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Home > City Departments > Buffalo Sewer Authority > Industrial Waste Section > Control Program for Temporary Discharge Permit

Control Program for Temporary Discharge Permit


            The “Control Program for Temporary Discharges” has been developed to assist wastewater dischargers with the requirements to discharge wastewater, for a short duration to the Buffalo Sewer Authority.
            A short duration is defined as either, a one (1) time discharge or a discharge period of less than one (1) year. The program will describe: the type of wastewater accepted, the regulations that must be followed, the requirements to apply for a temporary discharge permit, the procedures for discharging, monitoring requirements, applicable fees charged and final completion of temporary discharge.
            The type of wastewaters that the Temporary Discharge Permit will be issued for are: soil contaminated remediation sites, tank water construction/demolitions sites or any non-permitted industry.
            The regulations that temporary discharge permittees must abide by can be found in the:
i)          Buffalo Sewer Authority Sewer Use Regulation Part 10075 Article VI, Section 14 and in Article 2 Regulations of the Temporary Discharge Permit
ii)         Article 2 Regulations of the Temporary Discharge Permit.
            The temporary discharger must complete and submit a Temporary Discharge Permit Application to the Industrial Waste Section. Sections of the application are:
A1 – A5            General Information;
A6                   Name of Insurance Agent/s of responsible party. A copy of the certificate of insurance must be included with the application;
B1                    Location of Wastestream; name and address of discharge point;
B2                    Source of Wastestream; how this wastestream was generated;
B3                    Volume of Wastestream; the amount of wastewater that is expected to be discharged;
B4                    Duration of Discharge. The length of time it will take to complete the discharge; one day; many days or months and;
B5                    Analytical data is to be used to determine the following:
                        i.          Whether the waste would be hazardous to BSA personnel;
ii.                   Whether the discharge could have an effect on the treatment plant’s process and/or discharge limits;
iii.                  Whether the waste could have an effect on incinerator operations or land disposal.
iv Whether the waste is hazardous or non-hazardous as defined by The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and/or the United States Environmental Protection Agency;
v. The cost for treatment of the waste to the BSA.
            Sufficient analytical data must be provided. If we feel that the data provided is not sufficient this could be a reason to reject the application. All sampling and analysis must conform with the BSA’s Sampling and Analytical Guidelines. Analytical data will not be required for all requests. The requirement to submit analytical data will be determined on a case by case basis by the Industrial Waste Administrator.
C1.      Map of site must be included. Site map must show; discharge point, nearest street and north arrow.
            Once the temporary discharge permit application has been submitted and approved by the Industrial Waste Administrator, the applicant or responsible person must pay $500.00 application fee before the temporary permit will be issued. Fees for temporary permits issued in the out of city sewer district will be assessed by the district.
            The discharge procedures are stated on the Temporary Permit Article 1 Conditions of acceptance and are stated below:
            The discharge of the approved waste by the Permittee shall be subject to the following conditions:
            a.            Times, Location & Rate
The following location is designated for discharge during the hours listed and subject to the limit for rate of discharge specified:
                        Location: (address) ____________________________________
                        Time Discharge is Permitted:_____________________________
                        Limit on Rate of discharge:_______________________________
                                  (maximum discharge rate is 60 gallons/minute)
            b.            Operations
The permittee shall maintain cleanliness, minimize odors and protect the Buffalo Sewer Authority facilities during the permittee’s operations. The permittee shall not permit any condition to arise which may pose a threat to public health, safety or welfare.
            c.            Samples and Analysis
The Buffalo Sewer Authority may from time to time require the permittee to sample and analyze the waste discharge(s). All analysis shall be performed by New York State Dept. of Health certified laboratory. The analyses required shall be as specified by the Buffalo Sewer Authority, which also reserves the right at its convenience, to sample wastes discharged by the permittee.
            d.            Refusal to Discharge
The Buffalo Sewer Authority may refuse the permittee permission to discharge wastes at any time and for any reason whatsoever, for the protection of sewer facilities against damage or flooding; to assure the proper operation and maintenance of said facilities; or to protect public health, safety or welfare.
            e.            Local Limits
Except as otherwise specified in this permit, the permit holder shall comply with all specific prohibitions, limits on pollutants or pollutant parameters set forth in the Buffalo Sewer Authority Sewer Use Regulations, as amended from time to time, and such prohibitions, limits and parameters shall be deemed pretreatment standards for purposes for the Clean Water Act.
            The temporary discharge permit will cease to be effective if one of the two (2) items occur:
i.          Discharge of wastestream is complete and disconnection of discharge point has occurred; or
ii           Permit has expired;
            Once the discharge has been completed, then the permittee must notify the IWS in writing that discharge has ceased. The IW field crew will also verify that the discharge has ceased and the discharge point has been disconnected. If this permit has expired and there is still a wastestream that is to be discharged, the permittee shall contact is the Industrial Waste Section for further instructions.
UPDATED 5/2005