Preliminary Technical Program

The NEMC Technical Program is organized into 28 breakout sessions in four separate tracks, a plenary session, and 4 luncheon presentations. Each NEMC technical session consists of 4 – 8 oral presentations. The TNI sessions are primarily meetings of TNI committees and special sessions on laboratory quality, assessor issues, and updates on TNI activities. 

All NEMC sessions and TNI meetings are open to all attendees according to your registration. Attendees have the ability to view each presentation live or view a recorded version that will be made available shortly after the presentation. Registration is by full conference, which includes all In-Person and virtual events, or daily for the In-Person portion of the conference. For virtual-only registration, you may choose specific tracks or full virtual conference.

Below you will find the Program for both weeks of the conference. Tracks are color-coded for your convenience: note the key at the top of the program. The EPA program presentations, plenary session, lunch speakers, and poster session are included with any virtual registration and with full conference in-person registrations.

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.


Track Color Key

Track 1
Analytical Chemistry

Track 2
Environmental Monitoring

Track 3
Emerging Contaminants

Track 4
Lab Operations/Mgt.

Track 5
TNI Sessions

Everyone !!!

 

Monday, August 2 –  Pacific Daylight Time

Welcome and Introductions
8:00 – 8:30

EPA Program Presentations
Updates from the Safe Drinking Water Program, Solid Waste Program and Clean Water Program
8:30 – 10:00

NEMC: Best Management Practices for Environmental Laboratories
10:30 – 12:00

NEMC: Shale Oil and Gas

10:30 – 12:00

TNI: Laboratory Accreditation
Body Committee

10:30 – 12:00

Lunch on Your Own
12:00 – 1:30

Poster Sessions
12:00 – 5:00

NEMC: Crafting Consensus Methods for
Environmental Sampling and Measurement

1:30 – 5:00

NEMC: Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) in the Environment (Session 1)
1:30 – 5:00

TNI: Chemistry Expert Committee

1:30 – 5:00

Opening Reception and Exposition
5:30 – 7:00

 

Tuesday, August 3 – Pacific Daylight Time

Poster Sessions and Exposition
7:30 – 5:00

Welcome
8:00 – 8:15

Keynote Address
Leading Through Effective Communication
Rick Parmely, Polished and Professional, LLC
8:15 – 8:45

NEMC: Air Monitoring Methods and Technology (Session 1)
9:00 – 12:00

NEMC: Laboratory Informatics

9:00 – 12:00

TNI: Mentor Session
Laboratory Quality: Are You in Jeopardy?

9:00 – 12:00

Lunch Provided
(In-Person Attendees)
12:00 – 1:00

NEMC: Environmental Sensors and Instrumentation
1:00 – 3:00

NEMC: Identifying and Combatting Inap- propriate Laboratory Practices
1:00 – 3:00

TNI: Mentor Session (Cont.) Laboratory Quality: Are You in Jeopardy?
1:00 – 3:00

Innovative New Technology Showcase and Reception
(In-Person Attendees)
3:30 – 5:30

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 table set-up in an interactive setting;
  • A 5-minute platform speaking opportunity to present each technology; and
  • A networking reception with attendees following the presentations

 

 

Wednesday, August 4 – Pacific Daylight Time

Poster Session and Exposition
7:30 – 3:30

Welcome
8:15 – 8:30

Plenary Session: “Hitting Reset”
8:30 – 12:00

Christopher Frey, US EPA, Office of Research and Development
Needs and Opportunities for High Spatial-Resolution Measurement to Support Community-Focused Research

Bob Persciasepe, Environmental Protection Network
Emerging Policy and Measurement Connections

Interview with Paul Anastas, Yale school of Public Health
Moving from Protection to Prosperity: Evolving the US EPA for the Next 50 Years

Lara Phelps, US EPA CEMM
Air Measurement Methods and Technologies – Keeping Up with Environmental Priorities

Lunch on your own
12:00 – 1:30

NEMC:  Collaborative Efforts to Improve
Environmental Monitoring (Session 1)

 

1:30 – 5:00

NEMC:  SARS CoV-2/Wastewater
Testing - State of the Science (Session 1)

 

1:30 – 5:00

TNI: Update of
TNI Activities

- Reinventing the Technical Manager, Aaren Alger
- Applying Management System Concepts to
Environmental Activities, Marlene Moore
- Benefits of Accreditation for Field Sampling and
Measurement Organizations, Justin Brown
- TNI’s Training Efforts, Calista Daigle
- State of National Accreditation, Jerry Par
- TNI’s Mentor Initiative, that Susie Arrendo
1:30 – 5:00

 

Thursday, August 5 – Pacific Daylight Time

Welcome
8:00 – 8:15

Keynote Address
Environmental Testing Laboratories and COVID 19: Not Such Strange Bedfellows
Dr. Eric Blank, Association of Public Health Laboratories
8:15 – 8:45

NEMC: Data Quality, Management, and Review
9:00 – 12:00

NEMC: New Organic Monitoring
Techniques (Session 1)
9:00 – 12:00

TNI: Assessment Forum
Unmasking the 2016 TNI Standard
9:00 – 12:00

Lunch Provided
12:00 – 1:00

NEMC: Analyzing Microplastics in the Environment:
Striving to Better Assess Occurrence, Fate and Effects (Session 1)
1:00 – 5:00

NEMC: Polyfluoroalkyl Substances
(PFAS) in the Environment (Session 2)

1:00 – 5:00

TNI: Assessment Forum Unmasking the 2016 TNI Standard (Cont.)

1:00 – 5:00

 

 

Monday, August 9 – Eastern Daylight Time

NEMC: Air Monitoring Methods & Technology (Session 2)

9:00 – 12:00

NEMC: Analyzing Microplastics in the Environment: Striving to Better Assess Occurrence, Fate and Effects (Session 2)
9:00 – 12:00

TNI: Laboratory Quality Systems
Committee

9:00 – 12:00

Lunch Presentation by Shimadzu Scientific Instruments
Environmental LCMS based applications – What is allowed vs What is possible
12:15 – 12:45

Shimadzu

NEMC: California Efforts to Regulate
Microplastics
1:00 – 5:00

NEMC: Instrumentation Focus: LCMS
1:00 – 5:00

TNI: NELAP Accreditation Council
1:00 – 3:00

TNI: Laboratory Accreditation System
Executive Committee (LASEC)
3:15 – 5:00

Tuesday, August 10 – Eastern Daylight Time

NEMC: Citizen Science in
Environmental Monitoring
9:00 – 12:00

NEMC: Polyfluoroalkyl Substances
(PFAS) in the Environment (Session 3)
9:00 – 12:00

TNI: Microbiology Expert Committee
9:00 – 12:00

Lunch Presentation by Waters Corporation
Analytical Concerns Associated with Emerging Polyfluoroalkyl Substances, Jordan Stubleski, Wellington Laboratories
12:15 – 12:45

