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2009 National Ambient Air Monitoring Conference

EPA would like to thank everyone that helped make the 2009 National Ambient Air Monitoring Conference such a success. Copies of the presentations can be obtained below.

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Monday, November 2, 2009 - Training Sessions

7:00am – 8:00am Registration (Presidential Lobby)
7:00am – 12:00pm Vendor Set Up (Ryman Hall B3)

Network Assessments
Room - Cheekwood ABC
Mike Rizzo, EPA/OAQPS
Tammy Eagan, FL DEP

Additional Contributors:
Kevin Cavender, EPA/OAQPS
Hilary Hafner, Sonoma Technology

Mike Koerber, LADCO

Continuous PM  Mass Instruments
Room - Magnolia Ballroom
Tim Hanley, EPA/OAQPS
George Allen, NESCAUM

Additional Contributors:
Dennis Hart, Met One, Inc.
Jeff Ambs, ThermoFisher Scientific, Inc.
John Hiss, ThermoFisher Scientific, Inc.
Jacob Thekkethala, ThermoFisher Scientific, Inc.
Bill Roe - Grimm Technologies, Inc.
Gil Cossette - Grimm Aerosol Canada, Inc.

AQS/Discoverer Training
Room - Hermitage AB
Jonathan Miller, EPA/OAQPS
Angie Shatas, EPA/OAQPS

8:00am – 12:00pm
Learn how you can use network assessments to optimize your network to improve the value of the data you collect, as well as save money. The training will cover the steps involved in a network assessment, analyses and tools that you can use, and case examples.

An Introduction to Monitoring Network Assessment (PDF) (19pp, 568k)

Air Explorer Summary and Update (PDF) (2pp, 40k)

Using a Decision Matrix to Combine Multiple Analyses Into One Set of Recommendations (PDF) (18pp, 187k)

New Monitoring References (PDF) (7pp, 206k)

Monitoring Network Assessments Lessons Learned (PDF) (27pp, 2.5 MB)

Possible Tools and Analyses for the Upcoming Network Assessments (PDF) (22pp, 3.3 MB)

Regional Network Assessments in the Upper Midwest (PDF) (41pp, 1.7 MB)

Beta Tools and Analyses for the Upcoming Network Assessents (PDF) (22pp 3.3 MB)

8:00am – 12:00pm
Learn the latest information on recently approved and candidate Federal Equivalent Methods (FEM’s) for PM2.5  continuous mass.  Presentations will cover measurement principle, FEM testing, installation, operation, and maintenance of continuous PM monitors for the:  MetOne BAM 1020, Thermo TEOM/FDMS, Thermo 5030 SHARP and FH62C14-DHS, and GRIMM Model 180. Learn about recent upgrades, updates, tips, and tricks. Vendors will be on hand as well as experienced operators to provide insight to the best methods of operation and maintenance. Bring your questions, problems and any suggestions you may have.

FEM Approved PM2.5 Continuous Samplers (PDF) (32pp, 1.4 MB)

Continuous PM Mass Instrument (PDF) (27pp, 1.6 MB)

BAM – 1020 Ambient Particulate Mass Monitor (PDF) (24pp, 1.5 MB)

BAM – 1020 Operation Key Points (PDF) (16pp, 1.0 MB)

1405-DF FDMS TEOM Operation Key Points (23pp, 2.1 MB)

8:00am – 12:00pm
AQS is EPA's database of ambient air pollution data collected by EPA, state, local, and tribal air pollution control agencies from thousands of monitoring stations. AQS also contains meteorological data, descriptive information about each monitoring station (including its geographic location and its operator), and data quality assurance/quality control information. Learn how to retrieve data from AQS by a variety of tools (AQS Reports, AQS Data Mart, and how you can build your own database queries using Oracle Discoverer).

