A. The City may require any user to install, properly operate, and maintain, at the user’s expense, facilities to prevent slug loads or accidental discharges of pollutants to the POTW. The City may require users to produce and/or implement spill plans developed in compliance with applicable OSHA, Health, Fire, and the DOE regulations applicable to discharges to the POTW. When such plans are required by the City they shall contain at least the following elements:
1. A description of all wastewater discharge practices, including nonroutine batch discharges.
2. A description of any and all stored chemicals.
a. SDS Sheet would be acceptable at a minimum.
3. Procedures for immediately notifying the City of any accidental or slug load discharges, with procedures for follow-up written notification within five (5) days.
4. Procedures to prevent adverse impact from any accidental or slug load discharge, including, but not limited to, the following: inspection and maintenance of chemical storage areas, handling and transfer of materials, loading and unloading operations, control of runoff, worker training, construction of containment structures or equipment, and measures for emergency response.
B. Users shall notify the lead operator of the Wastewater Treatment Plant during business hours from 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., or City Hall after hours from 3:30 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. and all holidays immediately upon the occurrence of a slug load or accidental discharge of substances prohibited or regulated by this ordinance and take immediate actions to correct the situation. Notification made in person or by telephone call shall be followed by submitting a written report, to the City, that contains the following information within five (5) days. Such notification shall include:
1. Location of discharge.
2. Date and time thereof.
3. Type of waste.
4. Waste concentration and volume.
5. Corrective actions taken and planned.
Signs shall be permanently posted in conspicuous places on the user’s premises advising employees whom to call and the above-referenced telephone number in the event of a slug load or accidental discharge. Employers will instruct all employees, who may cause or discover such discharge, of the notification procedures.
Any user responsible for an accidental discharge or slug load of prohibited or regulated material shall be liable for any expenses, loss, or damage to the sewer system and POTW, in addition to the amount of any fines imposed by the City. The user may also be responsible for reimbursing the City for any fines or penalties issued under State or Federal statute. (Ord. 2351, 2018)