William McCance is an environmental engineer and scientist with over seven years of experience in environmental consulting working principally in the solid waste, wastewater, and contaminated land management fields. Will recently completed his Ph.D., focusing on the identification and application of novel groundwater tracers in delineating wastewater‑derived impacts from other sources.
It is often very difficult to distinguish the true source of wastewater contamination, especially where wastewater treatment plants are located in agricultural areas. Robust and sensitive techniques are needed to characterize impacts where there are multiple potential sources. This study analyzed a variety of synthetic chemicals using LC–QQQ–MS to generate unique fingerprints of pollution.