WSR 09-22-015


[ Filed October 22, 2009, 3:56 p.m. ]

Ecology to Rewrite and Reissue Upland Fin-fish Hatching and

Rearing NPDES General Permit

The Washington state department of ecology (ecology) is beginning a process to update and reissue the upland fin-fish hatching and rearing national pollutant discharge elimination system (NPDES) waste discharge general permit. The hatchery general permit is issued in compliance with the Federal Clean Water Act, the State Water Pollution Control Act and chapter 173-221A WAC, Wastewater discharge standards and effluent limitations. This permit contains best management practices, effluent limitations and monitoring requirements necessary to protect state water quality.

The current permit was issued on April 12, 2005, and expires on June 1, 2010. This is a statewide general permit providing coverage for about seventy-eight freshwater fin-fish hatching and rearing facilities. Dischargers who require coverage under this permit include all state and private fish rearing facilities that produce more than 20,000 pounds of fish per year, or feed more than 5,000 pounds of food in a calendar month, or are designated as a significant contributor of pollution by ecology.

Parties interested in receiving information on the reissue process and participating in the rewrite should contact ecology through Lori LeVander, Department of Ecology, NWRO, 3190 160th Avenue S.E., Bellevue, WA 98008-5452, e-mail, phone (425) 649-7039.

Additional information on the current upland fin-fish hatching and rearing NPDES general permit, the fact sheet for the 2005 permit can be found on ecology's web page

Washington State Code Reviser's Office