Governing Law and Regulations
West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Division of Water and Waste Management
DEP Laboratory Quality Assurance Program
West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) Office of Laboratory Services
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 3
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, West Virginia includes biological monitoring methods as part of its state wastewater discharge permit program, including state individual and general permits under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit program. West Virginia also requires NPDES permit holders to use state-licensed laboratories for any wastewater sampling.
• Administration and enforcement. DEP's Division of Water and Waste Management administers and enforces the state's water quality program, including biological monitoring requirements. DEP's Laboratory Quality Assurance Program administers the state's laboratory certification program for DEP's statutory programs. DHHR's Office of Laboratory Services oversees the certification program for laboratories that analyze drinking water.