Waters

NEMC: Drinking Water
1:00 – 5:00

NEMC: Metals Analysis and
Remediation
1:00 – 5:00

TNI: Whole Effluent Toxicity Testing
Expert Committee
1:00 – 5:00

Wednesday, August 11 – Eastern Daylight Time

NEMC: Polyfluoroalkyl Substances
(PFAS) in the Environment (Session 4)
9:00 – 12:00

NEMC: SARS CoV-2/Wastewater
Testing: State of the Science (Session 2)
9:00 – 12:00

TNI: Proficiency Testing Program
Executive Committee
9:00 – 12:00

Lunch Presentation by Thermo Fisher Scientific
Targeted Quantitation Workflow with Orbitrap GC-MS and CDS: PAHs and PCBs in Soil Extracts
12:15 – 12:45

Thermo Fisher Scientific

NEMC: New Organic Monitoring
Techniques (Session 2)
1:00 – 5:00

NEMC: Operational Issues Impacting the Environmental Laboratory Industry
1:00 – 5:00

TNI: Field Activities Committee

1:00 – 5:00

Thursday, August 12 – Eastern Daylight Time

NEMC: Advances in High Resolution Mass Spectrometry and Its Emerging Environmental Applications
9:00 – 12:00

NEMC: Collaborative Efforts to Improve
Environmental Monitoring (Session 2)

9:00 – 12:00

TNI: Advocacy Committee

 

9:00 – 12:00

Lunch Presentation by Agilent Technologies

12:15 – 12:45

Agilent Technologies

Tuesday, August 3 - IN-PERSON AND VIRTUAL

Environmental Sensors and Instrumentation
Session Chair(s): Peter Marchetto (Sensing LLC)
All Times Pacific
1:00Are We Ready for On-line Sensor and Analyzer Methods for Environmental Compliance Monitoring?
William Lipps, Shimadzu
1:30Streamlining the Sample Preparation Workflow for Persistent Organic Pollutants (POP) in Environmental Samples
Angelika Koepf, LCTech GmbH
2:00Green Chemistry for Total Phosphorus: Lab and Test Kit Methods
Ellen R Campbell, NECi Superior Enzymes

Wednesday, August 4 - IN-PERSON AND VIRTUAL

Collaborative Efforts to Improve Environmental Monitoring
Session Chair(s): Lem Walker (USEPA OW, OST) and William Lipps (Shimadzu Scientific Instruments)
All Times Pacific
1:30Positively Changing the World with New Techniques and Improved Laboratory Methods
William Lipps, Shimadzu
2:00EPA Colorimetric Testing for Nitrate + Nitrite
Sarah McFaul, SEAL Analytical
2:30Modern Mass Spectrometers and the Correlation Coefficient – Are They Compatible?
Richard Burrows, Eurofins Environment Testing America
3:30EPA's Alternative Test Method Approval Procedures
Ned Shappley, Environmental Protection Agency
4:00Roadmap to Broadly Applicable Approved Alternative EPA Test Methods
Bryan Tyler, Enthalpy Analytical
4:30A New Alternative Test Procedure for the Determination of Dioxins & Furans by Method 1613b Replacing GC-HRMS with GC-MS/MS
Judy Morgan, Pace Analytical Services

Thursday, August 5 - IN-PERSON AND VIRTUAL

New Organic Monitoring Techniques
Session Chair(s): Richard Jack and Sam Lodge (Phenomenex, Inc.)
All Times Pacific
9:00Dual-Channel GC×GC-FID for Routine Analysis of Total Petroleum Hydrocarbons (TPH-CWG)
Laura McGregor, SepSolve Analytical
9:30A New EPA 1600-Series Method for PCB Congeners by Low-Resolution GC-MS
Adrian Hanley, USEPA Office of Water
10:30High Throughput Solid Phase Extraction, Cleanup and Concentration of Organochlorine Pesticides in Waste Water Using EPA Method 608.3
Ruud Addink, Fluid Management Systems
11:00Quick and Reliable Method for Cleanup of All 209 PCBs in One Fraction in Environmental Samples
Ruud Addink, Fluid Management Systems
11:30Automated Sample Processing of POPs with No Dichloromethane and Low Volume Solvent Use
Ruud Addink, Fluid Management Systems

Monday, August 9 - VIRTUAL ONLY

Instrumentation Focus: LCMS
Session Chair(s): Mark Bruce (Eurofins Environment Testing America)
All Times Eastern
1:00Direct Aqueous Analysis of Pesticides and PPCPs in Drinking and Bottled Water at Parts Per Ttrillion Levels
Karl Oetjen, SCIEX
1:30Will LC-MS/MS Become the Workhorse in Environmental Laboratories? Examples of its Application for Protecting Public Health.
Ruth Marfil-Vega, Shimadzu Scientific Instruments
2:00Evolution of Glyphosate and Polar Pesticides Analysis in Environmental Matrices Using LC/MS/MS
Tarun Anumol, Agilent
2:30Analysis of Cationic Quaternary Polar Pesticides in Food Matrices Using Ion Chromatography Coupled with Triple Quad Mass Spectrometry
John Madden, Thermo Fisher Scientific
3:15High Resolution Mass Spectrometry (HRMS) Techniques for Screening of PFAS in Environmental Samples
Kari Organtini, Waters Corporation
3:45Targeted Quantitation of Legacy and Emerging Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) in Water Matrices
Tarun Anumol, Agilent

Tuesday, August 10 - VIRTUAL ONLY

Drinking Water
Session Chair(s): Andy Eaton (Eaton Environmental Water Quality Consulting) and Ken Rosnack (Waters Corporation)
All Times Eastern
1:00Increasing the Sensitivity for 1,4-Dioxane Analysis in Drinking Water
Jan Peter Mayser, Markes International Ltd
1:30An Inter-Laboratory Study on EPA Methods 537.1 and 533 for Potable and Non-Potable Water PFAS Analyses
Yongtao Li, Eurofins Eaton Analytical, LLC
2:00Analysis of Volatile Organic Compounds in Drinking Water Using Purge & Trap Sampling Coupled to GCMS Following EPA 524.2 and EPA 524.4
Terry Jeffers, Thermo Fisher Scientific
2:30Cyanotoxin Analysis: Round Robin Testing and Comparison of Commercially Available Standards
Y. Carrie Guo, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California
3:15US EPA Method 524.2: Software Tools for Successful Method Development and Analysis of Purgeable Organic Compounds in Drinking Water
Anastasia Andrianova, Agilent Technologies
3:45A Deep Dive into Manganese Data from UCMR4
Andrew Eaton, Eaton Environmental Water Quality Consulting, LLC
4:15Validated Direct Injection Analysis of HAAs in Drinking Water with IC-MS/MS by EPA 557
Paul Voelker, Thermo Scientific

