Town of McCandless, PA
Allegheny County
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[Ord. 1143, passed 4-24-1995]
As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meaning hereinafter designated:
ACT
The Federal Water Pollution Control Act also known as The Clean Water Act, as amended, 33 USC 1251 et seq.
ALCOSAN
The Allegheny County Sanitary Authority including its treatment facility and any devices and systems used in the storage, treatment, recycling and reclamation of municipal sewage or industrial wastes of a liquid nature.
CORROSIVE WASTE
A waste or substance which has any of the following properties:
(a) 
It is aqueous and has a pH of less than or equal to five or greater than or equal to 10, as determined by pH meter.
(b) 
It is a liquid and corrodes steel (SAE 1020) at a rate greater than 6.35 mm (0.250 in.) per year at a test temperature of 55° (130° F.).
HAZARDOUS WASTE
All wastes that are defined as hazardous under the regulations enacted pursuant to the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) as specified in 40 CFR 261 or under the regulations promulgated pursuant to the Pennsylvania Solid Waste Management Act as specified in 25 PA Code 261.
IGNITABLE WASTE
A waste or substance which can create a fire hazard in the sewage collection system or the ALCOSAN Treatment Facility which as any of but is not limited to the following properties:
(a) 
It is liquid with a flash point less than 60° C. (140° F.) using the test methods specified in 40 CFR 261.21.
(b) 
It is an oxidizer as defined in 49 CFR 173.151.
INTERFERENCE
A discharge originating in the Town which, alone or in conjunction with a discharge or discharges from other sources, both:
(a) 
Inhibits or disrupts the ALCOSAN facilities, its treatment processes or operations or its sludge processes, use or disposal; and
(b) 
Therefore is a cause of a violation of any requirement of ALCOSAN's National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (hereinafter referred to as "NPDES") permit (including an increase in the magnitude or duration of a violation) or of the prevention of sewage sludge use or disposal by ALCOSAN in compliance with the following statutory provisions and regulations or permits issued thereunder (or more stringent state or local regulations): Section 405 of the Clean Water Act, the Solid Waste Disposal Act including Title 2 or more commonly referred to as the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act and including state regulations contained in the State Sludge Management Plan prepared pursuant to subtitle D of the Solid Waste Disposal Act, the Clean Air Act, and the Toxic Substance Control Act.
MCCANDLESS TOWNSHIP SANITARY AUTHORITY
The municipal authority responsible for the operation of sanitary sewer collection facilities within the area of the Town for which treatment of such sewage waste is provided by ALCOSAN facilities.
PASS-THROUGH
Any discharge of a pollutant through ALCOSAN into the waters of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in quantities or concentrations which, alone or in conjunction with other discharges from other sources, is a cause of a violation of any requirement of the ALCOSAN's NPDES permit (including an increase in the magnitude or duration of a violation).
PERSON
Any individual, partnership, co-partnership, firm, company, corporation, association, joint stock company, trust, estate, governmental entity, or any other legal entity, or its legal representatives, agents or assigns.
pH
The logarithm (base 10) of the reciprocal of the concentration of hydrogen ions expressed in grams per liter of solution.
POLLUTANT
Any dredged spoil, solid waste, incinerator residue, sewage, garbage, sewage sludge, emissions, chemical wastes, biological materials, radioactive materials, heat, wrecked or discharged equipment, rock, sand, cellar dirt, or other industrial, municipal, or agricultural waste discharged into water.
POLLUTION
The man made or man induced alteration of the chemical, physical, biological and/or radiological integrity of water.
REACTIVE/EXPLOSIVE WASTE
A waste or substance which can create an explosion hazard in the sewage collection system or the ALCOSAN treatment facility; which has any of but is not limited to the following properties:
(a) 
It is normally unstable and readily undergoes violent change without detonating.
(b) 
It reacts violently with water.
(c) 
It forms potentially explosive mixtures with water.
(d) 
When mixed with water, it generates toxic gases, vapors or fumes in a quantity sufficient to present a danger to human health or the environment.
(e) 
It is a cyanide or sulfide bearing waste which can generate toxic gases, vapors or fumes in a quantity sufficient to present a danger to human health or the environment.
(f) 
It is capable of detonation or explosive reaction if it is subjected to a strong initiating source or if heated under confinement.
(g) 
It is readily capable of detonation, explosive decomposition or reaction at standard temperature and pressure.
(h) 
It is a forbidden explosive as defined in 40 CFR 173.51, or a Class A explosive as defined in 49 CFR 173.53 or a Class B explosive as defined in 49 CFR 173.88.
TOXIC POLLUTANT
Any pollutant or combination of pollutants listed as toxic in regulations promulgated by the EPA, pursuant to Section 307(A) of the Act.
WASTE WATER
The liquid and water carried industrial or domestic wastes from dwellings, commercial buildings, industrial facilities, and institutions, together with any ground water, surface water, and storm water that may be present, whether treated or untreated, which is contributed directly or indirectly into the facilities of ALCOSAN.
