NR 149.19 Note Note: The documents above can be found on the Wisconsin department of natural resources laboratory accreditation program website and are available for inspection at the offices of the department and the legislative reference bureau.
NR 149.19(2)(b) (b) The department may not grant either interim or provisional certifications.
NR 149.19(2)(c) (c) A laboratory shall follow any additional criteria and procedures identified in this chapter applying to drinking water analyses.
NR 149.19(3) (3)Requirements for inorganic contaminants.
NR 149.19(3)(a) (a) To receive and maintain certification to conduct analyses of inorganic contaminants, the laboratory shall achieve MDLs no greater than the MDLs specified in 40 CFR 141.23 (a) (4) (i) and 40 CFR 141.89 (a) (1) (iii) for each accredited method.
NR 149.19 Note Note: Links to 40 CFR Part 141 can be found on the Wisconsin department of natural resources laboratory accreditation program website.
NR 149.19(3)(b) (b) Each laboratory shall successfully analyze at least one PT sample annually according to criteria specified in 40 CFR 141.23 (k) (3) (ii) or 40 CFR 141.89 (a) (1) (ii) (A) and (B) for each accredited method.
NR 149.19 Note Note: Links to 40 CFR Part 141 can be found on the Wisconsin department of natural resources laboratory accreditation program website and are available for inspection at the offices of the department and the legislative reference bureau.
NR 149.19(4) (4)Requirements for vinyl chloride.
NR 149.19(4)(a) (a) To receive and maintain certification to conduct analyses of vinyl chloride, the laboratory shall achieve a MDL no greater than 0.0002 mg/L for each accredited method.
NR 149.19(4)(b) (b) Each laboratory shall successfully analyze at least one PT sample annually for each accredited method according to criteria specified in 40 CFR 141.24 (f) (17) (ii) (B). Vinyl chloride is evaluated separately from the other regulated volatile organic compounds and certification for the regulated volatile organic compounds requires successful analysis of vinyl chloride in addition to requirements for the other regulated volatile organic compounds.
NR 149.19 Note Note: Links to 40 CFR Part 141 can be found on the Wisconsin department of natural resources laboratory accreditation program website and are available for inspection at the offices of the department and the legislative reference bureau.
NR 149.19(5) (5)Requirements for other volatile organic compounds.
NR 149.19(5)(a)(a) To receive and maintain certification to conduct analyses of volatile organic compounds, excluding vinyl chloride, the laboratory shall achieve MDLs no greater than 0.0005 mg/L for all regulated volatile organic compounds for each accredited method.
NR 149.19(5)(b) (b) Each laboratory shall successfully analyze at least one PT sample annually for each accredited method according to criteria specified in 40 CFR 141.24 (f) (17) (i) (B). Excluding vinyl chloride, a laboratory may be certified for all volatile organic compounds if the laboratory successfully analyzes at least 80% of the regulated volatile organic compounds.
NR 149.19 Note Note: Some PT sample providers include the trihalomethanes in the sample for regulated volatile organic compounds. Trihalomethanes are not considered part of the “80%” rule. To be accredited for the regulated volatile organic compounds, vinyl chloride and 16 of the remaining 20 regulated volatile organic compounds are to pass in each PT sample.
NR 149.19 Note Note: Links to 40 CFR Part 141 can be found on the Wisconsin department of natural resources laboratory accreditation program website and are available for inspection at the offices of the department and the legislative reference bureau.
NR 149.19(6) (6)Requirements for synthetic organic contaminants.
NR 149.19(6)(a)(a) To receive and maintain certification to conduct analyses of synthetic organic contaminants, the laboratory shall achieve MDLs no greater than the MDLs specified in 40 CFR 141.24 (h) (18) for each accredited method.
NR 149.19 Note Note: Links to 40 CFR Part 141 can be found on the Wisconsin department of natural resources laboratory accreditation program website and are available for inspection at the offices of the department and the legislative reference bureau.
NR 149.19(6)(b) (b) Each laboratory shall successfully analyze at least one PT sample annually according to criteria specified in 40 CFR 141.24 (h) (19) (i) (A) and (B).
NR 149.19 Note Note: Links to 40 CFR Part 141 can be found on the Wisconsin department of natural resources laboratory accreditation program website and are available for inspection at the offices of the department and the legislative reference bureau.
NR 149.19(7) (7)Requirements for disinfection by-products.
NR 149.19(7)(a) (a) To receive and maintain certification to conduct analyses of disinfection by-products, the laboratory shall meet the requirements specified in 40 CFR 141.131 (b) (2) (iv) for each accredited method. To receive certification to conduct analyses of trihalomethanes, the laboratory shall achieve MDLs no greater than 0.0005 mg/L for each regulated analyte for each accredited method.
