Sunday, February 15, 2009

Biomonitoring Requirements - Amendment to OK Rules

The Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality (ODEQ) is proposing to modify its rules concerning biomonitoring (whole effluent toxicity, or WET) requirements for wastewater dischargers. Under the proposed rules, a sublethal test failure (failure to demonstrate growth or reproduction) will be handled the same as a lethal test failure (death to the test organisms). This change is required based on changes in US EPA requirements and has already been promulgated into Oklahoma’s Water Quality Standards.

The proposed rule modifications also refine when a facility may request a biomonitoring organism change from Daphnia pulex or Ceriodaphnia dubia to Daphnia magna. Finally, the proposed rule modifications would also require monthly monitoring for phosphorus and/or nitrogen if a facility is discharging to a nutrient limited watershed as designated by Oklahoma’s Water Quality Standards.

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