Legislation and the Future
More and tougher legislation to force companies to monitor and reduce their FOG and odors is being enacted all the time, all over the world.
In support of the Clean Water Act, the US EPA requires all publicly-owned treatment works (POTW) to “establish and enforce specific local limits for industrial users to prevent interference with the operation of the municipally-owned treatment works”. Some municipalities levy fines of up to $1,000 per day on food service establishments that don’t control their output of FOG!
“To work effectively, our sewer system must be properly maintained from the drain all the way to the treatment plant. Currently, Miami-Dade County and its municipalities, along with the County's sewer system infrastructure, is under Federal Court Order to correct existing problems.”
“Are there Ohio EPA regulations concerning grease-contaminated storm water? Grease is considered a pollutant. Under Ohio’s water pollution control laws, a business cannot discharge any pollutant into waters of the state without obtaining a permit from Ohio EPA. Waters of the state include streams, rivers, lakes, ponds, marshes, watercourses, waterways and springs. The requirement also applies to conveyances, such as ditches and storm sewers that drain to waters of the state. Therefore, unauthorized discharges of grease-contaminated storm water into storm drains or waters of the state are illegal.”
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