AQS/Discoverer Training (PDF) (87pp, 2.8 MB)
12:00pm – 1:30pm LUNCH – on your own

Data Validation & Analysis
Room – Cheekwood ABC
Mike Rizzo, EPA/OAQPS
Tammy Eagan, FL Dept. Environmental Protection

Additional Contributors:
Hilary Hafner, Sonoma Technology
Dick Duker, Bay Area Air Quality Management Div.
Rudy Husar, Washington Univ.
Melinda Ronca-Battista, Univ. of Northern Arizona, Institute of Tribal Professionals
Mike Koerber, LADCO

NCore Network Implementation
Room - Magnolia Ballroom
Lewis Weinstock, EPA/OAQPS
Yousaf Hameed, Clark Co.


Additional Contributors:
Robert Judge, EPA Region 1
David Shelow, EPA/OAQPS
Dirk Felton, NYDEC
Dave Krask, MD Dept. of the Environment

QA Training
Room – Heritage AB
Dennis Crumpler, EPA/OAQPS
Donovan Rafferty, WA Dept. of  Ecology


Additional Contributors:
Mark Shanis, EPA/OAQPS
Michael Papp, EPA/OAQPS
Melinda Ronca-Battista, Univ. of Northern Arizona, Institute of Tribal Professionals
Rayna Broadway, MO. Dept of Natural Resources
Jonathan Miller, EPA/OAQPS

1:30pm – 5:30pm

Topics will provide an overview of the data validation process and demonstrations of the tools you can use to identify outliers and mistakes in your datasets. Training will also cover data analysis tools that will help you answer questions regarding the air quality in your area including new web based tools such as DataFed.net, and Air Explorer

Data Validation and Analysis Performed by BAAQMD (PDF) (26pp, 247k)

Data Validation Overview (PDF) (37pp, 1.0 MB)

Federated Data System (DataFed) (PDF) (29pp, 5.2 MB)

Data Smack Down (Exploratory Data Analysis) (PDF) (31pp, 1.4 MB)

Data Validation Philosophy (PDF) (7pp, 221k)

1:30pm – 5:30pm

This session will provide a detailed review of requirements that monitoring agencies must meet to operate an NCore station by the regulatory deadline of January 1, 2011.  The NCore network self-assessment document will be used as a template for this workshop, providing a structure to guide discussions of network design, logistics, methods, and organizational readiness.  We will also review and discuss frequently asked NCore-related questions that have been received over the past few years, and provide updates on emerging issues such as PM10-2.5 sampling, ammonia, and lead

Status Report: Review of Candidate NCore Sites (PDF) (24pp, 6.1 MB)

A Calibration System for Low Range GPT Calibrations of High Sensitivity NOx and Noy Monitors (PDF) (21pp, 263k)

NCore Implementation Challenges (PDF) (11pp, 344k)

NCore Network Implementation Training (PDF) (13pp, 798k)

Your NCore Site is Approved!  Now What?! (PDF) (18pp, 256k)

NCore Technical Issues Selected Topics (PDF) (16pp, 178k)

The NCore Experience (PDF) (9pp, 726k)

NCore in EPA-New England (PDF) (12pp, 2.0 MB)

MDE’s NCore Experience (PDF) (15pp, 1.1 MB)

1:30pm – 5:30pm

This session will provide ambient air monitoring quality assurance requirements contained in 40 CFR Part 58 Appendix A as well as covering Federal QA requirements including the ambient air QA requirements for SLAMS/SPM/PSD monitoring.  Training will also be provided on the various quality control samples for each criteria pollutant including their frequency of collection and how they should be reported, the statistics for assessing data quality, and the tools available including the Data Assessment Statistical Calculator and the AMP 255 report.  This training event is intended for personnel needing an initial understanding of the ambient air quality system and those wanting an update on the changes that have taken place over the years.

