40 CFR 440.102 - Effluent limitations representing the degree of effluent reduction attainable by the application of the best practicable control technology (BPT).

§ 440.102 Effluent limitations representing the degree of effluent reduction attainable by the application of the best practicable control technology (BPT).
Except as provided in subpart L of this part and 40 CFR 125.30 through 125.32, any existing point source subject to this subpart must achieve the following effluent limitations representing the degree of effluent reduction attainable by the application of the best practicable control technology currently available (BPT):
(a) The concentration of pollutants discharged in mine drainage from mines operated to obtain copper bearing ores, lead bearing ores, zinc bearing ores, gold bearing ores, or silver bearing ores, or any combination of these ores open-pit or underground operations other than placer deposits shall not exceed:
Effluent characteristic Effluent limitations
Maximum for any 1 day Average of daily values for 30 consecutive days
1 Within the range 6.0 to 9.0.
Milligrams per liter
TSS 30 20
Cu .30 .15
Zn 1.5 .75
Pb .6 .3
Hg .002 .001
pH (1) (1)
(b) The concentration of pollutants discharged from mills which employ the froth flotation process alone or in conjunction with other processes, for the beneficiation of copper ores, lead ores, zinc ores, gold ores, or silver ores, or any combination of these ores shall not exceed:
Effluent characteristic Effluent limitations
Maximum for any 1 day Average of daily values for 30 consecutive days
1 Within the range 6.0 to 9.0.
Milligrams per liter
TSS 30 20
Cu .30 .15
Zn 1.0 .5
Pb .6 .3
Hg .002 .001
Cd .10 .05
pH (1) (1)
(c)
(1) Except as provided in paragraph (c) of this section, there shall be no discharge of process wastewater to navigable water from mines and mills which employ dump, heap, in situ leach or vat leach processes for the extraction of copper from ores or ore waste materials. The Agency recognizes that the elimination of the discharge of pollutants to navigable waters may result in an increase in discharges of some pollutants to other media. The Agency has considered these impacts and has addressed them in the preamble published on December 3, 1982.
(2) In the event that the annual precipitation falling on the treatment facility and the drainage area contributing surface runoff to the treatment facility exceeds the annual evaporation, a volume of water equivalent to the difference between annual precipitation falling on the treatment facility and the drainage area contributing surface runoff to the treatment facility and annual evaporation may be discharged subject to the limitations set forth in paragraph (a) of this section.
(d)
(1) Except as provided in paragraph (d) of this section, there shall be no discharge of process wastewater to navigable waters from mills which extract gold or silver by use of the cyanidation process. The Agency recognizes that the elimination of the discharge of pollutants to navigable waters may result in an increase in discharges of some pollutants to other media. The Agency has considered these impacts and has addressed them in the preamble published on December 3, 1982.
(2) In the event that the annual precipitation falling on the treatment facility and the drainage area contributing surface runoff to the treatment facility exceeds the annual evaporation, a volume of water equivalent to the difference between annual precipitation falling on the treatment facility and the drainage area contributing surface runoff to the treatment facility and annual evaporation may be discharged subject to the limitations set forth in paragraph (a) of this section.
(e) The concentration of pollutants discharged in mine drainage from mines producing 5,000 metric tons (5,512 short tons) or more of molybdenum bearing ores per year shall not exceed:
Effluent characteristic Effluent limitations
Maximum for any 1 day Average of daily values for 30 consecutive days
1 Within the range of 6.0 to 9.0
Milligrams per liter
TSS 30 20
Cd .10 .05
Cu .3 .15
Zn 1.0 .5
Pb .6 .3
As 1.0 .5
pH (1) (1)
(f) The concentration of pollutants discharged in mine drainage from mines producing less than 5,000 metric tons (5,512 short tons) or discharged from mills processing less than 5,000 metric tons (5,512 short tons) of molybdenum ores per year by methods other than ore leaching shall not exceed:
Effluent characteristic Effluent limitations
Maximum for any 1 day Average of daily values for 30 consecutive days
1 Within the range 6.0 to 9.0.
Milligrams per liter
TSS 50 30
pH (1) (1)
(g) The concentration of pollutants discharged from mills processing 5,000 metric tons (5,512 short tons) or more of molybdenum ores per year by purely physical methods including ore crushing, washing, jigging, heavy media separation shall not exceed:
Effluent characteristic Effluent limitations
Maximum for any 1 day Average of daily value for 30 consecutive days
1 Within the range 6.0 to 9.0
Milligrams per liter
TSS 30 20
Cd .10 .05
Cu .30 .15
Zn 1.0 .5
As 1.0 .5
pH (1) (1)
(h) The concentration of pollutants discharged from mills processing 5,000 metric tons (5,512 short tons) or more of molybdenum ores per year by froth flotation methods shall not exceed:
Effluent characteristics Effluent limitations
Maximum for any 1 day Average of daily values for 30 consecutive days
1 Within the range 6.0 to 9.0.
Milligrams per liter
TSS 30 20
Cd .10 .05
Cu .30 .15
Zn 1.0 .5
As 1.0 .5
pH (1) (1)
[47 FR 54609, Dec. 3, 1982, as amended at 53 FR 18788, May 24, 1988]

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