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Grant PUD to apply for a Clean Water Act permit for its Hydroelectric Projects

Utility to work with Washington Department of Ecology to prepare permit application

EPHRATA — Grant PUD will submit an application to the Washington State Department of Ecology's National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit program. The Department of Ecology is fully authorized by the Environmental Protection Agency to administer the NPDES Permit Program pursuant to the Clean Water Act.

Grant PUD strives to continuously operate as an exemplary steward of our precious Columbia River resource. The utility's goal is to prevent any pollutants from spilling into the river. Further, Grant PUD has adopted policies and procedures to prevent spills.

As stewards of the river, Grant PUD utilizes protective and monitoring equipment to prevent pollutants from entering the river. The utility also has an extensive spill-response plan, which was recently updated, reviewed and approved by both federal and state government agencies. This plan includes detailed procedures for avoiding any release into the river, along with regular instruction and training events for employees and contractors so they have expertise in how to contain a spill in the event one might occur. If a spill should ever occur, the utility strictly follows all required reporting and mitigation procedures.


Established by local residents over 75 years ago, Grant PUD generates and delivers energy to millions of customers throughout the Pacific Northwest. What began as a grassroots movement of public power has evolved into one of the premiere providers of renewable energy at some of the most affordable rates in the nation. For more information visit www.grantpud.org or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.



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Nov. 16, 2018

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