Appendix A in Half a Day – Section 1 and 2 (PDF) (52pp, 1.1 MB)

Appendix A in Half a Day – Section 3 (PDF) (44pp, 1.5 MB)

Appendix A in Half a Day – Section 5 and Misc. (PDF) (12pp, 72k)

Appendix A MQOs (PDF) (13pp, 369k)

Appendix A Definitions (PDF) (6pp, 100k)


Tuesday November 3 - Plenary Session - Presidential Ballroom AB

7:00am – 8:00am Registration (Presidential Lobby)
7:00am – 8:00am Refreshments (Ryman Hall B3)

8:00am – 8:15am EPA Welcome
Lewis Weinstock, Group Leader, Ambient Air Monitoring Group, EPA
8:15am – 8:30am NACAA Welcome
Dick Valentinetti, Director of the Vermont Air Pollution Control Division
8:30am - 10:00am NAAQS Updates and Monitoring Implications
Beth Hassett-Sipple, EPA/OAQPS (PDF) (12pp, 289k)
Lewis Weinstock, Group Leader, Ambient Air Monitoring Group, EPA (PDF) (35pp, 5.2 MB)
Joann Rice, EPA/OAQPS (PDF) (27pp, 2.8 MB)
10:00am - 10:30am BREAK (Refreshments in Ryman Hall B3)
10:30am – 11:00am NAAQS Discussion Panel
Lewis Weinstock, Group Leader, Ambient Air Monitoring Group, EPA
Howard Schmidt, EPA Region 3
Philip Fine, South Coast Air Quality Management District
Tammy Eagan, Florida Department of Environmental Protection (PDF) (6pp, 526k)
11:00am – 11:30am NCore Update
Tim Hanley, EPA/OAQPS (PDF) (22pp, 4.2 MB)
11:30am – 12:00pm Network Assessment Overview
Kevin Cavender, EPA/OAQPS (PDF) (8pp, 141k)
Mike Rizzo, EPA/OAQPS (PDF) (20pp, 2.9 MB)
12:00am – 1:30pm LUNCH – on your own
1:30pm – 2:15pm FEATURED SPEAKER:
Evaluating the Human Health Costs of Air Pollution:  Critical Joint Roles of Air Monitoring and Epidemiology
Arden Pope, Brigham Young University (PDF) (48pp, 5.5 MB)
2:15pm – 2:45pm Recent Findings from EPA/ORD Ambient Measurement Research Studies
Tim Watkins, EPA/ORD (PDF) (41pp, 1.6 MB)
2:45pm – 3:15pm Near-Road Air Quality Monitoring Research
Richard Baldauf, EPA/ORD (PDF) (29pp, 1.5 MB)
3:15am – 3:45pm BREAK (Refreshments in Ryman Hall B3)
3:45pm –5:00pm Key Health Effects Information in Recent NAAQS Reviews
Deirdre Murphy and Beth Hassett-Sipple, EPA/OAQPS (PDF) (43pp, 1.4 MB)
5:00pm – 5:30pm Mobile Monitoring of Ambient PM2.5 in Alaska’s Fairbanks North Star Borough
James Conner, Alaska Dept. of Environmental Conservation (PDF) (62pp, 9.6 MB)
6:00pm – 8:00pm Poster Session/Reception – Ryman Hall B3
Off-the-Grid Air Quality Monitoring: The Evolution of One Agency's Approach (PDF) (8pp, 24.9 MB)


Wednesday, November 4, 2009

7:00am – 8:00am Registration (Presidential Lobby)
7:00am – 8:00am Refreshments (Ryman Hall B3)

Data Acquisition  & Reporting
Room –  Cheekwood ABC
Nealson Watkins, EPA/OAQPS
Eric Stevenson, Bay Area Air Quality Management District

Air Toxics I
Room –  Magnolia Ballroom
Michael Jones, EPA/OAQPS
Paul Sierzenga, NYS Dept of Environmental Conservation

Meteorological Monitoring
Room – Hermitage AB
Mazeeda Khan, EPA Region 2
Kevin Cavender, EPA/OAQPS

8:00am – 10:00am
Next Generation Digital Data Acquisition with Envitech Ltd’s Envidas Ultimate Data System – Pete Babich, CT DEP

Spaghetti and Christmas Lights – How to Network your Shelter (PDF) (13pp, 679k)Rebecca Peltzer and Jennifer Bradley, Polk County, IA

