Many different industries produce waste products that can impact water quality, especially if they discharge those wastes into local waters. The Clean Water Act obligates companies around the country, including those in California, to take responsibility for production waste and environmental impact that could damage water quality, including surface water sources near their facilities.
Your company may have specific rules in place regarding the disposal of waste or other business practices to prevent water contamination. However, if you don’t carefully document those practices and retain your records, you could still face environmental compliance issues that you may have a hard time pushing back against.
Record pretreating efforts and discharges as well
One of the simplest ways for your company to ensure that the discharges released into nearby water are safe and will have minimal environmental impact involves pretreatment. Using chemicals or even filtration to remove dangerous compounds and pollutants can allow your company to use local sewers as part of your discharge system.
In some cases, pretreatment can also allow companies to discharge waste into local waterways. You will need records of all waste that you treat in this manner, as well as how and when you discharge it. Keeping internal records of purchasing the compounds used for pre-treatment and even the results of post-treatment testing of waste products can help show regulators that your company has taken the necessary steps to protect local water from contamination.
An experienced environmental law attorney can help you ensure that you are in compliance with the applicable laws. They can also provide guidance and representation when you need it.