Fresh Fruit Packing General Permit

This permit outlines uniform conditions and treatment, discharge, and disposal methods for fresh fruit packing wastewater based on the similarities of wastewater characteristics among facilities.

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The combined State Waste Discharge Permit and National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Permit (NPDES) provides assurance that fruit packers are protecting nearby lakes, rivers, and groundwater when managing the wastewater coming from their facilities.

The (modified) current permit was effective July 1, 2019, and will expire on August 31, 2021. We will administratively extend the current permit through December 31, 2021. Please see renewal information below for more information.

Para más información sobre la permiso general, contacte a Marcia Porter al 509-406-6624. 

Current permit and related documents

Permit reissuance

We are starting the reissuance process for the Fresh Fruit Packing General Permit. The permit regulates the discharge of wastewater from fresh fruit packing facilities. The current permit expires on August 31, 2021.  The permit is administratively extended through December 31, 2021. The permit reissuance process includes an informal listening session and a formal public comment period on the draft permit which will include two public workshops and hearings. We plan to make a permit reissuance decision in winter 2021.

Changes to the permit that are being considered include:

  • Requirements for additional monitoring to comply with TMDL actions
  • Requirements for some facilities to install flow meters
  • Conditionally authorizing some very small storage facilities
  • Other issues identified through the informal listening session

Reissuance timeline

July 15, 2021: Informal Listening Session
Fall 2021: Formal Public Comment period on SEPA action and draft permit.
Fall 2021: Workshop and public hearings
Winter 2021: Decision on reissuance

How to provide comments

We invite you to provide input on what we should change in the General Permit. We will accept comments until July 19, 2021.

You may submit comments:

Submit your comments through our online comments form (annonomous).

By mail:
Marcia Porter
Central Regional Office
1250 West Alder Street
Union Gap, WA 98903

Listening session

Interpretación en español está disponible

Evening, Thursday, July 15, 2021, 6 p.m.
Join the webinar online
Event phone info:
US Toll+1-415-655-0001
Access code: 177 893 1300

Focus Sheet

Para información en Español

Permit application and forms

Contact your permit administrator for assistance

For facilities located in the following counties:

Benton, Chelan, Douglas, Kittitas, Klickitat, Okanogan, Yakima

Marcia Porter
Central Regional Office
1250 West Alder Street
Union Gap, WA 98903

For facilities located in the following counties:

Adams, Asotin, Columbia, Ferry, Franklin, Garfield, Grant, Lincoln, Pend Oreille, Spokane, Stevens, Walla Walla, Whitman

Vacant: Please contact interim Marcia Porter
Eastern Regional Office
4601 N Monroe
Spokane, WA 99205