Wednesday, August 11 - VIRTUAL ONLY

New Organic Monitoring Techniques (Session 2)
Session Chair(s): Charlie Appleby (Retired) and David Kennedy (Phenomenex, Inc.)
All Times Eastern
1:00On-Line Sample Concentration Coupled with LC-MS/MS Orbitrap HRMS for the EU Water Framework Directive: Target Quantitation and Non-Targeted Screening of PFAS and Other Priority Environmental Contaminants in Water
Ed George, Thermo Fisher Scientific
1:30Fast and Efficient Dioxins Analysis With Optimal GC Column Selectivity
Ramkumar Dhandapani, Phenomenex
2:00Exploring GC Column Selectivity for Analysis of Aromatic Compounds
Ramkumar Dhandapani, Phenomenex
2:30A Fast Method for US EPA 8270 Using Direct Heating Technology
Anastasia Andrianova, Agilent Technologies
3:15Ultra-fast Gas Chromatography Analysis of Total Petroleum Hydrocarbon Contamination in Soil and Sediment Using Unique Direct Column Heating
James McCurry, Agilent Technologies
3:45Evaluating the Robustness of the Zebron™ ZB-Dioxin GC Column for Dioxin Analysis in Challenging Matrices: Fish Oil and Fly Ash
Kjell Hope, Pacific Rim Laboratories, Inc.
4:15Developing A Better Method for Anaerobic Digestion Process Monitoring at a Large Wastewater Treatment Plant - Volatile Fatty Acids by Ion Chromatography with Inline Ultrafiltration
Xin Xu, East Bay Municipal Utility District

Thursday, August 12 - VIRTUAL ONLY

Collaborative Efforts to Improve Environmental Monitoring (Session 2)
Session Chair(s): Lem Walker (USEPA OW, OST) and William Lipps (Shimadzu Scientific Instruments)
All Times Eastern
9:00An Evaluation of Rare Earth M2+ Interference Correction Approaches for Inclusion in the Update of EPA Method 200.8
John Creed, USEPA
9:25P/N-Monitoring Using Smartphone, Test Strips and the Turimbi Strip Reader WebApp
Christian Prokisch, Turimbi UG
9:50Apply US-EPA Wastewater and Ambient Water ATP Guideline to Validate Modified Colitag for Enumeration of E. Coli and Fecal Coliform Bacteria
Preetha Biswas, Neogen Corporation
10:30Development of an Alternate Test Procedure (ATP) for Analysis of Chlorinated Dibenzo-p-dioxins and Dibenzofurans by GC-MS/MS. SGS AXYS Method 16130
Coreen Hamilton, SGS AXYS Analytical Services Ltd.
11:00USEPA's Environmental Response Laboratory Network (ERLN)
Christina Langlois-Miller, USEPA Office of Emergency Management
11:30Assessing a New Bacteria Monitoring Technology by Using the US-EPA ATP Protocol to Compare with Reference Methods
R. Stephen Brown, Queen's University

Monday, August 2 - IN-PERSON AND VIRTUAL

Shale Oil and Gas
Session Chair(s): Kesavalu Bagawandoss (SGS North America, Inc.) and Dave Gratson (Environmental Standards, Inc.)
All Times Pacific
10:30Assessing Analytical Issues and Improving/Remediating those Issues for the Analysis for Dissolved Gases in Potable Water Supplies – An Overview of Collaborative Studies by Producers, Laboratories and Regulatory Stakeholders
David Gratson, Environmental Standards
11:00Evaluating the Toxicity of Produced Water for Beneficial Reuse
Yanyan Zhang, New Mexico State University
11:30Shale Oil and Gas Industry – Pandemic Effects
Kesavalu Bagawandoss, SGS North America, Inc.

Tuesday, August 3 - IN-PERSON AND VIRTUAL

Air Monitoring, Methods, and Technology
Session Chair(s): Jason Herrington (Restek Corporation), Deborah Gaynor (Independent Consultant), and Nicola Watson (Markes)
All Times Pacific
9:00Accelerated Solvent Extraction of Airborne Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances from Styrene-Divinylbenzene Resin
Jason Hoisington, Restek Corporation
9:30Innovative Open-path Tunable Diode Laser for Monitoring Hydrogen Sulfide Gas at the Fence Line
Tim Kuiken, M&C TechGroup North America
10:30Automated Open-path Fence-line Air Monitoring Systems
Don Gamiles, Argos Scientific, Inc.
11:30Open-Path UV Air Monitoring Systems to Replace Passive Diffusive Tubes Using EPA Method 301
Eric Stevenson, Argos Scientific, Inc.

Wednesday, August 4 - IN-PERSON AND VIRTUAL

SARS CoV-2 Wastewater Testing - State of the Science
Session Chair(s): Patsy Root (IDEXX), Stacie Crandall (Hampton Roads Sanitation District), and Sharon Mertens (Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District)
All Times Pacific
1:30The Value of Wastewater Surveillance to Support COVID-19 Response in a Community with Large-scale Asymptomatic Testing
Hannah Safford, UC Davis
2:00Coordination and Collaboration the Fastest Path to Success
Christobel Ferguson, The Water Research Foundation
2:30Considerations Regarding the Establishment of Accreditation Systems for Laboratories Testing for SARS-CoV-2 in Wastewater
Jerry Parr, The NELAC Institute
3:30Validation of Controls for Wastewater Surveillance for SARS CoV-2
Brian Swalla, IDEXX Water R&D
4:00SARS-CoV-2 Quantification and Variants Detection in Wastewater Samples: Lessons Learned from Analyzing Geographically Diverse Samples
Anda Quintero, Source Molecular/ LuminUltra Technologies
4:30Pandemic Accreditation: How Accreditation Can Help in the Fight Against SARS CoV-2
Nick Slawson, A2LA

Monday, August 9 - VIRTUAL ONLY

Air Monitoring, Methods, and Technology (Session 2)
Session Chair(s): Jason Herrington (Restek Corporation), Deborah Gaynor (Independent Consultant), and Nicola Watson (Markes)
All Times Eastern
9:00Moving Beyond TO-15: What’s New in Air Toxics Analysis?
Caroline Widdowson, Markes International, Inc.
9:30A Rapid Method for the Analysis of Air Toxics Based on US EPA TO-15
Terry Jeffers, Thermo Fisher Scientific
10:15ISO 17025 Accreditation of Open-path Systems as a Method for Standardization of QA/QC Protocols for Open-path Air Monitoring Systems
Mark Baird, Argos Scientific Africa (Pty) Ltd
10:45Thermal Desorption Tube Analytical Method Development for Alpha-Diketones and Benzene
Dru Burns, CDC/NIOSH

