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Industrial Pretreatment: Wastewater Discharge

Since 1981, communities across the country have been able to regulate industrial discharges into wastewater treatment plants in order to enhance the ability of those plants to protect human health and the environment. Johnson County Wastewater's Industrial Pretreatment Program extensively regulates industrial wastewater discharges so that toxic materials do not interfere with wastewater treatment systems or pass through to receiving streams. The program issues permits, inspects, and monitors industries to control discharges to the sanitary sewers. This program also investigates instances of illegal and harmful wastewater discharges.

Local Limits

Local limits headworks analyses submitted by Johnson County Wastewater have been reviewed by both the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment and found to meet the requirements of the General Pretreatment Regulations at 40 C.F.R. Parts 403.5(c)(1) and 403.8(f)(4).  Both agencies approved the local limits as proposed. A public notice was published in the Kansas City Star and in the Olathe News on March 31, 2018.

These technically-based local limits, or more specifically, Maximum Allowable Industrial Loadings, have been approved as mass limits that apply to the aggregate of all Significant Industrial Users on a per wastewater treatment plant basis.

The approved local limits under each current wastewater treatment plant's conditions are available for your review.  Both the Maximum Allowable Headworks Loading (MAHL) and the Maximum Allowable Industrial Loading (MAIL) for each pollutant are shown in the tables.

Johnson County Wastewater will periodically test its wastewater treatment plants' influent to verify that the MAHLs are not exceeded.

Prohibited Discharges

A sanitary sewer is a system of underground pipes designed to carry domestic sewage from bathrooms, sinks, kitchens, and other plumbing components to a wastewater treatment plant where it undergoes various treatment processes before it is ultimately discharged into the environment.  The sanitary sewer system should never be used for disposal of anything other than domestic wastewater; without first obtaining the proper, written, authorized permit issued by Johnson County Wastewater.  Disposal of chemicals or hazardous substances such as: oils, grease, gasoline, paint, anti-freeze, etc. to the sanitary sewer system may cause damage to our environment and create potential safety hazards for county workers and residents alike.  Additional information on proper disposal of hazardous wastes and materials is available from the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment.

Pretreatment Documents

Industrial Pretreatment: Training

Kansas Environmental Conference
Annual Pollution Prevention Workshop
Sponsored by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment
Location:  Topeka, KS 
Contact:  Cathy Colglazier  (785-296-0669) More Information

KWEA and KSAWWA Joint Annual Conference
Co-sponsored by the Kansas Water Environment Association and the Kansas Section - American Water Works Association
Location:  Topeka, KS
Contact: 785-357-4780 More Information

Environmental Management System Training
Sponsored by the Kansas Small Business Environmental Assistance Program (SBEAP)
Date: Varies
Location: Varies
Contact: 800-578-8898 More Information

KWEA Certification Program
Sponsored by the Kansas Water Environment Association
Certification offered in the following areas:

  • Water Laboratory
  • Wastewater Laboratory
  • Industrial Waste
  • Wastewater Collections
  • Water Distribution
  • Biosolids Manager

Date: Varies
Location: Varies
Contact:  785-296-6198 More Information


Industrial Pretreatment: Regulation Enforcement

Requirements, Violations, and Compliance

Johnson County Wastewater enforces sanitary sewer system regulations through the authority granted in the Johnson County Code of Regulations for Sanitary Sewer Use, 2003 Edition. These regulations apply to all users of the public sanitary sewers.

Industrial users regulated under Johnson County Wastewater’s Industrial Pretreatment Program are also subject to the requirements specified in the Industrial Wastewater Discharge Permit issued to them. Violations of the permit typically fall into two categories:

  1. Reporting violations result from failing to submit a required report, submitting an incomplete report, falsification of a report, or similar infractions.
  2. Discharge violations are incurred when wastewater monitoring indicates that the industry has exceeded discharge limits of the parameters specified in the permit.

Enforcement tools include, but are not limited to, actions such as telephone notifications, Notices of Violation, Compliance Directives, Administrative Orders, and termination of services. Administrative fines, civil penalties, and criminal prosecution are also tools of enforcement. Enforcement tools are defined, and their use specified, in Johnson County Wastewater’s Industrial Pretreatment Program Enforcement Response Plan.

Compliance evaluations of regulated industrial users are performed semi-annually. An industry will fall within one of the three (3) following categories of compliance:

  1. Compliance: In compliance with all standards; no violations.
  2. Infrequent Noncompliance: Infrequent noncompliance with discharge standards; some violations but not severe enough to be considered in significant noncompliance. In compliance with all remaining standards as specified in the Code of Federal Regulations (40 CFR 403.8(f)(2)(vii)).
  3. Significant Noncompliance: Significant noncompliance with discharge standards, reporting requirements, compliance schedule milestones, or other standards as specified in the Code of Federal Regulations (40 CFR 403.8(f)(2)(vii)). The most common determination of Significant Noncompliance is due to violations of wastewater discharge limits.

