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Mississippi Bioassays and Biomonitoring: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Bioassay monitoring: 11 Mississippi Administrative Code (Miss. Admin. Code) Part (Pt.) 6, Chapter (Ch.) 2

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Toxicity reduction: 11 Miss. Admin. Code Pt. 6, Ch. 1, Rule 1.2.6

Applicable facilities: 11 Miss. Admin. Code Pt. 6, Ch. 1, Rule 1.2.6.B

Test species: 11 Miss. Admin. Code Pt. 6, Ch. 1, Rule 1.2.6.B.2

Test failures: 11 Miss. Admin. Code Pt. 6, Ch. 1, Rule 1.2.6.H.4

National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit applications: 11 Miss. Admin. Code Pt. 6, Ch. 1, Rule 1.1.2.D

Regulatory Agencies

Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Office of Land and Water Resources Surface Water Division

Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) Water Supply Laboratory Certification Program

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 4

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 rules, Mississippi includes biological monitoring methods as part of its state wastewater discharge permit program, including state individual and general permits, under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) program. For more information about the federal requirements, see the national section BIOASSAYS/BIOMONITORING.

Mississippi is fully authorized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to administer the NPDES permit program, including for bioassays and biomonitoring. See the state section NPDES PERMIT for more information.

Administration and enforcement. DEQ's Surface Water Division administers and enforces the state's water quality program, including biological monitoring requirements. MSDH's Water Supply Laboratory ...


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