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Fats, Oils and Grease

FOG Control Rule

On May 1, 2007 the Butler County Board of Commissioners adopted a   new Fats, Oils and Grease (FOG) Control Rule which provides uniform   requirements for installing and maintaining grease traps and   interceptors in food service establishments. The Ohio Environmental   Protection Agency has approved and public noticed the rule, making it   effective July 10, 2007.

Grease interceptors protect human health and the environment by helping prevent sewer blockages and overflows. The interceptors keep excessive oil and grease out of the sewer so wastewater can flow freely to the wastewater treatment plant, enabling BCWS to comply with federal, state and local Environmental Protection Agency requirements.

The new Rule spells out the specific requirements about how to size, construct, operate and maintain a grease interceptor. Our FOG Control Program includes:

  • Best management practices, such as employee training and specific kitchen cleaning procedures.
  • Specific maintenance, monitoring, reporting, notification and inspection requirements which are the responsibility of food service establishment operators.
  • Provisions for BCWS to recover costs for cleaning up blockages or overflows caused by food service establishments.
  • Size and installation specifications per the Butler County Health Department, with a minimum size of 1000 gallons.
  • Provisions for FOG discharge permits for food service establishments, and noncompliance fees for businesses which fail to comply with Rule.

Do you need more information?
For questions about Fats, Oils, & Grease (FOG), best management practices, or local ordinances, contact Industrial Services at (513) 887-5573.