New AIRNow Data Transfer Standards (PDF) (13pp, 312k)Alan Chan, Sonoma Technology
John White, EPA/OAQPS

Instrument Metadata Management (PDF) (21pp, 271k)Mark Stoelting, Bay Area Air Quality Management District

Monitoring by Citizens and Its Impact on the Air Quality Community and AIRNow (PDF) (20pp, 2.4 MB)Tim Dye, Sonoma Technology

8:00am – 10:00am
National Air Toxics Ambient Monitoring Program Overview (PDF) (9pp, 37k)Michael Jones, EPA/OAQPS

Ambient Air Acrolein Measurement via TO-15 (PDF) (31pp, 1.4 MB)David Shelow, EPA/OAQPS

Passive Canister Sampling Challenges (PDF) (20pp, 600k)Dave Dayton, ERG

National Air Toxics Trends Station (NATTS) Quality Assurance Three-Year Assessment, 2005-2007 (PDF) (26pp, 398k)Dennis Mikel, EPA/OAQPS

National Air Toxics Trends Station (NATTS) Data Characterization, 2004-2007 (PDF) (46pp, 1.3 MB)Regi Oommen, ERG

8:00am – 10:00am
A Unique Approach to the Collection of Boundary Air Quality and Meteorological Data for Ozone Attainment Modeling of California’s South Coast Basin (PDF) (64pp, 3.1 MB)Bob Baxter, T&B Systems

Radiosonde System and Fixed Profiler QA (PDF) (34pp, 4.4 MB)Mike Gilroy, Puget Sound Clean Air Agency

Free Automated Near-real Time QC for Met Data (PDF) (20pp, 1.3 MB)George Allen, NESCAUM

Intercomparison Between Sonic and Mechanical Anemometers (PDF) (13pp, 188k)Dennis Mikel, EPA/OAQPS

10:00am – 10:30am BREAK (Refreshments in Ryman Hall B3)

New Monitoring Technologies
Room – Cheekwood ABC
Joann Rice, EPA/OAQPS
George Allen, NESCAUM

Air Toxics I
Room – Magnolia Ballroom

Quality Assurance
Room – Hermitage AB
Dennis Crumpler, EPA/OAQPS
Tammy Eagan, FL Dept. of Environmental Protection

10:30am – 12:00pm
A Year Spent with the Tekran Speciated Ambient Mercury Analyzer at Two Urban Locations in New York State (PDF) (21pp, 1.0 MB)Dirk Felton, NYDEC

Operating Experience with a Near-Real-Time Ambient Airborne Metals Instrument System (Cooper Environmental Systems Xact 620) (PDF) (37pp, 2.6 MB)Will Wetherell, MO DNR

Photolytic Detection of “True” NO2; ICAMS; ICPMS - Stephanie Shaw, EPRI

Monitoring True NO2 - Experience at Great Smoky Mountains with an LED Photolytic Converter (PDF) (26pp, 1.5 MB) John D. Ray, NPS

10:30am – 12:00pm
Method Detection Limit (MDL) Development and Standardization (PDF) (25pp, 113k) - Julie Swift, ERG

USEPA Region 5 Interlab Comparability Program (PDF) (21pp, 128k)Motria Caudill, EPA Region 5

NYSDEC Experience with the Synspec BTEX Instrument (PDF) (15pp, 1.2 MB)Paul Sierzenga, NYS Dept of Environmental Conservation

City of Houston’s Mobile Ambient Air Monitoring Lab (PDF) (27pp, 1.4 MB)James Rhubottom, Jr., City of Houston DHHS

10:30am – 12:00pm
QA Statistics and the DASC Tool, The AMP 255 Report Generated by the Air Quality System (PDF) (30pp, 836k)Jonathan Miller, EPA/OAQPS

Through the Probe Audits for the NCore Trace Gas Monitors (PDF) (22pp, 101k)Mark Shanis, EPA/OAQPS

12:00pm – 1:00pm LUNCH – on your own

New Monitoring Technologies
Room – Cheekwood ABC

Air Toxics II
Room – Magnolia Ballroom
Barbara Driscoll, EPA/OAQPS
Paul Sierzenga, Tonawanda NY Community Air Quality Study Chairs

Quality Assurance
Room – Hermitage AB

1:00pm – 3:00pm

A Draining Experience:  Working with the TSI 3781 Water-based CPC (PDF) (17pp, 1.1 MB)Philip Fine, South Coast Air Quality Management Div.

