How Does Your Wastewater Treatment (WWT) System Stack Up Against Your Peers?
Would a new system or upgrade help reduce your company’s energy costs?
CAPACCIO invites you to take part in our Industrial Wastewater Survey. This survey is being launched to assess the current state of industrial pretreatment systems. By taking this survey, you will receive a complete report on the survey data which could help you to understand how your system compares to others in your industry and what implications there may be for older systems.
As a thank you for completing this short survey, which should take less than 10 minutes to complete, we will email you the complete survey results for free (survey results will be anonymous). In addition, one lucky participant, chosen at random, will be eligible to win a $50 Visa gift card. Feel free to forward this study if there is a colleague who may want to answer this survey. They will receive the survey results and also be entered into the drawing as well.
The deadline for participation is September 28, 2012. Don’t miss this opportunity! Thank you for your time.
If you have any questions on the survey, please call Bill Potochniak at 508-970-0033 ext. 134, or email him at email@example.com.
The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) promulgated new sewer system extension and connection regulations (314 CMR 7.00) in 2007. These regulations required industrial facilities with wastewater discharges above certain thresholds to apply for a permit, submit a self-certification, or be considered “Permit by Rule” which does not require a submittal. The following thresholds determine what actions must be taken:
- You discharge to an EPA approved industrial pretreatment program (IPP) and your combined discharge (industrial and sanitary) is greater than 50,000 gallons per day (gpd) – Apply for Permit
- You discharge to an EPA approved IPP and your combined discharge (industrial and sanitary) is less than 50,000 gpd – Permit by Rule
- You discharge to a non approved IPP and your combined discharge (industrial and sanitary) is greater than 25,000 gpd – Apply for Permit
- You discharge to a non approved IPP and your combined discharge (industrial and sanitary) is less than 25,000 gpd – Submit a Compliance Certification
Both the permit and the self-certification are valid for 5 years. With the majority of the final permits and certifications being issued and approved in early 2008 many industries will be required to renew their permits or certifications towards the end of this year.
The permit renewal process is the same as the process completed to obtain the original permit. Permit renewal applications (BWP IW 38 or 39) must be submitted 90 days prior to the expiration of the existing permit and companies will again be required to complete the public notification process. Self-certifications must be submitted before the existing certification expires and do not require any public notification.
If you have any questions about the MassDEP Sewer Connection regulations or the renewal process contact Bill Potochniak at firstname.lastname@example.org or 508.970.0033 ext. 134.
CAPACCIO has had a few inquiries from our clients asking if First Aid Classes and CPR classes can be used toward the 20 Training Contact Hours (TCH’s) that WWT operators are required to obtain in order to maintain their licenses. We spoke with the MassDEP who confirmed that they are approved. When operators submit their license renewal forms, they are to include a copy of the card (both sides) issued to them upon completion. First Aid Courses (regardless of actual length in hours) are approved for 3 TCH’s, similarly, CPR courses are also worth 3 TCH’s. Some companies are now offering combined classes where First Aid and CPR are covered in the same course and the participants are issued one certification card for both. If the class is combined the operators can only obtain 3 TCH’s and not 6 as they would if they were to take the classes separately. If you have any questions, contact Josh Fawson at 508-970-0033 ext. 120 or email@example.com.
The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) recently published interim guidance for operators of evaporator units that employ a tank or tank system that is used to reduce the volume of (i.e. ,treat ) hazardous industrial wastewater by heating it until it evaporates.
“Evaporator systems,” as used in the interim guidance, are systems that include a wastewater treatment unit (WWTU), an evaporator unit, and all piping ancillary to operation of that system. These systems treat the influent hazardous wastewater to render it non-hazardous, and then evaporate the non-hazardous wastewater in an evaporator unit.
The interim guidance does not apply to:
- Systems that evaporate only non-hazardous wastewater (generated off-site or on-site)
- Units that separate non-hazardous wastewater from oil at the site of generation (310 CMR 20.252(4)
- Units that evaporate non-hazardous wastewater transferred from an elementary neutralization unit at the site of generation (310 CMR 30.1103)
- Closed –loop vacuum evaporators that have no air emissions (these are exempt from 310 CMR 30.000)
- Evaporator systems treating hazardous wastes received from off-site. These require a MassDEP HW facility license (310 CMR 30.801)
- Sludge dryers associated with WWT systems approved by MassDEP (314 CMR 12.00)
- Containers or treatment units (other than evaporator systems) subject to MGL 21C and 310 CMR 30.000
Evaporator systems may be exempt from licensing requirements for hazardous waste treatment provided they meet the definition of “treatment which is an integral part of the manufacturing process”. The interim guidelines provide clarification of what is required to maintain the exemption and are intended to give industry an opportunity to evaluate their systems and make necessary adjustments prior to promulgation of the new regulations (anticipated in 2012).
To qualify for the exemption, evaporator systems must:
- Include a WWTU that is directly connected via permanent piping to the evaporator unit
- Receive and treat wastewater in the WWTU containing only hazardous constituents in dissolved form (i.e., no multi-phase liquid hazardous waste)
- Receive and treat wastewaters directly from their dedicated WWTU only
- Treat the hazardous industrial wastewater in the WWTU so that it is rendered non-hazardous BEFORE it is evaporated
- Prevent air emissions of hazardous constituents from both the untreated hazardous wastewater and the treated non-hazardous wastewater to the maximum extent practical
In certain cases, operators of evaporator systems that do not meet these requirements may need to obtain a waiver from MassDEP. Here’s the link to the Interim Guidance on Management of Evaporator Systems fact sheet: http://www.mass.gov/dep/recycle/laws/evapguid.pdf
If you have any questions, please contact Lucy Servidio at 508.970.0033 ext. 114 or firstname.lastname@example.org.