EPA Reopens Comments on Proposed Electronic Reporting Rule for NPDES Dischargers

On July 30, 2013, EPA proposed the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Electronic Reporting Rule that would require electronic reporting instead of the current paper-based NPDES reports. As a result of comments received on the proposed rule, EPA is soliciting further comments by opening a new public comment period. (12/1/14; 79 FR 71066)

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New CLP Statement of Work for PCB Congeners and Dioxins and Furans

The final SOW for EPA’s Contract Laboratory Program for High Resolution Superfund Methods, HRSM01.2, has been posted. HRSM01.2 defines the analytical methods for the isolation, detection, and quantitative measurement of chlorinated biphenyl congeners and/or 17 2,3,7,8-substituted tetra through octa chlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins and chlorinated dibenzofurans in aqueous/water, soil/sediment, sludge, tissue (non-human), biosolids, ash, oil, and oily matrices.

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Part 1 – Automated Level IV Data Packages for Environmental Data Reporting

Nobody likes to pay for certain types of insurance until they need it – especially home, auto, life etc. 

But in the environmental sector, there is a type of insurance that is often utilized and is valuable even if the results aren’t being legally or scientifically challenged. 

Level IV data packages provide the most complete picture of data, quality control, calibration and total traceability, helping environmental labs to remain current while serving high-end clients with legally defensible and scientifically valid data. These Level IV reporting capabilities allow automated data to be generated easily from a fully implemented modern environmental LIMS. 

A Level IV package contains all raw data, such as instrument chromatograms and other instrument printouts, along with the data results. This type of reporting includes specific data that is required to fully reconstruct the laboratory results, with much of the information available through PDF reports. All information can be dated, time stamped and available for independent, third-party data validation.  

A Level IV Data Package includes everything needed to trace the production of analytical results including field sampling and shipping chronology. All notes, printouts, sample results, dated materials, analysis and validation, communications and more are tracked and generated from the data elements stored in the LIMS.  Every element needed to defend the validity of data is there, if it happens to be challenged years later.

We’ll talk more about the Impact of Level IV in our next blog post

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Choosing the LIMS solution to meet your needs

Selecting a LIMS system for your lab can be a time-intensive process. And it can also be overwhelming. Such an investment can cause you to wonder if you are making the right decision and whether you are judging options based on the most appropriate features.

In addition to the technical details of a LIMS solution, you will also want to consider the “personality” of the vendor, the service commitments, frequency of updates and more. And you will want to make sure you understand what and when extra costs may arise.

We’ll provide postings in the coming days to outline the right questions you should be asking when shopping for or considering a LIMS.

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