Nitrates in Storm Water -- Why Recyclers Should Care

ATRI News - July/August 2014

The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) requires all facilities, including automotive recyclers, to monitor for nitrogen in storm water discharges as part of its General NPDES Permit for Storm Water Discharges from Industrial Activities.  Permittees are required to determine if nitrogen is present in storm water discharge and, if so, at what concentration.  Nutrients can be such destructive contaminants in storm water runoff that they represent 3 of the 8 sampling parameters that are required for all industrial operations.  These include Total Phosphorus, Nitrogen (Nitrates plus Nitrite), and Total Kjeldahl Nitrogen (TKN).  

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