Proposed wastewater lab certification regulation moves through first legislative committee review

Technical amendments approved

On July 9, the Administrative Regulation Review Subcommittee (ARRS) of the Legislative Research Commission (LRC) took up the proposed regulation of the Kentucky Division of Water establishing a wastewater laboratory certification program and approved the technical amendments to the regulation. On Aug. 7, the proposed regulation will be referred for consideration to the appropriate jurisdictional committee, namely, the Interim Joint Committee on Natural Resources and Environment. The joint committee will have 30 days to take up the regulation.

The 2011 General Assembly enacted SB120/HB385 which created KRS 224.10-670 authorizing the Energy and Environment Cabinet to promulgate an administrative regulation establishing a wastewater laboratory certification program for laboratories that are responsible for providing data to the cabinet for the purpose of demonstrating compliance with wastewater discharge permits under the Kentucky Pollutant Discharge Elimination System.

The purpose of the wastewater laboratory certification program is to determine that a laboratory has the necessary technical competence, facilities and equipment to perform the laboratory analytical procedures required by the Clean Water Act. The wastewater laboratory certification program provides procedures for laboratories applying for certification, establishes laboratory certification fees and provides the appropriate methods and references for evaluating laboratory competence. The program will affect approximately 455 laboratories that perform wastewater testing services.

Visit to review the proposed regulation, the application for certification and the technical manual.