Tuesday, August 10 - VIRTUAL ONLY

Citizen Science in Environmental Monitoring
Session Chair(s): Leon Vinci (Health Promotion Consultants) and Michael Pascucilla (East Shore District Health Department)
All Times Eastern
9:00Citizen Science in the 'Time of COVID-19'
Leon Vinci, Drexel University
9:30Citizen Science & Climate Change
Michael Pascucilla, East Shore District Health Department
10:15Preliminary South Portland Fence Line Study: EPA Method 325
Tom Mikulka, Retired
10:45Citizen Monitoring for Microplastics on Texas Gulf Coast
Diane Wilson, San Antonio Bay Estuarine Waterkeeper
11:15Community Science at Billion Oyster Project
Kristin Schreiber, Billion Oyster project
11:30Q&A Forum

Metals Analysis and Remediation
Session Chair(s): Zikri Arslan (US Geological Survey)
1:00Streamlining Method Development for Metals Analysis Using Agilent 5900 ICPOES and IntelliQuant 2.0
Greg Gilleland, Agilent
1:30Chromium Speciation of Drinking Waters by IC-ICP-MS
Haihan Chen, Shimadzu Scientific Instruments
2:00Accelerating ICP Analysis with the ASXpress Plus
Jacob Herrington, Teledyne Cetac Technologies
2:30Automated Analysis of Environmental and Water Samples for Total Metals and Elemental Species
C Derrick Quarles Jr, Elemental Scientific, Inc.
3:15High-Throughput Automation for EPA Method 200.7 & 200.8
Steve Mangum, Elemental Scientific, Inc
3:40Method Optimization for the ICP-OES Analysis of Challenging Environmental Samples from Wastewater to Electronic Waste
Jeff Gross, Thermo Fisher Scientific
4:05High Throughput Analysis of Drinking Water by ICP-MS According to EPA Method 200.8
Siqi Sun, Analytik Jena US LLC
4:30Search for New Metal Ion Additives for Improved Cadmium Vapor Generation
Zikri Arslan, US Geological Survey

Wednesday, August 11 - VIRTUAL ONLY

SARS CoV-2 Wastewater Testing - State of the Science (Session 2)
Session Chair(s): Patsy Root (IDEXX), Stacie Crandall (Hampton Roads Sanitation District), and Sharon Mertens (Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District)
All Times Eastern
9:00COVID-19 Wastewater Surveillance: Solutions for Successful SARS-CoV-2 Viral RNA Extraction
Cynthia Ripoll, MACHEREY-NAGEL
9:30Qualitative and Quantitative Environmental Surveillance of SARS-CoV-2 in Ohio
Nichole Brinkman, US Environmental Protection Agency
10:30Wastewater Surveillance for SARS-CoV-2 to Assess Citywide Trends:Variability, Sensitivity, and Correlation to Case Data
Sandra McLellan, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
11:00Development of NYC DEP’s SARS-CoV2 RNA Environmental Monitoring Program
Francoise Chauvin, NYC Environmental Protection - Bureau of Wastewater Treatment
11:30Applicable Quality Control Components for Molecular Analysis
Dongmei Alvi, Occoquan Lab/Virginia Tech

Monday, August 2 - IN-PERSON AND VIRTUAL

Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) in the Environment
Session Chair(s): Charles Neslund (Eurofins Lancaster Laboratories Environmental) and Mike Chang (Restek Corp.)
All Times Pacific
1:30Determining Total Organic Fluorine in Wastewater and Process Water Samples
Jay Gandhi, Metrohm USA
2:00A New Method for the Analysis of PFAS in Non-Potable Water
Lawrence Zintek, US EPA Region 5
2:30Concentrating EPA 537.1 Extracts: Fast, Reliable, Low Background
Michael Ebitson, Biotage LLC
3:15Where are My PFAS Coming From? A Systematic Evaluation of PFAS Sources in the Laboratory.
Ruth Marfil-Vega, Shimadzu Scientific Instruments
3:45High Throughput Solid Phase Extraction and Concentration of PFAS/PFOS in Ground and Waste Water Using EPA Method 533 and 537.1
Tom Hall, Fluid Management Systems
4:15Total Organofluorine (TOF) Analysis by Combustion Ion Chromatography – A New Tool for Monitoring PFAS Impacts
Heather Lord, Bureau Veritas

Thursday, August 5 - IN-PERSON AND VIRTUAL

Analyzing Microplastics in the Environment: Striving to Better Assess Occurrence, Fate and Effects
Session Chair(s): Tarun Anumol (Agilent Technologies), Dr. James Cizdziel (University of Mississippi), and Shelly M. Walther (Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts)
All Times Pacific
1:00Risk Assessment vs Risk Management for Microplastics
Anna-Marie Cook, Ocean P3 Systems
1:30Sample Collection, Preparation and Analytical Considerations for Environmental Microplastics Studies: The Path Forward Using New ASTM Standards for Microplastics
Harry L Allen, USEPA Region 9
2:00Microplastics Analysis: A Simplified Workflow for Comprehensive Characterization in the Environment
William Robberson, Ocean P3 Systems
2:30Back to the Future: Lessons Learned and the Fundamentals of Pyrolysis - Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry (PY-GC/MS) for the Analysis of Microplastics in Water Media
William Robberson, Ocean P3 Systems
3:15Automated Workflow for the Analysis of Microplastics
Louis Tisinger, Agilent
3:45Understanding the Need for Mass Balance Measurements in Microplastics and the Three GC/MS Techniques Used to Get Them
Kurt Thaxton, GERSTEL Inc.
4:15Microplastics: Rethinking Their Occurrence and Mitigation to Minimize Environmental Effects.
Ruth Marfil-Vega, Shimadzu Scientific Instruments

Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) in the Environment (Session 2)
Session Chair(s): Charles Neslund (Eurofins Lancaster Laboratories Environmental) and Mike Chang (Restek Corp.)
1:00Extraction and Analysis of Poly- and Perfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) from Soil
Chris Shevlin, Thermo Fisher Scientific
1:30Determination of Per- and Polyfluorinated Alkyl Substances (PFAS) in Drinking Water Using Automated Solid Phase Extraction and LC-MS/MS for U.S. EPA Method 533
Chris Shevlin, Thermo Fisher Scientific
2:00A New Rapid, Simple, and Efficient Extraction Method of PFAS from Soil
Alicia Stell, CEM Corporation
2:30Improved Accuracy, Precision and Laboratory Productivity from Employing a Single Tube SPE-GCB Sample Preparation Configuration for the Analysis of PFAS under DOD QSM 5.3
Sam Lodge, Phenomenex, Inc.
3:15Progress On the Use of Accurate Mass qTOF for PFAS Investigations
Charles Neslund, Eurofins Lancaster Laboratories Environmental
3:45Updates on the Use of TOF for PFAS Investigations - Where Does It Fit In?
Charles Neslund, Eurofins Lancaster Laboratories Environmental

