Florida Bioassays and Biomonitoring regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Florida Bioassays and Biomonitoring: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Whole effluent toxicity (WET) testing: Florida Administrative Code (FAC) 62-620.620

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WET limits: FAC 62-4.241

Mixing zones: FAC 62-4.244

Environmental laboratory certification regulations: FAC 64E-1.0015 to 64E-1.107 and FAC 62-160.300 to 62-160.340

Fees: FAC 64E-1.007

Records and reports: FAC 64E-1.005 and FAC 62-160.340

Proficiency tests: FAC 64E-1.106

Certificate display: FAC 64E-1.105

On-site inspections: FAC 64E-1.104 and FAC 62-160.650

Certification renewal: FAC 64E-1.107

Regulatory Agencies

Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)

Florida Department of Health (DOH) Bureau of Laboratories

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. The state generally follows the federal effluent limitations necessary to provide reasonable assurance that a discharge will not cause or contribute to violations of water quality standards, including chemical-specific limits and whole effluent toxicity (WET) limits required in National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits. For more information about WET testing in NPDES permits, see the national section BIOASSAYS/BIOMONITORING.

Florida regulations require bioassays to determine compliance with water quality standards in mixing zones and in open ocean discharges. Biological monitoring may also be required as a condition of the state's wastewater discharge permit.

The state has adopted regulations that require certification of environmental testing laboratories.

Administration and enforcement. DEP is authorized to administer the state's water quality ...

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