification and Determination of New PFASs in Cape Fear River Water
Ali Haghani, Eurofins Eaton Analytical, LLC
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Field Sampling, Measurement & Sensor Technology
Session Chair(s): Kim Watson, Stone Environmental, Inc.
9:00Low-Cost, Rapid, Accurate. On-Line and In-Situ Quantification of Chloramines and Ammonia for Improved Operation and Control of a Water Treatment Process.
Merwan Benhabib, OndaVia, Inc
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9:25Field Analytical Method Development for C6-C9 Ranged Hydrocarbon Measurement
Deyuan Kong, Chevron Engergy Technology Company
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9:50Quality System Standards: The Family Tree
Kirstin Daigle, Stone Environmental, Inc.
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10:30U. S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Environmental Sampling & Analytical Methods (ESAM) Program
Erin Silvestri, U.S. EPA
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11:00The New Remediation Paradigm: Reducing Remediation Costs and Environmental Impact by Addressing Hydrocarbon Contamination In-Situ and in Real-Time
Charles Fator, Hanby Environmental and Hanby PetroAnalysis
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11:30Best Practices for Obtaining Samples of Known Quality
Kim Watson, Stone Environmental, Inc.
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Metals and Metals Speciation Analysis in Environmental Samples
Session Chair(s): Annie Carter, Brooks Applied Labs
9:00Overcoming Challenges in Elemental Speciation Techniques
Mark Kelinske, Agilent Technologies, Inc.
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9:25Advantages of In-line Dilution on LC-ICP-MS Based Applications
C. Derrick Quarles Jr., Elemental Scientific, Inc.
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9:50Method Comparison for Bioaccessible Lead and Arsenic in Soils
Brian Smith, Brooks Applied Labs
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10:30Multi-Laboratory Study of ICP-MS for Analysis of Selenium and Arsenic in Flue Gas Desulfurization Wastewater
Michela Powell-Hernandez, EcoChem, Inc.
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11:00Rapid, Accurate and In-Situ Quantification of Lead for Drinking Water Applications
Merwan Benhabib, OndaVia
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11:30Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy for Rapid Selenium Monitoring and Speciation in Complex Water, the Example of Flue Gas Desulfurization Wastewater
Merwan Benhabib, OndaVia
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Characterization of Polyfluoroalkyl Substances in the Environment
Session Chair(s): Charles Neslund, Eurofi ns Lancaster Laboratories Environmental, LLC and Karla Buechler, TestAmerica Laboratories, Inc.
1:00Quantification of Emerging PFAS in Water, Soil and Biota
Tarun Anumol, Agilent Technologies
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1:30Challenges Seen in the Development and Delivery of EPA 537 R1.1 (and DOD-modification)
William Perry, Gulf Coast Analytical Laboratories, LLC
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2:00Analysis of Perfluorinated Compounds in Wastewater Using Automated Solid Phase Extraction
Ruud Addink, Toxic Report LLC
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2:30Direct Injection Method for LC-MS/MS Detection of Polyfluoroalkyl Substances in Water
Douglas Stevens, Waters Corporation
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3:30Analysis of Perfluorinated Alkyl Acids Specified in EPA M537 and Beyond in Drinking Water Using Triple Quadrupole LC/MS/MS System.
Brahm Prakash, Shimadzu Scientific Instruments, Inc.
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4:00Analysis of Per/Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) in Drinking Water Using the Agilent Ultivo Triple Quadrupole LC/MS
Theresa Sosienski, Agilent Technologies
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4:30Advanced Chromatography and Workflow Options for Perfluoroalkyl (PFAS) Analysis in Drinking Water, Sediments, and Food Samples by QuEChERs, SPE and LC-MS/MS
Scott Krepich, Phenomenex, Inc.
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Collaborative Efforts to Improve Environmental Monitoring
Session Chair(s): Lem Walker, USEPA OW OST and William Lipps, Eurofins Eaton Analytical, LLC
1:00Collaborative Efforts to Improve Environmental Monitoring: Updates and Current Activities, SDWA
Daniel Hautman, U.S.EPA OW OGWDW TSC
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1:30RCRA Methods: Current Activities and Path Forward
Christina Langlois-Miller, USEPA
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2:00EPA Clean Water Act (CWA) Methods Activities
Adrian Hanley, USEPA-OW-OST
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2:30E-Enterprise Advanced Monitoring Strategy and Implementation
Leslie Cronkhite, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
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3:30Collaboration on Calibration
Richard Burrows, TestAmerica
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4:00Update on ASTM and Standard Methods Method Development Activities
William Lipps, Eurofins Eaton Analytical, LLC
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4:30Development of SRM 2706 (New Jersey Soil, Organics and Trace Elements), a New Reference Material for the Monitoring and Assessment of Soils.
