Hawaii Bioassays and Biomonitoring regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Hawaii Bioassays and Biomonitoring: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Drinking water laboratory certification: Hawaii Administrative Rules (HAR) 11-20-15

Regulatory Agencies
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Hawaii Department of Health (DOH) State Laboratories Division Environmental Health Analytical Services Branch

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 9

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

· Rules. Hawaii is fully authorized by EPA to administer the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit program and to issue individual and general permits that include provisions for effluent toxicity testing using bioassay test methods. See the national section BIOASSAYS/BIOMONITORING for more information.

Hawaii has adopted the federal requirements for drinking water laboratory certification.

DOH has also established the Laboratory Emergency Response Program, creating both the Biological Response Laboratory and the Chemical Response Laboratory.

· Administration and enforcement. DOH is fully authorized to administer and enforce the state's bioassay and biomonitoring requirements in the NPDES permit program.

State Requirements


HAR 11-20-15

Drinking water samples may only be considered if they have been analyzed by a laboratory certified by DOH as specified in EPA/570/9-90/008, Manual for the Certification of Laboratories Analyzing Drinking Water, 5th edition, except that measurements for turbidity, free chlorine residual, temperature, and pH may be performed by any person acceptable to DOH.

Chemistry and microbiology certifications are offered. Laboratories are certified by analyte or test. The drinking water certification is in effect for 1 year. There is no fee for the certification process.


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