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National Air Quality Conference - Ambient Air Monitoring 2012 Presentations

EPA would like to thank everyone that helped make the National Air Quality Conference - Ambient Air Monitoring 2012 such a success. Copies of the presentations can be obtained below.

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Monday, May 14, 2012 - Training Sessions

Air Toxics Data Analysis
Room – Denver I
Hilary Hafner and Mike McCarthy - STI

8:00am – 12:00pm
This half day course provided an overview of the topic of air toxics data analysis; provided suggestions on methodology to use in analyzing air toxics data; helped participants to quantify and interpret data and trends, and provided real examples or application.

- Introduction (PDF) (17pp, 2.4 MB)
- Data Preparation (PDF) (28pp, 2.0 MB)
- Characterization (PDF) (27pp, 3.1 MB)
- Trends (PDF) (21pp, 1.4 MB)
- Summary (PDF) (27pp, 3.9 MB)

Commercial Data Systems
Room - Colorado F
Lewis Weinstock – EPA/OAQPS

8:00am – 12:00am
This session examined how various States have used commercial data systems to gain operational efficiencies and how agencies have optimized processing of data.

- Lewis Weinstock, EPA/OAQPS (PDF) (7pp, 281k)
- George Erdman, Northern Sonoma County APCD (Powerpoint Slideshow) (2.7 MB)
- Jennifer Bradley, Polk County IA Air Quality (PDF) (30pp, 5.3 MB)
- J.B. Dennison, SLR International Corp (PDF) (39pp, 4.7 MB)
- Mark Stoelting, Bay Area AQMD (PDF) (27pp, 878k)
- Alan Chan, Sonoma Technology, Inc. (PDF) (15pp, 1.0 MB)

Quality Assurance Training
Room – Colorado G
Michael Papp – EPA/OAQPS and Donovan Rafferty – WA Dept of Ecology

8:00pm – 12:00pm
This session provided 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 was also 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 was 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: Calculations for Data Quality Assessment (PDF) (33pp, 2.2 MB)
- Appendix A in Half a Day (PDF) (181pp, 14.2 MB)

12:00pm – 1:30pm LUNCH – on your own

Monitoring Methods
Room – Denver I
Joann Rice – EPA/OAQPS

VOC collection systems (PDF) (45pp, 1.0 MB), Dave Shelow, EPA, Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards

Evaluation of the Thermo 146i Calibrator (PDF) (50pp, 15.0 MB), Rebecca Peltzer, Polk County, Iowa Air Quality

Sunset Carbon (PDF) (29pp, 1.6 MB), David Smith, Sunset Labs and Beth Landis – EPA/OAQPS

4:00-5:00pm NOy Issues, Nealson Watkins (PDF) (15pp, 811k) and
Mark Shanis (PDF) (12pp, 641k), EPA Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards

Best Practices for Operating PM2.5 Continuous FEMs
Room – Colorado F
Tim Hanley – EPA/OAQPS

1:30pm – 5:00pm
This session included updates on the most important operational practices necessary to provide data of optimum quality. New data tools for assessing FRM – FEM performance were also discussed.

- 2012 Continuous PM Services Schedule (PDF) (1pg, 148k)
- Operation of Continuous PM2.5 Best Practices (17pp, 1.3 MB) - Adam Blundell, SW Ohio Air Quality Agency
- GRIMM EDM 180 Dust Monitor (PDF) (27pp, 3.4 MB)
- Best Practice Operation Of BAM-1020 (PDF) (35pp, 2.1 MB)
- Best Practices for Operating PM2.5 Continuous FEMs (PDF) (19pp, 588k)
- Thermo Scientific FDMS and Beta Attenuation Instrumentation (PDF) (51pp, 3.1 MB)

AQS/Discoverer/Data Mart Training
Room – Colorado G
Chris Chapman – EPA/OAQPS

1:30pm – 5:00pm
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).

