Oregon Bioassays and Biomonitoring regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Oregon Bioassays and Biomonitoring: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Oregon National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit program: Oregon Administrative Rules (OAR) 340-045-0035

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Oregon water quality standards: OAR 340-041-0001 to 340-041-0350

Oregon Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program (ORELAP): OAR 333-064-0005 to 333-064-0065

Accreditation schedule: OAR 333-064-0030

Requirements for approval: OAR 333-064-0035

Out-of-state and Mobile Category 2 laboratories: OAR 333-064-0050

Certificate display: OAR 333-064-0055

Laboratory fees: OAR 333-064-0060

Regulatory Agencies

Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Water Quality Division

DEQ Laboratory and Environmental Assessment Division

Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS)

Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA)

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 rules, Oregon includes biological monitoring methods as part of its state wastewater discharge permit program, including state individual and general permits, under the federal National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) program. NPDES permit conditions, including those for bioassays and biomonitoring, must comply with and ensure that the state's water quality standards are protected.

The state has also established ORELAP to ensure that environmental testing laboratories provide reliable results for testing various media, including drinking water, wastewater, waste, and air samples.

• Administration and enforcement. DEQ's Water Quality Division administers and enforces the state's water quality program, including biological monitoring requirements. DEQ's Laboratory and ...

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