In Massachusetts, DEP
has NOTHING to do with requiring (or inspecting, or regulating) these ridiculous items. HOWEVER, the state plumbing board (made up of appointed 'concerned knowledgeable citizens', mostly plumbers I am betting) has jurisdiction, requires them, and adamantly refuses to move into even the late 20th century. It doesn't matter that we can't discharge any hazardous materials into the drains--they see this as either a fail safe (I'm giving them the benefit of the doubt) or a way for their constituents to get extra hours during construction (you have to have separate lines to the tank from labs, at least in MA). A Massachusetts college (forget which one) tried to argue against it and (no surprise) failed after spending a lot of $$. The local plumbing inspector doesn't want to lose his license by 'forgetting' to require their installation, and so we all just do it. What a waste of money, and with the new 'active' neutralization tanks, chemicals as well.
If I were in a different state, I would consider finding out exactly who (is there an appointed board, is it *just* the state agency employees) regulates/requires these in that state and then see if it's possible to dialogue with them. What might persuade them (perhaps a solid training program would be enough or would they require other information)? Not business or legal advice, may not be the opinion of my employer or any group I'm affiliated with...
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