Opinion: Don’t let new industrial stormwater permit catch you by surprise

Effective Jan. 1, the Washington Department of Ecology issued a new Industrial Stormwater General Permit regulating thousands of businesses across the state. The permit applies to industrial facilities that discharge stormwater directly to a lake, river, stream or other water body or to a sewer system that drains to a water body.

The Clean Water Act prohibits most discharges of process wastewater or stormwater unless the discharge complies with conditions included in a permit. Ecology updates…


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