[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Clairton 11-12-2002 by Ord. No. 1731. Amendments noted where applicable.]
This chapter shall be hereafter known as the "City of Clairton Grease Remediation Ordinance."
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- EXCESSIVE AMOUNTS OF GREASE
- Discharge concentrations exceeding 100 ppm of grease, oil and fat downstream of an interceptor or trap.
- FOOD PREPARATION FACILITY
- Includes any food establishment in any building, room or place or any portion thereof or appurtenances thereto, where human food or drink is mixed, cooked, or otherwise prepared, offered for sale, sold, served or given with or without charge to patrons, customers or guests for consumption on the premises; provided, however, that this does not include the mixing, cooking or other preparation of serving of food in single-family dwellings to the resident family or its guest.
- GREASE INTERCEPTOR
- An interceptor whose rated flow exceeds 35 gpm and which is located underground outside the building.
- GREASE TRAP
- An interceptor whose flow rate is 35 gpm or less and which is located inside the building. Grease traps shall be rated for a minimum 22.5 gpm.
- Includes any public eating place where meals are prepared, offered for sale, sold and served to patrons, customers or guests for compensation based on the price charged for and generally paid at the conclusion of each meal. The word "meals" as used herein means meals generally consisting of courses embracing some kind of meat or its equivalent, vegetables, bread, pastry, beverages and accompaniments.
Every building or room occupied or used as a food preparation facility or restaurant shall be well drained. All soil pipes, waste pipes, drains or other plumbing fixtures shall be of adequate size to enable a passage of any waste intended to pass through it to the main public sewer. All drains, sewers, waste and soil pipes, traps in water and gas pipes shall, at all times, be kept in good repair and order so that no passes or odor shall escape therefrom and so that the same shall not leak, and all vent pipes shall be kept in good order and repair and free from obstruction.
On or before December 1, 2002, every building, room or space or part thereof used as a restaurant or food-preparation facility, whether new or existing, shall install or cause to be installed a grease interceptor or grease trap. The type of installation shall be determined by the total fixture flow through rate of potential grease-laden fixtures discharging through the building sewage lines as determined by the City of Clairton Code Enforcement Officer or City of Clairton or its responsible agent. For flow through rated 35 gpm or less, an internal grease trap may be installed in certain existing structures used as restaurants and food preparation facilities. For flow through rates exceeding 35 gpm, an external, underground grease interceptor must be installed in all new structures or changes of use involving restaurants or food preparation facilities.
All new restaurants or food preparation facilities shall be required to install an exterior, underground grease interceptor of a minimum 1,000 gallon capacity, regardless of flow through rate.
In all existing restaurants or food preparation facilities, there shall be installed a grease interceptor or grease trap as determined by flow through rate, as detailed above. In existing facilities where it is determined by the City of Clairton that a grease trap is not sufficient, the City of Clairton or its responsible agent or assigns, may require that a grease interceptor (as detailed above) be installed. Such insufficiency shall be evidenced by excessive amounts of grease being discharged into the public sewer system by a facility. All existing restaurants or food preparation facilities shall, at a change of ownership or alteration, install an exterior, underground grease interceptor of a minimum 1,000 gallon capacity. In all existing structures, buildings or parts thereof in which there is a change of use or occupancy to that of a restaurant of food preparation facility there shall be installed a grease interceptor, minimum 1,000 gallon capacity, regardless of flow through rate. Each grease interceptor or grease trap shall and must be installed by a plumber registered with the Allegheny County Plumbing Department.
Said grease trap or interceptors shall be installed in the sanitary sewer lateral between the restaurant and the main line sewer. An inspection site tee shall be installed between the interceptor discharge and connected to the public sewer system. All installations shall be in accordance with the City of Clairton rules and regulations.
No solid waste device, such as waste grinders, disposal, potato peelers, etc., shall discharge through the grease trap or grease interceptor. Only potential grease-laden fixtures may discharge through the trap or interceptor.
All grease interceptors and grease traps shall be maintained and kept in good working order at all times. The interceptor or trap shall limit the amount of grease discharged into the public sewer system to levels not exceeding those permitted by the City of Clairton. Oil/grease discharges shall not exceed 100 ppm downstream of the interceptor or trap.
It shall be the duty and responsibility of any owner, lessee or agent of any restaurant or food preparation facility to, at a minimum of, quarterly inspect the grease interceptor or trap. A written record shall be kept of all inspections. The inspection record shall, at a minimum, list the name (inspector and company), address, phone number of the inspection/disposal company, the method and frequency of the cleaning schedule and the date of the cleaning/inspection. Such records shall be presented to the City upon request. A more frequent cleaning/inspection schedule may be ordered to be performed by the facility when it is determined by the City that the facility is discharging excessive amounts of grease to the public sewer system.
Whosoever violates any of the provisions of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, be sentenced to pay a fine of up to $1,000. Each day that a violation continues shall be deemed a separate offense.
Whosoever violates any of the provisions of this chapter shall cease to discharge or infiltrate or permit the discharge or infiltration of the violating materials and substances upon receiving 30 days' notice, in writing, to do so. In case the violator neglects or refuses to do so, in addition to the fines set forth above, the City of Clairton may proceed to have the violating system disconnected, and the cost thereof, together with the penalty of 10% additional thereto, shall be collected from the violator in the manner now provided by law. In addition to the penalties provided above, the City of Clairton shall have the right, upon proper notification, to cause water service to the offending premises to be terminated by the provider thereof.
In the discharge of duties, the City of Clairton Code Enforcement Officer or authorized representative shall have the authority to enter, at any reasonable hour, any restaurant or food preparation facility in the jurisdiction to enforce the provisions of the chapter.
The City of Clairton Code Enforcement Officer may cooperate with or delegate his authority to the appropriate official of the City of Clairton or other county agency charged with the duty of enforcing any ordinance or regulations relating to the subject matter of the within chapter.
The City of Clairton reserves the right to invoke and enforce any City of Clairton regulations relating to the subject matter of this chapter and to seek the imposition of the penalties provided in said City of Clairton rules and regulations.