Monday, August 9 - VIRTUAL ONLY

Analyzing Microplastics in the Environment: Striving to Better Assess Occurrence, Fate and Effects (Session 2)
Session Chair(s): Tarun Anumol (Agilent Technologies), Dr. James Cizdziel (University of Mississippi), and Shelly M. Walther (Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts)
All Times Eastern
9:00Fast Quantitative Detection of Microplastics Using TED-GC/MS, an Innovative Thermoanalytical Method
Paul Eisentraut, Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung (BAM)
9:30Looking Beyond the Polymer: Characterization of Microplastics by Thermal Desorption GC-MS
Jan Peter Mayser, Markes International Ltd
10:15Towards a Holistic Understanding of the Microplastic Menace - the NOAA NCEI Global Marine Microplastic Database Initiative
Ebenezer Nyadjro, Mississippi State University
10:45Microplastics in a University Wastewater Treatment Plant and a Small Community Aerated Wastewater Stabilization Pond
Zhiqiang Gao, University of Mississippi
11:15Microplastics in Oysters from the Mississippi Sound
Kendall Wontor, University of Mississippi

California Efforts to Regulate Microplastics
Session Chair(s): Kitty Kong, Chevron & Shelly Walther, Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts
1:00California’s Research and Regulations on Microplastics in Drinking Water
Scott Coffin, State Water Resources Control Board
1:30Microplastics Measurement Intercalibration Study
Charles Wong, Southern California Coastal Water Research Project Authority
2:00Where No Accreditation Program has Gone Before
Christine Sotelo, State Water Resources Control Board, California ELAP
2:30Accreditation Program for Microplastics Monitoring in Drinking Water
Charles Wong, Southern California Coastal Water Research Project Authority
3:00Q&A Forum

Tuesday, August 10 - VIRTUAL ONLY

Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) in the Environment (Session 3)
Session Chair(s): Charles Neslund (Eurofins Lancaster Laboratories Environmental) and Mike Chang (Restek Corp.)
All Times Eastern
9:00PFAS Analysis Based Upon a pH-Variable LC Mobile Phase Gradient
David Schiessel, Babcock Laboratories, Inc.
9:30Determination of Total Organic Fluorine (TOF) in Wastewater with High-Resolution Continuum Source Atomic Absorption Spectrometer (HR-CS MAS)
Siqi Sun, Analytik Jena US LLC
10:15Finding PFAS in a Haystack: Analytical Tools to Identify Trace PFAS in Complex Matrices
Matt Edwards, SepSolve Analytical
10:45The Importance of Sorbent Mass to Sample Volume for the Extraction of PFAS from Drinking Water Using Weak Anion Exchange SPE
Matthew Giardina, Agilent Technologies

Wednesday, August 11 - VIRTUAL ONLY

Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) in the Environment (Session 4)
Session Chair(s): Charles Neslund (Eurofins Lancaster Laboratories Environmental) and Mike Chang (Restek Corp.)
All Times Eastern
9:00PFAS Analysis Using High Resolution Accurate Mass Spectrometry
Craig Butt, SCIEX
9:30Automation of Solid Phase Extraction Following EPA Method 533
Ian Wan, PromoChrom Technologies Ltd
10:30Analysis of PFAS Compounds in Indoor Air Using Thermal Desorption GC-MS Part 2: Using Tandem Mass Spectrometry to Improve Detectability and Improve Reliability
Kurt Thaxton, GERSTEL
11:00Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) Contamination in Materials Used to Collect, Prepare, and Analyze for PFAS in the Environment
Danielle Kleinmaier, USEPA - Region 5 laboratory
11:30Accurate Mass QToF - A New Direction in Quantitative PFAS Analysis
Kathy Hunt, Vogon Labs

Monday, August 2 - IN-PERSON AND VIRTUAL

Best Management Practices for Environmental Laboratories
Session Chair(s): Scott Siders (Retired) and Andrea Teal (Eurofins Environment Testing America)
All Times Pacific
10:30Use of Performance Metrics in an Environmental Testing Laboratory
Scott Siders, TNI Board of Directors
11:00Party Balloons vs GC/MS- Managing the Helium Supply Shortage
Eric Redman, Eurofins Environment Testing America
11:30Reducing the Cost of Poor Quality with an Effective CAPA Program
Elizabeth Turner, Pace Analytical Services

Crafting Consensus Methods for Environmental Sampling and Measurement
Session Chair(s): William Lipps (Shimadzu Scientific Instruments), Raul Dominguez (AQMD), and Tarun Anumol (Agilent Technologies)
1:30ASTM International and the Building of Consensus Standards in Support of Environmental Laboratories
Raul Dominguez, South Coast AQMD
2:00Why Join the American Society for Testing and Materials, a Brief Introduction to D19 Committee on Water
Richard Jack, Phenomenex
2:30Hitting Reset on Method Development, Validation and Use for EPA Programs
Jerry Parr, The NELAC Institute
3:15Three New Cyanide Methods at Standard Methods Part 4000
William Lipps, Shimadzu
3:40Quality Control Specifications for Standard Test Methods for Water Analysis
Lisa Houston, PAC, LP
4:05A Consolidated Method for the Analysis of Organochlorine Pesticides and Polychlorinated Biphenyls in Environmental Samples using Automated SPE and GC-MS/MS
Matthew MacLennan, Pacific Rim Laboratories, Inc.
4:30Determination of Bioavailable Aluminum in Natural Waters in the Presence of Suspended Solids
William Adams, Red Cap Consulting

Tuesday, August 3 - IN-PERSON AND VIRTUAL

Identifying and Combatting Inappropriate Laboratory Practices
Session Chair(s): Kyle Power (Trihydro Corporation), Polly Newbold (ddms, Inc.), and Jennifer Richardson (The Dow Chemical Company)
All Times Pacific
1:00The Importance of Traceability in the Analytical Process
Charles Appleby, Retired
1:30Cleaning up California: A Case Study about Dry Labbing
Naeem Ahmad, California Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program
2:00The Power of Process Automation for Environmental Labs
Tim Akin, Qualtrax

Laboratory Informatics
Session Chair(s): Robert Benz (HORIZON Lab Systems, Inc.)
9:00Unraveling the Mystery of SaaS, PaaS or On-Premise LIMS Selections
Chris Couch, HORIZON Lab Systems
9:30Using a LIMS to Solve Today’s Most Common Laboratory Challenges
Kenneth Ochi, Accelerated Technology Laboratories
10:30SDMS (Sample Data Management System) A General Solution for LIMS Raw Data Entry
Bin Yu, AIS International Ltd.
11:00More Uses for LIMS than Reporting
Michelle Carpenter, SRN Testing Services