NR 149.19 Note Note: Links to 40 CFR Part 141 can be found on the Wisconsin department of natural resources laboratory accreditation program website and are available for inspection at the offices of the department and the legislative reference bureau.
NR 149.19(7)(b) (b) For the haloacetic acid and trihalomethane PT samples, laboratories shall pass 80%, or 4 of the analytes present in each PT sample.
NR 149.19(8) (8)Failed PT samples. The department may not renew the accreditation for analytes for which the laboratory fails consecutive PT samples.
NR 149.19(9) (9) Certification exemptions. Certification is not required to perform any of the following analyses:
NR 149.19(9)(a) (a) Fluoride analysis required under s. NR 809.74.
NR 149.19(9)(b) (b) Analysis for free chlorine residual and total chlorine residual required under s. NR 809.74.
NR 149.19(9)(c) (c) Analysis for pH required under s. NR 809.548.
NR 149.19(9)(d) (d) Analysis for turbidity required under s. NR 809.113.
NR 149.19 History History: CR 17-046: cr. Register February 2021 No. 782, eff. 6-29-21; (1) (title), (8) (title) created under s. 13.92 (4) (4) (b) 2., Stats., Register February 2021 No. 782.
NR 149.20 NR 149.20 Requirements for whole effluent toxicity testing. All the following apply to laboratories accredited to perform whole effluent toxicity testing:
NR 149.20(1) (1)Acute and chronic whole effluent toxicity testing by species. Laboratories analyzing whole effluents for acute and chronic toxicity for a given species shall follow the quality control requirements referenced in the “State of Wisconsin Aquatic Life Toxicity Testing Methods Manual,” as updated.
NR 149.20 Note Note: Links to the "State of Wisconsin Aquatic Life Toxicity Testing Methods Manual," can be found on the Wisconsin department of natural resources laboratory accreditation program website and are available for inspection at the offices of the department and the legislative reference bureau.
NR 149.20(2) (2)Accreditation requirements for chemical testing in support of whole effluent toxicity testing. Water chemistry testing performed in support of whole effluent toxicity testing for ammonia, alkalinity, hardness, pH, dissolved oxygen, conductivity, and total residual chlorine do not require separate accreditation under this chapter.
NR 149.20 History History: CR 17-046: cr. Register February 2021 No. 782, eff. 6-29-21.
NR 149.21 NR 149.21 Fees. The department shall establish fees for laboratories participating in the laboratory accreditation program. These costs include those associated with laboratory evaluations, discretionary acceptance of data, reciprocity, training, and collection of fees. Fees may not be prorated and, except for overpayment, are not refundable.
NR 149.21(1) (1)Total fee income.
NR 149.21(1)(a)(a) The laboratory accreditation program's total fee income shall be designed to generate revenues equal to the costs of administering this chapter. Any amendments to the formulas in this subsection shall be reviewed by the council prior to being proposed as rule amendments.
NR 149.21(1)(b) (b) The department may adjust the fee schedule according to the formulas in this subsection and the relative value unit items specified in Tables 1, 2, and 3. Annual fee adjustments shall be reviewed by the council and approved annually by the natural resources board.
NR 149.21(1)(c) (c) The following formulas shall be used to generate and adjust the laboratory accreditation program's fee schedule:
NR 149.21(1)(c)1. 1. Fee Revenue Required = Projected Laboratory Accreditation Program Expenses - (Application Fees + Travel Reimbursement)
NR 149.21(1)(c)1.a. a. Fee Revenue Required is the total amount of revenue which shall be collected via fees to cover all laboratory accreditation program costs.
NR 149.21(1)(c)1.b. b. “Laboratory Accreditation Program Expenses” is the sum of all anticipated laboratory accreditation program expenses including salary, fringes, evaluation travel costs, supplies, and services. This includes travel costs for evaluation of out-of-state labs which are required to reimburse the laboratory accreditation program for laboratory evaluation travel costs. Application Fee revenues are excluded from the Fee Revenue required because the application fee revenues are variable and collected independently throughout an accreditation period.
NR 149.21 Note Note: “Laboratory accreditation program expenses” may not exceed the legislature's approved spending authority for the laboratory accreditation program in a fiscal year. The department of administration approved spending authority is given in s. 20.370 (9) (fj), Stats., and may be revised by the department of administration to recover laboratory accreditation program cost.
NR 149.21(1)(c)1.c. c. Application Fees is a three-year moving average of application fees received for the three most recent fiscal years.
NR 149.21(1)(c)1.d. d. Travel Reimbursement is a three-year moving average of out-of-state travel reimbursements for the three most recent fiscal years. Laboratory accreditation program costs related to travel for out-of-state audits are negated because the department recovers these costs directly from each lab.
