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.

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 current permit went into effect Sept. 1, 2016, and expires Aug. 31, 2021.

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Modifications to the 2016 Permit

We are modifying the current Fresh Fruit Packing Industry General Permit to authorize the use of additional products within the fresh fruit packing industry in Washington. Those products include:
  • One post-harvest fungicide for stone and pome fruits.
  • Two wastewater treatment coagulants for treating wastewater from the fresh fruit packing industry prior to discharge under the permit.
Only the portions of the permit revised during this permit modification are available for comment. Learn more about the summarized changes. All comments must be submitted by April 22, 2019 to be considered for the final determination. The initial comment end date has been extended to accommodate all interested parties.

Draft documents:

How to provide comments

We will accept comments from March 6 to April 22, 2019.

Online (preferred):  Submit your comments through our online comments form

By mail:  Marcia Porter
Department of Ecology
1250 West Alder Street
Union Gap, WA  98903-0009

In-person:  You may provide oral or written comments during our public hearing (see details below). 

Public workshop and hearing

A public hearing to hear oral testimony is scheduled for April 9, 2019 at the Ecology Central Regional Office 1250 West Alder Street, Union Gap, WA starting at 5 p.m. 

The workshop will explain the proposed modifications to the permit and to answer questions about the proposed modifications prior to the public hearing. The hearing will begin after the public workshop and will conclude when testimony is complete.

During the hearing, people may give oral testimony and written comments on the proposed modifications to the permit. Written comments will receive the same consideration as oral testimony. Only the portions of the permit revised during this permit modification are available for comment.

Modificación del Permiso de 2016

Proponemos modificar el permiso general actual de la Industria de Empaque de Fruta Fresca a que autorice el uso de productos adicionales en la Industria de Empaque de Fruta Fresca del estado de Washington. Esos productos incluyen:

  • Un fungicida post-cosecha para piedras y frutas pome.

  • Dos coagulantes para el tratamiento de aguas residuales industriales para el tratado de aguas residuales industriales de la Industria de Empaque de Fruta Fresca antes de la descarga, de acuerdo al permiso.

Solo partes del permiso revisado durante la modificación del permiso están disponibles para comentario. Todos los comentarios deben ser presentados el 22 de abril de 2019 para ser considerados en la determinación final.

Para más información sobre la modificación del permiso general, contacte a Marcia Porter al 509-454-7864. Para más información en español, favor de contactar a Coleman Miller al 509-454-4246.

2016 Permit documents

Application and forms

Apply

Implement & comply

Modify Coverage

Contact your permit administrator for assistance

Central Region

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
marcia.porter@ecy.wa.gov
509-454-7864

Eastern Region