Thursday, August 5 - IN-PERSON AND VIRTUAL

Data Quality, Management, and Review
Session Chair(s): Kyle Power (Trihydro Corporation), Polly Newbold (ddms, Inc.), and Jennifer Richardson (The Dow Chemical Company)
All Times Pacific
9:00Enhanced Software for Streamlined QC and Reporting of ICP-MS Regulatory Data
Craig Jones, Agilent Technologies, Inc
9:30Radioanalytical Detection Status in Environmental Samples
Corey White, N3B-Los Alamos
10:30The Pillars of Data Integrity in Laboratory Data Automation (LCMS PFAS Analysis to UCMR Example)
Paul Banfer, EISC Lab Data Automation
11:00Automation for Proactive Risk Management in Facilities with Waste Streams, Water Treatment, and Analytical Laboratories
Paul Banfer, EISC Lab Data Automation

Wednesday, August 11 - VIRTUAL ONLY

Operational Issues Impacting the Environmental Laboratory Industry
Session Chair(s): Judy Morgan (Pace Analytical Services)
All Times Eastern
1:00Improve Efficiency and Minimize Downtime of Your GCMS System
Angela Smith Henry, Agilent Technologies Inc.
1:30UT Knoxville’s Water Quality Laboratory Accreditation: Episode III – Lab Solo
Adrian Gonzalez, University of Tennessee
2:00Assessing New Emerging Contaminants & Methods for Accreditation
Mitzi Miller, Dade Moeller/Miller Quality Consulting
2:30Elevating California's Environmental Laboratories as Essential Workforce
Christine Sotelo, State Water Resources Control Board, California Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program
3:15Reevaluating the Holding Time & Preservation Requirements for Acrolein & Acrylonitrile in Water
David Friedman, American Council for Independent Laboratories (ACIL)
3:45When Are New or Novel Analytical Methods Ready for Regulatory Use?
Christopher Hand, California ELAP
4:15Bubble Trouble Solution
Mark Bruce, Eurofins Environment Testing America

All times from August 2-5 are Pacific Daylight Time
All times from August 9-12 are Eastern Daylight Time


Monday, AUGUST 2: In-Person and Virtual

8:00 – 8:30            Welcome and Introductions: Lara Phelps, USEPA CEMM

8:30 – 10:00          USEPA Program Presentations
Session Moderator: Lara Phelps, USEPA CEMM

8:30 USEPA Clean Water Act (CWA) Methods Activities
Adrian Hanley, USEPA Office of Water
9:00 SW-846 Methods Program 2021 Update
Troy Strock, USEPA Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery
9:30 Overview and Updates of the Federal Drinking Water Program
Jennifer Best, USEPA Office of Groundwater and Drinking Water

10:30 – 12:00          Laboratory Accreditation Body Committee
Committee Chair:  Carl Kircher, Florida DOH

The Laboratory Accreditation Body Committee develops the standard for operation of laboratory accreditation bodies.

Welcome and Roll Call
Approval of Agenda
Approval of July minutes
Discussion of Select Comments on V2M1 Draft Standard
New Business
Adjourn

12:00 – 1:30          Lunch on your own

1:30 – 5:00            Chemistry Expert Committee
Committee Chair:  Michelle Wade, A2LA Workplace Training

The Chemistry Expert Committee is responsible for Module 4 of the TNI laboratory accreditation standard. This includes requirements for the calculation of limits of detection (LOD), limits of quantitation (LOQ), calibration curves, and other related values.

Roll call
Approval/modifications of agenda
Review of July 7, 2021 committee minutes
Training reminder/update
SIR Review Module 4 (EL V1M4) review – Continued
Old/New Business

5:30 – 7:00            Opening Reception and Exposition

 

Tuesday, AUGUST 3: In-Person and Virtual

8:00 – 8:15            Welcome

8:15 – 9:00            Keynote Address
Leading Through Effective Communication, Rick Parmely, Polished and Professional, LLC

9:00 – 12:00          Mentor Session
Session Moderator:  Dorothy Love, Eurofins Environment Testing America

Laboratory Quality – Are you in Jeopardy?

This session will be a combination of an interactive Jeopardy-style game and presentations.
Quality is in the Eye of the Beholder-Audience Mixer Activity
Presentations will be made on the following topics throughout the game session:

Quality Responsibilities - Dorothy Love, Eurofins Environment Testing America
MDLs/Control Limits - Michelle Wade, A2LA WorkPlace Training
Corrective Actions - Silky Labie, ELCAT
Quality Training Tips - Jeanette Hernandez, San Antonio River Authority
Report Formats - Key Requirements - Aaren Alger, Alger Consulting & Training

12:00 – 1:00          Lunch Provided

1:00 – 3:00            Mentor Session (Continued)

3:305:30           Innovative New Technology Showcase and Reception – In-Person only

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 table set-up in an interactive setting;
  • A 5-minute platform speaking opportunity for all those attending the Showcase to hear about each technology; and
  • A networking reception with attendees following the presentations.

Wednesday, AUGUST 4: In-Person and Virtual

8:15 – 8:30            Welcome

8:30 – 12:00          Plenary Session:  Hitting Reset

Christopher Frey, USEPA, Office of Research and Development
Needs and Opportunities for High Spatial-Resolution Measurement to Support Community-Focused Research

Bob Persciasepe, Environmental Protection Network
Emerging Policy and Measurement Connections

Interview with Paul Anastas, Yale school of Public Health
Moving from Protection to Prosperity: Evolving the US EPA for the Next 50 Years

Lara Phelps, US EPA CEMM
Air Measurement Methods and Technologies – Keeping Up with Environmental Priorities

12:00 – 1:30          Lunch on your own

1:30 – 5:00            Update of TNI Activities
1:30        Reinventing the Technical Manager Position
                Aaren Alger, Alger Consulting and Training
2:00        Applying Management System Concepts to Environmental Activities
               Marlene Moore, Advanced Systems, Inc.
2:30        Benefits of Accreditation for Field Sampling and Measurement Organizations
                Justin Brown, Environmental Monitoring and Technology

3:00        BREAK

3:30        TNI’s Training Efforts
                Calista Daigle, Pace Analytical Services
4:00        State of National Accreditation
                Jerry Parr, The NELAC Institute
4:30        TNI’s Mentor Initiative
                Susie Arredondo, San Elijo Joint Powers Authority

Thursday, AUGUST 5: In-Person and Virtual

8:00 – 8:15            Welcome

8:15 – 9:00            Keynote Address
Environmental Testing Laboratories and COVID 19: Not Such Strange Bedfellows,
Dr. Eric Blank, Association of Public Health Laboratories

9:00 – 12:00          Assessment Forum
Session Moderator:  Judy Morgan, Pace Analytical Services

TNI's Assessment Forum is structured to provide an opportunity for laboratories and laboratory assessors to share information on how to improve the laboratory assessment process. The 2021 Forum, Unmasking the 2016 TNI Standard, will focus on findings from laboratory assessors on new language in the 2016 Standard.

% RSE and RE – What is it and how do I use it? Aaren Alger, Alger Consulting & Training
We will focus on clarifying the details around the new concept %RE and %RSE, as described in 2016 TNI V1M4: Section 1.7.1.1.k which caused some significant misunderstanding and confusion during implementation. 