Stephen Long, NIST
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Data Quality, Management & Review
Session Chair(s): Christina Hiegel, Trihydro Corporation, Polly Newbold, ddms, inc., and Jennifer Richardson, The Dow Chemical Company
1:00Environmental Testing Is a Risky Business
Carl Kircher, Florida Departement of Health
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1:30Exploring the Need for Development of a Consensus Standards Development Program for the Accreditation of Emerging Environmental Monitoring Technologies
Sharon Mertens, Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District
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2:00Communicating Analytical Outcomes Clearly: Data Uniformity at EPA
Charlie Appleby, U.S. EPA, OLEM/OSRTI/ASB
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2:30Utilizing Data Trend Evaluations in Method Audits and for Regulations Development
Andy Valkenburg, Energy Laboratories, Inc.
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3:30Identifying and Controlling Sources of Ultra-Trace Metals in Control Blanks and Ensuring High-Quality Data for Sensitive Environmental Risk-Based Decisions
Lester Dupes, Environmental Standards, Inc.
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4:00Integrating Data Review with Quality Management System Elements to Lower the Cost of Poor Quality
Scott Siders, PDC Laboratories, Inc.
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4:30The Challenges and Economics of Analytical Testing and Reference Material Production in New Markets and a Sub-PPB World
Patricia Atkins, SPEX CertiPrep
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Government Public Health and Private Environmental Laboratory Partnerships
Session Chair(s): Sarah Wright, Association of Public Health Laboratories; Martina McGarvey, Pennsylvania DEP/APHL; and Henry Leibovitz, Rhode Island State Health Laboratory
1:00Emergency Response in Puerto Rico
Martina McGarvey, APHL
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1:30The Benefits of Accreditation to Recognized Standards
Chris Gunning, A2LA
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2:00Laboratory Improvement through Accreditation
Martina McGarvey, PA DEP
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2:30Meeting Limited Resource Demands through Public and Private Lab Collaboration
David Friedman, David Friedman Consulting LLC
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3:30LRN – EPA Collaboration through Biological Incident Remediation Exercises
Worth Calfee, US EPA - National Homeland Security Research Center
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4:00Environmental Testing, Biomonitoring and Partnerships: A Public Health Intervention Story to Address PFAS Groundwater Contamination in Minnesota
Carin Huset, Minnesota Department of Health, Public Health Laboratory
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Keynote Speaker
Melanie Cooper
8:15Evidence-Based Approaches to Curriculum Reform and Assessment
Melanie Cooper, Michigan State University
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Collaborative Efforts to Improve Environmental Monitoring
Session Chair(s): Lem Walker, USEPA OW OST and William Lipps, Eurofins Eaton Analytical, LLC
9:00Quality Control: Built In, or Added On? A Discussion of the Two Common Approaches in Methods for Environmental Monitoring and the Challenges Involved
Harry McCarty, CSRA
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9:30Collaborative Efforts to Implement On-Line Analyzer Technology for Regulatory Total Residual Chlorine Monitoring
Stacie Crandall, HRSD
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10:30MACHEREY-NAGEL COD Method (Method Defined Parameter) Processed through USEPA CWA Program
Christian Prokisch, Macherey-Nagel
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11:00Developing a Consensus Test Method for Measuring Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) in Water Utilizing Headspace Analysis with Gas Chromatography and Mass Spectrometry (Headspace GC/MS)
Diana Kelley, Covestro
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11:30The Development of NPDES State Specific Analytical Methods Based on State’s Water Quality Standards
Edward Askew, Askew Scientific Consulting
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Overcoming Legacy Obstacles with Innovative Approaches
Session Chair(s): David Thal, Environmental Standards, Inc.
9:00Method Validation and Approval: An Outsider's Perspective
Ellen R Campbell, NECi
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9:25Observations from California's On-Site Assessment Unit
Maria Friedman, State Water Resources Control Board
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9:50Enhanced Target Identity Confirmation In 8270D Using Deconvoluted Spectral Matching
Dale Walker, Agilent Technologies
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10:30Optimized EPA 8270D Calibration on State-of-the-Art Instrumentation Reduces Operating Costs
Dale Walker, Agilent Technologies, Inc.
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11:00PFAS: Is Less More or Less?
