Minnesota Bioassays and Biomonitoring: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Minnesota water quality standards: Minnesota Rules (MR) 7050.0220

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Laboratory accreditation: MR 4740.2010 to 4740.2120

Certification procedures: MR 4740.2050

Quality assurance manual: MR 4740.2085

Laboratory reporting: MR 4740.2095

Recordkeeping: MR 4740.2097

Fees: Minnesota Statutes Annotated (MSA) 144.98

Regulatory Agencies

Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) Environmental Analysis and Outcomes Division

Minnesota Department of Health (DOH) Health Protection Bureau Public Health Laboratory Division

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 5

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Minnesota follows the federal Clean Water Act in requiring effluent toxicity monitoring on a case-by-case basis for National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits. Site-specific biomonitoring may be required when discharges contain toxic substances not governed by the state's listed toxic pollutant regulations.

Minnesota has developed a laboratory accreditation program for environmental testing in the state.

Administration and enforcement. MPCA's Environmental Analysis and Outcomes Division is responsible for the administration and enforcement of the state's water quality monitoring requirements. Minnesota's environmental laboratory accreditation program is one of the responsibilities of the Minnesota Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program (MNELAP) of DOH.

State Requirements


MR 4740.2010 to 4740.2120

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