First Environment is performing independent third party environmental compliance audits at facilities owned and operated by the New York City Department of Environmental Protection’s (NYCDEP’s) Bureau of Wastewater Treatment. NYCDEP operates one of the most extensive wastewater treatment systems in the world and maintains the ecological and environmental integrity of New York City’s waterways, including the New York Harbor; Hudson, Harlem, and East Rivers; Long Island Sound; and Atlantic Ocean.
The audit satisfies a requirement set up in a 2009 Consent Judgment and Environmental Audit Agreement between the City and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) regarding the operation and performance of all of the City’s water pollution control plants and combined sewer overflow facilities.
The scope of the audit program includes assuring the City’s compliance with the Federal Clean Water Act; Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure Program; and Clean Air Act, as well as New York State’s SPDES (aka: NPDES) Permit Program; Petroleum and Chemical Bulk Storage Program; and Navigation Law.
The Bureau of Wastewater Treatment treats an average of 1.3 billion gallons of wastewater each day through a network of 14 water pollution control plants, 94 pumping stations, four combined sewer overflow retention facilities, eight dewatering facilities, 490 sewer regulators and 150 miles of intercepting sewers.