NR 149.21 Note Note: For example, given the following,
NR 149.21 Note Projected Laboratory Accreditation Program Expenses = $612,121
NR 149.21 Note Application Fees (three-year average) = $31,681
NR 149.21 Note Travel Reimbursement (three-year average) = $17,079
NR 149.21 Note Fee Revenue Required would be $612,121 - ($31,681 + $17,079) = $563,361.
NR 149.21(1)(c)2. 2. Total # RV Units = [ (#Laboratories in item) x (RV of item)].
NR 149.21(1)(c)2.a. a. Total # RV Units is the total number of RV units available for the fiscal year. It is the mechanism by which fees are distributed to individual laboratories.
NR 149.21(1)(c)2.b. b. “# Laboratories in item” is a count of how many laboratories will be assessed the fee for that item for a fiscal year, based on accreditations currently held.
NR 149.21(1)(c)2.c. c. The RV units for each fee item, “RV of item,” are listed in Table 3. The total number of RV units is the sum of all base fee RV, matrix fee RV, and technology or class fee RV.
NR 149.21 Note Note: For example, given the following,
NR 149.21 Note Base RV: # Labs Registered (5 RV) = 225; # Labs Certified (10 RV) = 141;
NR 149.21 Note Matrix RV = 341 Aqueous, 71 Solid, and 43 Drinking water.
NR 149.21 Note Technology/Class RV= 2612 Aqueous, 943 Solid, and 575 Drinking water.
NR 149.21 Note Base Fee RV Units = (225 x 5) + (141 x 10) = 2535
NR 149.21 Note Matrix RV Units = (341+ 71+43) = 455 x 5 RV/Matrix = 2275
NR 149.21 Note Technology/Class RV Units = (2612+ 943+575) = 4130 RV
NR 149.21 Note Total # RV Units = 2535 + 2275 + 4130 = 8940 RV Units.
NR 149.21(1)(c)3. 3. Cost per RV = Fee Revenue Required / Total # RV Units. The Cost per RV is the dollar value assigned to one RV unit and is used to establish all fees for items in Table 3 of this section. The cost per RV is rounded to the nearest $0.50 to simplify fee statements.
NR 149.21 Note Note: For example, given the following,
NR 149.21 Note Fee Revenue Required = $563,361
NR 149.21 Note Total # RV Units = 8940 RVU
NR 149.21 Note Cost per RV ($/RV) = $563,361 / 8940 RVU = $63.01/RV Units; rounded to the nearest $0.50 = $63.00/RV Units.
NR 149.21(1)(c)4. 4. Laboratory fees = (# RV units for a given laboratory) x (Cost per RV). The sum of base, matrix, technology, and class fees for a given laboratory is multiplied by the cost per RV to determine the fee for each laboratory. Any outstanding administrative fees may also be added.
NR 149.21 Note Note: For example, given the following for Pinestump Wastewater Treatment Plant Laboratory,
NR 149.21 Note Base RV: 5 (registered)
NR 149.21 Note Matrix RV =5 (aqueous matrix only)
NR 149.21 Note Technology/Class RV= 4 (Oxygen Demand Assays = 3 RV; Gravimetric Assays - Residue = 1 RVU).
NR 149.21 Note Total # RV Units = 5 + 5 + 4 = 14 RV Units
NR 149.21 Note Laboratory fee = 14 RV Units x $63.00/RV Units = $882.00.
NR 149.21(2) (2)Administrative fees. The department shall assess fees to recover the cost of specified administrative functions specified in this section, Table 1. Any outstanding administrative fees may be included as part of the annual fee.
Table 1 - Administrative Fees - See PDF for table PDF
1 Out-of-state laboratories may be required to reimburse the laboratory accreditation program for travel costs incurred by the cancellation or postponement of an evaluation, including airfare, hotel, and rental car expenses.
2 Assessed 30 days after payment due date.
NR 149.21(3) (3)Application fees.
NR 149.21(3)(a)(a) The department shall assess fees for all applications specified in this section, Table 2.
NR 149.21(3)(b) (b) The fee for an application also includes matrix and technology or class fees when a laboratory applies for a new matrix, technology, or class. The matrix fee is not required if a laboratory is applying for additional technologies or analytes within a matrix for which the lab already holds accreditation. Technology fees are not required if a laboratory already holds accreditation for that matrix and technology or matrix and class, for drinking water combination.
NR 149.21 Note Note: Example – The application fee for a laboratory applying to add ammonia by colorimetry under the aqueous matrix is based on only the number of RV units for a revised application since the lab has already paid for the aqueous matrix and colorimetry technology as part of its renewal fees.
NR 149.21(3)(c) (c) Application fees are not refundable in either whole or part.
NR 149.21(3)(d) (d) If an application is not completed within a single fiscal year, the department may adjust the fees on the application to recover the difference in fees between the year the application was submitted and the year the application was completed. The laboratory shall pay this difference prior to receiving accreditations.
Table 2 - Application Fees - See PDF for table PDF
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