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Workshop of the Western Enviro-Agricultural Laboratory Association

Edmonton, Canada

Fifty three people attended the 15th Annual Workshop of the Western Enviro-Agricultural Laboratory Association (WEALA) held at the Alberta Research Council, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada on April 15, 2004. The theme of the workshop was “Regulatory Aspects of By-Product Management and Testing”. James LeBlanc, President, welcomed the participants on behalf of WEALA and chaired the workshop sessions. The workshop included following presentations: (1) Salt-contaminated wastes and soils (Gordon Dinwoodie, Alberta Environment) (2) Challenges for laboratories from new G-50 guidelines (John Ashworth, EnviroTest Labs) (3) Effective soil sampling protocols (Doug Penney, Alberta Agriculture) (4) Field studies of soil-test phosphorus and its relationship to P in run-off (Sheilah Nolan, Alberta Agriculture) (5) Land application of municipal and industrial by-products (Doug Keyes, Norwest Labs) (6) By-products from intensive livestock operations (Jim McKinley, Natural Resource Conservation Board) and (7) Soil criteria for barium and barite (Chris Meloche, Chevron). There was a very stimulating panel discussion at the end of the presentations. The program committee included John Ashworth, Brenda Chomin, Joel Crumbaugh, and Doug Keyes. The 16th workshop will be held in early 2005. The laboratory community has used these workshop opportunities to encourage laboratory clients/consultants to attend and enable healthy discussions on topics of current interests and/or provide an educational opportunity on these topics. The association held its Annual Business Meeting following the workshop. The results of a recently-conducted round robin study were discussed. A committee was formed to conduct next round robin study. James LeBlanc (President), Curtis Olive (Vice President), and Joel Crumbaugh (Secretary/Treasurer) completed their terms on the 2003-2004 Executive. Curtis Olive moved to the President’s position. Joel Crumbaugh was re-elected as Secretary/Treasurer. The Executive for 2004-2005 consists of Curtis Olive (President), Doug Keyes (Vice President), and Joel Crumbaugh (Secretary/Treasurer). The Western Enviro-Agricultural Laboratory Association is a non-profit association consisting mainly of analytical laboratories with common interests in promoting and improving the analytical chemistry industry. For further information, visit us online at

Yash P. Kalra and Joel A. Crumbaugh

Canadian Forest Service

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada