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    Maine Brownfields QAPP

    Date: 8/11/2009


    Document Title: Maine Brownfields Quality Assurance Project Plan (QAPP)

Preparer’s Name and Organizational Affiliation:



    Preparer‟s Address and Telephone Number


    Preparation Date (Day/Month/Year)

    Consultant Project Manager:



    Printed Name/Organization/Date

    Consultant Project QA Officer:



    Printed Name/Organization/Date

    MEDEP Brownfields Coordinator:



    Printed Name/Organization/Date

    EPA Project Manager:



    Printed Name/Organization/Date

    EPA Project Chemist:



    Printed Name/Organization/Date

    Maine Brownfields QAPP

    Date: 8/11/2009 Page 2

    1.0 Introduction

This Quality Assurance Project Plan (QAPP) has been developed by the Consultant, at the direction of the

    Maine Department of Environmental Protection (MEDEP), to meet the requirements of the United States

    Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) and the MEDEP for environmental sampling and

    measurement efforts related to project sites in the MEDEP‟s Brownfields site assessment program. This

    QAPP, referred to as the Project QAPP, will be used by the Consultant for various projects that are part

    of MEDEP‟s Brownfields program. The purpose of this QAPP is to provide guidance for generating data

    that is of the precision, accuracy, and completeness necessary for the intended end use of the data.

A Site-Specific QAPP will be generated for each site that is included in the Brownfields site assessment

    program. The site-specific QAPP will follow the outline in Section 5 of this Project QAPP, and will

    describe the site-specific information including a project description, scope of work, data quality

    objectives, schedule, and budget for that site. Site-specific QAPPs will be used in conjunction with this

    Project QAPP and will reference the Project QAPP for data collection methods, laboratory methods, and

    data evaluation and assessment requirements. Unless otherwise stated, the term QAPP as used

    throughout this document will refer to the Project QAPP.

    Maine Brownfields QAPP

    Date: 8/11/2009

    Page 3 2.0 Quality Assurance Statement

This quality assurance project plan (QAPP) is a management tool for generating data that is of the

    precision, accuracy, and completeness necessary for the intended end use of the data. A key to being

    successful is having clear project objectives and a strong data quality objective (DQO) analysis.

    Maine Brownfields QAPP

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    3.0 Organization

    This section summarizes the organizational structure for this project.


    Figure 3-1 is a Project Organization Chart depicting the agencies and companies involved with this

    project. Table 3-1 describes each participant‟s role in this project.

    In addition to the roles outlined in Figure 3-1 and Table 3-1, the following subcontractors are anticipated:

    excavator operator, Geoprobe operator, and laboratory.

    Table 3-1

    Project Personnel Responsibilities Name Title Organizational Responsibilities


     EPA Project USEPA Project oversight and approval.


     Brownfields MEDEP Administers Brownfields grant. Provides technical oversight.


     Brownfields Consultant Provides overall technical and project direction for the

    Project consultant.


     Task Consultant Day-to-day technical lead; oversees and coordinates data

    Manager/ collection; participates in data interpretation and preparation of

    Field deliverables; communicates and coordinates with

    Leader subcontractors.

     Quality Consultant Develops project QA/QC objectives and implements checks for

    Assurance QAPP adherence.


    Field Staff Scientists/ Consultant Conduct field activities with oversight from Project Manager;

    Engineers oversee subcontractor field activities; communicate and

    coordinates with Project Manager.

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    Figure 3-1: Project Organization Chart


    Brownfields Coordinator


    Brownfields Project

    Manager/Task Manager


    QA/QC Officer

    Consultant Consultant Phase II Staff Phase I Staff Subsurface Investigations Environmental Site Assessments

    Maine Brownfields QAPP

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    Page 6 4.0 Data Quality Objectives

Data Quality Objectives (DQOs) are qualitative and quantitative statements that specify the quality and

    quantity of data needed to support decisions during site assessments. DQOs are developed by considering

    the purpose of collecting the data and the intended use of the data. For this project, the DQOs will

    establish the quality of data needed to meet the goal of the site assessments and the intended end use of

    the data. The DQOs will be site-specific and are discussed in Section 5 of this QAPP. A summary of

    data quality objectives is provided in Table 4-1. The media-specific criteria that may be used to evaluate

    the various types of data generated are presented in Table 4-2. The actual criteria used will be site-

    specific and will be included in the site-specific QAPP. Data quality assessments are discussed in Section

    9 of this QAPP.

