Conventional pollutant

A conventional pollutant is a term used in the USA to describe a water pollutant that is amenable to treatment by a municipal sewage treatment plant. A basic list of conventional pollutants is defined in the U.S. Clean Water Act.[1] The list has been amended in regulations issued by the Environmental Protection Agency:

The Secondary Treatment Regulation contains national discharge standards for BOD, pH and TSS, applicable to sewage treatment plants in the U.S.[3]

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  1. ^ United States. Clean Water Act, sec. 304(a)(4), 33 U.S.C. § 1314(a).
  2. ^ U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Washington, DC. "Conventional pollutants." Code of Federal Regulations, 40 C.F.R. 401.16. 1979-09-10.
  3. ^ EPA. "Secondary treatment." Code of Federal Regulations, 40 C.F.R. 133.102. 1984-10-16.