North Carolina Bioassays and Biomonitoring regulations & environmental compliance analysis

North Carolina Bioassays and Biomonitoring: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) monitoring requirements: 15A North Carolina Administrative Code (NCAC) 02B.0505

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Wastewater/Groundwater (WW/GW) laboratory certification: 15A NCAC 02H.0801 to 02H.0810

Testing parameters: 15A NCAC 02H.0804

Definitions: 15A NCAC 02H.0803

Certification procedures: 15A NCAC 02H.0805

Certification maintenance and renewal: 15A NCAC 02H.0805(c) to 02H.0805(f)

Field parameter certification: 15A NCAC 02H.0805(g)

Fees: 15A NCAC 02H.0806

Decertification: 15A NCAC 02H.0807

Biological laboratories: 15A NCAC 02H.1101 to 02H.1111

Certification procedures: 15A NCAC 02H.1105

Biological certification fees: 15A NCAC 02H.1104

Program implementation: 15A NCAC 02H.1110

Procedures manual: 15A NCAC 02H.1111

Drinking water: 15A NCAC 18C.1527 and 10A NCAC 42D.0231 to 42D.0261

Regulatory Agencies

North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Division of Water Resources (DWR) Water Quality Section Aquatic Toxicology Unit (ATU)

DEQ DWR Laboratory Section

North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Division of Public Health (DPH) State Laboratory of Public Health

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 4

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. North Carolina generally follows the federal effluent toxicity monitoring requirements. See the national section BIOASSAYS/BIOMONITORING for the federal rules on biological monitoring and reporting.

The state requires that toxicity monitoring and testing for compliance with drinking water and state water quality standards be conducted by a state-certified laboratory. North Carolina has developed a laboratory certification program, ...


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North Carolina Bioassays and Biomonitoring Resources

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Forms Whole Effluent Toxicity (WET) Test Report
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