Printech Archives, September 1998: Re: Photochemical Wastes and Septic Systems

Re: Photochemical Wastes and Septic Systems

Wayne Pferdehirt (pferdehi@epd.engr.wisc.edu)
Fri, 11 Sep 1998 08:34:37 CST

My earlier message re. photochemical wastes and septic systems was
circulated among the WI DNR; following are comments I received back.
Thanks to Fred Johnson of DNR for this feedback.
-Wayne

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From: <JohnsF@mail01.dnr.state.wi.us>
To: <pferdehi@epd.engr.wisc.edu>
Subject: Photochemical Wastes and Septic Systems
Date: Wed, 9 Sep 1998 09:49:35 -0500

Wayne,
The guidance looks fine. See attached comments. I have another set I
am also sending. FJ

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>From: Hooper, Ginger K
>Sent: Wednesday, September 09, 1998 8:15 AM
>To: DIS_WA_HWT; Johnson, Frederick A; Miller, Sandy J
>Subject: RE: Photochemical Wastes and Septic Systems
>
>Sandy, appreciate the response. Do you know what kind of a response the
>sanitarians gave. My experience has not been overall positive. The
>sanitarians up here approve systems for businesses knowing full well that
>there should not be floor drains in the shop areas unless there is an
>approved wastewater permit or holding tank. I think the issue of this type
>of discharge is a DNR staff issue not the sanitarians, although it would be
>good to do some crosstraining or whatever with them to help each other out.
>
>Ginger Hooper, CHMM
>Hazardous Waste Specialist - W. Central Region
>Department of Natural Resources
>1300 W. Clairemont Ave,
>Eau Claire, WI 54701
>(715) 839-3759 FAX: (715) 839-6076
>hoopeg@dnr.state.wi.us
>
>----------
>From: Miller, Sandy J
>Sent: Wednesday, September 09, 1998 7:47 AM
>To: DIS_WA_HWT; Johnson, Frederick A; Hooper, Ginger K
>Subject: RE: Photochemical Wastes and Septic Systems
>
>We have also referred calls on private septic/holding tanks to county
>sanitarians.
>
>----------
>From: Hooper, Ginger K
>Sent: Tuesday, September 08, 1998 8:50 AM
>To: DIS_WA_HWT; Johnson, Frederick A
>Subject: RE: Photochemical Wastes and Septic Systems
>
>The general information is fine and I appreciate the definition so the person
>must make a decision as to whether they operate a business. WCR has had to
>stop this activity at several home photographic studios. My only comment is
>that at least up here, I would not recommend that we tell the people to
>contact local health officials. It will only be a source of frustration and
>they will likely not get an answer they can use. I am sorry to say that
>several health dept. around here, based on my calls to them, have little
>knowledge and provide no help especially if it is something going down a
>drain. Direct exposure they were more helpful with. We should recommend
>that customers contact the DNR hydros or Solid and Hazardous waste staff. A
>business determination needs to be made first.
>Thanks for asking for input and responding to these kinds of requests.
>
>
>Ginger Hooper, CHMM
>Hazardous Waste Specialist - W. Central Region
>Department of Natural Resources
>1300 W. Clairemont Ave,
>Eau Claire, WI 54701
>(715) 839-3759 FAX: (715) 839-6076
>hoopeg@dnr.state.wi.us
>
>----------
>From: Johnson, Frederick A
>Sent: Tuesday, September 08, 1998 8:22 AM
>To: DIS_WA_HWT
>Subject: Photochemical Wastes and Septic Systems
>
>FYI. Any comments? FJ
>
>----------
>From: Wayne Pferdehirt[SMTP:pferdehi@epd.engr.wisc.edu]
>Sent: Friday, September 04, 1998 6:15 PM
>To: printech-and-printreg@great-lakes.net
>Subject: Photochemical Wastes and Septic Systems
>
>I just had a question from a hobby photographer re. disposal of
>photochemical wastes in his septic system.
>
>In developing a response I came upon a well-done Web site that
>addresses this, as well as many other environmental questions.
>
>The address is:
>http://www.kodak.com/global/en/service/faqs/faqEnvironment.shtml
>
>The following is quoted from the Kodak Web site. Any other thoughts
>on this topic?
>
>**********************************
>
>Will disposing of photographic processing solutions damage my septic
>tank system?
>
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>-
>
>I am an Amateur Photographer in the United States. Will disposing of
>photographic processing solutions damage my septic tank system? First
>of all, let's define an "amateur photographer". An amateur is someone
>who engages in an activity as a pastime rather than a profession. When
>you become a professional photographer and charge for your services,
>you are required by law to comply with certain environmental and
>workplace safety regulations. As an amateur photographer, you are not
>required by United States law to follow those regulations; however, we
>do recommend certain practices for safe handling and waste management.
>
>
>
>Septic tank systems are designed and used for the disposal of domestic
>waste primarily in areas where municipal sewers are unavailable.
>Septic systems do not have the ability to properly treat photographic
>processing solution waste. Kodak does not recommend the use of septic
>systems for disposal of photographic processing chemicals because it
>may affect the proper operation of the septic system. This also
>includes leach fields and cesspools. Other disposal options are
>available for septic system users, including household waste
>collection facilities, discharge to a nearby municipal treatment
>plant, or a licensed hazardous waste hauler.
>
>
>The United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) and many
>states have established regulations to minimize the potential of
>adversely affecting sources of underground drinking water. Although
>these regulations typically do not impact domestic users such as
>amateur photographers, we recommend that you contact your local health
>department to determine whether discharging photographic processing
>effluents into your septic tank is appropriate for your location.
>
>
>For more information, see KODAK Publication No. J-300, Environmental
>Guidelines for Amateur Photographers. To order J-300, call Advertising
>Distribution at 1-800-233-1650.
>
>
>
>Kodak is a trademark.
>FAQ0122
>
>
>**********************************************************
>Wayne P. Pferdehirt, P.E., AICP
>U. of Wis., Solid & Hazardous Waste Education Center
>610 Langdon Street, Room 532, Madison, WI 53703-1195
>Phone: 608/265-2361 Fax: 608/262-6250
>pferdehi@epd.engr.wisc.edu
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>
>
>
>
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Wayne P. Pferdehirt, P.E., AICP
U. of Wis., Solid & Hazardous Waste Education Center
610 Langdon Street, Room 532, Madison, WI 53703-1195
Phone: 608/265-2361 Fax: 608/262-6250
pferdehi@epd.engr.wisc.edu
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