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Open-File Report 2008–1252

In association with The National Atmospheric Deposition Program

Mercury Deposition Network Site Operator Training for the System Blank and Blind Audit Programs

By Gregory A. Wetherbee and Christopher M.B. Lehmann

Abstract

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The U.S. Geological Survey operates the external quality assurance project for the National Atmospheric Deposition Program/Mercury Deposition Network. The project includes the system blank and blind audit programs for assessment of total mercury concentration data quality for wet-deposition samples. This presentation was prepared to train new site operators and to refresh experienced site operators to successfully process and submit system blank and blind audit samples for chemical analysis. Analytical results are used to estimate chemical stability and contamination levels of National Atmospheric Deposition Program/Mercury Deposition Network samples and to evaluate laboratory variability and bias.

Version 1.0

Posted October 2008

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USGS Water Resources Discipline,
Office of Water Quality,
Branch of Quality Systems
Box 25046, Mail Stop 401
Denver Federal Center, Bldg. 95
Denver, Colorado 80225

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Suggested citation:

Wetherbee, G.A., and Lehmann, C.M.B., 2008, Mercury deposition network site operator training for the system blank and blind audit programs: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2008-1252, version 1.0.


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