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B.C. Reg. 301/90
M188/90
Deposited August 31, 1990
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Environmental Management Act

Environmental Data Quality
Assurance Regulation

[includes amendments up to B.C. Reg. 323/2004]

Contents
1 Interpretation
2 Sampling, analytical, quality control and reporting procedures
3 Repealed
4 Cost recovery
5 Inter-laboratory Comparison Program
6 Repealed

Interpretation

1In this regulation:

"CAEAL" means the Canadian Association for Environmental Analytical Laboratories;

"designated characteristics" means characteristics, analytes or parameters designated by CAEAL to be included in the Inter-laboratory Comparison Program;

"director" includes a regional water manager as defined in the Water Act and an administrator or inspector as defined in the Pesticide Control Act;

"Inter-laboratory Comparison Program" means the program operated by CAEAL in which participating laboratories analyze reference samples supplied by CAEAL and the analytical results produced are compared for accuracy;

"officer" includes a person employed by a municipality who is

(a)designated in writing by a director, or

(b)a member of a class designated in writing by a director;

"reference laboratory" means a laboratory, designated by the director, whose performance is unbiased as demonstrated in inter-laboratory performance studies or blind audits;

"reference sample" means a sample with assigned design, or assigned consensus concentration values, for one or more characteristics or analytes;

"registered laboratory" means a laboratory registered with CAEAL as participating in the Inter-laboratory Comparison Program;

"split sample" means a liquid sample which is split and added to 2 separate containers so that each part of the split sample has identical characteristics whose reference concentration values are assigned by analysis by a reference laboratory;

"standard sample" means a sample whose reference concentration value for one or more characteristics is assigned by using a design value based on gravimetric or volumetric measurement.

[am. B.C. Regs. 85/2000, s. 1; 323/2004, s. (a).]

Sampling, analytical, quality control and reporting procedures

2A person required to submit environmental monitoring data as a requirement of an order, permit, licence, approval or certificate under an enactment administered by the Minister of Water, Land and Air Protection shall, on the request of a director,

(a)cause any samples collected as a requirement of an order, permit, licence, approval, certificate or other legislative requirement to be analyzed for designated characteristics at a registered laboratory,

(b)provide, within 45 days of sample collection, analytical results to the director

(i)for the laboratory analysis of one part of a split sample collected by an officer or another person designated by the director, and

(ii)for characteristics specified in the order, permit, licence, approval, certificate or other legislative requirement,

(c)provide analytical results to the director for analysis of standard samples of gases introduced to an emission analyzer, or ambient air analyzer operated as a requirement of an order, permit, licence, approval or certificate,

(d)follow sampling, analytical, quality control and reporting procedures as specified or authorized by the director, and

(e)describe to the director fully in a form specified by the director the methods used to collect and analyze the samples.

[am. B.C. Regs. 109/2002, s. 1; 323/2004, ss. (b) to (d).]

Repealed

3Repealed. [B.C. Reg. 323/2004, s. (e).]

Cost recovery

4(1)  A person required to submit environmental monitoring data as a requirement of an order, permit, licence, approval or certificate under an enactment administered by the Minister of Water, Land and Air Protection shall reimburse the Ministry of Water, Land and Air Protection for the ministry‚Äôs costs of auditing samples, analytical results and data submitted to the director.

(2)  Reimbursement of the ministry's costs are payable 30 days after the date on an invoice detailing the ministry's costs.

[am. B.C. Reg. 109/2002, s. 1.]

Inter-laboratory Comparison Program

5To become and remain registered under the Inter-laboratory Comparison Program a laboratory must

(a)be registered with CAEAL,

(b)analyze each reference sample supplied by CAEAL for each designated characteristic for which the laboratory seeks to be certified,

(c)provide the analytical results to CAEAL in the manner specified by CAEAL, and

(d)provide the ministry with a certified copy of the CAEAL certification letter for each designated characteristic and the results of each inter-laboratory test result within 30 days after the results are mailed by CAEAL.

[en. B.C. Reg. 85/2000, s. 2.]

Repealed

6Repealed. [B.C. Reg. 85/2000, s. 2.]

Note: this regulation replaces B.C. Regs. 177/88 and 300/88.