Township of Ross, PA
Allegheny County
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§ 18-301 Definitions.

[Ord. 1864, 11/28/1994, § 101]
1. 
For the purposes of this Part, the following terms shall have the meaning hereafter designated:
ALCOSAN
Allegheny County Sanitary Authority including its treatment facility and any devices and systems used in the storage, treatment, recycling and reclamation of municipal sewage or industrial wastes of a liquid nature.
CORROSIVE WASTE
A waste or substance which has any of the following properties:
(1) 
It is aqueous and has a pH of less than or equal to five or greater than or equal to 10, as determined by pH meter.
(2) 
It is a liquid and corrodes steel (SAE1020) at a rate greater than 6.33 mm (0.250 in.) per year at test temperature of 55° C. (130° F.).
EXPLOSIVE/REACTIVE WASTE
A waste or substance which can create an explosion hazard in the sewage collection system or the ALCOSAN treatment facility; which has any of, but is not limited to, the following properties:
(1) 
It is normally unstable and readily undergoes violent change without detonating.
(2) 
It reacts violently with water.
(3) 
It forms potentially explosive mixtures with water.
(4) 
When mixed with water, it generates toxic gasses, vapors or fumes in a quantity sufficient to present a danger to human health or the environment.
(5) 
It is a cyanide or sulfide bearing waste which can generate toxic gasses, vapors, or fumes in a quantity sufficient to present a danger to human health or the environment.
(6) 
It is capable of detonation or explosive reaction if it is subjected to a strong initiating source or if heated under confinement.
(7) 
It is readily capable of detonation, explosive decomposition or reaction at standard temperature and pressure.
(8) 
It is a forbidden explosive as defined in 40 CFR 173.51, or a Class A explosive as defined in 49 CFR 173.53 or a Class B explosive as defined in 49 CFR 173.88.
HAZARDOUS WASTE
All wastes that are defined as hazardous under the regulations enacted pursuant to the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) as specified in 40 CFR 261 or under the regulations promulgated pursuant to the Pennsylvania Solid Waste Management Act, 35 P.S. § 6018.101 et seq., as specified in 25 Pa.Code § 261.
IGNITABLE WASTE
A waste or substance which can create a fire hazard in the sewage collection system or the ALCOSAN treatment facility which has any of, but is not limited to, the following properties:
(1) 
It is liquid with a flash point less than 60° C. (140° F.) using the test methods specified in 40 CFR 261.21.
(2) 
It is an oxidizer as defined in 49 CFR 173.151.
INTERFERENCE
A discharge originating in the Township which, alone or in conjunction with a discharge or discharges from other sources, both:
(1) 
Inhibits or disrupts the ALCOSAN facilities, its treatment processes or operations or its sludge processes, use or disposal.
(2) 
Therefore is a cause of a violation of any requirement of ALCOSAN's National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (hereinafter referred to as "NPDES") permit (including an increase in the magnitude or duration of a violation) or of the prevention of sewage sludge use or disposal by ALCOSAN in compliance with the following statutory provisions and regulations or permits issued thereunder (or more stringent state or local regulations): § 405 of the Clean Water Act, the Solid Waste Disposal Act (including Title 2 or more commonly referred to as the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act and including state regulations contained in any state sludge management plan prepared pursuant to subtitle D of the Solid Waste Disposal Act), the Clean Air Act, and the Toxic Substances Control Act.
PASS-THROUGH
Any discharge of a pollutant through ALCOSAN into the waters of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in quantities or concentrations which, alone or in conjunction with other discharges from other sources, is a cause of a violation of any requirement of the ALCOSAN's NPDES permit (including an increase in the magnitude or duration of a violation).
PERSON
Any individual, partnership, copartnership, firm, company, corporation, association, joint stock company, trust, estate, governmental entity, or any other legal entity, or its legal representatives, agents or assigns.
pH
The logarithm (base 10) of the reciprocal of the concentration of hydrogen ions expressed in grams per liter of solution.
POLLUTANT
Any dredged spoil, solid waste, incinerator residue, sewage, garbage, sewage sludge, emissions, chemical wastes, biological materials, radioactive materials, heat, wrecked or discharged equipment, rock, sand, cellar dirt or other industrial, municipal, or agricultural waste discharged into water.
POLLUTION
The man-made or man induced alteration of the chemical, physical, biological, and/or radiological integrity of water.
(1) 
The Federal Water Pollution Control Act also known as the Clean Water Act, as amended, 33 U.S.C. § 1251 et seq.
TOXIC POLLUTANT
Any pollutant or combination of pollutants listed as toxic in regulations promulgated by the EPA, pursuant to § 307(A) of the Act.
WASTE WATER
The liquid and water carried industrial or domestic wastes from dwellings, commercial buildings, industrial facilities and institutions, together with any ground water, surface water, and stormwater that may be present, whether treated or untreated, which is contributed directly or indirectly into the facilities of ALCOSAN.
WATERS OF THE COMMONWEALTH
All streams, lakes, bonds, marshes, water courses, water ways, wells, springs, reservoirs, aquifers, irrigation systems, drainage systems, and other bodies or accumulations of water, surface or underground, natural or artificial, public or private, which, are contained within, flow through, or border upon the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania or any portion thereof.