Ambient Ammonia Monitoring Initiative (PDF) (20pp, 616k)Nealson Watkins, EPA/OAQPS

Nano-Particle/Ultrafine Monitoring State of the Science (PDF) (23pp, 516k) - Dennis Mikel, EPA/OAQPS

Field monitoring of ozone precursor type and air toxic compounds with a small, fast GC analyzer (PDF) (28pp, 2.5 MB) - Edward B. Overton, LSU

Passive PM10-2.5 Monitoring (PDF) (26pp, 1.7 MB)Tim Watkins, EPA/ORD

1:00pm – 3:00pm

Short Overview Air Toxics Data Analysis (PDF) (11pp, 119k) Barbara Driscoll, EPA/OAQPS

Air Toxics Monitoring in Idaho’s Treasure Valley (PDF) (30pp, 5.8 MB)Carl Brown, Idaho DEQ

Tonawanda New York Community Air Quality Study (PDF) (58pp, 5.1 MB) - Paul Sierzenga, Tonawanda New York Community Air Quality Study

Air Toxics Seasonal and Spatial Characterization (PDF) (37pp, 3.3 MB)Matt Harper, Puget Sound Clean Air Agency

1:00pm – 3:00pm

Launch of Performance Verification and Audit Report Forms for Loading PM2.5 Speciation Flow Rate Data into AQS (PDF) (17pp, 478k)Ed Rickman, RTI

Practical Quality Control Training (PDF) (38pp, 536k)Tammy Eagan, FL DEP

Findings in the NPAP TTP Audits of Ozone Samplers in Puerto Rico and New York (PDF) (57pp, 3.5 MB)Mark Shanis, EPA/OAQPS
Avraham Teitz, EPA Region 2

3:00pm – 3:30pm BREAK (Refreshments in Ryman Hall B3)

New Monitoring Technologies
Room – Cheekwood ABC

Air Toxics II
Room – Magnolia Ballroom

Quality Assurance
Room – Hermitage AB

3:30pm – 5:30pm

Absorption measurements of Teflon filters to measure EC (black carbon) (PDF) (28pp, 1.2 MB)Neil Frank, EPA/OAQPS

Semi-continuous Benzene Monitoring in Burlington, Vermont (PDF) (22pp, 871k)Robert C. Lacaillade, Vermont APCD

Application of Extractive Cryogenic Preconcentration with Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy: Preliminary Laboratory and Field Results (PDF) (19pp, 1.9 MB) - Patrick I. Buckley, Univ. of Alabama

3:30pm – 5:30pm

Air Toxics in El Paso, TX:  Implications for Cross-Border Transport (PDF) (26pp, 1.5 MB)Richard Tropp, Desert Research Institute

Concentrations of Air Toxics Around a Pulp and Paper Mill in Lewiston, Idaho (PDF) (24pp, 826k)Hilary Hafner, Sonoma Technology

Hexavalent Chromium Levels in DC Ambient Air:  Any Health Concerns? (PDF) (36pp, 531k)Robert Day, DC DE

3:30pm – 5:30pm

A Cascade Ozone Rendezvous (PDF) (54pp, 7.6 MB)Donovan Rafferty, Washington Dept. of Ecology

Development of a QA Program for PAMS (PDF) (18pp, 1.6 MB)Jason Low, South Coast; Pete Babich, CT DEP; Robert Judge, EPA Region 1

