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Discharge and Groundwater Monitoring

Regulatory Compliance for Discharge Waters and Groundwater Monitoring

Under the Clean Water Act (CWA), EPA implemented wastewater standards for industry and water quality standards for all contaminants in surface waters.  EPA's National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) regulates point sources that discharge pollutants to bodies of water.  Permits are issued for industrial wastewater, municipal wastewater and storm water.  A state may receive authorization for one or more of the NPDES program components, and if EPA approves the state program, the state assumes permitting authority.  

The CWA also regulates discharges under Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) programs.  A TMDL program includes a calculation of the maximum amount of a pollutant that can occur in a water body and allocates the necessary reductions to pollutant sources with the ultimate goal of attaining or maintaining water quality standards.

The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) regulates the disposal of municipal and hazardous waste as well as the protection of groundwater resources.  EPA’s groundwater protection program under RCRA strives to minimize the potential for hazardous constituents to migrate into the environment.  Groundwater monitoring serves to detect ground-water contamination.

TestAmerica's Compliance Monitoring Programs

TestAmerica’s approach to compliance monitoring includes services such as sampling support, courier services, laboratory analyses and customized data delivery options to meet your individualized and regulatory needs.   Experienced project management professionals work with you to implement testing methods that meet the requirements of your specific discharge permit.  Test methods may include routine EPA methods as well as special programmatic methods designed for complex TMDL programs.  For groundwater programs, TestAmerica supports background testing through post-closure monitoring.  Data reported through TotalAccess®, TestAmerica’s 24/7 on-line data portal, allows you to evaluate historical data and compare lab results to regulatory limits.  

Sampling Support

TestAmerica provides coolers, packing material, certified pre-cleaned bottles with applicable preservatives and pre-printed chains of custody directly to the sampling site or office.  Our bottle kits reduce the potential of error in the field by providing the correct containers with the applicable preservatives and paperwork. 

Laboratory Analysis

Samples received at the laboratory are logged into our industry leading Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) based on the information provided on the Chain of Custody.  Sample receipt confirmation forms detailing sample collection information and requested analyses are sent to client contacts after receipt to reduce error potential, and ensure proactive communication.

Data Delivery

TestAmerica’s network of more than 80 locations across the nation are linked by a single LIMS, allowing TestAmerica to provide clients with one report or EDD, regardless of where samples are analyzed within our network.  Our single platform also allows you to perform historical data reviews and comparisons to regulatory levels to identify outliers or data anomalies.  Clients have the option to receive their data in one of our 2,500 formats, as well as via our online data portal, TotalAccess®

To learn more about TestAmerica’s data delivery options, visit our Data Solutions webpage.