OELA/ORELAP May 15 Workshop Program

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ATTENTION ALL NELAC LABS! SUBMIT YOUR QUESTIONS NOW FOR ASSESSOR FORUM AT OELA SPRING WORKSHOP!
For the first time, OELA will hold an Assessor Forum at our annual workshop. Questions may be submitted anonymously from any lab or employee concerning current interpretation of 2003 NELAC Standards or “deficiencies” on an on-site report. The questions will be discussed and evaluated at the Workshop. Email any issues you wish to have evaluated to kchapman@cityofsalem.net
Friday, May 15, is the date for the Joint OELA/ORELAP Spring Environmental Lab Accreditation Workshop. It will again be held at the Best Western Black Bear Inn in Salem, which is just to the southeast of the Market Street exit off of I-5. The exact address is Black Bear Inn – Conf. Center , 1600 Motor Court NE, Salem, OR .
The program and registration form will soon be posted on the OELA website.
For now you can Click on this link to see a printable registration form
PROGRAM
8:00 AM – 8:30 AM Registration
8:30 AM – 8:45 AM Welcome: OELA President Keith Chapman, City of Salem
8:45 AM – 9:30 AM The Future of ORELAP – Dr. Michael Skeels, DHS
9:30 AM – 10:15 AM TNI & ORELAP Update Dan Hickman, DEQ
10:15 AM – 10:30 AM Break Sponsored by ERA
10:30 AM – 10:45 AM TNI Lab Survey & Small Laboratory Issues, Bennett Osborne, Valley Labs
10:45 AM – 11:15 AM ORELAP Technical Advisory Committee Presentation, Kevin Krefft, Linn Benton CC
11:15 AM – 12:00 PM Electronic Reporting of Drinking Water Data, Michelle VanKleek, DHS
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Lunch (on your own)
1:00 PM – 2:20 PM Quality Systems: Marlene Moore, Advanced Systems
2:30 PM – 3:00 PM Laboratory Ethics & Data Integrity: Train the Trainer, Dennis Wells, Environmental Science Corporation
3:00 PM – 3:15 PM Break Sponsored by HACH
3:15 PM – 4:30 PM Assessor Forum ORELAP, Marlene Moore

Senate bill 737: Field of Dreams?

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Senate Bill 737, passed by the 2007 Legislature, requires the State to compile a list of Toxic Chemicals that are Persistent and/or Bioaccumulative. The Proposed “Priority Persistent Pollutant” List contains 175 chemicals which can be found on the DEQ website: http://www.deq.state.or.us/wq/SB737

By July 2011, Oregon’s 52 largest wastewater treatment plants will have to develop plans to reduce pollutants measured above either the new state thresholds or existing drinking water standards. Those plans, paid for through sewer rates, are likely to include public education efforts and funding for specific pollution reduction programs.

Please note that this list is IN ADDITION TO the 122 EPA Priority Pollutants for which wastewater treatment plants already must test!

Further, in a Field of Dreams strategy (“build it and they will come”) the proposed List does not yet include any analytical methods. There is an advisory committee that is researching methods, but I haven’t seen anything published yet, so at this point there is no way to estimate the cost of this monitoring for treatment plants.

What does this List mean to Oregon environmental labs? Take a look at it and decide for yourself. We are going to hear a lot more about it in the coming months.