SYMPOSIA PAPER Published: 01 January 1991

Quality Assurance as Viewed by a Data User


Although considerable attention is given to the concept of quality assurance during the sample collection, laboratory analysis, and data confirmation stages associated with the production of environmental data, few quality assurance concepts have been incorporated into the use of such data in decision-making. This paper presents information feedback from individuals involved in using environmental data for the purpose of evaluating uncontrolled hazardous waste sites. The paper discusses the principles of quality assurance when using data for pre-remedial site screening purposes. The few data left for decision-making after data winnowing, possible use of qualified data, the need for awareness of background variability, and the dependence on thorough documentation are discussed. A case example is provided.

Author Information

Brown, RD
The MITRE Corporation, McLean, Virginia
Marinenko, G
The MITRE Corporation, McLean, Virginia
Egan, DE
APEX Environmental Inc., Rockville, Maryland
Price: $25.00
Contact Sales
Reprints and Permissions
Reprints and copyright permissions can be requested through the
Copyright Clearance Center
Developed by Committee: D18
Pages: 391–404
DOI: 10.1520/STP25493S
ISBN-EB: 978-0-8031-5159-8
ISBN-13: 978-0-8031-1294-0