Presentation (PDF) (94pp, 3.4 MB)


Tuesday May 15, 2012 - Plenary Session

8:00am – 8:15am Region 8 Welcome
- Howard Cantor, EPA Region 8 Deputy Regional Administrator
8:15am – 8:30am EPA Welcome and NACAA Welcome
- Richard Wayland, Division Director, Air Quality Assessment Division, EPA Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards
- Dick Valentinetti, Director of the Vermont Air Pollution Control Division
8:30am - 8:45am OAR Senior Management Perspective
- Janet McCabe, Deputy Assistant Administrator, EPA Office of Air and Radiation (PDF) (8pp, 78k)
8:45am - 9:30am NAAQS Updates and Monitoring Networks
- Lewis Weinstock, Group Leader, Ambient Air Monitoring Group, EPA Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards (PDF) (37pp, 4.6 MB)
9:30am - 10:00am Ambient Air Data Trends
- Pat Dolwick, Group Leader, Air Quality Analysis Group, EPA Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards (PDF) (14pp, 1.2 MB)
10:00am - 10:30am BREAK
10:30am – 11:15am Office of Research and Development Monitoring and Methods Priorities
- Russell Long, EPA Office of Research and Development (PDF) (24pp, 770k)
- Tim Watkins, EPA Office of Research and Development (PDF) (13pp, 3.2 MB)
11:15am – 12:00am FEATURED SPEAKER: Using Ambient Air Pollution Monitoring Data: The
Denver Aerosol Sources and Health Study (DASH)
- Dr. Jennifer Peel, Colorado State University
12:00am – 1:30pm LUNCH – on your own
1:30pm – 3:00pm NO2 Near-Road Pilot Study Lessons Learned – Panel Discussion
- Nealson Watkins, EPA Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards (PDF) (17pp, 601k)
- Rich Baldauf, EPA Office of Research and Development and Office of Transportation and Air Quality (PDF) (12pp, 1.5 MB)
- Monica Pognon, Broward County FL Environmental Protection Department (PDF) (26pp, 3.1 MB)
- Bruce Louks, Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (PDF) (33pp, 5.9 MB)
3:00am – 3:30pm BREAK
3:30pm – 4:00pm Region 1 New England Network Assessment
- Robert Judge, EPA Region 1 (PDF) (40pp, 2.5 MB)
4:00pm – 5:00pm Other EPA Monitoring Programs
- Radnet, Dan Askren, EPA Office of Radiation and Indoor Air (PDF) (32pp, 3.2 MB)
- Clean Air Status and Trends Network (CASTNET), Tim Sharac, EPA Office of Atmospheric Programs (PDF) (22pp, 1.1 MB)
- Interagency Monitoring of Protected Visual Environments (IMPROVE), John Vimont/Bret Schichtel, National Park Service (PDF) (30pp, 11.8 MB)
- National Atmospheric Deposition Program (NADP), David Gay, NADP (PDF) (51pp, 5.4 MB)
6:00pm – 8:00pm Poster Session/Reception


Wednesday, May 16, 2012 - Technical Sessions

8:00am – 10:00am

Assessments and Special Studies
Room – Colorado F
Nealson Watkins and Dave Krask

Air Toxics NATTS
Room – Denver I
Beth Landis and Eric Stevenson

Data Roadmap and Automation
Room – Colorado G
Tim Hanley and Matt Harper

Summary of the Discover-AQ Campaign and Incorporation of the Results into MDE's Conceptual Model for Ozone Transport (PDF) (20pp, 2.6 MB) – Jennifer Hains, Maryland DOE

Emissions Inventory and Ambient Air Monitoring of Natural Gas Production in the Fayetteville Shale Region (PDF) (53pp, 6.6 MB) – Toby Chu, Arkansas DEQ

Value Added Monitoring in Santa Cruz County (PDF) (33pp, 2.9 MB) – Mike Gilroy, Monterey Bay Unified Air Pollution Control District

Summer Ozone Study in Clark County, NV (PDF) (18pp, 2.1 MB) – Yousaf Hameed, Clark County Air Quality

Update on the National Air Toxics Trends Stations Proficiency Testing Program (PDF) (17pp, 316k) - Dennis Mikel and David Shelow, OAQPS, and Ian C MacGregor and Kimberlea D Andrews, Batelle

NATTS Technical Assistance Document and Methods Update (PDF) (8pp, 70k) - David Shelow, EPA/OAQPS

National Air Toxics Trends Stations – DRAFT Network Assessment (PDF) (70pp, 1.8 MB) – Regi Oommen and Joe Fanjoy, Eastern Research Group and Beth Landis, EPA/OAQPS

Panel Discussion on NATTS
Beth Landis, EPA/OAQPS
David Shelow, EPA/OAQPS
Motria Caudill, EPA/Region 5
Regi Oommen, Eastern Research Group
Joe Fanjoy, Eastern Research Group

8:00am – 9:00am
From Monitoring Regulations to National Databases (PDF) (22pp, 323k)
In the first part of this session we reviewed the definitions and metadata fields in the monitoring regulations and attempted to do a crosswalk of how that information is stored in AQS. This session included a panel:
Joe Delwiche - EPA Region 8
Matt Harper - Puget Sound Clean Air Agency
Chris Chapman - EPA OAQPS - AQS team


