Utah Bioassays and Biomonitoring regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Utah Bioassays and Biomonitoring: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Utah Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (UPDES) permit program: Utah Administrative Rules (R) 317-8-1 to 317-8-8

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Water quality standards: R317-2-1A to 317-2-14

Certification of environmental laboratories: R444-14-1 to 444-14-8

UPDES permit conditions: R317-8-4

Publicly owned treatment works (POTWs): R317-8-3

Mixing zones: R317-2-5

Laboratory certification: R444-14-1 to 444-14-8

Analytical methods: R444-14-4

Proficiency tests: R444-14-5

Quality systems: R444-14-6

The National Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Conference (NELAC) Institute (TNI) accreditation: R444-14-7

Regulatory Agencies

Utah Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Division of Water Quality

Utah Department of Health (DOH) Division of Epidemiology and Laboratory Services Bureau of Laboratory Improvement

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 8

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. The Utah Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has been delegated the authority by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to administer and enforce the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit program in Utah. The Utah Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (UPDES) permit program is the state's equivalent to the NPDES permit program. In order to protect Utah's water resources, DEQ issues UPDES permits that establish the maximum level of pollutants allowed in a discharge to state waters (R317-8-1 to R317-8-8). Conditions in UPDES permits may also include requirements for bioassay testing.

Any discharge that is expected to contain toxic pollutants will require bioassay ...

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