(a)  Certification is affirmation by the Director or his delegate that the requirements specified by these rules have been met for specific categories and parameters and that all fees associated  with certification have been received.

(b)  Commercial, public and industrial laboratories must obtain certification from the Division of Environmental Management only for biological parameters which will be reported to comply with the rules and requirements as stated in an administrative letter, permit condition, permit limit, special order by consent, judicial order, or the biological monitoring requirements established by the Division.

(c)  For the purposes of certification and setting fees, parameters are grouped in the following five categories:

(1)           Acute Toxicity Testing/Invertebrate;

(2)           Acute Toxicity Testing/Vertebrate;

(3)           Chronic Toxicity Testing/Invertebrate;

(4)           Chronic Toxicity Testing/Vertebrate;

(5)           Agal and Aquatic Plant Toxicity Testing;

(6)           Aquatic Population Survey and Analysis.

(d)  All certifications are designated for the period of one year after initial certification.

(e)  Protocol Documents considered as standard methodology and facilities and equipment requirements considered as minimum acceptable resources will be listed in the Certification Criteria/Procedures Document.


History Note:        Authority G.S. 143‑215.3(a)(1); 143‑215.3(1)(10); 143‑215.66;

Eff. October 1, 1988.