Concrete batching plants use equipment to produce concrete and concrete products by batching or mixing cements and other raw materials. The components of concrete include many substances such as: silica, calcium, alumina, magnesia, iron oxide, sulfur dioxide, fly ash, gravel and sand. During the process of making cement, pollutants exposed to wind or run off can negatively affect the surrounding environment.
The EPA has set standards to assure this industrial waste is minimized in the concrete batching industry. Industrial activities associated with ready-mixed concrete production are classified as Standard Industrial Classification Code (SIC) 3273 of the Multi-Sector Generic Permit (MSGP). The Wastewater and Stormwater management plans under the MSGP consist of two primary elements: Best Management Practices (BMPs), and Storm Water Pollution Prevention(SWPPP). The SWPPP is created based on individual facilities and should address material storage areas, plant site runoff, in-plant transfer, process and material handling areas, loading or unloading operations, sludge and waste disposal, or drainage from raw material storage. These standards assure this industry practices the best approach to waste minimization in order to protect the environment. Therefore, by minimizing waste through avoidance and reduction in preference to recycling and reclamation, the batching industry can do their part in keeping industrial waste from batching plants at a minimum.
Here at KCI we can assist you in evaluating and addressing issues related to industrial waste from concrete batching and assist you in addressing waste minimization in order to best protect the environment. Our consultants can help with collecting water sampling for Discharge Monitoring Reports (along with submitting these reports to FDEP), conduct quarterly and annual comprehensive site evaluations, and assist with proper documentation for renewing your MSGP. Call us today to see how KCI can help you maintain compliance!