The US FDA announced on 9/9/2019 the award of a cooperative agreement with the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) to provide critical information and resources to help state and territorial regulatory agencies plan and help carry out implementation of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule.
WET (Whole Effluent Toxicity) Testing Failures
Is your facility having issues passing whole effluent toxicity (WET) tests? WHEE, Inc. has successfully provided services to various facilities across the US in identifying the cause(s) of toxicity and operational and/or treatment changes to eliminate toxicity.
Georgia’s Attorney General announced on 8/22/2019 that the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia granted summary judgment in favor of Georgia and 9 other states in their lawsuit challenging the Obama Administration’s 2015 Waters of the United States (WOTUS) Rule. This ruling maintains the injunction prohibiting implementation of the Rule until federal agencies finalize a replacement. See for more https://allongeorgia.com/georgia-state-politics/georgia-successful-in-blocking-wotus-rule/ details
On April 15, 2019 the USEPA issued an “Interpretive Statement” which provides EPA’s interpretation of the Clean Water Act (CWA) National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit program’s applicability to releases of pollutants from a point source to groundwater that subsequently migrate or may be conveyed by groundwater to jurisdictional surface waters. In general, the USEPA concluded in this “Interpretive Statement” that discharges to groundwater are excluded from NPDES program coverage under Section 301 of the CWA regardless of a hydrologic connection between the groundwater and a jurisdictional surface water. For addition information see https://www.epa.gov/npdes/releases-point-source-groundwater
Food and agricultural product production plants commonly use food safety intervention and sanitation chemicals to ensure production of safe, high quality, food products. Many of these chemicals can cause significant adverse impacts on wastewater treatment systems, and particularly biological wastewater treatment systems. WHEE, Inc. provides services to various food and Ag companies related to evaluation of the potential impacts of these chemicals on wastewater treatment systems and mitigation strategies.
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