LOTT strives to maintain open and productive relationships with the many agencies, organizations, and customers that have regulatory or other involvement in LOTT's day-to-day programs and operations. The past few years have included major milestones of regulatory achievements, and some important new beginnings.
LOTT's Budd Inlet Treatment
Plant and discharge of treated water to Budd Inlet are regulated
under a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES)
Permit. The NPDES is a system for issuing permits for wastewater
discharges to surface waters. The purpose of the permits is to
control pollutants as a means to achieve the goals of the
federal Clean Water Act. In the state of Washington, the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency has delegated NPDES permit
authority to the Department of Ecology. NPDES permits place
limits on the quantity and concentrations of contaminants that
may be discharged. Permits may require certain levels of
treatment for wastewater or impose other operating conditions to
ensure that permit limits are met.
Reclaimed Water Permits
With the move toward production, distribution and use of
Class A Reclaimed Water, LOTT is also governed by new State
Reclaimed Water Permits, which are issued jointly by the
Department of Ecology and Department of Health under the
Reclaimed Water Act (RCW 90.46). As currently anticipated,
separate Reclaimed Water Permits will be issued for each of
LOTT's planned reclaimed water facilities.
TMDL Study Participation
The federal Clean Water Act requires states to clean up water bodies that don't meet water quality standards. In Washington, the Department of Ecology has that responsibility. Ecology began a cleanup study for the Deschutes River, Capitol Lake, and Budd Inlet in April 2003. Known as a Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) study, the multi-year process will result in development of a Water Cleanup Plan. Because LOTT's discharge into Budd Inlet is one of the few permitted discharges, the resulting plan could affect LOTT's allowable discharges. Potentially, reductions could be significant and have long-term and costly ramifications for LOTT and its ratepayers. LOTT staff members are participants in the two committees that have been formed as part of this process a Technical Advisory Committee and a Public Outreach Committee. As part of its analysis, Ecology is using the computer model prepared for LOTT's Scientific Study of Budd Inlet (1996-1998).
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