Wastewater discharge violations are as follows:

  • Chronic Violations: Defined as those in which 66 percent or more of all the measurements taken during a six (6) month period exceed (by any magnitude) the daily maximum limit or the average limit for the same pollutant parameter.
  • Technical Review Criteria (TRC) Violations: Defined as those in which 33 percent or more of all of the measurements for each pollutant taken during a six (6) month period equal or exceed the product of the daily maximum limit or the average limit multiplied by the applicable TRC (TRC = 1.4 for BOD, TSS, fats, oil and grease, and 1.2 for other pollutants, except pH).

The names of those industries found to be in Significant Noncompliance are published during the month of February in the classified section of The Kansas City Star newspaper.


Industrial Pretreatment: Regulated Industries

The following industries, located in Johnson County, are regulated by the Johnson County Code of Regulations for Sanitary Sewer Use, 2003 Edition.

  • Bayer HealthCare LLC: Animal Health Division - 12601 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Shawnee, KS 66216
  • Ceva Biomune Company - 8901 Rosehill Road, Lenexa, KS 66215
  • Ceva Biomune Company - 8906 Rosehill Road, Lenexa, KS 66215
  • Ceva Biomune Company - 8915 Rosehill Road, Lenexa, KS 66215
  • Central Biomedia, Inc. - 9900 Pflumm, Unit 63, Lenexa, KS 66215
  • CFS West Holdings, Inc. - 101 Prairie Village Drive, New Century, KS 66031
  • Danisco USA, Inc. - 201 New Century Parkway, New Century, KS 66031
  • Deffenbaugh Industries, Inc. - 18181 West 53rd Street, Shawnee, KS 66203
  • Disposable Instrument Company, Inc. - 14248 Santa Fe Trail Drive, Lenexa, KS 66215
  • Flowers Baking Company Of Lenexa, LLC – 8960 Marshall Drive, Lenexa, Kansas 66215
  • Gill Studios, Inc. - 10800 Lackman Road, Lenexa, KS 66219
  • Heartland Precision Fasteners - 301 Prairie Village Drive, New Century, KS 66031
  • Hennessy Research Associates, LLC - 7940 Marshall Drive, Lenexa, Kansas 66214
  • INFICON EDC, Inc. - 9075 Cody Street, Overland Park, KS 66214
  • Ivy Animal Health, Inc. - 8857 Bond Street, Overland Park, KS 66214
  • Kerry, Inc. - 400 Prairie Village Drive, New Century, KS 66031
  • Kocher + Beck USA, L.P. - 15850 West 99th Street, Lenexa, KS 66219
  • Lenexa WWTP, LLC - 14021 West 101st Street, Lenexa, KS 66215
  • SAFC Biosciences, Inc. - 13804 West 107th Street, Lenexa, KS 66215
  • Sparhawk Laboratories, Inc. - 12340 Santa Fe Trail Drive, Lenexa, KS 66215
  • Tapco Products Company - 15553 West 110th Street, Lenexa, KS 66219
  • TED Manufacturing Corporation - 11415 Johnson Drive, Shawnee, KS 66203
  • Upfield Sourcing US, Inc. - 27080 West 159th Street, New Century, KS 66031
  • Universal Engraving, Inc. - 9090 Nieman Road, Overland Park, KS 66214

Industrial Pretreatment: Industry Documents

These documents are all meant to be used the purpose of self-monitoring:

Annual Reviews

Solvent Management Plans

Dental Dischargers

Industrial Pretreatment: Effluent Guidelines and Standards

The Federal Government provides an Electronic Code of Federal Regulations (e-CFR) on the U.S. Government Printing Office's webpage.  The e-CFR is a regularly updated, unofficial editorial compilation of CFR material and Federal Register amendments produced by the National Archives and Records Administration's Office of the Federal Register and the U. S. Government Printing Office.

The following link will take you directly to the most current e-CFRs for 40 CFR Subchapter N - Effluent Guidelines and Standards.



Industrial Pretreatment: Compliance Awards

Annual Recognition

Industries regulated under Johnson County Wastewater's Industrial Pretreatment Program are recognized annually by the Kansas Water Environment Association (KWEA) and Johnson County Wastewater for their compliance achievements during the previous year.  Johnson County Wastewater extends its congratulations and appreciation to the following award winners for a job well done!

KWEA Awards

The KWEA’s awards program is entitled the "Platinum, Gold, and Silver Awards."  To qualify for a Platinum Award, the recipient must have achieved 100% compliance with all discharge requirements for 5 continuous years; had no late or incomplete report submittals; exhibited an exemplary working relationship with their local pretreatment coordinator; and must have initiated at least one pro-active pretreatment-related project during the last 5-years.  To qualify for a Gold Award, the recipient must have achieved 95% or better compliance with all discharge and reporting requirements during the review year; maintained a good record of cooperation with the Pretreatment Coordinator; and the industry must operate a wastewater treatment system or have made significant efforts to minimize pollutant concentrations in their wastewater discharge so as to reduce the need to require pretreatment systems.  The recipient of a Silver Award achieved the same as noted for the Gold Award, except that infrequent discharge violations may have occurred during the year.  These violations must not have caused any harm to the treatment plant or the treatment plant workers; caused no pass-through to the receiving water, and did not negatively impact biosolids disposal.  The Gold and Silver Awards are presented during the KWEA’s annual conference in August of each year.

