Cecil County, MD
 
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of County Commissioners (now County Council) of Cecil County 1-28-1992. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Commercial refuse haulers — See Ch. 285.
Solid waste and recycling — See Ch. 318.
Vehicles, traffic and transportation — See Ch. 359.

§ 301-1 Permits required.

[Amended 7-22-2008 by Ord. No. 2008-04; 11-13-2012 by Ord. No. 2012-12]
Only persons, firms, or corporations possessing a valid septage hauler permit issued by the Cecil County Health Department and a valid septage discharge permit issued by the Wastewater Division of the Cecil County Department of Public Works may discharge septage at facilities owned and operated by the Cecil County Department of Public Works. A separate septage discharge permit is required for each truck.

§ 301-2 Application; permit nontransferable; display; term; fee.

[Amended 7-22-2008 by Ord. No. 2008-04; 11-13-2012 by Ord. No. 2012-12]
Application for the septage discharge permit shall be made on a septage discharge permit application form furnished by the County. A separate application is required for each truck. Applications shall contain all pertinent data, including but not limited to estimated or actual septage capacity of the truck. Upon review of the permit application, if an applicant's waste is deemed suitable for treatment by the County, a septage discharge permit will be issued. The permit sticker must be securely fastened to the driver's side of the vehicle and shall be visible to the scale house or gate attendant as the vehicle enters a County facility. The permit is not transferable. The permit shall be valid for one year unless sooner revoked or suspended. The license period shall be from July 1 to June 30. The permit fee shall be as provided for in the Wastewater Division fee schedule. There shall be no reduction or prorated free for any license issued for a partial year.

§ 301-3 Suspension of permit; appeals.

[Amended 11-13-2012 by Ord. No. 2012-12]
The Chief of the Wastewater Division of the Cecil County Department of Public Works or his/her designated agent may suspend a septage hauler's septage discharge permit when deemed necessary to stop a discharge which presents a hazard to the public health, safety or welfare or which presents a hazard to the wastewater treatment plant itself. The Chief of the Wastewater Division may also suspend a septage hauler's septage discharge permit if the septage hauler is found to be in violation of any of the provisions of these regulations. Any hauler notified of such a suspension shall immediately stop the discharge of all septage into the County's septage receiving facility or wastewater treatment plant, as applicable, until such time as the Chief of the Wastewater Division reinstates the permit based upon proof of satisfactory compliance with all discharge requirements. Septage haulers may appeal a decision of the Chief of the Wastewater Division to suspend that hauler's septage discharge permit to the Cecil County Director/Deputy Director of Public Works.

§ 301-4 Discharge location; origin of septage.

[Amended 7-22-2008 by Ord. No. 2008-04; 11-13-2012 by Ord. No. 2012-12]
Septage must be discharged at the septage receiving facility at the Cecil County Central Landfill. In the event the septage receiving facility is, for whatever, reason, out of service, then septage haulers will be directed to discharge at the Northeast River Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant at Seneca Point. Discharges at any other point within the County, including any sanitary sewer system manholes, are strictly prohibited. Only septage originating within Cecil County may be discharged at facilities owned and operated by the County. No out-of-County septage will be accepted.

§ 301-5 Removal and/or transportation equipment requirements.

Any tank truck or other equipment used within the County for the removal and/or transportation of septage shall conform to the following requirements:
A. 
Equipment must be inspected yearly by the state and the County before the discharge permit will be renewed.
B. 
The container shall be watertight.
C. 
Tanks, containers or other equipment shall be so constructed that every portion of the interior and exterior can be easily cleaned and shall be kept in a clean and sanitary condition.
D. 
Piping, valves and permanent or flexible connections shall be accessible and easily disconnected for cleaning purposes.
E. 
The inlet openings to every container shall be constructed so the material will not spill out during filling, transfer or transport.
F. 
The outlet connections shall be so constructed that no material will leak and shall be of a design and type suitable for the material handled and capable of controlling flow or discharge without spillage, undue spray or flooding while in use.
G. 
No connection shall be made at any time between a tap or outlet furnishing potable water and any septage container or equipment holding material by any means other than an open connection. No septage shall be discharged by tank trucks into any sewer system manhole.
H. 
The County reserves the right to refuse permission to discharge septage into the treatment plant and to compel discontinuance of septage discharges in order to prevent discharges deemed harmful to or having a deleterious effect upon the treatment plant or receiving stream.

§ 301-6 Additional charges for industrial waste.

