In July, we blogged about the State Water Resources Control Board’s (“State Water Board’) release of proposed General Waste Discharge Requirements for Winery Process Water Treatment Systems (see: July 15, 2020 blog post on proposed General Order and July 20, 2020 blog post on noticed stakeholder meetings).  The State Water Board recently issued a revised notice that changes the dates of its Board meeting and when responses to public comments will be available.

Pursuant to the State Water Board’s revised notice, the Board adoption hearing for the proposed General Order and draft California Environmental Quality Act Initial Study, Mitigated Negative Declaration (“MND”) has been rescheduled from November 17, 2020 to December 15, 2020.  The meeting will begin at 9:00am Pacific Standard Time.  Revisions in response to public comments made on the proposed General Order and MND will be available on the Winery Order website on or before December 1, 2020.

Due to COVID-19, the State Water Board presently intends to hold its Board meeting solely through remote presence.  Further information regarding the meeting will be posted on the State Water Board Calendar page as the meeting date gets closer.

If you have questions regarding water resources or the potential effect of State Water Board actions on your facility, or other environmental, compliance, reporting, or permitting requirements, please contact our California water quality attorneys.