DEEP: Quality Assurance

Quality Assurance

DEEP's quality assurance policy maintains that all environmental data collected, generated and processed is scientifically valid; of known precision and accuracy; sufficiently complete and representative for the intended purpose; comparable to data collections and analyses similar in scope and purpose; and legally defensible, as may be necessary for the intended purpose. The data and information used as a basis for environmental program decisions, i.e., establishing environmental quality standards, emissions limitations, permit limits and resource management plans, shall be in a form that may be clearly and understandably presented to the public. (From DEEPís Quality Assurance Policy)

Quality Management Plan (QMP)

DEEPís Quality Management Plan is required by EPA for any organization that accepts funding and collects environmental data.  This document defines quality related procedures, roles, responsibilities and authorities.  The QMP documents DEEPís Quality System, which is a set of policies, processes, and standard procedures that DEEP uses to ensure the success of its work.  QMPs are revised every five years.  DEEPís 2014-2018 Quality Management Plan was approved by EPA in 2015 and is scheduled to be update in 2020.

DEEP 2014-2018 Quality Management Plan

Quality Assurance Project Plans

A Quality Assurance Project Plan outlines the technical activities and procedures that will be taken to ensure the data collected and analyzed meets project requirements.  EPA funded projects must have an approved QAPP before sampling begins. Within DEEP, management and staff in the Bureaus of Air Management, Materials Management and Compliance Assurance, and Water Protection and Land Reuse have the primary responsibility and authority for ensuring that projects requiring QAPPs within their bureau have been developed and approved by EPA.

Additional Information:

EPA's Quality System for Environmental Data and Technology Homepage

Please contact Linda Brunza, Office of Planning and Program Development at Linda.Brunza@ct.gov or by phone at 860-424-3739 for more information on Quality Assurance.

Content last updated October 2019