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All significant industrial users shall obtain a significant industrial user permit prior to the commencement of discharge to the POTW. Existing industrial users who are determined by the Public Works Director and/or POTW Director to be significant industrial users shall obtain a significant industrial user permit within 180 days of receiving notification of the Public Works Director and/or POTW Director’s determination. Industrial users who do not fit the significant industrial user criteria may at the discretion of the Public Works Director and/or POTW Director be required to obtain a wastewater discharge permit for non-significant industrial users.
(A) Significant industrial user determination. All persons proposing to discharge non-domestic wastewater, or proposing to change the volume or characteristics of an existing discharge of non- domestic wastewater shall request from the POTW Director a significant industrial user determination. If the POTW Director determines or suspects that the proposed discharge fits the significant industrial user criteria he or she will require through the Public Works Director, that a significant industrial user permit application be filed.
(B) Significant industrial user permit application. Users required to obtain a significant industrial user permit shall complete and file with the town, an application in the form prescribed by the POTW Director, and accompanied by an application fee in the amount prescribed in the schedule of charges and fees. Significant industrial users shall apply for a significant industrial user permit within 90 days after notification of the POTW Director’s determination in division (A) of this section. The application shall include at a minimum:
(1) Name of industrial user;
(2) Address of industrial user;
(3) Standard industrial classification (SIC) code(s) or expected classification and industrial user category;
(4) Wastewater flow;
(5) Types and concentrations (or mass) of pollutants contained in the discharge;
(6) Major products manufactured or services supplied;
(7) Description of existing on-site pretreatment facilities and practices;
(8) Locations of discharge points;
(9) Raw materials used or stored at the site;
(10) Flow diagram or sewer map for the industrial user;
(11) Number of employees;
(12) Operation and production schedules; and
(13) Description of current and projected waste reduction activities in accordance with G.S. § 143-215.1(g).
(C) Application signatories and certification. All wastewater discharge permit applications and user reports must be signed by the current authorized representative of the user on file with the control authority and/or municipality as defined in § 52.002 and contain the following certification statement:
“I certify under penalty of law that this document and all attachments were prepared under my direction or supervision in accordance with a system designed to assure that qualified personnel properly gather and evaluate the information submitted. Based on my inquiry of the person or persons who manage the system, or those persons directly responsible for gathering the information, the information submitted is, to the best of my knowledge and belief, true, accurate, and complete. I am aware that there are significant penalties for submitting false information, including the possibility of fine and imprisonment for knowing violations.”
(D) Application review and evaluation. The POTW Director will evaluate the data furnished by the user and may require additional information.
(1) The Public Works Director is authorized to accept applications for the town and shall refer all applications to the POTW Director and/or staff for review and evaluation.
(2) Within 30 days of receipt, the POTW Director shall acknowledge and accept the complete application; or if not complete, shall return the application to the applicant with a statement of what additional information is required. The POTW Director shall inform the Public Works Director of said return.
(E) Tentative determination and draft permit.
(1) The POTW staff and public works staff shall conduct a review of the application and an on-site inspection of the significant industrial user, including any pretreatment facilities, and shall prepare a written evaluation and tentative determination to issue or deny the significant industrial user permit.
(2) If the staffs tentative determination in subsection (1) above is to issue the permit, the following additional determinations shall be made in writing:
(a) Proposed discharge limitations for those pollutants proposed to be limited;
(b) A proposed schedule of compliance, including interim dates and requirements, for meeting the proposed limitations; and
(c) A brief description of any other proposed special conditions which will have significant impact upon the discharge described in the application.
(3) The staff shall organize the determinations made pursuant to subsections (1) and (2) above and the general permit conditions of the town into a significant industrial user permit.
(F) Permit supporting documentation. The control authority staff shall prepare the following documents for all significant industrial user permits.
(1) An allocation table (AT) listing permit information for all significant industrial users, including but not limited to permit limits, permit effective and expiration dates, and a comparison of total permitted flows and loads with Division approved maximum allowable loadings of the POTW, including flow, on forms or in a format approved by the Division. The AT shall be updated as permits are issued or renewed, and as permits are modified where the permitted limits or other AT information is revised.
(2) The basis, or rationale, for the pretreatment limitations, including the following:
(a) Documentation of categorical determination, including documentation of any calculations used in applying categorical pretreatment standards; and
(b) Documentation of the rationale of any parameters for which monitoring has been waived under 40 C.F.R. Part 403.12(e)(2).
(G) Final action on significant industrial user permit applications.
(1) The POTW Director shall take final action on all applications not later than 90 days following receipt of a complete application.
(2) The POTW Director is authorized to:
(a) Issue a significant industrial user permit containing such conditions as are necessary to effectuate the purposes of this chapter and G.S. § 143-215.1;
(b) Issue a significant industrial user permit containing time schedules for achieving compliance with applicable pretreatment standards and requirements;
(c) Modify any permit upon not less than 60 days notice and pursuant to § 52.051(I);
(d) Revoke any permit pursuant to § 52.121;
(e) Suspend a permit pursuant to § 52.121;
(f) Deny a permit application, when in the opinion of the POTW Director, such discharge may cause or contribute to pass-through or interference of the wastewater treatment plant or where necessary to effectuate the purposes of G. S. § 143-215.1.
