Retention-Tank Systems: A Unique Operating Practice for Managing Complex Waste Streams at Research and Development Facilities

by Shari Brigdon,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: North American Water and Environment Congress & Destructive Water

Abstract: The importance of preventing the introduction of prohibited contaminants to the sanitary sewer is critical to the management of large federal facilities such as the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). LLNL operates 45 retention-tank systems to control wastewater discharges and to maintain continued compliance with environmental regulations. LLNL's unique internal operational practices successfully keep prohibited contaminants out of the sanitary waste stream and maintain compliance with federal, state, and local regulations, as well as determining appropriate wastewater-disposal options. Components of the system include sampling and analysis of the waste stream, evaluation of the data, discharge approval, and final disposition of the waste stream.

Subject Headings: Rivers and streams | Pollutants | Federal government | Control systems | Wastewater management | Water discharge | Waste disposal | Sanitary sewers

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