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See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. Similar to the U.S Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) federal requirements, New York regulations provide for toxicity testing of state waters. Actual testing procedures are site-specific and are set out in the permit issued by the New York Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to each individual facility. For more information about the federal requirements, see the national section BIOASSAYS/BIOMONITORING.
The state has also adopted laboratory requirements for sampling and testing for "critical agents" related to weapons of mass destruction and terrorist acts, and requires the certification of all environmental laboratories in the state that analyze samples for which ...