Determination of additional charges for extra-strength industrial waste is as follows:
A. 
There shall be additional charges beyond the basic user charge for industrial wastes having concentrations of BOD, suspended solids and/or phosphorus in excess of the average concentration of these pollutants in normal domestic waste. Normal domestic waste shall be considered as having the following concentrations:
(1) 
Suspended solids: 300 milligrams per liter.
(2) 
BOD: 300 milligrams per liter.
(3) 
Phosphorus: 6.6 milligrams per liter.
B. 
In order to determine the additional charge for industrial wastes with strength greater than that of domestic waste, the following formula shall be used:
SQ = 0.00834 QI [(BOD I — 300) TA + (SSI — 300) TB + (PI — 6.6) TC]
Where:
SQ is the quarterly surcharge to be added to the basic charge.
0.00834 is a constant to convert waste concentration.
QI is the quarterly industrial waste flow expressed in thousand gallons.
BOD I, SSI and PI are the respective concentration of BOD 5, suspended solids and phosphorus of the individual waste expressed in milligrams per liter.
300, 300 and 6.6 are constants which express the waste load concentrations in milligrams per liter for normal domestic wastes.
TA, TB and TC are actual treatment costs incurred by the County in pounds of BOD, suspended solids and phosphorous, respectively. These costs are determined annually by the County based upon actual costs of operations and maintenance.
C. 
When a value of BOD, suspended solids and/or phosphorus is less than the maximum allowable concentration set forth in the industrial waste surcharge formula, then the maximum allowable concentration shall be used in the calculation of the industrial waste surcharge.
D. 
For the purpose of determining surcharges as described, the County will perform wastewater sampling as required and deemed necessary by the County, and all surcharges will be based upon the results of the sampling.

§ 301-7 Determination of septage charges.

[Amended 7-22-2008 by Ord. No. 2008-04]
A. 
Septage charges will be based on the weight of the septage that is disposed of at the septage receiving facility. The scales at the entrance to the Cecil County Central Landfill will be used to determine that weight. Loaded trucks will be weighed upon entry to the landfill and again upon exit, with the difference in weight being the weight of the septage which was dumped. The charge will then be determined by multiplying the septage dumping fee by the weight of the load which was dumped.
B. 
In the event that the scales at the Cecil County Central Landfill are not available for any reason, then septage charges will be based on the volume of septage which is dumped at the septage receiving facility. The volume will be estimated using the sight glass mounted on each truck. In the event that the landfill scales are not available, the septage hauler will report the estimated volume to the landfill scale house operator upon entry and the scale house operator will verify the sight glass reading.

§ 301-8 Payment of charges; delinquent accounts.

[Amended 7-22-2008 by Ord. No. 2008-04; 11-13-2012 by Ord. No. 2012-12]
The charge to treat and dispose of septage shall be as set forth in the fee schedule. If there is an emergency after hours and the County must respond, the cost will be based on the cost per hour as established in the fee schedule. Emergency call-out costs will be added to the monthly bill. Approved credit customers will be sent invoices monthly for waste disposed. Payment shall be due by the last day of the current billing month. Those accounts not paid by the end of the month will be considered delinquent and subject to a late charge as set forth in the fee schedule or a one-percent interest charge per month on the balance of the account, whichever is greater. If the account is not fully paid, with interest, within 15 days of the closing date, the account will be closed and all disposal privileges will be revoked. No partial payments will be accepted. There will be a charge to close out the account, and this charge will be added onto the current bill. Before any further dumping will be allowed, the delinquent account must be paid in full. The customer should allow the County four working days to reopen or set up a credit account on the computer.

§ 301-9 Right of entry; violations and penalties; injunctive relief.

Enforcement of regulations will be handled as follows:
A. 
Any duly authorized employee or agent of the County bearing proper credentials and identification shall be permitted at any time to enter upon all properties belonging to owners of permitted trucks for the purpose of inspecting, observing, measuring, sampling and testing, as may be required in pursuance of the implementation and enforcement of the terms and provisions of this chapter.
B. 
It shall be a misdemeanor for any person to violate any provision of these regulations, and, upon conviction thereof, such person shall be punished by a fine of not more than $1,000 or imprisoned for not more than six months. Each day a violation exists constitutes a separate offense.
C. 
The County reserves the right to seek injunctive relief from discharge to the sewer system of substances which it deems harmful.

§ 301-10 Monitoring and recording of septage discharge data; violations and penalties.

