2017 Wisconsin Statutes & Annotations
Chapter 283. Pollution discharge elimination.
283.62 Exemption for certain fruit and vegetable washing facilities.

Universal Citation: WI Stat § 283.62 (2017)

283.62 Exemption for certain fruit and vegetable washing facilities.

(1)Definitions. As used in this section:

(b) “Washing station" means a facility where fruits or vegetables are washed or cleaned after harvesting and before further processing.

(c) “Wash water" means water that has been used at a washing station to wash or clean fruits or vegetables and that may contain dirt or other substances removed from the fruits or vegetables during the washing process or biodegradable additives used during the washing process.

(d) “Wash water storage facility" means a facility, including a settling pond or lagoon, that is used to store wash water.

(2)Exemption. The owner of a washing station may discharge or dispose of wash water, and may land spread or compost plant parts separated from the wash water, without a permit under this chapter if all of the following requirements are met:

(a) The washing station is not adjacent to or operated as part of a food processing plant, as defined in s. 97.29 (1) (h).

(b) All wash water is either stored in a sealed wash water storage facility or is dispersed on land owned or leased by the owner of the washing station in a manner which avoids ponding, runoff and nuisance conditions and in accordance with acceptable agricultural practices or acceptable practices for the land spreading of waste.

(c) All plant parts that are separated from the wash water are either composted or stored in a plant parts storage facility and disposed of using an environmentally safe land spreading technique. The disposal or composting must be confined to property owned or leased by the owner of the washing station.

(d) For a washing station that anticipates operating at least 100 days per year or that operated at least 100 days during the immediately preceding year, do all of the following:

1. Register annually with the department as a washing station.

2. Submit annually an operating plan that implements best management practices and that is approved by the department.

3. Operate only in accordance with the approved operating plan.

History: 1995 a. 99; 1995 a. 227 s. 849; Stats. 1995 s. 283.62.

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