§ 18-302 Interference With Operation or Performance.

[Ord. 1864, 11/28/1994, § 103]
1. 
No person shall introduce or cause to be introduced directly or indirectly into the facilities of ALCOSAN or into any sewer, pipe or other conveyance located in the Township and transmitting substances into the facilities of ALCOSAN, any toxic pollutant or other waste water which will:
A. 
Cause interference with the operation or performance of ALCOSAN's treatment plant or other facilities.
B. 
Pass through ALCOSAN's treatment plant or other facilities.

§ 18-303 Prohibited Discharges.

[Ord. 1864, 11/28/1994, § 103]
1. 
No person shall introduce, permit or cause to be introduced, directly or indirectly, into the facilities of ALCOSAN or into any piped sewer, pipe or other conveyance located in the Township and transmitting substances into the facilities of ALCOSAN any of the following:
A. 
Any substance which will endanger the life, health or safety of the treatment plant sewer maintenance and plant operations personnel or which would preclude safe entry into the sewer system or any portion of the treatment plant.
B. 
Any ignitable, reactive, explosive, corrosive, or hazardous waste, except as provided for by ALCOSAN's rules and regulations.
C. 
Any wastewater with a temperature greater than 140° F. (60° C.).
D. 
Any waste which exceeds the naturally occurring background levels for either alpha, beta, or gamma radiation and/or any wastewater containing any radioactive wastes or isotopes of such half life or concentration not in compliance with applicable state or federal regulations.
E. 
Any solids or viscous substance capable of causing obstruction to the flow in sewers or other interference with the proper operations of ALCOSAN's facility or facilities discharging into the ALCOSAN system.
F. 
Any noxious or malodorous liquids, gasses or solids which either singly or by interaction with other wastes may create a public nuisance or adversely affect public health or safety.
G. 
Pathological wastes from a hospital or other medical establishment.
H. 
Garbage, whether ground or not, except properly shredded food waste garbage resulting from the proper use of a garbage grinder or disposer type approved by ALCOSAN and maintained in good operating condition.
I. 
Sludges or other materials from septic tanks or similar facilities or from sewage or industrial waste treatment plants or from water treatment plants, unless the discharge of such sludges and other materials is specifically approved by ALCOSAN.
J. 
Any pollutant including oxygen demanding pollutants released in a discharge at a flow rate and/or pollutant concentration which will cause interference with the ALCOSAN facilities.
K. 
Any substance which will cause ALCOSAN's effluent or any other product of the ALCOSAN facilities, such as residues, sludges, or scums, to be unsuitable for reclamation processes, including any substance which will cause the ALCOSAN facility to be in non-compliance with sludge use or disposable criteria, guidelines, or regulations developed under § 405 of the Act, any criteria, guidelines, or regulations promulgated pursuant to the Solid Waste Disposal Act, the Clean Air Act, the Toxic Substances Control Act or state laws or regulations applicable to the treatment or disposal of such effluent or such product.

§ 18-304 Pretreatment Standards.

[Ord. 1864, 11/28/1994, § 104]
1. 
No person shall take any action or do or cause to be done anything in violation of any rule or regulation of ALCOSAN.
2. 
The pretreatment regulations of the Allegheny County Sanitary Authority are incorporated into this Part by reference as though fully set forth herein.

§ 18-305 Penalties.

