Rules establishing a certification program and fees for water quality laboratories

Water quality laboratory, Photo courtesy Metropolitan Council, Saint Paul
In 2013 the Minnesota Legislature authorized the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) to:

The same statute also gave the MPCA the authority to adopt rules to formalize those activities.

The MPCA has adopted rules that apply to laboratories that conduct wastewater or water analytical work that is reported to the MPCA to determine compliance with the national pollutant discharge elimination system (NPDES) or state disposal system (SDS) permit conditions or other regulatory document. The certification and fee programs established by the rules will not apply to:

  • Laboratories that are private or “for profit”.
  • Laboratories that perform drinking water analysis (these laboratories are currently certified by the Minnesota Department of Health: HTML icon Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program (MDH)
  • Laboratories that perform remediation program analyses, such as Superfund or petroleum analytical work.
  • Laboratories that opt to maintain accreditation through an MPCA-accepted program such as the Minnesota Department of Health Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program.



Request for Comments

Public Comment period open from Oct. 6, 2014, through Nov. 7, 2014

Drafting of rule language/SONAR


Public comment period

Dec. 29, 2014, through Feb. 6, 2015

Adoption of Rules

Notice of Adoption published in State Register (June 15, 2015)

Rules effective

June 22, 2015


Contact information

For technical questions about the content of the adopted rules:

Sandy McDonald

For questions about the  rulemaking:

Carol Nankivel