Over the past decade, there has been a push by lumber manufacturers to install continuous dry kilns, or CDKs, to supplement or replace batch kilns. There are numerous benefits with CDKs, including higher quality lumber, more efficient combustion of fuel, pre-heating of green, undried lumber with heat that would be lost with a batch kiln, and elimination of charge turnover resulting in a significant increase in production efficiency.   With all these benefits, comes a substantial problem: a dramatic increase in the generation of kiln condensate.

The regulations that apply to kiln condensate are complex and typically require stringent permits or alternative management techniques. CTI’s white paper provides an overview of the regulations that are applicable to kiln condensate, and it details the legal options lumber manufacturers have in managing it.

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swq_sdt1Under the Georgia Industrial Storm Water Permit, all covered facilities are required to conduct a smoke, dye, or equivalent test of all floor drains and sinks in industrial areas. These tests are to ensure that these sinks and floor drains do not discharge to storm water conveyances, and must be conducted by the end of the permit, May 31, 2017.

Continue reading “Have You Conducted Your Smoke and Dye Test?”

The Georgia Environmental Protection Division (GAEPD) has posted a draft of the 2017 NPDES General Permit No. GAR050000 for Storm Water Discharges Associated with Industrial Activity. The current (2012) version of the permit is set to expire on May 31, 2017, and this revision will replace it. Most facilities with industrial activities exposed to stormwater are required to have a permit to allow the stormwater to discharge. Some facilities have individual permits, but the majority of industrial facilities are able to obtain coverage under this General Permit, which establishes requirements that are applicable to all covered facilities. Continue reading “Georgia Issues Draft Industrial Stormwater Permit”

Permittees under the Georgia Industrial Storm Water General Permit must Document If there  are any floor drains in the production area and/or sinks that are not in the bathroom, kitchen, breakroom, etc. If any of these are present at the facility, an evaluation is required.

The evaluation includes: Continue reading “Smoke and Dye Test for Permittees under the Georgia Storm Water Permit”

The US Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) and US Army Core of Engineers (USACE) have issued a revised regulation to define what qualifies as Waters of the United States (WOTUS), and this will become effective on August 28, 2015. The new definition is an attempt by the USEPA and USACE to determine their jurisdictional limits in what has become an ambiguous regulatory framework thanks to two Supreme Court cases in 2001 and 2006.

The new definition will not: Continue reading “Waters of the United States”

The Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) has revised the 2006 NPDES General Stormwater Permit for Industrial Activity.  This permit expired on July 31, 2011. According to the Georgia EPD, the 2012 Industrial Stormwater General Permit No. GAR050000 (IGP) was signed on April 16, 2012 and is going to become effective on June 1, 2012.  All facilities that are currently operating under the 2006 IGP are required to continue compliance under that permit’s specification until the new permit is in effect.  Continue reading “Georgia Industrial Stormwater Permit Update”

The Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) is in the process of writing the revised General Storm Water Permit for Industrial Activities, which will likely take effect on August 1, 2011.  The EPD has released two draft versions of the new Permit, the most recent being released on February 17th, 2011. There are two more stakeholder meetings to be held at the EPD tradeport offices, and Brian Edwards of CTI will be attending those meetings on February 23rd and March 9th. 

The new permit will have impacts to all permitted facilities, so please feel free to contact us if you would like to discuss this issue.