Case Study #2

From 2002 to the present, Truesdail provides courier and laboratory analytical services on a Quarterly basis for PG&E in support of the Hinkley and Topock Environmental Compliance programs.  The sample analyses includes Hexavalent Chromium with low level reporting limits (0.200 ppb), carbonate, oil and grease, cations and other various metals, and volatile organic compounds.  The project follows the same scope of work, quality assurance protocols, analyses methods, Level IV reporting, and EDD generation as Case Study #1.  In addition, the project also includes the generation and submittal of EDFs (Geotracker) files to PG&E

The table below provides analyses methods and designated analysts for the work to be performed.  Truesdail’s analytical testing SOPS are provided in Attachment

Table 1.  Method and Analyst Information

Analyte Media Analysis Method Designated Analyst(s)
Alkalinity Water SM 2320B Jenny Tankunakorn, Maksim Gorbunov
Aluminum Water SW 6020 Ethel Suico, Tom Martinez, Sean Condon
Ammonia Water SM 4500HN3 D M Alex Luna, Maksim Gorbunov
Antimony Water SW 6020 Ethel Suico, Tom Martinez, Sean Condon
Arsenic Water SW 6020 Ethel Suico, Tom Martinez, Sean Condon
Barium Water SW 6020 Ethel Suico, Tom Martinez, Sean Condon
Beryllium Water SW 6020 Ethel Suico, Tom Martinez, Sean Condon
Boron Water SW 6020 Ethel Suico, Tom Martinez, Sean Condon
Bromide Water EPA 300.0 Naheed Eidinejad, Maksim Gorbunov
Cadmium Water SW 6020 Ethel Suico, Tom Martinez, Sean Condon
Calcium Water SW 6010 Ethel Suico, Tom Martinez, Sean Condon
Chloride Water EPA 300.0 Naheed Eidinejad, Maksim Gorbunov
Cobalt Water SW 6020 Ethel Suico, Tom Martinez, Sean Condon
Copper Water SW 6020 Ethel Suico, Tom Martinez, Sean Condon
Cr(VI) Water EPA 218.6 Naheed Eidinejad, Maksim Gorbunov, Tom Martinez
Cr(T) Water SW 6020 Ethel Suico, Tom Martinez, Sean Condon
Eosine, Fluorscein Water Dye Test To be Determined
Extractable Total Petroleum Hydrocarbons Water EPA 8015 Kevin Dooling
Fluoride Water SW 6020 Ethel Suico, Tom Martinez, Sean Condon
Gross Alpha Water EPA 900.0 Subcontract to Weck Laboratories
Gross Beta Water EPA 900.0 Subcontract to Weck Laboratories
Iron Water SW 6020 Ethel Suico, Tom Martinez, Sean Condon
Lead Water SW 6020 Ethel Suico, Tom Martinez, Sean Condon
Magnesium Water SW 6010 Ethel Suico, Tom Martinez, Sean Condon
Manganese Water SW 6020 Ethel Suico, Tom Martinez, Sean Condon
Mercury Water SW 6020 Ethel Suico, Tom Martinez, Sean Condon
Molybdenum Water SW 6020 Ethel Suico, Tom Martinez, Sean Condon
Nickel Water SW 6020 Ethel Suico, Tom Martinez, Sean Condon
Nitrate Water EPA 300.0 Naheed Eidinejad, Maksim Gorbunov
Nitrite Water SM 4500 NO2 B Jenny Tankunakorn, Maksim Gorbunov
Ortho-Phosphate Water SM 4500-P E Jenny Tankunakorn, Maksim Gorbunov
pH Water SM 4500-H+B Jennine Ta, Alex Luna, Maksim Gorbunov
Polychlorinated Biphenyls Water EPA 608 Jose Guerrero
Potassium Water SW 6010 Ethel Suico, Tom Martinez, Sean Condon
Selenium Water SW 6020 Ethel Suico, Tom Martinez, Sean Condon
Silver Water SW 6020 Ethel Suico, Tom Martinez, Sean Condon
Sodium Water SW 6010 Ethel Suico, Tom Martinez, Sean Condon
Specific Conductance Water EPA 120.1 Jenny Tankunakorn, Maksim Gorbunov
