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EPA Proposed Standards for Industrial Laundries


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From: Wayne Pferdehirt (pferdehi@epd.engr.wisc.edu)
Date: Tue Jan 13 1998 - 08:27:03 CST


I thought Printreg participants would be interested in seeing this
update re. proposed wastewater regulations for industrial laundries,
given possible impacts re. shop towel management by printers.
-Wayne

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Date: Mon, 12 Jan 1998 14:13:48 -0500
From: Jeff Lewis <Jeff.Lewis@epa.state.oh.us>
To: NPPR@great-lakes.net
Subject: EPA Proposed Standards for Industrial Laundries
Reply-to: nppr@great-lakes.net

U.S. EPA recently proposed new wastewater regulations (Effluent
Limitations Guidelines and Pretreatment Standards) for the industrial
laundry category (40 CFR 441) on 12/17/97.

To see an online version go to:
http://www.epa.gov/fedrgstr/EPA-WATER/1997/December/Day-17/w30240.htm

For a industry trade association viewpoint on the proposal, follow
comments on the Uniform & Textile Serivice Association (UTSA) website
at http://www.utsa.com

I quickly reviewed the proposal. My "unofficial" summary follows.

Affected Facilities

Industrial laundries discharging to POTWs.
Must launder more than 1 million pounds of incoming laundry or 255,000
pounds of shop/printer towels a year. USEPA estimates approximately
1606 affected facilities. The largest concentration in Region V.

USEPA has chosen not to address direct dischargers at this time (no
direct discharging facilities have been identified).

Selected Compliance (Treatment) Option

Chemical Precipitation (CP). USEPA notes that CP is used at only
three percent of laundries. Remember that laundries do not have to
install the treatment option. They can meet limits however they
choose. Which leads to .....

Pollutants and Limits

Table 1 to Part 441--Pretreatment Standards
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CP-Daily Pollutant parameter maximum (mg/l) ---------------------------------------------------------------------- -- Bis (2-Ethylhexyl) Phthalate.................0.13 Ethylbenzene......................................1.64 Naphthalene.......................................0.23 Tetrachloroethene...............................1.71 Toluene..............................................2.76 m-Xylene............................................1.33 o&p-Xylene.........................................0.95 Copper...............................................0.24 Lead..................................................0.27 Zinc....................................................0.61 SGT-HEM \1\......................................27.5 ---------------------------------------------------------------------- -- \1\ Monthly average limitation for SGT-HEM under CP option is 15.4 mg/L.

SGT-HEM is an oil/grease indicator test!

P2 in the Proposal

P2 is referenced in the rulemaking mostly in terms of BMPs (best management practices). Not a lot specifics though. I suspect other documents created to support this rulemaking would have more information.

Important Dates

Affected facilties will have three years from the effective date of the Final rule to be in compliance. Final rulemaking is scheduled for 6/99.

Comments

The EPA deadline for comments is 2/17/98 and can be submitted electronically (P2!).

Jeff Lewis Ohio EPA/Office of Pollution Prevention P.O. Box 1049 Columbus, OH 43216-1049 (614) 644-2812 jeff.lewis@epa.state.oh.us

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