[Ord. 1864, 11/28/1994, § 105; as amended by Ord. 2288, 4/12/2010]
Any person, firm corporation who shall violate any provision of this Part, upon conviction thereof, shall be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than $1,000 plus costs and, in default of payment of said fine and costs, to a term of imprisonment not to exceed 30 days. Each day that a violation of this Part continues shall constitute a separate offense. In addition, any person violating any provision of the ALCOSAN pretreatment regulations may be subject to administrative and civil penalties as provided for by the pretreatment regulations and administered by ALCOSAN. Such penalties may include, but are not limited to, injunctive relief and penalties of up to $25,000 per day, per violation as provided for by the Publicly Owned Treatment Works Penalty Law, 35 P.S. § 752.1 et seq. Authority to so enforce the pretreatment regulations is granted to ALCOSAN, and is in addition to but not in place of any other remedy available to the Township.

§ 18-311 Short Title.

[Ord. 1958, 3/9/1998, § 601]
This Part shall be hereafter known as the "Ross Township Grease Clogging Remediation Ordinance."

§ 18-312 Definitions.

[Ord. 1958, 3/9/1998, § 602]
FOOD PREPARATION FACILITY
Any food establishment in any building, room or place or any portion thereof or appurtenance 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 and serving of food in single-family dwellings to the resident family or its guests.
GREASE TRAP
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.
GREASE INTERCEPTOR
An interceptor whose rated flow exceeds 35 gpm and which is located underground outside the building.
RESTAURANT
Any public eating place where regular 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 words "regular meals" as used herein means meals generally consisting of courses embracing some kind of meat or its equivalent, vegetables, bread, pastry, beverage and accompaniments, served at more or less regular intervals.

§ 18-313 Plumbing to Be in Good Repair.

[Ord. 1958, 3/9/1998, § 603]
Every building or room occupied or used or used as a public eating place 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 gases 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.

§ 18-314 Installation of Grease Interceptors and Traps.

[Ord. 1958, 3/9/1998, § 604]
1. 
On or before September 1, 1998, 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 Allegheny County Health Department Plumbing Division. For flow through rates 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.
2. 
Said grease trap or interceptor shall be installed at an appropriate location along the sewer line between the restaurant and/or food preparation facility and the lines entry into the main public sewer line. An inspection site tee shall be installed between the interceptor discharge and connect to the public sewer system. All installations shall be in accordance with Article 15 of the Allegheny County Health Department Plumbing Code and Regulations.
3. 
No solid waste devices, such as waste grinders, disposals, potato peelers, etc., shall discharge through the grease trap or grease interceptor. Only potential grease laden fixtures may discharge through the trap or interceptor.
4. 
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.
5. 
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.
6. 
In existing facilities where it is determined by Ross Township that a grease trap is not sufficient, Ross Township 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 or food preparation facility there shall be installed a grease interceptor, minimum 1,000 gallon capacity, regardless of flow through rate.
7. 
Each grease interceptor or grease trap shall and must be installed by a plumber registered with the Allegheny County Plumbing Department.

§ 18-315 Maintenance of Grease Interceptors and Grease Traps.

[Ord. 1958, 3/9/1998, § 605]
1. 
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 Allegheny County Sanitary Authority (ALCOSAN). Oil/grease discharges shall not exceed 200 ppm downstream of the interceptor or trap.
2. 
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, annually 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 cleaning schedule and the date of the cleaning/inspection. Such records shall be presented to the Township upon request. A more frequent cleaning/inspection schedule may be ordered to be performed by the facility when it is determined by the Township that the facility is discharging excessive amounts of grease to the public sewer system.

§ 18-316 Penalties.

[Ord. 1958, 3/9/1998, § 606; as amended by Ord. 2288, 4/12/2010]
1. 
Whosoever violates any of the provisions of this Part, upon conviction thereof, shall be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than $1,000 plus costs and, in default of payment of said fine and costs, to a term of imprisonment not to exceed 30 days. Each day that a violation of this Part continues shall constitute a separate offense.
2. 
Whosoever violates any of the provisions of this Part 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, Ross Township 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 Township of Ross shall have the right, upon proper notification, to cause water service to the offending premises to be terminated by the provider thereof.

§ 18-317 Right of Entry.

[Ord. 1958, 3/9/1998, § 607]
1. 
In the discharge of duties, Ross Township 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 this Part.
2. 
The Ross Township Code Enforcement Officer may cooperate with or delegate his authority to the appropriate official of the Allegheny County Health Department or other County agency charged with the duty of enforcing any Allegheny County ordinance or regulation relating to the subject matter of the within Part.

§ 18-318 Allegheny County Ordinance and/or Regulations.

[Ord. 1958, 3/9/1998, § 608]
The Township of Ross reserves the right to invoke and enforce any Allegheny County ordinance or regulation relating to the subject matter of this Part and to seek the imposition of the penalties provided in the said Allegheny County Ordinance or regulation.