Massachusetts Bioassays and Biomonitoring: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit requirements: 314 Code of Massachusetts Regulations (CMR) 3.11(7)

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Laboratory certification program: 310 CMR 42.01 to 42.21

Laboratory certification: 310 CMR 42.01

Application procedures: 310 CMR 42.04

Certification criteria: 310 CMR 42.07

Laboratory ratings: 310 CMR 42.06

Certificate issuance: 310 CMR 42.09

Reporting results: 310 CMR 42.13

Certificate renewal: 310 CMR 42.11

Certification and compliance fees: 310 CMR 4.01

Reciprocity for certification: 310 CMR 42.16

Denial, downgrading, and revocation: 310 CMR 42.12

Regulatory Agencies

Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 1

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Massachusetts follows the federal Clean Water Act as it relates to biological monitoring to determine effluent toxicity. The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) may also require toxicity testing on a case-by-case basis and actual testing requirements are site-specific. See the national section BIOASSAYS/BIOMONITORING for additional guidance.

A facility's National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit will specify the type of testing required. For more information about wastewater discharge permit requirements in Massachusetts, see the state section NPDES PERMIT.

The state has also developed an environmental laboratory certification program for testing parameters for both chemistry and microbiology.

Massachusetts also follows the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) federal requirements for bioassay testing for the disposal of dredge and fill material.

Administration and enforcement.

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