The washwater from our dairy manufacturing facilities consists of 99.4% water and 0.6% solids. Most of the solids are from the dairy products. Less than one-tenth of 1% of the washwater is from cleaning agents. All cleaning agents are approved for use with food products and are regulated by the Food & Drug Administration and are measured in dilution rates as parts per million.
“The Agency does not have evidence of hazardous compounds based on concentrations which would be considered toxic. There have been no environmental catastrophes. Rather, the concentration of the substances which were detected are below drinking water Standards. One function of water treatment is to make water suitable for drinking. Drinking water standards have been established by the State and Federal Governments to determine what constitutes suitable for drinking. Even without treatment, the constituents that have raised concern on the part of the commenter are present in levels which, if they were present in a drinking water source, would meet the drinking water standards.” — John J. Akielaszek, Section Chief/DEC
Please reference the 2012 Permit Amendment Testimony.