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FOG Program DATA Needs

Using DATA to Justify Developing or Maintaining a FOG Program

Many small community Public Works personnel recognize that the community has a fats, oils and grease (FOG) problem. Often this is evidenced by an increase in odor complaints, an increase in nuisance back-ups and overflows, or an increase in line maintenance. The term, "Friday Hotspots" or similar are used to describe areas that are known to be problematic for maintenance crews who don't want to lose a weekend dealing with a backup or overflow.

How can you quantify the damage caused by FOG? How can you quantify the cost of FOG-related collection system and treatment plant maintenance? How can you quantify the extra cost to treat excess FOG at the wastewater treatment plant?

The information covered in this presentation answers these questions and provides guidance to anyone who needs help to justify developing or mantaining a FOG discharge management program.


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Clayton Brown
Clayton Brown
Clayton Brown works part time for the Pollution Prevention Resource Center in Seattle and as a consultant to the wastewater industry. Prior to that, Clayton worked for nearly 30 years for Clean water services in Washington County, Oregon. He spent his last 22 years as the Source Control Manager. During his last year at Clean Water Services, Clayton’s Source Control Division managed permits for 52 Significant Industrial Users, of which 39 were Categorical Industrial Users. The remaining SIUs were mostly food manufacturing processors which were considered Significant either due to flow or loading. The Division managed over 80 Industrial Stormwater NPDES Permits under a contract with the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality and managed over 180 non-significant industrial discharge permits under a local program. The Source Control Division also oversaw over 2,400 food service establishments under the fats, oils and grease (FOG) Abatement Program, inspected almost 200 dental offices, and managed over 30 Ecological Businesses under the EcoBiz green business program for automotive shops and landscaping firms. Clayton has facilitated utilities across the Pacific Northwest in developing or amending FOG discharge program requirements and is a subject matter expert.


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