Stable Isotopes (oxygen 18 and deuterium) Water ‘— Subcontract to Zymax
Sulfate Water EPA 300.0 Naheed Eidinejad, Maksim Gorbunov
Thallium Water SW 6020 Ethel Suico, Tom Martinez, Sean Condon
Total Dissolved Solids Water SM 2540 C Jenny Tankunakorn, Jennine Ta
Total Organic Carbon Water SM 5310 C Jenny Tankunakorn, Maksim Gorbunov
Total Suspended Solids Water SM 2540 D Naheed Eidinejad, Jennine Ta
Turbidity Water EPA 180.1 Jennine Ta, Alex Luna
Uranium Water EPA 200.8 Ethel Suico, Tom Martinez, Sean Condon
Vanadium Water SW 6020 Ethel Suico, Tom Martinez, Sean Condon
Volatile Organic Compounds Water EPA 8260 Kevin Dooling
Zinc Water SW 6020 Ethel Suico, Tom Martinez, Sean Condon
Chromium (VI) Air
Arsenic Plant SW 6020 Ethel Suico, Tom Martinez, Sean Condon
Chromium (VI) Plant SW7199 Naheed Eidinejad, Maksim Gorbunov, Tom Martinez
Total Chromium Plant SW 6020 Ethel Suico, Tom Martinez, Sean Condon
Uranium Plant SW 6020 Ethel Suico, Tom Martinez, Sean Condon
Aluminum Soil SW 6020 Ethel Suico, Tom Martinez, Sean Condon
Antimony Soil SW 6020 Ethel Suico, Tom Martinez, Sean Condon
Arsenic Soil SW 6020 Ethel Suico, Tom Martinez, Sean Condon
Asbestos Soil TEM Subcontract to EMS Laboratory
Barium Soil SW 6020 Ethel Suico, Tom Martinez, Sean Condon
Beryllium Soil SW 6020 Ethel Suico, Tom Martinez, Sean Condon
Cadmium Soil SW 6020 Ethel Suico, Tom Martinez, Sean Condon
Calcium Soil SW 6010 Ethel Suico, Tom Martinez, Sean Condon
Chromium (VI) Soil SW7199 Naheed Eidinejad, Maksim Gorbunov, Tom Martinez
Chromium Total Soil SW 6020 Ethel Suico, Tom Martinez, Sean Condon
Cobalt Soil SW 6020 Ethel Suico, Tom Martinez, Sean Condon
Copper Soil SW 6020 Ethel Suico, Tom Martinez, Sean Condon
Dioxins/Furans Soil EPA8290 Subcontract to Vista Analytical
Iron Soil SW 6020 Ethel Suico, Tom Martinez, Sean Condon
Lead Soil SW 6020 Ethel Suico, Tom Martinez, Sean Condon
Magnesium Soil SW 6010 Ethel Suico, Tom Martinez, Sean Condon
Manganese Soil SW 6020 Ethel Suico, Tom Martinez, Sean Condon
Mercury Soil SW 6020 Ethel Suico, Tom Martinez, Sean Condon
Molybdenum Soil SW 6020 Ethel Suico, Tom Martinez, Sean Condon
Nickel Soil SW 6020 Ethel Suico, Tom Martinez, Sean Condon
Pesticides Soil EPA 8081 Jose Guerrero
pH Soil SM 4500-H+B Jennine Ta, Maksim Gorbunov
Polychlorinated Biphenyls Soil EPA 8081 Jose Guerrero
Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons Soil EPA 8270-SIM Jose Guerrero
Potassium Soil SW 6010 Ethel Suico, Tom Martinez, Sean Condon
Selenium Soil SW 6020 Ethel Suico, Tom Martinez, Sean Condon
Silver Soil SW 6020 Ethel Suico, Tom Martinez, Sean Condon
Sodium Soil SW 6010 Ethel Suico, Tom Martinez, Sean Condon
Soil Parameters Soil Various Maksim Gorbunov, Naheed Eidinejad
Thallium Soil SW 6020 Ethel Suico, Tom Martinez, Sean Condon
Total Petroleum Hydrocarbons Soil EPA 8015 Kevin Dooling
Uranium Soil SW 6020 Ethel Suico, Tom Martinez, Sean Condon
Vanadium Soil SW 6020 Ethel Suico, Tom Martinez, Sean Condon
Volatile Organic Compounds Soil EPA 8260 Kevin Dooling
Zinc Soil SW 6020 Ethel Suico, Tom Martinez, Sean Condon

The equipment and instrumentation that will be used for the work is provided below:

Table 2 – List of Analytical Services Laboratory Equipment

Truesdail Laboratories, Inc.

