USEPA Announces New Wastewater Regulations

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) has released Preliminary Effluent Guidelines Program Plan 15 (Preliminary Plan 15), which identifies opportunities to better protect public health and the environment through the regulation of wastewater pollution. Preliminary Plan 15 includes three new rulemakings to reduce contaminants including PFAS and nutrients from key industries. The USEPA will initiate the three new rulemakings after concluding several Read More

USEPA Announces Interim Strategy to Address PFAS Through Wastewater Permits

Aggressively addressing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in the environment continues to be an active and ongoing priority for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA). The USEPA has issued a memorandum detailing an interim National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permitting strategy for addressing PFAS in USEPA-issued wastewater permits. In addition, USEPA released information on Read More

Cold Weather + Holiday FOG = Sewer Clogs

The holidays may look a little different this year, with fewer people gathering in large groups due to COVID-19 concerns. But that doesn’t mean traditional foods like turkey, ham, prime rib, and gravy are off the menu. This time of year can mean big trouble for wastewater utilities when residents pour fat, oil, and grease Read More

WEF Report Determines Low Risk of COVID-19 Infection for Wastewater Professionals

On August 13th, the Water Environment Federation (WEF) Blue Ribbon Panel on Biological Hazards and Safety Precautions published their findings Protecting Wastewater Professionals From Covid-19 and Other Biological Hazards. The publication covers specific findings regarding COVID-19; an update of MOP-1, Safety, Health, and Security in Wastewater Systems; and identifies additional research needs. Through his role Read More

MPCA Requests Comments on Amendments to Operator Training Requirements

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) is requesting comments on changes being considered for the training required to renew a Type IV land disposal facility certification. Type IV facilities apply biosolids from treated wastewater and industrial wastes on identified parcels of land for disposal. The MPCA plans to amend Minn. R. pt. 7048.1000 to reduce the number Read More

Cities Crack Down on Grease-Clogged Sanitary Sewers

  Just in time for the holiday season, Minneapolis is the latest city in Minnesota to adopt an ordinance to prevent fats, oil and grease (FOG) from being dumped down drains, which can cause costly clogs in the sanitary sewer system. Clogs related to FOG are often noticed when homes and businesses experience sewer backups Read More