2018 Gold Awards

  • Bayer Healthcare LLC
  • CFS West Holdings, Inc.
  • Flowers Baking Company of Lenexa, LLC
  • Heartland Precision Fasteners, Inc.
  • Inficon EDC, Inc.
  • Kerry, Inc.
  • Kocher + Beck USA, L.P.
  • Lenexa WWTP, LLC
  • SAFC Biosciences, Inc.
  • Sparhawk Laboratories, Inc.
  • TED Manufacturing Corporation

2018 Silver Awards

  • Danisco USA, Inc.
  • Tapco Products Company

Johnson County Wastewater Award

Johnson County Wastewater presents the "Environmental Excellence Award" to regulated industries which have achieved a minimum compliance rating of 90%, as determined by semi-annual Industrial Compliance Evaluations performed during the previous calendar year.  In addition, the industry must have demonstrated they are environmentally responsible members of the community during the evaluation period.  The Environmental Excellence Award is presented during the first quarter of the following calendar year.

2018 Environmental Excellence Award Recipients

  • Bayer Healthcare LLC
  • Central Biomedia, Inc.
  • Ceva Biomune Company (8906 Rosehill Road)
  • Ceva Biomune Company (8901 Rosehill Road)
  • Ceva Biomune Company (8915 Rosehill Road)
  • CFS West Holdings, Inc.
  • Deffenbaugh Industries, Inc.
  • Flowers Baking Company of Lenexa, LLC
  • Gill Studios, Inc.
  • Heartland Precision Fasteners, Inc.
  • Ivy Animal Health, Inc.
  • Kerry, Inc.
  • Kocher + Beck USA, L.P.
  • Lenexa WWTP, LLC
  • SAFC Biosciences, Inc.
  • Sparhawk Laboratories, Inc.
  • Tapco Products Company
  • TED Manufacturing Corporation

Industrial Pretreatment: Authorization and Permits

Pretreatment Forms

Three types of permits or authorizations are available for wastewater disposal to the sanitary sewer system. The appropriate permit or authorization for your wastewater disposal is determined by an evaluation of duration of the disposal, the significance of the disposal upon the sanitary sewage collection system or receiving wastewater treatment plant, applicability to Johnson County's Prohibited Discharge Standards and/or the industrial wastewater discharge categorical standards established in the Code of Federal Regulations (40 CFR 403 through 471).

Special Wastewater Disposal Authorization (SWD) is issued to industries having a need to dispose of wastewater generated from non-routine activities or unforeseen events.

  • The disposal of this wastewater is typically a one-time event.
  • A Special Wastewater Disposal Request must be submitted.
  • If approved, a Letter of Authorization with disposal conditions specific to the event will be issued.
  • A SWD is valid for one year from the date of issuance.
  • Upon completion of the discharge event, the applicant must submit a letter summarizing the event.
  • There is a fee charged for a Special Wastewater Disposal Authorization.

Long-Term Wastewater Disposal Authorization is similar to a SWD, but does not automatically expire after one year.

  • The disposal will occur over an extended period of time.
  • The disposal activity:
    • will not have a significant impact upon the sanitary sewage collection system and/or the receiving wastewater treatment plant.
    • does not fall under a categorical standard specified in the Code of Federal Regulations.
    • does not warrant wastewater monitoring by the control authority.
  • Long-Term Authorizations are non-expiring, unless
    • the wastewater flow and/or characteristics change significantly or
    • the discharge is subsequently determined by the control authority to present a concern to the collection system or treatment plant.
  • Upon termination of the discharge, the industry must submit a Letter of Notification.
  • There is a fee charged for a Long-Term Discharge Authorization.

An Industrial Wastewater Discharge Permit (IWD) has stipulations which are different from those outlined in the previous authorizations.

  • An IWD is issued when:
    • an industry has been determined to fall under one or more of the categories specified in the Code of Federal Regulations.
    • the wastewater discharge has been determined to have the potential of significantly impacting the sanitary sewage collection system and/or wastewater treatment plant, or
    • is otherwise deemed necessary by the control authority.
  • An Application for an Industrial Wastewater Discharge Permit must be submitted.
  • A Signature Authorization Form must be submitted along with the application.
  • A draft permit with requirements specific to the industry's wastewater discharge, including wastewater monitoring and reporting requirements, will be sent to the industry for review and comment.
  • The final permit will be issued 30 days following the issuance of the draft permit.
  • An IWD is valid for five (5) years from the date of issuance. Then it must be renewed.
  • There is a fee charged for an Industrial Wastewater Discharge Permit.