Oklahoma Bioassays and Biomonitoring regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Oklahoma Bioassays and Biomonitoring: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Bioassays: Oklahoma Administrative Code (OAC) 785:46-3-1

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Whole effluent toxicity (WET) testing: OAC 785:46-3-2 and OAC 785:46-3-3

Sampling: OAC 785:46-3-3

Field laboratory accreditation: OAC 252:302-1-1 to 252:302-9-34

Application process: OAC 252:302-3-1 to 252:302-3-6

Accreditation conditions: OAC 252:302-3-21 to 252:302-3-23

Recordkeeping and reporting: OAC 252:302-5-7

Proficiency testing: OAC 252:302-7-1 to 252:302-7-10

Quality assurance/quality control (QA/QC) plan: OAC 252:302-9-1 to 252:302-9-6

Regulatory Agency

Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Water Quality Division

DEQ State Environmental Laboratory Services Division Laboratory Accreditation Program

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Similar to the federal rules, Oklahoma includes biological monitoring methods as part of its state wastewater discharge permit program, including state individual and general permits, and permits under the federal National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES), known as the Ohio Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (OPDES) program in the state. The state has established rules for Field Laboratory Accreditation for labs that run pH, chlorine residual, turbidity, dissolved oxygen, or temperature. Rules that incorporate the requirements of The National Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Conference (NELAC) Institute (TNI) that allow Oklahoma to be a part of TNI's National Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program will be implemented in January 2016.

Administration and enforcement. DEQ's Water Quality Division administers and enforces the ...


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