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EPA Records Schedule 449

Status: (to be superseded) Final, 04/30/2011

Title: Alternate Test Procedure Applications

Program: Water

Applicability: Headquarters

Function: 108-025-02 - Manage Water Quality

NARA Disposal Authority:

This schedule authorizes the disposition of the record copy in any media (media neutral), excluding any records already in electronic form. Records designated for permanent retention must be transferred to the National Archives in accordance with NARA standards at the time of transfer.

Description:

Records include applications for nationwide or limited-use approval of alternate test procedures for determining regulated parameters in National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) and National Primary Drinking Water Regulations (NPDWR) monitoring. Each file includes a method description, performance data and/or comparability study data, technical and statistical reviews, a method recommendation to the approval authority, and related correspondence.

Disposition Instructions:

Item a(1)(a): Approval of proposed method recommended and proposed method recommended as an acceptable version of a previously approved method - Nonelectronic

Includes methods developed either for nationwide use in regulated NPDES and NPDWR monitoring or for limited use in NPDES monitoring or NPDWR radionuclide monitoring.

Item a(1)(b): Approval of proposed method recommended and proposed method recommended as an acceptable version of a previously approved method - Electronic

Includes methods developed either for nationwide use in regulated NPDES and NPDWR monitoring or for limited use in NPDES monitoring or NPDWR radionuclide monitoring.

Item a(1)(c): Approval of proposed method recommended and proposed method recommended as an acceptable version of a previously approved method - Electronic copy of records transferred to the National Archives

Includes methods developed either for nationwide use in regulated NPDES and NPDWR monitoring or for limited use in NPDES monitoring or NPDWR radionuclide monitoring.

Item a(2): Disapproval of proposed method recommended

Includes methods developed either for nationwide use in regulated NPDES and NPDWR monitoring or for limited use in NPDES monitoring or NPDWR radionuclide monitoring.

Item a(3): Application defaulted by applicant

Includes methods developed either for nation-wide use in regulated NPDES and NPDWR monitoring or for limited use in NPDES monitoring or NPDWR radionuclide monitoring.

Item a(4): Application not within EPA jurisdiction (parameter not regulated)

Includes methods developed either for nation-wide use in regulated NPDES and NPDWR monitoring or for limited use in NPDES monitoring or NPDWR radionuclide monitoring.

Item b: Non-radionuclide methods developed for limited use in NPDWR monitoring

Item c: Master list of approved alternative test procedures for NPDES and NPDWR generated every six months

Guidance:

Regulations, Standards, and Guidelines are scheduled as EPA 149.

Records containing sensitive information must be shredded or otherwise definitively destroyed to protect confidentiality.

A December 1989 memo, issued by the Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water, announced that the previous approval of any method for limited use in NPDWR monitoring would be rescinded after reconsideration and promulgation of the nationwide method(s) for the corresponding regulated parameter. This policy was formally announced in the January 30, 1991 Federal Register, Vol. 56, No. 20, p. 3548.

Reasons for Disposition:

The disposition instructions have been rewritten as media neutral to allow for maintaining the record copy in EPA's electronic recordkeeping system. The retention has not changed.

The following changes were made in the 01/31/2008 version:

Item d for electronic copies created with word processing and electronic mail applications deleted 08/21/2006 pursuant to NARA Bulletin 2006-04.

Custodians:

Office of Water, Office of Science and Technology

Related Schedules:

EPA 149

Previous NARA Disposal Authority:

N1-412-97-4/1

Entry: 11/07/1995

EPA Approval: 06/20/2007

NARA Approval: 08/07/2008

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