The required monitoring and recording of pertinent data relating to septage discharge is as follows:
A. 
All wastes must be accompanied by a completed waste manifest form. The form shall contain information regarding the wastes from each waste generator. The hauler shall sign the form, indicating that he has accepted no wastes other than those listed. The manifest must be reviewed by a representative of the Department of Public Works' Solid Waste Management Division prior to discharge. Failure to accurately record every load, falsification of data or failure to transmit the form to the scale house operator prior to discharge may result in revocation of this permit or a fine of up to $500 per offense.
[Amended 7-22-2008 by Ord. No. 2008-04]
B. 
Any waste identified as a commercial or industrial waste, as defined in § 301-6, Additional charges for industrial waste, must be presampled prior to pickup by the waste hauler and the results of that sampling submitted to the Cecil County Department of Public Works' Wastewater Division. The permittee must receive approval from the Wastewater Division prior to pickup and hauling of said commercial or industrial wastes.
[Amended 11-13-2012 by Ord. No. 2012-12]
C. 
The permittee shall retain records of all monitoring information, waste manifest forms, copies of all reports required by this permit and records of all data pertaining to hauled loads for a period of at least three years. This period may be extended by request of the Cecil County Department of Public Works' Wastewater Division at any time.
[Amended 11-13-2012 by Ord. No. 2012-12]

§ 301-11 Discharge limitations.

[Amended 7-22-2008 by Ord. No. 2008-04; 11-13-2012 by Ord. No. 2012-12]
Specific discharge limitations are as follows.
A. 
All hauled wastes must be discharged at the following designated area: Cecil County Central Landfill, 758 East Old Philadelphia Road, Elkton, Maryland 21921. Discharge into any other County facility is prohibited. In all cases, discharge may only be performed Monday through Saturday, 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
B. 
Hauled wastes are subject to sampling by the Wastewater Division operations personnel. The hauler may also be required to suspend the discharging of wastes until the analysis is complete. The Solid Waste Management Division, Cecil County Department of Public Works, reserves the right to refuse permission to dump any load.

§ 301-12 Septage limitations.

Specific limitations applicable to septage are as follows:
A. 
No commercial or industrial waste that may cause pass-through of pollutants or interference with the wastewater treatment plant operations or that violates federal, state or local restrictions shall be discharged to the wastewater treatment plant.
B. 
Any waste transported from an industry subject to categorical pretreatment standards must meet the applicable federal categorical standards. Authorization by the Cecil County Department of Public Works' Wastewater Division prior to pumping must be obtained for the hauling of categorical wastes.
[Amended 11-13-2012 by Ord. No. 2012-12]
C. 
The permittee is prohibited from discharging wastes with the following characteristics:
(1) 
Having a pH lower than 6.0 or higher than 9.0.
[Amended 11-13-2012 by Ord. No. 2012-12]
(2) 
Containing fats, wax, grease or oils of petroleum origin, whether emulsified or not, in excess of 100 milligrams per liter or containing substances which may solidify or become viscous at temperatures between 32° F. and 140° F. (0° C. and 60° C.).
(3) 
Containing any gasoline, benzene, naphtha, fuel oil or other flammable or explosive liquids, solids or gases.
(4) 
Having a temperature higher than 104° F. (40° C.).
(5) 
Containing any ashes, cinders, sand, mud, straw, shavings, metal, glass, rags, feathers, tar, plastics, wood or manure or any other solids or viscous substances capable of causing obstructions or other interferences with proper operation of the sewer system.
(6) 
Containing any pollutant, including oxygen-demanding pollutants (BOD, etc.), at a flow rate and/or concentration which will cause a pass-through of pollutants to occur or an interference with the Northeast River Advanced Wastewater Treatment Facility's operations or sludge use and/or disposal practices.
[Amended 11-13-2012 by Ord. No. 2012-12]
(7) 
Material considered a hazardous waste under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA).
D. 
The permittee is prohibited from discharging wastes which exceed the following limitations:
Substance
Limit
Arsenic
Barium
Cadmium
25 mg/l
Chromium
Copper
1,000 mg/l
Cyanide
Lead
1,000 mg/l
Mercury
10 mg/l
Nickel
200 mg/l
Silver
Pesticides, PCBs
Prohibited
Zinc
Selenium
Oil and grease
pH
Minimum
6.0 s.u.
Maximum
9.0 s.u.
Total phosphorus
30 mg/l
Total Kjeldahl N
Ammonium nitrogen
Nitrate nitrogen
Total potassium
Total petroleum
75 mg/l
Hydrocarbons

§ 301-13 Insurance required.

[Amended 7-22-2008 by Ord. No. 2008-04]
The permittee must carry liability insurance and provide satisfactory evidence of it to Cecil County Department of Public Works' Solid Waste Management Division, in such amounts and form as determined by the Cecil County government. Such insurance shall afford compensation for taking corrective action and for bodily injury and for property damage to third persons caused by any releases. Coverage shall be in the amount of $1,000,000 per occurrence and $2,000,000 annual aggregate amounts. The permittee may still obtain additional insurance coverage as may be deemed necessary for his or her own protection.