WATERS OF THE COMMONWEALTH
All streams, lakes, ponds, marshes, water courses, water ways, wells, springs, reservoirs, aquifers, irrigation systems, drainage systems or other bodies or accumulations of water, surface or underground, natural or artificial, public or private, which are contained within, flow through, or border upon the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania or any portion thereof.
[Ord. 1143, passed 4-24-1995]
No person shall introduce or cause to be introduced directly or indirectly into the facilities of ALCOSAN or into any sewer, pipe or other conveyance located in the Town and transmitting substances into the facilities of ALCOSAN, any toxic pollutant or other waste water which will:
(a) 
Cause interference with the operation or performance of ALCOSAN's treatment plant or other facilities; or
(b) 
Pass through ALCOSAN's treatment plant or other facilities.
[Ord. 1143, passed 4-24-1995]
No person shall introduce, permit or cause to be introduced, directly or indirectly, into the facilities of ALCOSAN or into any piped sewer, pipe or other conveyance located in the Town and transmitting substances into the facilities of ALCOSAN any of the following:
(a) 
Any substance which will endanger the life, health or safety of the treatment plant sewer maintenance and plant operations personnel or which would preclude safe entry into the sewer system or any portion of the treatment plant;
(b) 
Any ignitable, reactive, explosive, corrosive or hazardous waste, except as provided for by ALCOSAN's rules and regulations;
(c) 
Any waste water with a temperature greater than 140° F. (60° C.);
(d) 
Any waste which exceeds the naturally occurring background levels for either Alpha, Beta, or Gamma radiation and/or any waste water containing any radioactive wastes or isotopes of such half life or concentration not in compliance with applicable State or Federal regulations;
(e) 
Any solid or viscous substance capable of causing obstruction to the flow in sewers or other interference with the proper operation of ALCOSAN's facility or facilities discharging into the ALCOSAN system;
(f) 
Any noxious or malodorous liquids, gases or solids which either singly or by interaction with other wastes may create a public nuisance or adversely affect public health or safety;
(g) 
Pathological wastes from a hospital or other medical establishment;
(h) 
Garbage, whether ground or not, except properly shredded food waste garbage resulting from the proper use of garbage grinder or disposer type approved by ALCOSAN and maintained in good operating condition;
(i) 
Sludges or other materials from septic tanks or similar facilities or from sewage or industrial waste treatment plants or from water treatment plants unless the discharge of such sludges and other materials is specifically approved by ALCOSAN;
(j) 
Any pollutant including oxygen demanding pollutants released in a discharge at a flow rate and/or pollutant concentration which will cause interference with the ALCOSAN facilities; or
(k) 
Any substance which will cause ALCOSAN's effluent or any other product of the ALCOSAN facilities such as residues, sludges, or scums, to be unsuitable for reclamation processes, including any substance which will cause the ALCOSAN facility to be in noncompliance with sludge use or disposable criteria, guidelines, or regulations developed under Section 405 of the Act, any criteria, guidelines, or regulations promulgated pursuant to the Solid Waste Disposal Act, the Clean Air Act, the Toxic Substances Control Act or State laws or regulations applicable to the treatment or disposal of such effluent or such product.
[Ord. 1143, passed 4-24-1995]
(a) 
No person shall take any action or cause to be done anything in violation of any rule or regulation of ALCOSAN.
(b) 
The pretreatment regulations of the Allegheny County Sanitary Authority are incorporated into this article by reference as though fully set forth herein.
[Ord. 1143, passed 4-24-1995]
The provisions of this article are severable, and the invalidity of any section, clause, sentence, or provision of this article shall not affect or impair the validity of any other part of the article which can be given effect without the invalid part of parts.
[Ord. 1143, passed 4-24-1995]
The provisions of this article are expressly limited to facilities of ALCOSAN or any sewer, pipe or other conveyance located in the Town and transmitting substances into the facilities of ALCOSAN and expressly excludes any such sewer, pipe or other conveyance which does not transmit substances into the facilities of ALCOSAN,
[Ord. 1143, passed 4-24-1995]
Any person violating any provision of this article shall, upon conviction, be punished by a fine not to exceed the sum of $1,000, for each offense, recoverable with costs, and in default of payment of the fine and costs, shall be subject to imprisonment in the Allegheny County Jail for a period not exceeding 30 days. Each day a violation is continued shall constitute a separate offense. In addition, any person violating any provision of the ALCOSAN pretreatment regulations may be subject to administrative and civil penalties as provided for by the pretreatment regulations and administered by ALCOSAN. Such penalties may include, but are not limited to, injunctive relief and penalties of up to $25,000 per day, per violation as provided for by the Publicly Owned Treatment Works Penalty Law, 35 P.S. 752.1 et seq. Authority to so enforce the pretreatment regulations is granted to ALCOSAN, and is in addition to but not in place of any other remedy available to the Town or to the McCandless Township Sanitary Authority.