Domestic Wastewater Pretreatment Program Definitions
The following definitions are taken from Chapter 62-625, F.A.C. (125K), and are primarily applicable to Florida's pretreatment program.
62-625.200 Definitions. Terms used in this chapter shall have the following meaning specified below. The meaning of any term not defined below shall be taken from definitions in other rules of the Department, unless the context clearly indicates otherwise.
(1) "Approval Authority" means the Department of Environmental Protection or its successor agencies.
(2) "Bypass" means the intentional diversion of wastewater streams from any portion of an industrial user's treatment facility.
(3) "Consistent Removal" means the average of the lowest 50 percent of the removal measured in accordance with Rule 62-625.420(2), F.A.C.
(4) "Control Authority" means any public utility that administers a pretreatment program that has been approved by the approval authority in accordance with the requirements of Rule 62-625.510, F.A.C. In cases where categorical or significant noncategorical industrial users discharge to domestic WWFs that are not included in an approved pretreatment program, the Department shall function as the control authority until an approved pretreatment program has been established by the public utility.
(5) "Discharge" means the introduction of pollutants into a WWF from any nondomestic source regulated under Chapter 403, F.S.
(6) "Industrial User" means a source of discharge.
(7) "Interference" means a discharge which, alone or in conjunction with a discharge or discharges from other sources, both:
(8) "Measurement" refers to the ability of the analytical method or protocol to quantify, as well as identify, the presence of the substance in question.
(9) "New Source" means:
(10) "Pass Through" means a discharge which exits the WWF into waters of the State or of the United States in quantities or concentrations which, alone or in conjunction with a discharge or discharges from other sources, is a cause of a violation of any requirement of the WWF's permit (including an increase in the magnitude or duration of a violation).
(11) "Permit" means a permit, including a No Discharge (ND) permit, issued to a WWF in accordance with Chapter 62-620, F.A.C.
(12) "Pretreatment" means the reduction of the amount of pollutants, the elimination of pollutants, or the alteration of the nature of pollutant properties in wastewater prior to or in lieu of discharging or otherwise introducing such pollutants into a WWF. The reduction or alteration may be obtained by physical, chemical or biological processes, process changes or by other means, except as prohibited by Rule 62-625.410(5), F.A.C. Appropriate pretreatment technology includes control equipment, such as equalization tanks or facilities for protection against surges or slug discharges that might interfere with or otherwise be incompatible with the WWF. However, where wastewater from a regulated process is mixed in an equalization facility with unregulated wastewater or with wastewater from another regulated process, the effluent from the equalization facility must meet an adjusted pretreatment limit calculated in accordance with Rule 62-625.410(6), F.A.C.
(13) "Pretreatment Program" means a program administered by a public utility that meets the criteria established in Rule 62-625.500, F.A.C.
(14) "Pretreatment Requirement" means any substantive or procedural requirement related to pretreatment, other than a pretreatment standard, imposed on an industrial user.
(15) "Pretreatment Standard" means any regulation containing pollutant discharge limits promulgated by the Department under Chapter 403, F.S., which applies to industrial users. This term includes prohibitive discharge limits established in Rule 62-625.400, F.A.C.
(16) "Public Utility" means any state, county or municipality owning, managing, controlling or operating a domestic WWF, or proposing to construct a domestic WWF that provides or proposes to provide wastewater service.
(17) "Removal" means a reduction in the amount of a pollutant in the WWF's effluent or alteration of the nature of a pollutant during treatment at the WWF. The reduction or alteration can be obtained by physical, chemical or biological means and may be the result of specifically designed WWF capabilities or may be incidental to the operation of the treatment system. Removal as used in this chapter shall not mean dilution of a pollutant in the WWF.
(18) "Responsible Corporate Officer" means:
(19) "Severe Property Damage" means substantial physical damage to property, damage to an industrial user's treatment facilities which causes them to become inoperable, or substantial and permanent loss of natural resources which can reasonably be expected to occur in the absence of a bypass. Severe property damage does not mean economic loss caused by delays in production.
(20) "Significant Industrial User" means, except as provided in (c) below, the following:
(21) "Slug Discharge" means any discharge of a nonroutine, episodic nature.
(22) "Treatment Plant" means that portion of a WWF which is designed to provide treatment (including recycling and reclamation) of domestic and industrial wastewater.
(23) "Upset" means an exceptional incident in which there is unintentional and temporary noncompliance with categorical pretreatment standards because of factors beyond the reasonable control of the industrial user.
(24) "Wastewater Facility" or "WWF" means any or all of the following: the collection/transmission system, the treatment plant, and the reuse or disposal system.
(25) "Water Management Division Director" means one of the Directors of the Water Management Divisions within the Regional offices of the EPA or this person's delegated representative.
Last updated: July 26, 2012
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