9:00am – 10:00am Automation in Ambient Air Monitoring Networks

New AirNow Data Transfer Format: AQCSV (PDF) (15pp, 2.3 MB) – Alan Chan, Sonoma Technologies

Aethalometer Datamasher Update (PDF) (17pp, 256k) – George Allen, NESCAUM

10:00am – 10:30am BREAK
10:30am – 12:00pm

Monitoring Regulation Changes
Room – Colorado F
Lewis Weinstock, Michael Papp, Richard Payton and Bob Judge

Air Toxics Monitoring
Room – Denver I
Dave Shelow and George Allen

Tribal Monitoring
Room – Colorado G
Christopher Lee
and Melinda Ronca-Battista

This session was conducted as a brainstorming session intended to identify issues and potential improvements to the current monitoring regulations.


Semi-continuous metals monitoring in Ohio industrial communities (PDF) (21pp, 1.5 MB) – Motria Caudill, EPA Region 5

Odors Associated with Deepwater Horizon Gulf Oil Spill (PDF) (24pp, 2.5 MB) – Doug Jager, EPA/Region 4

Method Development Studies for Hexavalent Chromium in Ambient Air Samples (PDF) (31pp, 578k) – Julie L Swift, ERG

Citizen Science (PDF) (13pp, 481k) – Dirk Felton, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and Mazeeda Khan, EPA/Region 2

Interactive Discussion of Tribal Monitoring Issues

PQAO Appendix A QC and audits requirements (PDF) (9pp, 337k)

12:00pm – 1:00pm LUNCH – on your own
1:00pm – 3:00pm

New and Emerging Monitoring Technologies
Room – Colorado F
Joann Rice and Stephen Hall

Studies in Air Toxics
Room – Denver I
Barbara Driscoll and Donnette Sturdivant

Quality Assurance
Room – Colorado G
Dennis Crumpler, Mark Shanis and Yousaf Hameed

Geospatial Monitoring of H2S and CH4 (PDF) (21pp, 3.9 MB) – Marta Fuoco, EPA, Region 5

Long-term assessment of ultrafine particles along major roadways in Las Vegas, Nevada and Detroit, Michigan (PDF) (31pp, 3.0 MB) – Gayle Hagler, EPA/ORD

Private Unpaved Road Emissions Inventory – A Measurement Solution to an Inventory Question (PDF) (18pp, 1.6 MB) – Robert Baxter, T&B Systems

Water-based Condensation Particle Counters Comparison Near a Major Freeway w/Significant Heavy Duty Diesel Traffic (PDF) (15pp, 2.9 MB) – Andrea Polidori, South Coast AQMD

Evaluation of the Magee/TAPI Model 33/633 Next-generation Aethalometer (PDF) (11pp, 1.5 MB) – George Allen, NESCAUM

Air Toxics Tools (PDF) (4pp, 472k) – Barbara Driscoll, EPA/OAQPS

Ambient Monitoring Mobile Stations (PDF) (27pp, 2.2 MB) – Andrea Polidori, South Coast AQMD

Air Monitoring Study at Santa Monica Airport (PDF) (11pp, 2.7 MB) – Andrea Polidori, South Coast AQMD

What is actually emitted from Area Sources: Results of a Special Study of Metals Recyclers (PDF) (26pp, 2.3 MB) – Loren Raun, Houston Dept of Health and Human Services

Long term trends in ambient 1,3 butadiene in Houston, TX (PDF) (22pp, 2.2 MB) – Alea Bunch, URS

Understanding Air Toxics and Carbonyl Pollutant Sources in Boulder County, Colorado (PDF) (24pp, 1.8 MB) – Pam Milmoe, Boulder County Public Health

Evaluating Siting of Air Monitoring Stations (PDF) (21pp, 2.4 MB) – Mathew Plate, EPA Region 9

2012 Report on the Pb Performance Evaluation Program (PDF) (32pp, 1.8 MB) – Dennis Crumpler, EPA/OAQPS

A Case Study on Calculating Precision (PDF) (38pp, 8.3 MB) – Jaime Hauser, Eastern Research Group

12 Year Data Quality Assessment of the PM2.5 Monitoring Network (PDF) (22pp, 1.3 MB) – Shelly Eberly, STI Subcontractor

3:00pm – 3:30pm BREAK
3:30pm – 5:30pm

Criteria Pollutant Methods Issues and Updates
Room – Colorado F
Joann Rice and Mazeeda Khan

