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Chapter 8020 Water Quality Program
Local and regional water resources are protected through a variety of operational controls in compliance with local, state and federal regulations.

  • Storm water, deposited on-site or traveling from off-site locations, is managed through several programs that control the quantity and protect the quality of the water.
  • Land disturbing activities, such as construction, receive special attention to prevent erosion and sediment from affecting the lab's downstream neighbors.
  • Wastewater from the lab's cooling towers, production chemistry, sinks, and floor drains enters the Hampton Roads Sanitation District (HRSD) system for treatment; the quantity and quality of the wastewater must be controlled.
  • Wastewater from several other lab processes is discharged to surface ditches and travels off-site.
  • Jefferson Lab stores and handles large volumes of petroleum products, which pose a threat to water resources if released.
The purpose of this chapter is to outline the policies and procedures that govern the management of these various, related elements.

This water quality program applies site-wide to all activities involving, or potentially affecting, both groundwater and surface water.

Technical Appendices:

T1 Storm Water Management
ES&H Manual Chapter 8020 Appendix T1 Storm Water Management summarizes the specific requirements for stormwater management at Jefferson Lab and instructions in the form of references, appendices and other ES&H Manual chapters, where applicable.
T2 Discharges to the Hampton Roads Sanitation District (HRSD) System
ES&H Manual Chapter 8020 Appendix T2 Discharges to the Hampton Roads Sanitation District (HRSD) System provides Jefferson Lab staff, Users, and Subcontractors with information that will assure discharges through the municipal sewer (HRSD) remain within all permit constraints.
T3 Oil-Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasures (SPCC)
ES&H Manual Chapter 8020 Appendix T3 Oil-Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasures (SPCC) focuses on prevention of oil spills at the facility, adequate response and reporting in the event of a spill, protection of natural resources, and maintaining compliance with existing regulatory requirements.

Note: Management authority may be delegated to a task qualified Jefferson Lab employee at the discretion of the responsible manager.

Everyone at Jefferson Lab
  • Plans their activities to minimize negative impacts, including spills and unauthorized discharges, to storm water ditches, sinks, and floor drains.
  • Provides recommendations or concerns regarding water quality protection to ES&H (ext. 7308).
  • Notifies Facilities Management & Logistics if water usage or system maintenance could impact:
    • Stormwater conveyances
    • Sanitary sewer systems, including flow meters
    • Groundwater monitoring wells
  • Reports water-related emergencies to Security (ext. 5822).
  • Contacts ES&H if any unusual conditions are observed.
Facilities Management & Logistics
  • Maintains and manages all water conveyance and monitoring systems.
  • Provides data and information for reporting as specified in ES&H Manual Chapter 8040 Environmental Monitoring Program.
  • Notifies ES&H prior to changing any chemical usage in site cooling towers.
  • Maintains all oil/water separators.
Superconducting Radio Frequency (SRF) Department
Responsible for implementing the actions that apply to acid neutralization processes:
  • Ensures compliance with pH limits and related permit terms.
  • Maintains and manages acid neutralization systems.
  • Completes system related sampling and analysis activities using documented procedures and practices.
  • Reviews proposals for new/modified discharges to any waste water system and obtains permits/manages regulatory approval process if necessary.
  • Satisfies water quality reporting requirements as summarized in ES&H Manual Chapter 8040 Environmental Management Program.

ES&H Manual Chapter 2410 Hazard Issues and Contractual Commitments

VPDES Permit No. VA0089320-Authorization to Discharge Under the Virginia Pollution Discharge Elimination System and Virginia State Water Control Law

HRSD Permit No. 0117-HRSD Industrial Wastewater Discharge Permit

General Permit No. VAR040079-General Permit for Discharges of Stormwater from Small Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems

Permit Number GW0047201-Permit to Withdraw Groundwater

General VPDES Permit for Discharges of Stormwater From Construction Activities
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