Boutique Washington Wineries, State Clash Over Water Pollution Plan

Bloomberg BNA
June 21, 2018

Boutique wineries, part of Washington state’s burgeoning wine industry, are threatening to sue over a new state water pollution permit they say could hurt the financial viability of small operators.

The new general permit, which goes into effect July 1, 2019, regulates wastewater from wine operations and establishes parameters based on how the discharges are managed, whether they are sent to storage tanks or to a lined lagoon where solids such as grape skins and seeds settle out. Some wineries use a portion of their wastewater to control dust on unpaved roads or to irrigate the vineyards or other crops.>>>Read the entire article featuring Chateau Ste Michelle and Wilridge Winery on Bloomberg BNA

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