PAMS Data Workshop
Room – Denver I
Kevin Cavender and Andy Johnson

Quality Assurance (Cont)
Room – Colorado G

Update on Federal Reference Method Research Activities (PDF) (20pp, 1.1 MB) – Russell Long, EPA/ORD

Characterization and Development of Methods for Ambient NO2 (PDF) (29pp, 2.9 MB) – Melinda Beaver, EPA/ORD

Continuous PM Coarse Monitoring in Texas (PDF) (74pp, 2.0 MB) – Bryan Lambeth, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality

PM2.5 Instrument Comparison: FRM vs TEOM, BAM and GRIMM (PDF) (22pp, 2.5 MB) – Cary Gentry, Forsyth County, NC

ICP-MS Method for Pb and Other Metals in TSP/PM10 (PDF) (22pp, 5.9 MB) – Randy Mercurio, Eastern Research Group

Update of Long-term Trends Analysis of Ambient 8-hour Ozone and Precursor Monitoring Data in the South Central U.S. (PDF) (11pp, 2.4 MB) – Mark Sather, EPA Region 6

Effectiveness of PAMS Network Based on 14 years of PAMS Data in San Joaquin Valley (PDF) (27pp, 2.4 MB) – Yousheng Zeng, Providence Engineering

Uses of Data from PAMS Measurements in the South Coast Basin (PDF) (28pp, 4.6 MB) – Jason Low, South Coast AQMD

Apparent Influence of Wildfires on Ozone Levels in Houston, Texas (PDF) (32pp, 3.2 MB) – Albert Hendler, URS Corporation

Using PAMS Data to Assess Potential Control Strategies to Reduce Ozone (PDF) (16pp, 566k) – Hilary Hafner, Sonoma Technology, Inc

Developing Together: A Local PAMS GC Analysis Method and U.S. EPA Regional Performance Evaluation Program (PDF) (19pp, 3.8 MB) – Jason Low, South Coast AQMD

Simplified QA Transaction for the Reporting of QA Data to AQS (PDF) (18pp, 313k) – Chris Chapman, EPA/OAQPS

NCore: One Year Later (PDF) (28pp, 4.7 MB) – Chris Harrison, Southwest Ohio Air Quality Agency

Evaluating Data Quality and Performance Characteristics of An Ultrasonic Anemometer vs Propeller Anemometers in Subarctic Western Alaska (PDF) (29pp, 8.2 MB) – Cyrena-Marie Druse, McVehil-Monnett Associates

How Low Can You Go - Low Level Ozone Calibration (PDF) (20pp, 12.2 MB) – Donovan Rafferty, Washington Dept of Ecology

Issues and Options for Auditing NOy and CO at NCORE Sites (PDF) (12pp, 276k) – Mark Shanis, EPA/OAQPS


Thursday May 17, 2012 - Plenary Session

8:00am – 9:00am Technical Program Updates
- PM2.5 FEM Overview, Tim Hanley, EPA Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards (PDF) (17pp, 1.6 MB)
- AirNow Tech 2.0 Demonstration, Lewis Weinstock, EPA Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards and Steve Ludewig, Sonoma Technology, Inc (PDF) (29pp, 3.1 MB)
- NATTS Network Overview, Beth Landis, EPA Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards (PDF) (18pp, 1.7 MB)
9:00am – 10:00am PAMS Re-engineering Overview and Panel Discussion
- Kevin Cavender, EPA Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards (PDF) (26pp, 355k)
- Donna Kenski, Lake Michigan Air Directors Consortium (PDF) (12pp, 484k)
- Jason Low, South Coast Air Quality Management District (PDF) (10pp, 2.5 MB)
- Mark Sather, EPA Region 6
- David Krask, Maryland Department of the Environment
10:00am - 10:30am BREAK
10:30am – 11:00am Sensor Applications/New Technologies
- Richard Wayland, EPA Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards (PDF) (8pp, 677k)
- Tim Dye, Sonoma Technology, Inc (PDF) (17pp, 954k)
11:00am – 12:00pm Questions and Answers with Monitoring Managers
- Richard Wayland, EPA Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards
- Lewis Weinstock, EPA Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards
- Meredith Kurpius, EPA Region 9
- Richard Payton, EPA Region 8
- Dick Valentinetti, Vermont Air Pollution Control Division
- Gordon Pierce, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
- Eric Stevenson, Bay Area Air Quality Management District

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