Calibration – Creation, Verification, Large Analyte Lists and Dropping Points – Jeanne  Mensingh, Labtopia, Inc.
An in-depth look at proper calibration, verification, and a detailed look at handling complex analyte lists relative to dropping points.

Method blank and DL (MDL) Mitzi Miller, Miller Quality Consulting
The 2016 standard added a requirement to assess blanks as part of the process and this topic gives an in-depth assessor’s look at the relationship between method blanks and detection limit.

LOD/LOQ – Valerie Slaven, PDC Laboratories, Inc
Unraveling the details around spike concentration, frequency, data points, and handling failures.

Traceability – Where Does it End? – Shawn Kassner, Pace Analytical Services, LLC Corporate
A comprehensive view of Section 4.13 of the 2016 standard will be given with a focus on SIRs received since the release of the Standard.

1:00 – 5:00            Assessment Forum (Continued)

Panel discussion and interactive game centered around deficiencies.

Monday, AUGUST 9: Virtual Only

9:00 – 12:00          Laboratory Quality Systems Committee
Committee Chair:  Debbie Bond, Alabama Power

The Laboratory Quality Systems Committee develops a standard for the quality systems in environmental laboratories. The elements of the quality system include organizational structure, responsibilities, procedures, processes, and resources (e.g., facilities, staff, equipment) for implementing quality management in testing operations.

12:30 – 1:00        Lunch Presentation by Shimadzu Scientific Instruments:
Environmental LCMS based applications – What is allowed vs What is possible
Ruth Marfil-Vega, Shimadzu Scientific Instruments

1:30 – 3:00          NELAP Accreditation Council
Council Chair:  Kristin Brown, Utah DOH

The purpose of this program is to establish and implement a program for the accreditation of environmental laboratories.

Welcome and Introductions
State AB Status Updates
           Operational Status with Re-opening from Pandemic
           2016 Standard Implementation Status
           2021 MUR Implementation Plans
Q&A/Discussion
Adjourn

3:15 – 5:00          Laboratory Accreditation System Executive Committee (LASEC)
Committee Chair:  Maria Friedman, CA State Water Resources Control Board

The mission of the Executive Committee is to manage TNI's efforts in supporting a national program for the accreditation of environmental laboratories. Activities of the Committee include developing and establishing policies and procedures, interpretations, guidance documents, and any related tools used by accreditation bodies to implement NELAP.

Welcome and Introductions
Recent Activities
Update on SIR Activities and SIR Management SOP
Participant Feedback Request – Are there other issues that would benefit from LASEC attention?
Discussion/Questions from the Participants
Adjourn

Tuesday, AUGUST 10: Virtual Only

9:00 – 12:00          Microbiology Expert Committee
Committee Vice Chair: Cody Danielson, Oklahoma DEQ

The Microbiology Expert Committee is responsible for Module 5 of the TNI laboratory accreditation standard.

12:15 – 12:45        Lunch Presentation by Waters Corporation
Analytical Concerns Associated with Emerging Polyfluoroalkyl Substances, Jennifer Robinson, Wellington Laboratories

1:00 – 5:00            Whole Effluent Toxicity Testing Expert Committee
Committee Chair:  Rami Naddy, TRE Environmental Strategies

The mission of this committee to update and maintain the whole effluent toxicity testing Standard (TNI Volume 1, Module 7) based upon public comment, to provide technical assistance on issues related to whole effluent toxicity, to develop tools to aid implementation, and to facilitate the implementation of the Standard.

Welcome and Introductions
Updating the WET Module V1M7 – Discussion of Proposed Changes
Discussion and Response to Comments Submitted by WebEx Chat
Adjourn

Wednesday, AUGUST 11: Virtual Only

9:00 – 12:00          Proficiency Testing Program Executive Committee
Committee Chair:  Shawn Kassner, Pace Analytical

The purpose of the Proficiency Testing (PT) Program Executive Committee is to establish and maintain a national PT program to support a national environmental accreditation program.

12:15 – 12:45        Lunch Presentation by Thermo Fisher Scientific
Targeted Quantitation Workflow with Orbitrap GC-MS and CDS: PAHs and PCBs in Soil Extracts
Suresh Seethapathy, Thermo Fisher Scientific

1:00 – 5:00            Field Activities Committee
Committee Chair:  Scott Haas, Environmental Testing, Inc.

The mission of the TNI Field Activities Committee (FAC) is to develop standards for accrediting bodies and field sampling and measurement organizations. The FAC will engage experts to develop consensus-based standards at are aligned with the practical constraints of sampling and field measurement as well as regulatory and industry specific requirements with the goal of improving the consistency of field methods and the quality of environmental data.

The committee also supports the efforts of the National Environmental Field Activities Program (NEFAP) Executive Committee in the implementation of standards by providing technical assistance in developing guidance materials to facilitate adoption and use of these standards on a national and international level.

Thursday, AUGUST 12: Virtual Only

9:00 – 12:00          Advocacy Committee
Committee Chair:  Steve Arms, Florida DOH (Retired)

The Advocacy Committee is charged with promoting the efforts of TNI nationally.

Introductions
Summary of recent and future activities
Review of  highlights of the week and identification of potential action items
Newsletter topics and planning
Review of conference planning for upcoming 2022 San Antonio meeting
Workplan review (if time)

12:15 – 12:45        Lunch Presentation by Agilent Technologies
From Legacy to Emerging Pollutants:  Mass Spectrometry Solutions to Analyze Dioxins and PFAS in Water
Dale Walker, Agilent Technologies

Monday, August 2 - IN-PERSON AND VIRTUAL

EPA Program Updates
All Times Pacific
8:00Welcome and Introductions
Lara Phelps, USEPA CEMM
8:30EPA Clean Water Act (CWA) Methods Activities
Adrian Hanley, USEPA Office of Water
9:00SW-846 Methods Program 2021 Update
Troy Strock, EPA Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery
9:30Overview and Updates of the Federal Drinking Water Program
Jennifer Best, United States Environmental Protection Agency

Tuesday, August 3 - IN-PERSON AND VIRTUAL

Keynote Speaker
All Times Pacific
8:15Leading Through Effective Communication
Rick Parmely, Polished and Professional LLC

Lunch Speaker
12:10Introduction
Lara Phelps, USEPA CEMM
12:15Modernizing Air Monitoring in Support of Environmental and Economic Justice
Davida Herzl, Aclima

Wednesday, August 4 - IN-PERSON AND VIRTUAL

Plenary Speaker
All Times Pacific
8:15Welcome and Introductions
Earl Hansen, The NELAC Institute
8:30Needs and Opportunities for High Spatial-Resolution Measurement to Support Community-Focused Research
Christopher Frey, USEPA ORD
9:15Emerging Policy and Measurement Connections
Bob Perciasepe, Center for Climate and Energy Solutions
10:30Moving from Protection to Prosperity: Evolving the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for the Next 50 Years
Paul Anastas, Yale University
11:15Air Measurement Methods and Technologies – Keeping Up with Environmental Priorities
Lara Phelps, USEPA CEMM

Thursday, August 5 - IN-PERSON AND VIRTUAL

Keynote Speaker
All Times Pacific
8:15Environmental Testing Laboratories and COVID 19: Not Such Strange Bedfellows
Eric Blank, Association of Public Health Laboratories

Monday, August 9 - VIRTUAL ONLY

Vendor Lunch Speaker
All Times Eastern
12:15Environmental LCMS Based Applications – What is Allowed vs What is Possible
Rahul Kumar, Arizona State University

Tuesday, August 10 - VIRTUAL ONLY

Vendor Lunch Speaker
All Times Eastern
12:15Analytical Concerns Associated with Emerging Polyfluoroalkyl Substances
Jennifer Robinson, Wellington Laboratories for Waters Corp.

