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South Carolina Bioassays and Biomonitoring: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit program: South Carolina Code of Regulations (R.) 61-9.122.44 (establishing permit limitations, standards, and other permit conditions)

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Bioassays: R. 61-9.122.21

State environmental laboratory certification program: R. 61-81

Application package: R. 61-81(F)

Certification: R. 61-81(G)

Proficiency testing (PT) result submissions: R. 61-81(G)(2)

Fee schedule: R. 61-30

Regulatory Agencies

South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) Bureau of Water Office of Environmental Quality Control Water Monitoring and Protection Division Aquatic Biology Section (ABS)

DHEC Bureau of Water Office of Environmental Quality Control Water Monitoring and Protection Division Water Quality Monitoring and Modeling Section (WQMMS)

DHEC Office of Environmental Laboratory Certification

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. South Carolina has adopted the toxic pollutant criteria standards established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under Section 304(a) of the federal Clean Water Act (CWA) for use in calculating effluent limitations in discharge permits. However, the state may require biological monitoring to determine whether a violation of a federal criterion is a violation of state requirements or whether the pollutants have bioaccumulative effects.

The state has adopted federal testing methods. See the national section BIOASSAYS/BIOMONITORING for more information about the federal testing requirements.

The state also requires certification ...


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