Analytical Services Laboratory Equipment (As of January 2015)

Brand/Vendor

Description

Field Services and Log-in

ISCO Flow Meter 3210 (1)
ISCO Flow Meter 4230 (4)
ISCO Flow Meter 3230 (1)
HACH PH Meter (3)
ISCO Water Sampler 2700
ISCO Composite Sampler (19)
HACH Chlorine Test Kits (3)

 Microbiology Lab

McBain Fiber Optic Illuminatr
Wheaton Dispenser f/MediaM
Precision Scientific Coliform Incubtr/Bth
Beach Medical Refrig Dillon L.2Dr
Beach Medical Incubators
Industrial Surplus Water Bath Mod.251
Wild Heerbrugg Photo Microscope
Medical Equip. Clas. Castle Strerilizer Md. 3533
Christal, Kevin Autoclave –
Firstenberg Machnry Lab-Line J1450-4 Incubator+Shp
Idexx Quanti-Tray Sealer refurbished
Quincy Lab 12-140E digital Incubator
Quincy Lab 12-140E digital Incubator
Genie Scientific Incubator
Genie Scientific Incubator
In house design Fungus chamber
In house design Fungus chamber
In house design Fungus chamber

 General Chemistry Lab

IEC Centrifuge
Mettler Balance PM4600
Dionex Ion Chromatograph, DX-600
Dionex Ion Chromatograph, DX-600
Dionex AS40 Auto Sampler
Disper, Steve Lindberg Muffle Furn.
Beach Medical Incubator (Fisher Low Temp)
Dionex Two Channel DX-600 Ion Chrm
Dionex Eluant Generator EG50
Dionex Chromeleon Data System
Fisher Scientific Barnstead Nanopure D11931
CPI International Manifold 6 Station
Fisher Scientific Orion 4 Star pH/DO Meter

 Wet Chemistry Lab

Mettler Analytical Balance AE 200
ManTech BOD Instrument
Timberline Instruments Ammonia Analayzer TL-2800
Thermo Scientific Genesys IOS UV-VIS Spectrometer
VWR International Oven 414005-108
VWR International Oven 414005-112
Shimadzu Sci Instr TOC Analyzer
Thermo Scientific Orion 4 Star Meter, pH/Cond w/Prb
CPI International Oil & Grease Manifold
Ohaus Top Loading Balance
Fisher Top Loading Balance

 Metals Lab

Watson Bros Ohaus AV4101 Balance
Agilent Technologies ICP-MS 7500ce w/ consulting
Thermo Scientific ICAP 6000 Series (2)
Hot Block Environmental Express
Mettler Analytical Balance AE 200
Branson Ultrasonic Cleaner
Agilent Technologies ICP-MS 7700

 Organics Lab

Hewlett Pkrd Hewlett Pkrd GCMS #1 (5890) Series II Plus
Shimadzu Shimadzu GC-9A
Dynatech Gas Chromatograph 540 #8
Dynatech Gas Chromatograph 540 #9
Agilent Technologies 6890N GC-MS
Dynatech PTA 30 w/s Autosampler
Dynatech PTA 30 w/s Autosampler
Zymark Corporation Turbo Vap II Sampler
Shimadzu Scientific HPLC System
Varian Saturn 2100T GC/MS
Shimadzu Dynamax HPLC Autoinjectr
Varian Saturn 2200 GC/MS
Agilent Technologies HP6890 Gas Chromatograph
Hewlett Pkrd HP 1050 Series HPLC w/CDS
Fisher Scientific Water Bath Digital 20L Isotemp 220
Hewlett Pkrd HP/Agilent HPLC 1050 – backup
Restek Sidewinder Column Heater
Agilent Technologies 7890B GC
Cress Electric Klin
Cress Electric Klin

