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The New Industrial Permit and Wineries that Must Comply

The New Industrial Permit and Wineries that Must Comply

Industrial General Permit that became effective July 1, 2015.

After intensive hours of research at the Regional Water Boards, we’ve helped numerous wineries apply for a required Industrial Permit, registering them with the SMARTS website, submitting their NOI, and uploading all their required documents, including their SWPPP and Site Plans. After determining their eligibility, we’ve helped those that qualify, file for exemption through NECs or NONAs and file the required documents for the respective certification.

While working with the winery facilities, I quickly learned they all shared one common question: “Do we really need an industrial Stormwater Plan?”

Your industrial activities do not include vineyards, vineyard shops, or tasting rooms. Industrial activities begin with the grape weigh station and end with packaged goods leaving your dock stations. According to the SWRBC:

  • Transportation of uncovered bins/gondolas of grapes across internal roadways is exposed industrial activity. Even if all other industrial activities are undercover, there are potential BMPs that may address this.
  • Parking areas are not included unless bins/gondolas pass through, or barrel filling occurs in them.
  • Crush pads without a permanent structure covering is exposed industrial activity.
  • Loading/unloading of juice or wine from tanker trucks in outdoor areas without a permanent structure covering is exposed industrial activity.
  • Outdoor generation/storage/loading/transportation of pomace, diatomaceous earth, and lees without a permanent structure covering is exposed industrial activity.

You qualify for a Non-Exposure Certification as long as your facility meets the following requirements:

  • Provides a storm-resistant shelter protecting all industrial activities, equipment and materials from exposure to the elements.
  • Conducts annual inspections confirming stormwater at the site is not exposed to industrial activities, materials or equipment.
  • Verifies all unauthorized non-stormwater discharges have been eliminated and all authorized non-stormwater discharges are in compliance with the 2014 IGP.

Updates to the Industrial General Permit requirements that apply specifically to wineries include:

  • Monthly visual monitoring
  • Monitoring during qualifying rain events four times per year
  • No “Wet” and “Dry” weather designation, must be implemented year round
  • Sampling (Basic Constituents and additional parameters based on your SIC Code)

o   Wineries with SIC Code 2084 only need to sample for basic constituents

  • pH, Oil & Grease, and Total Suspended Solids
  • Specific Conduance removed as monitoring requirement
  • No additional analytical parameters require sampling
Compliance filings must be made through SMARTS:
  • Notice of Intent (NOI) for Industrial General Permit
  • Site Maps
  • Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP)
  • Annual Reports, due July 1st for reporting period July 1­-June 30
  • AdHoc Reports for rain events
  • Notice of Termination

Notion that all facilities are “Guilty Until Proven Innocent”, compliance reduction options are available and must be submitted through SMARTS. So keep calm, pour your wine and call Incompli to help you with all your Industrial Permit compliance needs! 800-677-3718

Check out some of these useful links that I have referenced
You can find the new Industrial Permit and supporting documents. Here
Change Sheet adopted by the State Water Board: Here
Non-Exposure Certification (NEC): Here
Look up your SIC Code: Here
The Wine Institute: Here
California Environmental Law: Here


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