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    TABLE 4-1


     Analytical Data Intended 13Matrix Parameters Methods Level Evaluation Data Use 2Tier

    Field Parameters

    Groundwater/ pH,Temperature, On-site field measurements Level I NA As appropriate Surface Water Conductivity, to meet project

    Turbidity, DO, ORP goals Soil VOCs Handheld PID Meter and/or Level I NA As appropriate

     portable field gas to meet project

    chromatograph with PID goals Groundwater/Soil VOC Field screened by Modified Level I Tier I As appropriate 4USEPA Method 8260 to meet project

    goals Soil Inorganics Field screened by XRF Level I Tier I As appropriate

    to meet project


    Off-Site Laboratory Analysis

    Groundwater; VOCs USEPA Method Level II Modified Tier I As appropriate Surface Water; Soil; 8260B/5035 to meet project Sediment SVOCs USEPA Method 8270 Level II Modified Tier I goals

    Metals USEPA Method Level II Modified Tier I

     SW846 7000 series

    Pest/PCBs Level II Modified Tier I USEPA Method 8081/8082 USEPA Method 524.2 VOCs (Drinking Level II Modified Tier I Water) Methods 4.1.25 & 4.2.17 DRO/GRO Level II Modified Tier I Methods 415.1 & Lloyd Kahn TOC Level I Tier I Methods 335.4 & 9012A Mod. Cyanide Level II Modified Tier I

    NOTES: 1) Analytical levels (USEPA, October 1988):

     Level I, on-site field screening and measurements, use one point calibration.

     Level II analyses using standard laboratory QA/QC, including duplicate analyses, suitable calibration standards,

    sample preparation equipment, and operator training.

     Level III analyses will be conducted in a fixed-based laboratory using standard methods that include duplicate, blank,

    and matrix spike/matrix spike duplicate analyses.

    2) Tier levels for Region I, EPA-New England Data Validation Functional Guidelines for Evaluating Environmental

    Analyses (USEPA 1996). Modified Tier I is described in Section 9.2.2 of this QAPP.

    3) Data Intended End Use is project-specific and may include: determine need for emergency action; identify waste

    material/contaminants; determine quantity and levels of contamination; identify impacted targets/receptors; develop

    site score; document need for further action or no further action.

    4) If a modified USEPA method 8260 is used, the SOP for the analysis should be included in the site-specific QAPP.

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    Table 4-2: State Criteria for Evaluating Data

    Medium State Criteria for Evaluation Surface Soil (0-2 ft bgs) MEDEP RAGs Subsurface Soil SS

    Surface Water MEDEP SWQC Sediment SS

    Groundwater MEGs

     ft bgs = feet below ground surface MEDEP = Maine Department of Environmental Protection RAGs = Remedial Action Guidelines MEGs = Maximum Exposure Guidelines SWQC = Statewide Water Quality Criteria SS = will be site-specific and will be based on receptors and exposure pathway

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    5.0 Quality Assurance Project Plans (Site Specific)

    A site-specific QAPP will be developed for each project site investigated by the Consultant as part of this

    Brownfields program. Data collection, analysis, and evaluation for each site will follow the guidance

    outlined in the Project QAPP. Site-specific QAPPs will include the following sections:

    1.0 Title and Approval Page

    This will include the document title and signature blocks for each person required to

    approve and sign the site-specific QAPP.

    2.0 Project Organization and Responsibility Flow Chart

    This section will include a brief description of how the project is organized, including

    identification of the key project personnel and their responsibilities and a flow chart

    showing the chain of command.

    3.0 Scope of Work

    The scope of work will include the following sections:

    3.1 Project Description

    This section will include a description of the project site, including site location, site

    history, past uses, suspected contamination locations, identification of suspected

    contaminants, media that may be affected, and the problem that the field investigation is

    designed to solve. A site location map will be included. If known, a description of the

    future land use of the project site will also be included.

    3.2 Data Quality Objectives

    This section will discuss the following: 1) the goal of the site assessment; 2) the end use

    of the data; and 3) the data quality that will be necessary for the project. The regulatory

    criteria (e.g., MEGs, RAGs) that will be used to evaluate the data will be included.

    3.3 Site Conceptual Model

    This section will include a description of the past uses of the site, geologic and

    hydrogeologic information, suspected types and sources of contaminants, migration

    pathways, and potential receptors.

    3.4 Sampling Plan

    This section will include the following:

    ? a detailed description of the work to be performed including identifying the

    media to be sampled, sampling locations, analyses to be performed (by media),

    and the rationale for sampling locations;

    ? a site map showing the sampling locations;

    ? an SOP reference table listing the field sampling SOPs that will be used for the

    project (Note: SOPs that will be used for the project that are not included in this

    Project QAPP will be attached as an appendix to the site-specific QAPP);

    ? a sampling and analytical methods requirements table that will show, by medium,

    the parameters to be analyzed, the number of samples to be collected, the

    analytical methods, a description of the sampling container and size,

    preservation requirements, and maximum holding times.

    Maine Brownfields QAPP

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    ? a field quality control requirements table listing the types and frequency of

    collection of QC samples that will be collected in the field. This table will be

    specific as to the number of QC samples to be collected by matrix and parameter.

3.5 Schedule

    This section will provide an overall project timeline for the work to be performed.

3.6 Budget

    This section will provide the estimated budget to complete the proposed activities for the


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