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See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. Similar to federal requirements, Maryland regulations provide for toxicity testing of state surface waters. Testing is site-specific and is detailed in the permit issued by the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) for each facility. For additional information about the federal requirements, refer to the national section BIOASSAYS/BIOMONITORING.
The state also maintains a program for the certification of laboratories conducting analyses of drinking water samples. In order to be eligible to analyze compliance samples under the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA), laboratories must meet the minimum criteria specified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Maryland regulations. For more information about the SDWA requirements, consult ...