QA Handbook Volume VI:  Optical Remote Sensing (PDF) (12pp, 60k)Dennis Mikel, EPA/OAQPS

Discussion of Establishing a Hierarchy of NIST Traceability for Flow-Rate Audit and Calibration Standards (PDF) (12pp, 97k)Mark Shanis, EPA/OAQPS


Thursday November 5

7:00am – 8:00am Refreshments (Presidential Lobby)

Plenary Session – Tennessee DE

8:00am – 10:00am School Air Toxics
Project Overview: Richard Wayland, Director, Air Quality Assessment Division, EPA (PDF) (10pp, 301k)
Monitoring: Program Office Perspective - Michael Jones, EPA/OAQPS (PDF) (11pp, 36k)
Monitoring: Regional Office Perspective - Andrew Hass, EPA Region 3 (PDF) (10pp, 699k)
Monitoring: State Agency Perspective - Scott Reynolds, SC DHEC (PDF) (23pp, 465k)
Data Analysis: Deirdre Murphy, EPA/OAQPS (PDF) (11pp, 107k)
Communications: Alison Davis, EPA/OAQPS (PDF) (9pp, 364k)
Panel Discussion (Moderator: Alison Davis, EPA/OAQPS)
10:30am – 11:00am Session Report Out
11:00am – 11:30am Questions & Answers with EPA and NACAA
Richard Wayland
Lewis Weinstock
Dick Valentinetti
11:30am – 1:00pm LUNCH – on your own

Technical Breakout Session

Air Toxics III
Room – Tennessee DE
Richard Baldauf, EPA/ORD

Wood smoke, Fires, and Emergency Response
Room – Presidential A
Donovan Rafferty, WA Dept. of Ecology
Nealson Watkins, EPA/OAQPS

Tribal Monitoring
Room – Presidential B
Christopher Lee, Tribal Air Monitoring Suppport (TAMS) Center

1:00pm – 3:00pm
OTAQ Overview of Mobile Source Air Toxics Regs and Activities (PDF) (16pp, 40k)Richard Baldauf, EPA/ORD

Air Quality at Increasing Distances from a High Traffic Highway in New Jersey (PDF) (28pp, 1.9 MB)Francisco Artigas, New Jersey Meadowlands Commission

Diesel Truck Stop Emissions and Air Quality Impacts (PDF) (29pp, 1.2 MB)John Storey, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Measurement and Data Analysis for Source Attribution of Ambient Particulate Matter, Arsenic, and Other Air Toxics Metals in St. Louis (PDF) (27pp, 1.4 MB)Jay Turner, Washington University

Effect of Proximity to a Freeway with Heavy-duty Diesel Traffic on the Ambient Concentrations of Criteria and Air Toxic Pollutants (PDF) (19pp, 1.4 MB)Andrea Polidori, South Coast Air Quality Management

1:00pm – 3:00pm
Winter Mobile and Fixed Site Wood Smoke PM Measurements in the Adirondacks (PDF) (27pp, 2.0 MB)George Allen, NESCAUM

Mobile Monitoring and AIRNow-Tech during the 2008 Northern California Wildfires (PDF) (19pp, 2.6 MB)Alan Chan, Sonoma Technology

Levoglucosan and Water Soluble Organic Carbon from PM2.5 Teflon Filters (PDF) (35pp, 2.5 MB)Neil Frank, EPA/OAQPS

1:00pm – 3:00pm
Primary Quality Assurance Organization and Tribal Air Monitoring (PDF) (26pp, 1.0 MB) - Melinda Ronca-Battista, Univ. of Northern Arizona ,Institute of Tribal Professionals

Exploring A Pollution Event (PDF) (19pp, 3.6 MB)Glenn Gehring, TAMS Center

The Southern Ute Indian Tribe Data Exploration and Evaluation Case Study (PDF) (31pp, 1.7 MB) - Melinda Ronca-Battista, Univ. of Northern Arizona, Institute of Tribal Professionals

Our Home Land – Our Air (PDF) (10pp, 1.6 MB)John Cox, Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation

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