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Any existing incinerator in any zoning use district that is not prohibited by this Chapter, and any new incinerator installation that would be permitted by this Chapter, must comply with the following minimum standards and requirements. Existing incinerators shall have a period of six months (6 mos.) to meet these requirements.
(a) They must have a secondary combustion chamber or a roof settling chamber. The chamber must be designed to reduce the velocity of the products of combustion to promote the settling of flyash from the gas stream and to promote the burning of unburned combustible materials before they are released into the atmosphere.
(b) The installer, designer or manufacturer must certify in writing to the City that the incinerator is designed so that it will not emit smoke into the atmosphere of an appearance, density or shade darker than number one (No. l) of the Ringelmann Chart, which Chart is published by the Bureau of Mines, United States Department of the Interior, August, 1955, a copy of which is attached to original Ordinance 3937-72, passed February 5, 1973, and made a part hereof as though fully rewritten herein. The installer must also certify to the City that a survey has been made and that the incinerator is of a type and size that will dispose of the type and amount of waste produced by the user in compliance with this section.
(c) All incinerators shall be constructed, equipped and operated so as not to discharge or cause to be discharged into the atmosphere from any refuse burning, visible emissions of any air contaminant which is darker in shade or density than that designated as number one (No. 1) on the Ringelmann Chart for more than three minutes (3 min.) in any hour, or of such opacity as to obscure an observer's view to a degree greater than that designated as number one (No. 1) on the Ringelmann Chart.
(d) Every incinerator shall be capable of completely incinerating wet or dry combustible materials and garbage to ash without causing noisome, offensive or noxious odors, vapors or gases, and without discharge into the atmosphere of sparks, flyash or powdered residue of the substance which has been burned; nor shall any observable smoke, odor or vapor escape from incinerator doors or joints of any kind into the space containing the equipment.
(e) Any new building that chooses to install a flue-fed incinerator must install a two-flue incinerator system; one flue for charging waste and one flue for carrying the products of combustion.
(f) Flue-fed incinerators shall be provided with an automatic ignition burner which ignites and burns for a predetermined time at regular intervals. The installation and safety features of this burner must comply with nationally recognized good practices.
(g) All flues shall terminate in a substantially constructed spark arrester. The spark arrester shall have openings not greater than one-half inch (1/2 in.)
(h) All incinerators permitted by this Chapter must comply with the requirements of the Incinerator Standards as published by the Incinerator Institute of America, a copy of which is attached to original Ordinance 3937-72, passed February 5, 1973, and made a part hereof as though fully rewritten herein. Domestic incinerators which shall comply with the American Gas Association, Inc., U.S.A. Standards, approved September 15, 1969, United States of America Standards Institute, a copy of which is attached to original Ordinance 3937-72. Passed February 5, 1973, and made a part hereof as though fully rewritten herein.
(i) The manufacturer's or designer's operation and maintenance instructions must be posted in the vicinity of the incinerator.
(j) The incinerator may be shut down for improper operation, malfunction of any part of the incinerator, poor maintenance, deterioration of any part of the incinerator, or if it causes noisome, offensive or noxious odors, vapors or gases, or if it discharges into the atmosphere sparks, flyash or powdered residue of the substance which has been burned, upon written notice issued by a City representative. The incinerator is not to be used until all repairs or modifications are made and it has been inspected and approved for use by a representative of the City. It shall be the responsibility of the owner or management to see that the above conditions are complied with.
(k) The installation and operation of gas burner scrubbers or gas washers must comply with nationally recognized good practices.
(1) No incinerator is to be installed without first making application to, and gaining approval from the Building Commissioner. He shall issue the necessary permits after receiving all the appropriate fees for such permits. The issuance of an approval by the Commissioner, or of permits by the Commissioner, shall not be construed as a guarantee of immunity from prosecution or other legal action for violations occurring after the incinerator is put into operation.
(Ord. 3937-72. Passed 2-5-73)