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Representatives of the pulp and paper industry in the United States have assembled guidelines for preparation for regulatory agency inspections of the framework of quality assurance associated with self-monitoring data collected for National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) discharge monitoring report purposes. These guidelines address effluent flow measurement; sample collection, preservation, and analysis; analysis methods quality control; and record keeping. This paper summarizes the guidelines and presents examples of the experience of the industry with quality assurance-oriented inspections.
quality assurance, effluent monitoring, pulp and paper industry
Investigative Programs Manager, National Council of the Paper Industry for Air and Stream Improvement, Inc. (NCASI), Gainesville, FL