DEEP: Fats, Oils, and Grease (FOG) Model Program

Fats, Oils, and Grease (FOG) Model Program

The Department has developed a statewide Fats, Oils, and Grease (FOG) Model  Program for discharges to sanitary sewerage systems to assist municipalities and private facilities with the collection and disposal of FOG. There are approximately 110 municipal, state and private WPCFs in Connecticut. The Model FOG Program produced by the City of Torrington and funded by the Connecticut DEEP identified the importance of creating a General Permit as the key administrative tool to assist communities in controlling FOG.

The purpose of the General Permit is to require and standardize the routine removal of FOG from all food preparation establishments including but not limited to restaurants, hotel kitchens, hospitals, school kitchens, bars. The "No Registration - No Fee" General Permit as finalized, covers all Class III and IV food preparation establishments that discharge to sanitary sewers. Although the final enforcement authority will be with the DEEP, the municipalities are encouraged to utilize this General Permit to resolve FOG issues at the local level.

  • May 2015: DEEP is seeking comments and input on the Draft General Permit for the Discharge of Wastewater Associated With Food Preparation Establishments that Discharge to Sanitary Sewers ,(revised May 8, 2015) prior to DEEP initiating the formal general permit authorization process.   The formal permit renewal process is on hold.  Public notice to issue the proposed permit has not been published.
  • A Public Information Meeting presentation on the Draft General Permit renewal is scheduled for Thursday May 14, 2015, at 10 a.m. at DEEP Headquarters, Russell Room, 3rd Floor, 79 Elm Street, Hartford, CT.  If you have any question or wish DEEP to provide a presentation to a stakeholder group on the proposed general permit renewal, please contact Iliana Raffa at 860-424-3758.
  • Fact Sheet to Accompany Draft General Permit for the Discharge of Wastewater Associated With Food Preparation Establishments That Discharge to Sanitary Sewers (revised May 2015)

Content Last Updated May 8, 2015