Pennsylvania Pretreatment Standards regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Pennsylvania Pretreatment Standards: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Municipal wasteload management: 25 Pennsylvania Code (Pa. Code) 94.1 to 94.57

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Facility overloads: 25 Pa. Code 94.31

Annual reports: 25 Pa. Code 94.12

Regulatory Agencies

Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Office of Water Management Bureau of Water Standards and Facility Regulation

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 3

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See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. DEP has not been granted authority to administer the federal pretreatment program in Pennsylvania. The state follows the federal rules. For more information about the federal requirements, see the national section PRETREATMENT STANDARDS.

Like the federal rules, in cases where pollutants contributed by industrial users result in interference or pass through, a permittee must develop and implement specific local limits for industrial users and other users, as appropriate, to ensure compliance with the facility's National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit. For additional information about NPDES permitting requirements in Pennsylvania, see the state section NPDES PERMIT.

The state has established a program that requires owners and operators of municipal sewerage facilities to plan for and manage future hydraulic, organic, and industrial waste loadings to their facilities.

Administration and enforcement. EPA is responsible for administering the federal pretreatment program in Pennsylvania, and is responsible for approving each municipality's program. DEP's Bureau of Water Standards and Facility Regulation enforces the municipal wasteload management ...

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