NASF Meets with EPA on Metals Discharge Rule for Surface Treatment

The agency is continuing its review of existing requirements governing the industry.

The National Association for Surface Finishing (NASF) recently held discussions with EPA Office of Water officials to discuss the agency’s effort to update wastewater limits for surface finishing. The agency is continuing its review of existing requirements governing the industry, and will be making a determination on whether to go forward with a more stringent rule shortly.

Topics of inquiry and review for EPA range wide, and include the status and growth of zero discharge facilities, new process chemistry innovations and wastewater treatment equipment. NASF has been working with its members in some areas across the nation to respond to questions emerging from the agency’s ongoing review, and will be collecting additional information shortly from industry facilities and local wastewater treatment plants on pollutant concerns and industry trends.

In the meantime, as NASF meetings with EPA continue, NASF is in touch with European counterparts on the recent European Union Court of Auditors report from late summer on metals discharges across Europe. The report noted that concentration limits on “heavy metals” in sewage sludge have not been updated in three decades and should be tightened in line with technological improvements in wastewater treatment.

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