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EPA's New Unified Guidance: Statistical Analysis of Groundwater Monitoring Data


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Course Title: EPA's New Unified Guidance: Statistical Analysis of Groundwater Monitoring Data
Course ID: STAT-410
Status: CLOSED
Date(s): December 4, 2013: 8:30am - 4:30pm
December 5, 2013: 8:30am - 4:30pm
December 6, 2013: 8:30am - 12:00pm
Location: Doubletree New Orleans Airport Hotel

Kenner, LA
Instructor: Dr. Kirk Cameron
Tuition: $875 / $825*
$825 / $775* (Before October 19, 2013)
Class is Closed
NWETC has negotiated a special rate of $99.00/night. Rates are available on a first-come, first-serve basis and are available through 11/4/13, or when the block has filled-whichever comes first. Reservations can be made by calling 1-504-467-3111 and using group code NWETC. Please note that rates and expiration of rates vary by course.

 

Description:

This two and a half day course discusses the core elements of the EPA's first major revision to its groundwater statistical guidance in almost 20 years. Presented by the primary author of the revision, this course will showcase new features of the guidance, as well as recommended changes to current statistical practice. In addition to reviewing the design and evaluation of statistical programs for groundwater monitoring, participants will also learn the benefits of checking their assumptions in order to run the most effective statistical tests.

California Department of Public Health, CDPH, Approved for contact hours

Please wait to receive a course confirmation email, roughly one month prior to the class, before making any non-refundable travel arrangements.

Reduced tuition is available to employees of Native American tribes, government agencies, nonprofits, students and NAEP, NEBC, NWAEP members. You may register online or by calling the Northwest Environmental Training Center at 425-270-3274.

Intended Audience:

This course is intended for RCRA regulators, site operators and/or consultants responsible for compliance with regulations for groundwater monitoring. It may also be useful to parties responsible for statistical treatment of environmental data in other regulatory programs.

Continuing Education Units: 1.60 CEUs

Prerequisites:

A background in statistics, RCRA, and previous EPA guidance are helpful, though not required.
 

Course Materials:

Attendees will receive a book containing workshop proceedings and reference material.

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Course Topics

Key Assumptions in Groundwater Testing

  • Normality, stationarity, data independence


RCRA Groundwater Statistical Framework

  • Monitoring stages
  • Balancing statistical errors
  • Statistically significant increases (SSI)
  • Power Curves


Importance of Background

  • Establishing and implementing background


Strategies for Compliance Monitoring

  • Testing under unstable conditions
  • Comparisons to background data
 

Statistical Design in Detection Monitoring

  • Multiple comparisons, site-wide false positive rates
  • Parametric vs. Non-parametric tests
  • Interwell vs. Intrawell tests
  • Incorporating Retesting


What to do with Difficult Data

  • Outliers, non-detects
  • Spatial variation, temporal correlation


Recommended statistical methods

  • Prediction limits, control charts
  • Trend tests
  • Confidence intervals

About the Instructor

Dr. Kirk Cameron

Dr. Kirk Cameron

Dr. Kirk Cameron is the founder and president of MacStat Consulting, Ltd. in Colorado Springs, Colorado, a statistical consulting firm specializing in environmental statistical applications and problem-solving. He has over 20 years of experience in teaching and consulting to USEPA, DoD, DoE, the US Air Force, and private environmental and medical firms. Dr. Cameron is the primary author of both USEPA's Interim Final Guidance document for the statistical analysis of groundwater monitoring data (1992) and the recently published major update to this guidance entitled the Unified Guidance (2009). He has designed training courses on the statistical analysis of groundwater monitoring data and presented to regulators, consultants, and environmental professionals around the country. He also filmed a commercial videotape training series on groundwater data analysis. More recently. Dr. Cameron developed a no-cost, publicly-available, geostatistical and statistical-based software tool (GTS v1.0) for the US Air Force and DoD to optimize sampling frequencies and locations at sites undergoing long-term ground-water monitoring (LTM).

What to Bring

Please bring a pen or pencil, and notepad if you would like to take notes (you may also choose to take notes in your book). Lunch will be on your own, but drinks and snacks will be provided throughout the day.

Billing Information

In order to guarantee a space in a course, the tuition must be paid in full TWO WEEKS before the first day of the course by either check or credit card. State and government agencies paying with a purchase order are allowed payment under the two-week time frame if a copy of the purchase order is received by NWETC.

If You Need to Cancel

Cancellations*

  • With 31 or more days notice, we will offer a 100% refund or credit towards a future course. The credit is good for one year and may be applied to any course.
  • With 30-8 days notice, we will offer a course credit towards a future course. The credit is good for one year and may be applied to any course.
  • With fewer than 8 days notice, there is no course credit available


*Please note that attendee replacement is welcome at any time

Disability Accommodations

Disability Accommodations:

To request disability accommodations, please contact us at info@nwetc.org or 425-270-3274 at least 30 days prior to the event.


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  •   2150 Veterans Memorial Blvd Kenner, LA 70062

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*Reduced tuition available to employees of Native American tribes, nonprofits, and government agencies; students; and NAEP members.

If you have any trouble registering please call (425) 270-3274 ext 103
Please wait to receive a course confirmation email, roughly one month prior to the class, before making any travel arrangements. Please review what to bring!

 

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