Maryland Bioassays and Biomonitoring: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Surface water quality: Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR) to

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Discharge of toxic substances to surface waters: COMAR

Technology-based whole effluent toxicity (WET) testing: COMAR

Permit limitations: COMAR

Biological translators: COMAR

Chemical translators: COMAR

Laboratory certification: COMAR to

Certification applications: COMAR

General certification provisions: COMAR

Quality assurance: COMAR

On-site evaluations: COMAR

Regulatory Agencies

Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) Water Management Administration (WMA)

MDE Water Supply Program Laboratory Certification Program

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 3

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Similar to federal requirements, Maryland regulations provide for toxicity testing of state surface waters. Testing is site-specific and is detailed in the permit issued by the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) for each facility. For additional information about the federal requirements, refer to the national section BIOASSAYS/BIOMONITORING.

The state also maintains a program for the certification of laboratories conducting analyses of drinking water samples. In order to be eligible to analyze compliance samples under the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA), laboratories must meet the minimum criteria specified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Maryland regulations. For more information about the SDWA requirements, consult ...

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