 Product Certification

Fisher DO/BOD Meter/Stirrer (9/30/02)
VWR Purification Sys Diamond UV/UF
Fisher Scientific Barnstead Nanopure D11931

 

Truesdail has developed a system for tracking, documenting, and complaints made by both clients and employees.  Using SugarCRM, all client correspondence is entered and within the program, we have developed a module that when checked, will alert the Quality Assurance Manager that a complaint has been made.  Truesdail defines a complaint as being a grievance against the company or second requests for action.  All complaints are brought to the Executive Management’s attention.  Should the complaint warrant, a Corrective Action Report/Preventative Action Report (CAR/PAR) is generated.  A CAR/PAR is only considered closed when it has been agreed by the Executive Management and the Quality Assurance Manager that the actions taken and proposed will prevent a repeated complaint.

Due to the thirteen years of experience, Truesdail is very familiar with the site locations as well as the high level of quality control necessary for this highly sensitive project.  There are no logistical concerns.  Prior to the commencement of work, the PG&E Quality Assurance Project Plan (QAPP) and the Hinkley and Topock Addendums will be distributed and re-reviewed to ensure the proper execution of the work.

Recently, Truesdail completed analyses of hexavalent chromium for a project with the same low-level reporting limits and sample containers that this project requires.  Truesdail only needs to be notified of award status in order to schedule couriers and procure fresh ammonium sulfate buffer.

Truesdail’s Quality Control (QC) Plan will cover the three major parts of the program:  (1) overall quality activities, (2) activities specific to the collection of samples, and (3) the preservation of and quality activities specific to sample analysis and reporting.  The Quality Assurance and Quality Control Manager is to establish and maintain the quality systems and all related forms and procedures.  It is the responsibility of each laboratory manager to monitor his or her lab to insure compliance with the instruction and procedures outlined by the QA/QC Manual.  The QA Manager audits each department annually to ensure compliance and that updates for performed methods have been implemented.  A copy of Truesdail’s Quality Assurance Manuals are provided in Attachment 3.

The department managers are to routinely meet with the QA/QC Manager and with the group leaders to determine if the policies and procedures are in place and ensure the instruments are calibrated properly based on the method or manufacture’s specifications.

Truesdail’s General QA Manual covers activities common to all our laboratories that are needed for a well-documented program and produce good-quality information.

Our General QA Manual covers Company quality policy, quality standards met, and responsibilities.  It also covers how to perform the following QA/QC tasks:

  • Establishing reporting limits and calibration ranges.
  • Measuring the degree of completeness.
  • Checking internal and external Q/C
  • Using system blanks, method / reagent blanks and calibration blanks
  • Using calibration standards, instrument check standards, and QC check standards
  • Using spiked duplicates and interference check samples
  • Using surrogate compounds
  • Recording and reading control charts.
  • Material and Equipment Specifications: Company policies and procedures defining the requirements for equipment, chemicals, and supplies are established. Also, requirements for maintenance, repair, calibration and record keeping are established.
  • Operational Procedures: This portion of the QA Manual establishes the requirements for Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’s), QA/QC procedures, and methods for tracking QA/QC requirements unique to specific projects or contracts. Also covered is the use of reference procedures, reference standards, data acquisition and validation, reporting requirements, and record retention.
  • Equipment and Calibration: This section covers calibration systems for specific general use lab systems such as balances, thermometers, meters, weight sets, gauges, pipettes, etc. Requirements for traceability, frequency of calibration, and traceability of standard reference materials are documented.  Methods for dealing with records, out of tolerance procedures, reporting of problems, and other types of documentation are covered.
  • Document Control: Our QA Manual provides specific requirements for control of key documentation this includes SOP’s, QA Manuals, forms, training documents, data forms, etc.
  • Corrective Actions: We have set up specific actions and forms to be completed whenever corrective actions are needed as determined by problems defined by staff during testing, problems established by internal or external audits, problems or complaints from customers or regulatory bodies.
  • Facilities and Equipment: We document the types of equipment required, specifications, and preventive maintenance. We document requirements for facilities such as hoods, temperature control, security etc.  Requirements for specific supplies and chemicals are documented.  Also included are requirements for supplies such as sample containers, shipping containers, and expendables

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