Third Water Lab Alliance Security Summit is Set for March 2012

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in collaboration with the Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL), is sponsoring the third Water Laboratory Alliance (WLA) Security Summit at the Gaylord Opryland in Nashville, TN on March 22-23, 2012.

The Summit is free and will actively engage a broad array of technical and leadership staff from the Water Sector and emergency response sector to discuss water contamination laboratory response coordination and take part in a table top exercise that practices the WLA Response Plan (WLA-RP).  In the event that they are called upon to respond, WLA members can follow the WLA-RP, which establishes a comprehensive approach for coordinated laboratory response to water contamination incidents.  Demonstrations are planned for:

1. A new, field-portable ultrafiltration device for pathogen concentration from large-volume drinking water samples;

2. Recent enhancements to the Water Contaminant Information Tool (WCIT) and the National Environmental Methods Index for Chemical, Biological, and Radiological (NEMI-CBR) methods;

3. The Web-based Compendium of Environmental Testing Laboratories;

4. The Web-based Electronic Data Review (WebEDR) application that performs automated data evaluation of Environmental Response Laboratory Network (ERLN) electronic data deliverables (EDDs); and

5. The Sampling Guidance for Unknown Contaminants in Drinking Water

In addition, APHL is approved as a provider of continuing education programs in the clinical laboratory sciences by the ASCLS P.A.C.E.® Program.  Participants who successfully complete this program will be awarded 8.0 P.A.C.E.® contact hours. (Course 588-865-12).

Registration for the Summit is now open and a block of rooms has been set aside at the Gaylord Opryland-Nashville.  Go to  to register for the Summit and to reserve your hotel room.



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