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Louisiana Bioassays and Biomonitoring: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Bioassays: Louisiana Administrative Code (LAC) 33:IX.1121

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Test methods: LAC 33:IX.1121(D) and (E)

Laboratory certification: LAC 33:I.4501 to 33:I.5915

Application for accreditation: LAC 33:I.4703 and LAC 33:I.4707

Staffing requirements: LAC 33:I.4901

Quality assurance (QA) and quality control (QC) requirements: LAC 33:I.5301 to 33:I.5315

Unacceptable samples: LAC 33:I.5501

Facility conditions: LAC 33:I.5103

National Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program (NELAP): LAC 33:I.5901

Regulatory Agencies

Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Office of Environmental Services Permit Support Services Division

DEQ Office of Environmental Assessment Laboratory Services Division

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 6

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Louisiana may require biological monitoring for effluent toxicity as a condition of Louisiana Permit Discharge Elimination System (LPDES) permits. Biological monitoring is required unless it can be demonstrated that the discharge will not exceed standards for the receiving water.

All commercial laboratories that perform environmental analyses and tests for third parties for a fee or other compensation must be accredited through the state laboratory certification program, the Louisiana Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program (LELAP). In-house laboratory and government laboratories are exempt from accreditation requirements.

Administration and enforcement. DEQ's Permit Support Services Division administers the state's effluent toxicity testing requirements. EPA's Region 6 office ...


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