Table 12 Effluent Limitations mgL except for pH for Subpart D Defluorinated Phosphate Rock

Effluent characteristic

Maximum for Average of daily values for 30 any 1 day consecutive days shall not exceed

Total phosphorus (as P) Fluoride (as F) TSS pH

(b) BPT and BAT for nonprocess wastewater, and BAT for process wastewater

Total phosphorus (as P) Fluoride (as F) pH

105 75 150

105 75

35 25 50

35 25

a aWithin the range 6.0-9.5.

BPT, best practicable control technology currently available; BAT, best available technology economically available; BCT, best conventional pollutant control technology; NSPS, standards of performance for new sources. Source: Ref. 9.

a a to land, municipal sewer system, inland surface water bodies, or coastal areas. Consideration may be given to environmental, socio-economic, and water-quality requirements and objectives, as well as to an assessment of the nature and impacts of the specific industrial effluents, which leads to an approach of either specific industry subcategories or classification of waters, or on a case-by-case basis. To a more limited extent than in the United States, the Indian Central Board for Prevention and Control of

Water Pollution established a fertilizer industry subcommittee that adopted suitable effluent standards, proposed effective pollution control measures, and established subcategories for the fertilizer industry [11].

Pollution control legislation and standards in many countries are based on the adoption of systems of water classification. This approach of environmental management can make use of either a broad system of classifications with a limited number of subcategories or, as in Japan, a detailed system of subcategories such as river groups for various uses, lakes, and coastal waters. Within such a framework, specific cases of discharge standards could also be considered under circumstances of serious localized environmental impacts. Other countries, such as the United Kingdom and Finland, have a more flexible approach and review discharge standards for fertilizer plants on a case-by-case basis, with no established uniform guidelines [17]. The assessment of each case is based on the nature and volume of the discharge, the characteristics of receiving waters, and the available pollution control technology.


The sources and characteristics of wastewater streams from the various subcategories in phosphate and phosphate fertilizer manufacturing, as well as some of the possibilities for

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