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King County Industrial Waste Program (KCIW)

Contacting the King County Industrial Waste Program:

Complete staff and program directory

The King County Industrial Waste Program
201 S. Jackson St. Room 513
Seattle, WA 98104-3855
Phone: 206-477-5300 and TTY Relay: 711

Fax: 206-263-3001


LINK: map showing how to drive to our office

Industrial wastewater discharge approvals

Discharging wastewater from biotechnology industries to the King County sewage system

KCIW issues wastewater discharge permits and authorizations to selected biotechnology companies and facilities that discharge wastewater to the King County sewage system. The program has developed industrial wastewater permitting guidelines (see right) for the county biotechnology industry.

About the biotechnology industry guidelines (see right): In 2005 KCIW initiated an evaluation of the local biotechnology industry. The purpose was to assess the need to develop a streamlined permitting process to assist these facilities in meeting local, state and federal wastewater discharge regulations. KCIW worked with representatives from local biotechnology industries and consultants to develop the guidelines, and reviewed them with industry and agency organizations. In 2006, KCIW issued draft biotechnology industry sector permitting guidelines and requested and reviewed all comments from the biotechnology industry and the general public to develop the final version (see right.) These guidelines became effective July 15, 2006. Biotechnology companies in King County must now comply with the conditions and requirements specified in the document.


Laboratory Waste Management Guide (411 KB) (external link) prepared by the Local Hazardous Waste Management Program in King County, Washington.

Code of Federal Regulations (CFR): 40 CFR - Part 439 Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Point Source Category (external link).

Biotechnology Industry Sector Permitting Guidelines

This document is available in alternative formats by request (see Contact, far left.)