Nevada Bioassays and Biomonitoring: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Discharge permits: Nevada Administrative Code (NAC) 445A.228 to 445A.263

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Laboratory certification: Nevada Revised Statutes (NRS) 445A.863

Certification application: NAC 445A.0632

Fees: NAC 445A.066

National Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program (NELAP): NAC 445A.0628

Reciprocity: NAC 445A.0665

Regulatory Agencies

Nevada Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Division of Environmental Protection (DEP) Bureau of Water Quality Planning Environmental Laboratory Services

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 9

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

· Rules. Nevada requires that any analysis for compliance with the Safe Drinking Water Act, the Clean Water Act, or the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, or any other federal, state, or local laws, must be conducted by a state-certified laboratory that employs U.S. EPA-approved methods of analyses.

DEP may impose monitoring requirements when issuing NPDES permits, and employs the federal testing procedures. For additional information about the federal requirements, see the national section BIOASSAYS/BIOMONITORING.

· Administration and enforcement. The Bureau of Water Quality Planning certifies environmental laboratories for drinking water, wastewater, and RCRA analyses. DEP administers the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) in Nevada.

State Requirements


NRS 445A.863

A laboratory may obtain certification to perform analyses for the following scientific disciplines:

  • Chemistry
  • Whole effluent toxicity
  • Microbiology
  • Radiochemistry

Certification Application

NAC 445A.0632

Applicants seeking certification for the first time must submit ...

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