Guidelines and Standards
Any business that discharges wastewater, whether to a sewer or directly to the environment, may require treatment of the water to meet discharge regulations or the limits specified in their discharge permit. In addition, sewer districts are now looking at the removal of specific emerging compounds, including PFAS, before they discharge their treated wastewater to the environment. Through the US Clean Water Act Effluent Guidelines planning process, the EPA has reviewed PFAS surface water discharge information to identify industrial sources that may warrant further study for potential regulation through national Effluent Limitation Guidelines and Standards. With the initiation of the process to designate PFOA and PFOS as CERCLA hazardous substances as part of EPA’s PFAS Action Plan, along with many states engaging in the process of establishing MCL’s for PFAS compounds, businesses in some industries are seeking to treat their wastewater to meet the new standards, even before they are established, in order to prevent potential liabilities and lawsuits.
Solutions to Unique
ECT2 provides a full range of products and services for the treatment of wastewater, including bench and pilot studies, design and engineering of temporary and permanent systems, installation, construction management, startup and commissioning, and ongoing operating contracts. PFAS compounds must be treated to low discharge standards, in the ppt range or lower, and wastewater contains a variety of ions and compounds at varying levels that must be taken into consideration for a properly-designed and effective wastewater treatment system. ECT2 has experience treating emerging contaminants in a variety of wastewater conditions. Our lab has the expertise to evaluate your unique wastewater characteristics and determine the most effective treatment solution. Our treatment systems are more efficient, require less space, and have a considerably lower life cycle cost, compared to traditional treatment systems.
Eielson Air Force Base near Fairbanks, Alaska experienced an unplanned release of 30,000 gallons of wastewater containing concentrated PFAS, and the Air Force Civil Engineer Center sought a system that could demonstrate the ability to rapidly address this immediate concern and potentially be applied to other PFAS releases or Investigation Derived Waste (IDW) waters containing PFAS.
This webinar will provide an overview of these developing standards, with a focus on the US, Europe and Australia.