Water Pollution Control

Article 6
Sec 7.06.001

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In this Article and the next Article (Sanitary Sewer Rates), unless the context requires otherwise:

ACT means the Federal Water Pollution Control Act, also known as the Clean Water Act, as amended, 33 U.S.C. 1251, et. seq.

APPROVAL AUTHORITY means the State of Missouri.


1. If the industrial user is a corporation:

a. the president, secretary, treasurer, or a vice-president of the corporation in charge of a principal business function, or any other person who performs similar policy or decision-making functions for the corporation; or
b. the manager of one or more manufacturing, production, or operation facilities employing more than 250 persons or having gross annual sales or expenditures exceeding $25 million (in second- quarter 1980 dollars), if authority to sign documents has been assigned or delegated to the manager in accordance with corporate procedures;

2. If the industrial user is a partnership, a general partner;

3. If the industrial user is a sole proprietorship, a proprietor;

4. If the industrial user is a Federal, State or local government facility, a director or highest official appointed or designated to oversee the operation and performance of the activities of the government facility, or his/her designee.

The individuals described in 1-4 above may designate another authorized representative if the authorization is in writing, the authorization specifies the individual or position responsible for the overall operation of the facility from which the discharge originates or having overall responsibility for environmental matters for the facility, and the written authorization is submitted to the Director.

BOD (denoting Biochemical Oxygen Demand) means a measure of the quantity of oxygen utilized in the biochemical oxidation of organic matter in a specified time and at a specific temperature. It is not related to the oxygen requirements in chemical combustion, being determined entirely by the availability of the material as a biochemical food and by the amount of oxygen utilized by the microorganisms during oxidation.

BUILDING DRAIN means that part of the lowest horizontal piping of a drainage system which receives the discharge from soil, waste, and other drainage pipes inside the walls of the building and conveys it to the building sewer, beginning two feet (2') outside the inner face of the building wall.

BUILDING OFFICIAL means the person charged with the administration and enforcement of the Uniform Plumbing Code.

BUILDING SEWER means the extension from the building drain to the public sewer or other place of disposal, also called house connection.

BYPASS means the intentional diversion of wastestreams from any portion of an industrial user's treatment facility.

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CATEGORICAL PRETREATMENT STANDARD OR CATEGORICAL STANDARD means any regulation containing pollutant discharge limits promulgated by the EPA in accordance with Section 307(b) and (c) of the Act (33 U.S.C. 1317) which applies to a specific category of Nondomestic Users and which appear in 40 CFR Chapter I, Subchapter N, as may be amended from time to time.

CITY shall mean City of Independence, Missouri.

COD (denoting Chemical Oxygen Demand) means a quantitative measure of the amount of oxygen required for the chemical oxidation of carbonaceous (organic) material in wastewater using inorganic dichromate or permanganate salts as oxidants in a two-hour test.

COMBINED SEWER means a sewer designed to receive both wastewater and storm or surface water.

COMPOSITE SAMPLE means a sample resulting from the combination of individual wastewater samples taken at selected intervals based on an increment of either flow or time.

CONTROL AUTHORITY means the POTW if the POTW's submission for its pretreatment program has been approved by the Approval Authority; or Control Authority means the Approval Authority if the POTW's submission for its pretreatment program has not been approved.

DEPARTMENT means the Water Pollution Control Department of the City of Independence.

DIRECTOR means the Director of the Water Pollution Control Department of the City or any duly authorized representative.

DISCHARGE means the discharge of a pollutant.

DOMESTIC WASTES means wastes which are comparable to those discharged by the average residential user. The strength of domestic wastewater shall have a COD less than or equal to 400 mg/l or a BOD less than or equal to 225 mg/l and contain less than or equal to 250 mg/l suspended solids.

EASEMENT means a legal right for the specific use of land owned by others.

EPA (denoting Environmental Protection Agency) means the United States Environmental Protection Agency, or where appropriate, the term may also be used as a designation for the Administrator or other duly authorized official of said agency.

EXISTING SOURCE means any building, structure, facility or installation from which there is or may be a discharge of pollutants which does not meet the definition of new source.

FOOD PREPARATION CONCERN means any hotel, institution, restaurant, hospital, catering establishment or similar place where garbage originates from the preparation of food in kitchens for the purpose of consumption on the premises or when served by caterers.

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GARBAGE means the animal and vegetable waste resulting from the handling, preparation, cooking, and serving of foods.

HOLDING TANK WASTE means any domestic or nondomestic waste from holding tanks such as vessels, chemical toilets, campers, trailers, septic tanks, and vacuum-pump tank trucks that are not connected by piping, either directly or by indirect sewer discharge, to the POTW.

INDIRECT SEWER DISCHARGE means any wastewater discharged to a sewer located in another jurisdiction which is tributary to a public sewer owned by the City of Independence.

INDUSTRIAL USER means any nondomestic source of discharge or indirect sewer discharge into the City's wastewater system which is regulated under Section 307 (b), (c), or (d) of the Clean Water Act, or any source listed in division A, B, D, E, or I of the Standard Industrial Classification Manual (1987), as may be amended or revised, or any solid waste disposal operation such as, but not limited to, landfills, recycling facilities, solid or hazardous waste handling or disposal facilities, and facilities which store or treat aqueous wastes as generated by facilities not located on site and which dispose of these wastes by discharging them into the City's wastewater system.

INSTANTANEOUS MAXIMUM ALLOWABLE DISCHARGE LIMIT means the maximum concentration (or loading) of a pollutant allowed to be discharged at any time, determined from the analysis of any discrete or composited sample collected, independent of the industrial flow rate and the duration of the sampling event.

INTERFERENCE means a discharge which alone or in conjunction with a discharge or discharges from other sources: 1) inhibits or disrupts the POTW, its treatment processes or operations or its sludge or ash processes, use or disposal; and 2) therefore is a cause of a violation of the City's NPDES permit (including an increase in the magnitude or duration of a violation) or of the prevention of sewage sludge or ash use or disposal in compliance with any of the following statutory/regulatory provisions or permits issued thereunder (or more stringent State or local regulations): Section 405 of the Clean Water Act; the Solid Waste Disposal Act (SWDA), including Title II commonly referred to as the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA); any State regulations contained in any State sludge management plan prepared pursuant to Subtitle D of the SWDA; the Clean Air Act; the Toxic Substances Control Act; and the Marine Protection, Research and Sanctuaries Act.

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