Bryan Vining, Enthalpy Analytical
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11:30Environmental Monitoring in the Age of Information Technology: Why Aren't We Doing More?
Ron Coss, Orange County Sanitation District
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Topics in Drinking Water
Session Chair(s): Andy Eaton, Eurofins Eaton Analytical, LLC and Joe Romano, Waters Corporation
9:00TCP - What Happens When You Regulate Something on Short Notice with Short Compliance Deadlines?
Andrew Eaton, Eurofins Eaton Analytical (EEA)
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9:30EPA 557 with Approved Modifications to EPA 557, Analysis of HAA by Ion Chromatography Mass Spectrometry with Faster Run Time for Regulatory Samples.
Ali Haghani, Eurofins Eaton Analytical, LLC
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10:30Pesticides Screening in Drinking Water by 2D LC/QToF
Joe Romano, Waters Corporation
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11:00A Study of Purge Flow Rates and Times and Its Effect on Volatile Organic Compounds
Anne Jurek, EST Analytical
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11:30Improved Analysis of 1, 4-Dioxane in Drinking Water
Zoe Grosser, Horizon Technology, Inc.
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Poster-Academic
Session Chair(s): Anne Jurek, EST Analytical
Development of a Portable, Battery Powered Quadrupole Mass Spectrometer for In-situ Measurements of Greenhouse Gases in Soils and Other Environments. (Poster)
Timothy Porter, University of Nevada Las Vegas
Geospatial Analysis of Land Cover Dynamics: A Case Study of Industrialized West Bank, East London Area, South Africa (Poster)
Ahmed Mukalazi Kalumba, University of Fort Hare
Increasing TKN Sample Determinations Through Automation (Poster)
Benjamin Sanchez, Monterey Bay Analytical Services
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Optimization of Gas Chromatography-Triple Quadrupole Mass Spectrometry for the Determination of Underderivatized Triclosan and Related Compounds (Poster)
Eduardo Mateus, CENSE/FCT-NOVA
Screening for Dioxin-Like Compounds in Sediment and Fish Using a High-Resolution Time-of-Flight Mass Spectrometer (Poster)
Kai Chen, Agilent Technologies, Inc.

Poster-Other
Session Chair(s): Anne Jurek, EST Analytical
Analysis of 1,2,3-Trichloropropane by Purge and Trap Concentration and Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry (Poster)
Jason Mote, OI Analytical
Determination of Hexavalent Chromium in Drinking Water Using Segmented Flow Analysis (Poster)
Hayden Maccagno, Monterey Bay Analytical Services
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Determination of Substituted Diphenylamines in Sediment Samples Using GC-MS/MS (Poster)
Mireille Hugues, Environment and Climate Change Canada
Fast Analysis of EPA Method 8270 Acid Extractable Compounds using Gas Chromatography/Tandem Mass Spectrometry, GC/MS/MS (poster) (Poster)
Meredith Clarage, U.S. EPA Region 6 Laboratory
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Performance of Dual Capillary Columns for the Analysis of Regulated Pesticides (Poster)
Roberto Cabrera, Clinical Laboratory of San Bernardino, inc.
Rapid Sample Preparation Methods for the Determination of Fipronil and its Metabolites in Aqueous and Sediment Matrices (Poster)
Syljohn Estil, Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County
Solar Power - Electric Pump-Out Boat: Shoreline Regional Free Pump-Out Boat Service (Poster)
Michael Pascucilla, East Shore District Health Department
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SRS Automated Stormwater Monitoring Program (Poster)
Teresa Eddy, Savannah River Nuclear Solutions
SW - 846: Update for 2016 - 2017 (Poster)
Christina Langlois-Miller, USEPA
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The Role of Complementary Sampling Approaches, Combined with Thermal Desorption, in Assisting with Environmental Sample Characterization (Poster)
Claire Keller, Markes International
Twelve Years of Strengthening Environmental Laboratories – What is the Impact? (Poster)
Sarah Wright, Association of Public Health Laboratories

Poster-Vendor
Session Chair(s): Anne Jurek, EST Analytical
A Method Optimization for Hair Sample Analysis Using Automated Digestion for Determining Trace Metals by ICP-MS (Poster)
Suhas Narkhede, Questron Technologies Corp.
Advanced Chromatography and Workflow Options for Perfluoroalkyl Substance Analysis (PFAS) in Drinking Water, Sediments and Food Samples by QuEChERS, SPE and LC-MS/MS (Poster)
Scott Krepich, Phenomenex, Inc.
