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Industrial Pretreatment Committee

Chairman: Kevin Shropshire



It shall be the duty of this committee to develop, organize, schedule, and/or approve classes for the purpose of coordinating Industrial Pretreatment Training Courses in the State of Florida. The committee shall determine the criteria and assist the Training Director and the Regions in scheduling the speakers and instructors for the schools.

The purpose of an Industrial Pretreatment Program is to monitor and regulate the introduction of pollutants from non-domestic sources into the treatment systems and to improve opportunities to reclaim municipal and industrial wastewaters and sludges. The State of Florida Department of Environmental Protection requires the implementation of pretreatment standards as set forth in Florida Administrative Code 62-625. Monitoring of industrial users is the primary tool an Industrial Pretreatment Program has to determine compliance of the industrial users' wastewater with applicable regulations. Some of the standards used to meet the monitoring and pretreatment objectives include:

  1. National Categorical Standards:
    These are technically based standards which set industry-specific effluent limits. General and specific prohibited discharge standards are also national prohibitions against pollutant discharges from any non-domestic user which pass through or interfere with the treatment process or could cause fires, explosions, corrosive structural damage, flow obstruction, or other interference.

  2. Prohibited Discharge Standards:
    General and specific prohibited discharge standards that are protections developed locally to address Federal standards, as well as State and Local Standards.

  3. Local Limits:
    Many municipalities set local limits within their ordinances. These provide for quality standards industrial wastewaters must meet.

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