General Waste Discharge Requirements and Waiver of Waste Dicharge Requirements for Discharges of Waste Associated with Cannabis Cultivation Activities
- SCH Number
- Lead Agency
- State Water Resources Control Board
- Document Title
- General Waste Discharge Requirements and Waiver of Waste Dicharge Requirements for Discharges of Waste Associated with Cannabis Cultivation Activities
- Document Type
- NOE - Notice of Exemption
- Document Description
- On. Oct. 17 ,2017, the SWRCB adopted the General Waste Discharge Requirements and Waiver of Waste Discharge Requirements for Discharges of Waste Associated with Cannabis Cultivation Activities (General Order). The General Order addresses waste discharges associated with legal cannabis cultivation activities and implements the Cannabis Cultivation Policy - Principles and Guidelines for Cannabis Cultivation (Cannabis Policy), which also adopted by the State Water Board on October 17, 2017. The General Order provides authorization to discharge waste generated by cannabis cultivation and associated activities. cultivation activities may occur indoor or outdoor. Requirements to protect water quality are provided in the Cannabis Policy and General Order. Compliance with the Cannabis Policy and General Order is required for a cannabis cultivator to obtain a cannabis cultivation license for a cultivator to participate in the legal cannabis marketplace (medical or recreational).
- Contact Information
State Water Resources Control Board
1001 I St.
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone : (916) 341-6904
Notice of Exemption
- Exempt Status
- Categorical Exemption
- Type, Section or Code
- S:15301,15308,13149, Class 1,8
- Reasons for Exemption
- The adoption of the General Order is categorically exempt from the CEQA pursuant to CA Code of Regulations, title 14, section 1503. Water Code section 13149 required the State Water Board to adopt principles and guidelines addressing water diversion and water quality issues associated with cannabis cultivation. The principles and guidelines contain substantive criteria for enrollment, water quality protection, and protective measures addressing biological and cultural resources. Water Code section 13149 (b)(1) provides that these actions of the State Water Board are deemed to be within CA Code of Regulations, Title 14, section 15308 (regulatory actions for environmental protection) if stream flow standards are not relaxed. The principles and guidelines described in the Cannabis Policy and as implemented in the General Order do not relax stream flows standards and are therefore exempt from further CEQA evaluation. Adoption of this General Order is a ministerial action under CEQA because it is a requirement of the Cannabis Policy. The General Order contains no substantive requirements that are not already required by the Policy, so there is no possibility that the General Order itself will have any signfiicnat effects on the environment.
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