MassDEP Approval Process for Nitrogen-Reducing I/As

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A presentation about the approval process in Massachusetts for nitrogen-removing technologies. Presented by Claire Golden, environmental engineer with the Massachusetts Dept. of Environmental Protection, during a Buzzards Bay Coalition 2014 Decision Makers mini-workshop on nitrogen-reducing septic systems. Learn more at www.savebuzzardsbay.org/DecisionMakers

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MassDEP Approval Process for Nitrogen-Reducing I/As

  1. 1. Claire A. Golden Environmental Engineer IV MassDEP/BRP Buzzards Bay Coalition – March 5, 2014
  2. 2. I/A Approval Process at MassDEP Nitrogen-Reducing I/As and Conditions of Approval Path to General Use Approval Operation and Maintenance Use of Shared Systems with I/As Buzzards Bay Coalition – March 5, 2014
  3. 3. Title 5 - 1995 Code (Oct 1994) Nitrogen loading limitations (440 gpd/building acre) Nitrogen Sensitive Areas Zone II of PWS IWPA of PWS Areas served by on-site wells and on-site septic Limitations apply primarily to new construction or increase in flow but may be required for upgrades also under Maximum Feasible Compliance Code did not go into full effect (March 31, 1995) until some I/As for N-reduction were approved. RSF established as standard (550 gpd/ac). Buzzards Bay Coalition – March 5, 2014
  4. 4. Established 4 Tiers of Approval Remedial Use Approval General Use Approval Process Piloting Use Approval Provisional Use Approval General Use Approval Approvals Design considerations Nitrogen-reduction Phosphorus-reduction Buzzards Bay Coalition – March 5, 2014
  5. 5. Remedial Use upgrades only no increase in design flow Piloting Use permitted installation at up to 15 locations Provisional Use permitted installation at up to 50 locations General Use Buzzards Bay Coalition – March 5, 2014
  6. 6. General Use 1 generic 3 patented Provisional Use 9 patented Piloting Use 3 patented Buzzards Bay Coalition – March 5, 2014
  7. 7. Recirculating Sand Filter (RSF) RUCK MicroFAST & NitriFAST TECHNOLOGY FLOW (gpd) RESTRICTION N-LOADING EFFLUENT N RSF < 10,000 None 550 gpd/ac 25 mg/l RUCK < 2,000 None 660 gpd/ac 19 mg/l MicroFAST NitriFAST < 2,000 < 2,000 Residential Residential 550 gpd/ac 660 gpd/ac 25 mg/l 19 mg/l Buzzards Bay Coalition – March 5, 2014
  8. 8. Advantex AX20 and AX100 (Advantex) Amphidrome Process (Amphidrome) Bioclere – 2 approvals HighStrengthFAST, MicroFAST & NitriFAST (FAST) Modular FAST Nitrex SeptiTech Singular 960 DN Waterloo Biofilter – 2 approvals (Waterloo) Buzzards Bay Coalition – March 5, 2014
  9. 9. TECHNOLOGY FLOW (gpd) RESTRICTION N-LOADING EFFLUENT N Advantex < 2,000 < 2,000 > 2,000 None None None 550 gpd/ac 660 gpd/ac 550 gpd/ac 25 mg/l 19 mg/l 25 mg/l Amphidrome < 2,000 < 2,000 > 2,000 None None None 550 gpd/ac 660 gpd/ac 550 gpd/ac 25 mg/l 19 mg/l 25 mg/l Bioclere* < 2,000 < 2,000 > 2,000 None Residential None 550 gpd/ac 660 gpd/ac 550 gpd/ac 25 mg/l 19 mg/l 25 mg/l FAST < 2,000 > 2,000 Nonresidential None 550 gpd/ac 550 gpd/ac 25 mg/l 25 mg/l Modular FAST > 2,000 None 550 gpd/ac 25 mg/l Buzzards Bay Coalition – March 5, 2014
  10. 10. TECHNOLOGY FLOW (gpd) RESTRICTION N-LOADING EFFLUENT N Nitrex < 2,000 < 2,000 > 2,000 None Residential None 550 gpd/ac 660 gpd/ac 550 gpd/ac 25 mg/l 19 mg/l 25 mg/l SeptiTech < 2,000 < 2,000 > 2,000 None None None 550 gpd/ac 660 gpd/ac 550 gpd/ac 25 mg/l 19 mg/l 25 mg/l Singular < 2,000 < 2,000 None None 550 gpd/ac 660 gpd/ac 25 mg/l 19 mg/l Waterloo < 2,000 < 2,000 > 2,000 None Residential None 550 gpd/ac 660 gpd/ac 550 gpd/ac 25 mg/l 19 mg/l 25 mg/l Buzzards Bay Coalition – March 5, 2014
  11. 11. BioBarrier Wastewater Treatment System (BioBarrier) Hydro-Kinetic Wastewater Treatment System (Hydro-Kinetic) RUCK CFT System (RUCK CFT) Buzzards Bay Coalition – March 5, 2014
  12. 12. TECHNOLOGY FLOW (gpd) RESTRICTION N-LOADING EFFLUENT N BioBarrier < 2,000 < 2,000 Nonresidential Residential 550 gpd/ac 660 gpd/ac 25 mg/l 19 mg/l < 600 < 600 Nonresidential Residential 550 gpd/ac 660 gpd/ac 25 mg/l 19 mg/l < 2,000 None 660 gpd/ac 19 mg/l Hydro-Kinetic RUCK CFT Buzzards Bay Coalition – March 5, 2014
  13. 13. Piloting – up to 15 systems state-wide Operations Data Apply for Provisional Use Approval Provisional – up to 50 systems state-wide Operations Data Apply for General Use Approval General
  14. 14. Deed notification Operations contract Inspections Sampling and reporting Related electrical cost for operation of the I/A Buzzards Bay Coalition – March 5, 2014
  15. 15. Approval process for shared system must be completed Potential cost savings Potential more consistent treatment Systems are fully inspected every three years (inspection at time of transfer not required) Buzzards Bay Coalition – March 5, 2014
  16. 16. Shared components must be defined Financial mechanisms put into place as needed I/As Pump chambers Establishment of ownership entity Trusts LLC Easement for shared components Documents provided in Title 5 regs Buzzards Bay Coalition – March 5, 2014
  17. 17. Buzzards Bay Coalition – March 5, 2014
  18. 18. Brett Rowe MassDEP/BRP/SERO Lakeville 508-946-2754 brett.rowe@state.ma.us Claire A. Golden MassDEP/BRP 978-694-3244 claire.golden@state.ma.us Buzzards Bay Coalition – March 5, 2014 Brian Dudley MassDEP/BRP/SERO Cape Cod 508-946-2814 brian.dudley@state.ma.us

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