Alabama Bioassays and Biomonitoring regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Alabama Bioassays and Biomonitoring: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Alabama National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit program: Alabama Administrative Code (Ala. Admin. Code r) 335-6-6-.01 to 335-6-6-.23

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Fees: Ala. Admin. Code r 335-1-6-.07

Drinking water sampling: Alabama Code (Ala. Code) 22-23-38 and Ala. Admin. Code r 335-7-2-.02

NPDES permit limits: Ala. Admin. Code r 335-6-10-.09

Mixing zones: Ala. Admin. Code r 335-6-6-.15

Regulatory Agencies

Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) Water Division

ADEM Field Operations Division

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. Alabama adopts the federal monitoring requirements, including the federal biological monitoring methods, as part of its state wastewater discharge NPDES permit program. See the state section NPDES PERMIT for more information.

The state also follows the federal requirements for the monitoring and sampling of drinking water for compliance with drinking water regulations. See the state section DRINKING WATER for more information about these regulations.

The state has developed a fee schedule for permit applications that includes additional fees for biomonitoring and toxicity (Ala. Admin. Code r 335-1-6-.07).

· Administration and enforcement. ADEM's Water Division administers and enforces the state's water quality program, including biological monitoring requirements. Alabama's State Testing Laboratory is under the administration of the Field Operations Division in ADEM.

State Requirements


Ala. Code 22-23-28 and Ala. Admin. Code r 335-7-2-.02

At least once a month, every ...

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