0.5 INDUSTRY GROUPS SELECTED FOR THE PROJECT
Participating states selected small quantity generators of hazardous waste (SQGs) as well as auto body shops as the groups for measurement. States believed that having a sector with one environmental medium (hazardous waste) that was relatively easy to understand and had common requirements across the states due to federal program standards, as well as one sector that was multi-media (air, hazardous waste and wastewater) with fewer common requirements across states, would expand the analysis and allow for greater learning. The project required participating states to complete all four phases for at least one sector, but depending on resources, participating states could elect to work on more than one sector. See Sections 1.3 and 2.0 for more information about the process for selecting the project groups.
The States Common Measures Project completed work on all four phases for the small quantity generator sector and completed work through phase 3 for the auto body sector.
0.6 QUALITY ASSURANCE MEASURES
A Quality Assurance Project Plan (QAPP) was developed for the Common Measures Project that included a detailed overview of all aspects of project management, data generation and acquisition, assessment/oversight and data review and evaluation. The QAPP is a mandatory component of any EPA-funded State Innovation Grant project that involves the collection and analysis of environmental data. It ensures that the data that is
collected is accurate, precise, complete and reliable for its intended purpose. See Appendix A for QAPP.
In order for this project to be successful, data from each participating state had to be of the same, known quality. Quality issues were anticipated for each phase of the project and were identified and discussed with the states, and the QAPP was distributed to all project states. Participating states were asked to implement the required data quality assurance and analysis procedures and agree upon a set of quality criteria before beginning any data collection work. States were also required to sign a certification statement of data quality to verify that all data submitted for the project met the data quality standards described in the QAPP and in the project’s training materials. See Section 3.3 for more information on steps taken to ensure field data quality.
As part of project reporting requirements, quarterly updates were provided to EPA by the Project Manager detailing all project activities. See Appendix B for the EPA Quarterly Reports.
The project also reported to the NEWMOA Directors and the States ERP Consortium3 to keep both groups regularly informed throughout the project.
3 The States ERP Consortium is a voluntary organization of 19 states and EPA formed in 2006 to promote the use of the Environmental Results Program (ERP). The primary goals of the Consortium are to: 1) share
The States Common Measures Project Final Report