Advances in Use of Multi Cartridge Solid Phase Extraction of Drinking Water and Waste Water Samples to Hyphenate Extraction, Drying and Cleanup (Poster)
Tom Hall, Fluid Management Systems
Analysis of Polar Pesticides in Water Using Triple Quadrupole LC/MS. (Poster)
Theresa Sosienski, Agilent
Development of a New Method to Measure Organochlorine Pesticides, PCBs, and PCB Congeners Using GC-MS/MS (Poster)
Brahm Prakash, Shimadzu Scientific Instruments, Inc.
Elemental Speciation and Total Metals Analysis with a Single Platform (Poster)
C. Derrick Quarles, Jr, Elemental Scientific, Inc.
Faster GC-MS Analysis with Short Narrow Bore Column and Method Translation (Poster)
Christopher Rattray, Restek Corporation
Fractionation and Analysis of Water and Soil Matrices Using Tuned EPH Specific Silica Gel Cartridges (Poster)
Jason Thomas, Restek Corporation
Glyphosate Analysis in Foods (Poster)
Rebecca Smith, Pickering Laboratories
How to Tune Your New GCMS to BFB and Make It Pass; Guaranteed (Poster)
Riki Kitano, Shimadzu Scientific Instruments, Inc.
Implementation of MDL Revision 2 and What a Commercial Environmental Laboratory has Learned from the Process (Poster)
William Perry, Gulf Coast Analytical Laboratories, LLC
In-line Matrix Elimination of Cations for Improved Anion Analysis Using Ion Chromatography (Poster)
Kirk Chassaniol, Thermo Fisher Scientific
Introduction to Hanby Chemical Reaction Spectorphotometry ("CRS") to In-Situ Fingerprint Hydrocarbons (Poster)
Charles Fator, Hanby Environmental and Hanby PetroAnalysis
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Introduction to Hanby TPH Field Test Kits for The Immediate Analysis of Water and Soil Samples (Poster)
Charles Fator, Hanby Environmental and Hanby PetroAnalysis
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Leveraging Configurable Laboratory Information Management System Delivering Improved Quality and Productivity for Environmental Testing Labs (Poster)
Arun Apte, CloudLIMS.com
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Multi-Residue Pesticides Screening and Quantitation in Complex Food Matrices Using Ultivo Triple Quadrupole LC/MS (Poster)
Dan-Hui Dorothy Yang, Agilent Technologies
Nitrosamine Analysis in Drinking Water Using Triple Quadrupole GC/MS (Poster)
Diana Wong, Agilent Technologies
Optimize Sample Throughput Utilizing High Speed Screening of Volatile Organic Compounds in Environmental Samples (Poster)
Anne Jurek, EST Analytical
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Optimizing the Digestion & Extraction Workflow for Environmental Samples Utilizing Novel Microwave Heating Applications (Poster)
Lauren Urban, Anton Paar USA, Inc.
Protect Drinking Water with Continuous, Unattended Monitoring (Poster)
Steve White, Inficon
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Quick Calibration Method for Accurate TPH Analysis in Soil at Remote Sites without the need for Laboratory Analysis (Poster)
Andrew Toop, Ziltek Pty Ltd
Rapid Analysis of Environmental Applications Using Superficially Porous Particle Column Technology (Poster)
Dan Li, Restek Corparation
Rapid Determination of Ethynylestradiol (17?EE2) in Wastewater Using EQuan On-line SPE and Q Exactive Focus Orbitrap LC-MS/MS (Poster)
Richard Jack, Thermo Fisher Scientific
Sensitive Detection of Trace Organic Contaminants in Water by 1290 Infinity II FlexCube Online SPE and Ultivo Triple Quadrupole LC/MS (Poster)
Dan-Hui Dorothy Yang, Agilent Technologies
Study of Analysis Condition for Restoring Wide Boiling Range Compounds in Environmental Samples with TD-GC/MS Restore Function (Poster)
Riki Kitano, Shimadzu Scientific Instruments, Inc.
The Need and Optimized Method for Measuring Volatile and Semi-Volatile Components (VOCs and SVOCs) in Air (Poster)
Lee Marotta, PerkinElmer
The Utilization of the Hanby Environmental Field Test Kit Method to Reduce Hydrocarbon Contamination Clean Up Costs (Poster)
Charles Fator, Hanby Environmental
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Ultra-Sensitive Detection and Quantification of Nitrosamines in Drinking Water Using Triple Quadrupole GC-MS/MS with Advanced Electron Ionization (Poster)
Lori Dolata, Thermo Fisher Scientific