(H) Permit modification.
(1) Modifications of permits shall be subject to the same procedural requirements as the issuance of permits except as listed below. Any changes or new conditions in the permit shall include a reasonable time schedule for compliance.
(a) Changes in the ownership of the discharge when no other change in the permit is indicated;
(b) A single modification of any compliance schedule not in excess of four months; or
(c) Modification of compliance schedules (construction schedules) in permits for new sources where the new source will not begin to discharge until control facilities are operational.
(2) Within nine months of the promulgation of a national categorical pretreatment standard, the wastewater discharge permit of users subject to such standards shall be revised to require compliance with such standard within the time frame prescribed by such standard. Where a user, subject to a national categorical pretreatment standard, has not previously submitted an application for a wastewater discharge permit as required by § 52.051(B), the user shall apply for a wastewater discharge permit within 180 days after the promulgation of the applicable national categorical pretreatment standard.
(3) A request for a modification by the permittee shall constitute a waiver of the 60-day notice required by G.S. § 143-215.1(b) for modifications.
(4) The Director of the County POTW shall provide the town a copy of the aforementioned information.
(I) Permit conditions.
(1) The POTW Director shall have the authority to grant a permit with such conditions attached as he or she believes necessary to achieve the purpose of this chapter and G.S. § 143-215.1. Wastewater permits shall contain, but are not limited to, the following:
(a) A statement of duration (in no case more than five years);
(b) A statement of non-transferability;
(c) Applicable effluent limits based on categorical standards or local limits or both;
(d) Applicable monitoring, sampling, reporting, notification and record keeping requirements. These requirements shall include an identification of pollutants to be monitored, sampling location, sampling frequency, and sample type based on federal, state and local law;
(e) Requirements for notifying the POTW in the event of an accidental discharge or slug load as defined in § 52.002;
(f) Requirements to implement a plan or other controls for prevention of accidental discharges and/or slug loads as defined in § 52.002, if determined by the POTW Director to be necessary for the user;
(g) Requirements for immediately notifying the Public Works Director and the POTW of any changes at its facility affecting the potential for spills and other accidental discharges, or slug load as defined in § 52.002; and
(h) A statement of applicable civil and/or criminal penalties for violation of pretreatment standards and requirements and any applicable compliance schedule.
(2) In addition, permits may contain, but are not limited to, the following:
(a) Limits on the average and/or maximum rate of discharge, and/or requirements for flow regulation and equalization;
(b) Limits on the instantaneous, daily and/or monthly average and/or maximum concentration, mass, or other measure of identified wastewater pollutants or properties;
(c) Requirements for the installation of pretreatment technology or construction of appropriate containment devices, and the like, designed to reduce, eliminate, or prevent the introduction of pollutants into the treatment works;
(d) Development and implementation of waste minimization plans to reduce the amount of pollutants discharged to the municipal wastewater system;
(e) The unit charge or schedule of user charges and fees for the management of the wastewater discharged to the system;
(f) Requirements for installation and maintenance of inspection and sampling facilities and equipment;
(g) Specifications for monitoring programs which may include sampling locations, frequency of sampling, number, types, and standards for tests, and reporting schedules;
(h) Requirements for immediate reporting of any instance of noncompliance and for automatic resampling and reporting within 30 days where self-monitoring indicates a violation(s);
(i) Compliance schedules for meeting pretreatment standards and requirements;
(j) Requirements for submission of periodic self-monitoring or special notification reports;
(k) Requirements for maintaining and retaining plans and records relating to wastewater discharges as specified in § 52.082 and affording the POTW Director and Public Works Director, or his or her representatives, access thereto;
(l) Requirements for prior notification and approval by the POTW Director and Public Works Director of any new introduction of wastewater pollutants or of any significant change in the volume or character of the wastewater prior to introduction in the system;
(m) Requirements for the prior notification and approval by the POTW Director of any change in the manufacturing and/or pretreatment process used by the permittee. A copy of said notification and approval shall be furnished to the Public Works Director;
(n) A statement that compliance with the permit does not relieve the permittee of responsibility for compliance with all applicable federal and state pretreatment standards, including those which become effective during the terms of the permit; and
(o) Other conditions as deemed appropriate by the POTW Director and/or Public Works Director to ensure compliance with this ordinance, and state and federal laws, rules, and regulations.
(J) Permit duration. Permits shall be issued for a specified time period, not to exceed five years. A permit may be issued for a period less than a year or may be stated to expire on a specific date.
(K) Permit transfer. Wastewater permits are issued to a specific user for a specific operation. A wastewater discharge permit shall not be reassigned or transferred or sold to a new owner, new user, different premises, or a new or changed operation.
(L) Permit reissuance. A significant industrial user shall apply for permit reissuance by submitting a complete permit application in accordance with § 52.051 in a minimum of 180 days prior to the expiration of the existing permit.
(Ord. 2013-00, passed 7-7-2012)