Nebraska Bioassays and Biomonitoring regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Nebraska Bioassays and Biomonitoring: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Rules and regulations for the issuance of permits under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES): 119 Nebraska Administrative Code (NAC) 1-01 to 27-007

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Laboratory certification: 179 NAC 20-001 to 20-009

Maintaining certification: 179 NAC 20-003.05

Renewal: 179 NAC 20-006

Inspections: 179 NAC 20-003.04

Reciprocity: 179 NAC 20-004

Coliform testing: 179 NAC 3-004

Regulatory Agencies

Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)

Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ)

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 7

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

· Rules. All laboratories that test drinking water compliance samples are required to be certified by DHHS or through reciprocity with another state.

DEQ may impose monitoring requirements when issuing NPDES permits, and employs the federal testing procedures. For additional information about the federal requirements, see the national section BIOASSAYS/BIOMONITORING.

· Administration and enforcement. DHHS administers the laboratory certification program in Nebraska. DEQ administers the NPDES program in the state.

State Requirements


179 NAC 20-001 to 20-009

For a laboratory to be certified to test drinking water compliance samples, DHHS requires the following:

  • The use of methods specified in the EPA drinking water regulations
  • The meeting of all laboratory requirements, including a current laboratory quality assurance plan
  • Maintenance of current administrative and analytical standard operating procedures
  • Employment of both a laboratory director/manager and a quality assurance officer
  • Documentation that the laboratory has analyzed a ...

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