Wastewater Compliance & Permitting
For industrial companies that need wastewater monitoring for an Illinois EPA permit or an NPDES discharge permit, Admiral provides all of the necessary services to successfully meet these requirements. Not only do we have the depth of experience and expertise to determine and evaluate your compliance needs and to identify the most practical, cost-effective way to achieve compliance, we collect all required samples, arrange for laboratory testing, and prepare the Discharge Monitoring Report (DMR). Admiral is your one-stop source for your wastewater compliance and permitting needs.
For companies that are required to sample their wastewater discharge(s), Admiral’s field personnel have accumulated significant experience with wastewater sampling in a wide range of industrial and commercial facilities. Because our staff has been with Admiral for so many years, our clients see the same field technician sampling their facility for years. This has significant benefit as our clients receive highly efficient service (our technicians know where to go, the best way to grab each sample, etc.) and knowledgeable personnel that identify potential problems or cost savings. This saves our clients time and money.
We have the necessary equipment to collect wastewater samples. This includes automatic wastewater sampling, wastewater flow metering, grab sampling, and continuous pH monitoring. It should be noted that certain testing must be performed immediately upon collection and our field technicians are fully trained to perform this protocol (IEPA required for pH, total residual chlorine, and temperature).
Beyond the task of correctly collecting samples, properly documenting them, and analyzing and reporting the results, Admiral personnel provide an easily understandable letter summarizing procedures and results, and explain if the facility/process is compliant or not. And if not, we also explain what to do with the results.
Because our knowledgeable field sampling technicians are so experienced, they’re often the first to spot existing or potential problems with a facility’s discharge. If this occurs, we first notify our client verbally, and then work with the client and our team of experts to trouble-shoot the nature of the problem in order to provide a practical, economical solution (if it’s determined one is needed for continued compliance). All of this is done in the context of trying to save the client time and money and to minimize disruptions to the facility’s processes and production.
RESPONSE TO VIOLATIONS
We have considerable experience in responding to violations and enforcement actions. This includes investigation of the root-cause of the violation and identification of appropriate actions and improvements. We do not sell treatment equipment or chemicals, so we are not biased to expensive correction actions.
Our professional staff is knowledgeable of the wastewater discharge regulations and reporting requirements promulgated by the many regulating agencies throughout Illinois and the Chicago metropolitan area. Of particular benefit to our clients regarding violations is that our staff is well respected by these agencies and has an excellent working relationship with them. Because of this, our clients often ask us to directly interact with agency staff on their behalf and attend compliance hearings in response to violations.
INITIAL PERMITS & PERMIT MODIFICATIONS, ADDITIONS
NPDES, Regional & Municipal Industrial Discharge Permits and Authorizations
Many companies in northeast Illinois are regulated by the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD), other municipal sewage districts (Publically Owned Treatment Works - POTWs), and/or require a National Pollution Discharge Elimination System Permit. As such, in many instances, wastewater sampling is needed and permit application forms must be compiled, completed, signed, and submitted to the appropriate regulatory agency. Since 1971, Admiral has provided expertise and experience helping industrial clients through all of these permit application processes and modifications.
It should be noted that northeast Illinois POTWs not under MWRD jurisdiction have issued their own special industrial permitting and/or reporting requirements, including:
- North Shore Sanitary District
- Lake County Public Works
- Village of Fox Lake
- Village of Itasca
- Village of Wood Dale
- Village of Hanover Park
- Wheaton Sanitary District
- Fox River Water Reclamation District
- Fox Metro Water Reclamation District
Based on annual sampling and reporting requirements or on planned process or facility changes, wastewater permit and discharge authorizations (including NPDES permits) may need to be modified or revised. Admiral has worked with the all of regulating agencies throughout northeast Illinois and fully understands what it takes to keep or bring a facility into compliance. We are well respected by federal, state, and local agency personnel and can therefore, successfully work with them in the interest of our client.
MWRD Discharge Authorization Requests (Form RD-118)
Admiral provides complete services for industry and commercial facilities needing to comply with the User Charge Ordinance of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD); including wastewater sampling, flow measurements and the completion and submittal of MWRD’s Discharge Authorization Request Form (RD-118).
Illinois EPA Form WPC-PS-1, Application for Permit or Construction Approval
The construction of a wastewater pretreatment system requires a permit from the Illinois EPA (IEPA). Admiral personnel are very knowledgeable regarding the exact information required by the IEPA and have prepared the construction permit application Form WPC-PS-1, and required attachments, for many different industrial pretreatment systems.
Class K Operator License
The IEPA requires that industrial wastewater treatment systems be operated under the direct field supervision of a licensed Class K Operator. Admiral delivers onsite training for the completion of the Class K Operator exam. Our training is customized to fit your exact needs relative to your specific wastewater treatment system.
MWRD Reporting Requirements: User Charges
Admiral personnel have in-depth experience guiding clients through the following reporting requirements, undertaking the necessary sampling and documentation, and completing the requisite forms for submittal to the MWRD:
- Annual Certified Statement (Form RD-925)
- User Charge Certified Sampling Reporting Statement (Form RD-920)
- Continued Compliance Report (Form RD-115)
- Report of Flammable, Volatile, Explosive, and Corrosive Materials
- Appeal of User Charges
Admiral personnel have excellent working relationships with MWRD personnel.
For 2012, the MWRD increased the User Charge rates as well as slightly increased the offsetting Real Estate Tax Credit.
MWRD Reporting Requirements: Spill Plans
Admiral has completed numerous MWRD required Spill Plans for a wide variety of industrial clients and can easily complete this requirement. The MWRD has their own rigorous standards for spill containment and the necessary Plan elements. They allow some leeway when 100 percent containment is not practical, but the policy is informal. This is where Admiral's experience is a benefit to the client.
Non-MWRD Reporting Requirements
Other (non-MWRD) local and regional Publically Owned Treatment Works (POTWs) often have their own sampling and reporting requirements. Although varying between POTWs, many require the following:
- Slug Control Plan
- Discharge Monitoring Report
- Industrial Compliance Report
Because Admiral has industrial clients throughout Illinois and Chicago metropolitan area, we are very knowledgeable of these sampling and reporting requirements and have extensive experience properly completing the forms in an efficient, cost-effective manner.
Admiral personnel have years of experience in preparing the monthly electronic Discharge Monitoring Report (e-DMR), which is required under individual NPDES permits.
The Illinois EPA requires that industrial wastewater treatment systems be operated under the direct field supervision of a licensed Class K Operator.
Admiral delivers onsite training for the completion of the Class K Operator exam. Our training is customized to fit your exact needs relative to your specific treatment system.
In addition, Paul Mathews of our firm can become the certified Class K Operator for your wastewater treatment system.
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