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Rhode Island Bioassays and Biomonitoring: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Bioassays: Rhode Island Rules and Regulations (RI Rule) 12.190.001-8.00

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Sampling: RI Rule 12.190.001-22.00

Rhode Island Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (RIPDES) permit applications: RI Rule 12.190.003-11.02

Laboratory licensure: RI Rule 14.100.001-2.0

Applications: RI Rule 14.100.001-3.1 to 3.1.4

License renewal: RI Rule 14.100.001-4.1

Out-of-state laboratories: RI Rule 14.100.001-4.1.2

Inspections: RI Rule 14.100.001-5.1 to 5.1.3

Quality assurance (QA) program: RI Rule 14.100.001-11.0 to 15.0

Regulatory Agencies

Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) Bureau of Environmental Protection

Office of Water Resources

Rhode Island Department of Health (DOH) Division of State Health Laboratories

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

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Rhode Island regulates the discharge of pollutants into state waters under the RIPDES permit program. Rhode Island follows federal biological monitoring methods for facilities that are required to conduct toxicity testing as a condition of their RIPDES wastewater discharge permit. See the national section BIOASSAYS/BIOMONITORING for an overview of federal biomonitoring requirements. See the state section NPDES PERMIT for additional RIPDES permit requirements.

In addition, RIPDES permit holders that need wastewater analysis are required to contract with commercial labs that are state-licensed.

Administration and enforcement. DEM's Office of Water Resources administers and enforces the state's water quality program, including biological monitoring requirements. ...


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