Maryland Bioassays and Biomonitoring regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Maryland Bioassays and Biomonitoring: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Surface water quality: Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR) 26.08.02.01 to 26.08.02.13

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Discharge of toxic substances to surface waters: COMAR 26.08.03.07

Technology-based whole effluent toxicity (WET) testing: COMAR 26.08.03.07(E)

Permit limitations: COMAR 26.08.04.01

Biological translators: COMAR 26.08.04.02-3

Chemical translators: COMAR 26.08.04.02-4

Laboratory certification: COMAR 26.08.05.01 to 26.08.05.18

Certification applications: COMAR 26.08.05.06

General certification provisions: COMAR 26.08.05.05

Quality assurance: COMAR 26.08.05.10

On-site evaluations: COMAR 26.08.05.08

Regulatory Agencies

Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) Water Management Administration (WMA)

MDE Water Supply Program Laboratory Certification Program

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 3

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

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 ...


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