Wednesday, August 11 - VIRTUAL ONLY

Vendor Lunch Speaker
All Times Eastern
12:15Targeted Quantitation Workflow with Orbitrap GC-MS: PAHs and PCBs in Soil Extracts
Suresh Seethapathy, Thermo Fisher Scientific

Thursday, August 12 - VIRTUAL ONLY

Vendor Lunch Speaker
All Times Eastern
12:15From Legacy to Emerging Pollutants: Mass Spectrometry Solutions to Analyze Dioxins & PFAS in Water
Dale Walker, Agilent
Session Chair: Anne Jurek, EST Analytical

Advances in High Resolution Mass Spectrometry and Its Emerging Environmental Applications
Use of Non-Targeted Workflows for the Analysis of Pharmaceutical and Illicit Drug Occurrence in Environmental Samples
Ruth Marfil-Vega, Shimadzu Scientific Instruments

Air Monitoring, Methods, and Technology
Improved Identification of Organic Markers in Ambient Particulate Matter (PM2.5) for Reliable Source Attribution
Laura McGregor, SepSolve Analytical
Air Monitoring, Methods, and Technology
Passive Sampling and Its Pivotal Role in ʹGreenerʹ Sampling of VOCs in Various Industrial Settings
Caroline Widdowson, Markes International, Inc.
PFAS in Air: Sampling and Analytical Techniques for the Identification of Persistent Contaminants and New Method Updates
Caroline Widdowson, Markes International, Inc.
Citizen Science in Environmental Monitoring
A Citizens Science Project – Climate Change in Connecticut: A Research & Photojournalism Road Map to Awareness
Mike Pascucilla, East Shore District Health Dept.
Collaborative Efforts to Improve Environmental Monitoring
Validation of SW-846 Test Method 3050C for Acid Digestion of Inorganics Found in Sediment, Sludges, and Soils
Sandip Chattopadhyay, USEPA Office of Land and Emergency Managment
Drinking Water
Comparison of SPME and SPME Arrow for the Trace-level Analysis of Taste and Odor Compounds in Drinking Water
Ruth Marfil-Vega, Shimadzu Scientific Instruments, Inc
From the Field to the Lab: Trace Metal Analysis of Drinking Water with Solid-State Electrodes
Jay Gandhi, Metrohm
Utilizing 624 GC Column Selectivity and Low bleed Stationary Phase for the Analysis of Purgeable Volatile Organic Compounds by GC-MS
Ramkumar Dhandapani, Phenomenex

Identifying and Combatting Inappropriate Laboratory Practices
Monitoring Cyanide Concentration Changes in Environmental Water Samples as a Function of Sample Preservation and Holding Time
Tim Smith, O.I. Analytical/ Xylem

Metals Analysis and Remediation
Rapid Analysis of Wastewaters Following U.S. EPA 200.7
Andrea Palpini, PerkinElmer
Trace and Major Elements Analysis of Environmental Samples using EPA 6020B Method
Ruth Marfil-Vega, Shimadzu Scientific Instruments

New Organic Monitoring Techniques
A New Rapid, Simple, and Efficient Extraction Method of Semi Volatile Organic Compounds from Soil Matrices
Ruth Marfil-Vega, Shimadzu Scientific Instruments
Analysis of Diesel Range Organics (DRO) and Motor/Lube Oil Range Organics (ORO) in Ultrashort Run Time
Ruth Marfil-Vega, Shimadzu Scientific Instruments
Determination of Benzene and its Derivatives in Water with the Agilent Headspace Sampler and 8890 GC
Youjuan Zhang, Agilent
Determination of Oxyhalide Disinfection By-products in Water by Suppressed Anion Chromatography Coupled with Mass Spectrometry
Ruth Marfil-Vega, Shimadzu Scientific Instruments
Expediting Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon Analysis with Optimal Selectivity and Dimensions
Ramkumar Dhandapani, Phenomenex
Performance Demonstration of a New GC-MS Instrument and Novel BFB Tune for Analysis of Volatile Compounds by EPA Method 624.1 and 8260C.
Ruth Marfil-Vega, Shimadzu Scientific Instruments
Volatile Organic Compounds Analysis in Soils Matrix Using Static Headspace Sampling
Ian Eisele, Agilent Technologies Inc.

Operational Issues Impacting the Environmental Laboratory Industry
Improving Lab Productivity and Operational Efficiency Using IoT/M2M Technology
Ruth Marfil-Vega, Shimadzu Scientific Instruments

Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) in the Environment
Analysis of Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFASs) in Drinking Water Using Weak-Anion Exchange SPE and LC-MS/MS Analysis According to EPA Method 533
Abder Abdelkaoui, United Chemical Technologies
Application of a New WAX SPE Cartridge for The Analysis of PFAS in Drinking Water
Stacy Shollenberger, MilliporeSigma
Considerations for Improved EPA Method 533 Accuracy and Precision for the Analysis of PFAS in a Production Laboratory Environment
Sam Lodge, Phenomenex, Inc.
Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) in the Environment
Critical Review and Screening of Laboratory Supplies for PFAS Analysis in Water Samples
Mike Chang, Restek Corp
Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) in the Environment
Direct Analysis of Per-and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) in Ground, Surface, and Wastewater by LC-MS/MS
Ed George, Thermo Fisher Scientific
Fast and High-Resolution LC-MS Separation of PFAS
Cory Muraco, MilliporeSigma
Method Validation for the California Expanded List for PFAS Compounds
Richard Jack, Phenomenex

SARS CoV-2 Wastewater Testing - State of the Science
Quantification of SARS-CoV-2 in Wastewater Influent by a Modified Electronegative Membrane Adsorption Technique for use with RT-ddPCR, and the Effects of Influent Source on RNA Recovery
Melissa Lash, EBMUD
Wastewater Monitoring of SARS-CoV-2 with Early WarningTM COVID 19 Test Provides Insights on Community Prevalence
Eric Shuman, Neogen Genomics