Wastewater Treatment Industry Support
Wastewater treatment plants operated by private and putblic utilities
are subject to National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System
(NPDES) permitting requirements under the U.S. Clean Water Act.
The provision of NPDES permit review, compliance and negotiation
services to municipal and industrial clients throughout the U.S. has
been the cornerstone of our company’s business since GLEC was
formed in 1992 and in the decade prior to 1992 as the water quality
division of Battelle Memorial Institute. GLEC scientists have been
instrumental in assisting U.S. EPA with developing the standards,
methods, and procedures utilized in the current NPDES system.
Consequently, GLEC has been very effective in helping the wastewater
treatment industry efficiently adapt to NPDES requirements
and protect receiving waters and ecosystems.
GLEC’s aquatic toxicity laboratories in Traverse City, Michigan
and Columbus, Ohio are fully equipped to perform static and flowthrough
toxicity evaluations of complex effluents, stormwater,
groundwater, whole sediment, sediment elutriate, sediment porewater
and single compounds using a variety of vertebrate and invertebrate
test species. Whole effluent toxicity testing (WET) has
become one of the primary components of U.S. EPA’s integrated
approach to toxics control, and a critical element in industrial and
municipal NPDES permits. GLEC serves numerous WET clients,
and is one of the few national laboratories still practicing WET
since program inception in the early 1980’s. We conduct routine
aquatic and sediment toxicity tests for NPDES permit compliance,
as well as TI/RE evaluations for water and sediment when required.
GLEC’s extensive field capabilities and equipment allow us to conduct
water quality sampling and monitoring regimens.
Contact: Dennis McCauley, Principal Research Scientist
Click to Email 231-941-2230