The statewide Industrial Storm Water permit (Industrial Permit) provides federal Clean Water Act permit coverage for a host of different industries, including wineries, breweries, and distilleries (alcoholic beverage producers) when producing alcohol is the primary business. As relative newcomers to the Industrial Permit, alcoholic beverage producers have options to comply.
In 2014, the State Water Resources Control Board (State Board) adopted substantial revisions to the Industrial Permit, which had not been updated since 1997. Among a host of important changes to the new Industrial Permit was one of special relevance to alcoholic beverage producers.
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