Governing Law and Regulations
Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) Division of Surface Water Division of Drinking and Ground Waters
OEPA Division of Environmental Services (DES) Laboratory Certification Section
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. Ohio has federally approved standards for biological testing that are used to determine the toxicity of state waters. Testing methods, however, are likely to be detailed specifically in the permit issued by OEPA to a particular facility.
The state has also developed laboratory certification regulations for drinking water laboratories.
• Administration and enforcement. OEPA's Division of Surface Water is responsible for the administration and enforcement of all the state's water pollution control programs, including those relating to toxic monitoring. The Laboratory Certification Program is managed by two OEPA divisions. DES's Laboratory Certification Section is responsible for the operation of the program, and the Division of Drinking and Ground Waters administers the program and issues certificates.
OEPA routinely conducts biological and water quality surveys, or bioassays, on a systematic basis statewide. Biological, chemical, and physical monitoring ...