The Department of Ecology is proposing increases to permit fees and incentives to reduce pollution.
With nearly 6,000 local governments and businesses across the state having water quality permits, the Washington Department of Ecology is looking to encourage innovative approaches to pollution reduction.
In a release, Ecology tells KXRO that they are proposing to offer facilities a three-year, 75 percent reduction in permit fees for “engaging in market research and development of products or processes that reduce pollution”.
Ecology’s water quality permitting program protects state waters by managing when, where, and how stormwater and treated wastewater enters the environment. State law requires Ecology to use permit fees to cover the costs of implementing these programs. The fees can range into the thousands depending on the type of activity the permit covers.
While allowing for reductions to reduce pollution, Ecology is also proposing an increase in the annual stormwater and wastewater discharge permit fees.
This update also includes the proposed fees for the winery general permit fee category, a new general permit that goes into effect on July 1, 2019.
General information on water quality permit fees is on the permit fees webpage.
Comments are due by April 30, 2019. You may submit comments by:
We will be holding a hearing in person and via webinar on April 23, 2019 at 10 a.m. at:
Department of Ecology Headquarters
300 Desmond Dr. SE
Lacey, WA 98503
Register for the webinar