Use of Analytical Data in the NPDES Permitting Process: A Refresher on How Data is Used That May Change Your Lab Methodologies

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For an existing industrial facility, self-reported analytical data is used in the preparation of a renewal permit for the National Discharge Elimination System to authorized discharges of wastewater. This paper reviews how discharge analytical data is statistically evaluated to asses its reasonable potential to cause or contribute to an exceedance of water quality standards which may result in the establishment of chemical-specific numerical permit limits, assuming a steady state model is used for a discharge that is mixed rapid and completely in a receiving stream. Considerations to be taken during the collection of analytical data in preparation for the permit renewal process are also discussed.

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: January 1, 2008

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