Will California Start Requiring Wineries to Install Ethanol Emission Controls?


The production of wine can cause small amounts of ethanol emissions, which recently sparked a court case and settlement in California between the Wine Institute and local regulators. Wine Business has the full story:

Smaller and medium-size wineries may be required to install new ethanol emission controls on indoor, closed-top tanks 30,000 gallons or less, according to a settlement reached this summer between air district officials in Santa Barbara County and Wine Institute.

The settlement signed in June stems from an appeal Wine Institute filed in October 2017 over a Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District’s decision to issue a permit to Santa Maria custom-crush facility that wanted to crush and ferment more grapes, according to district filings…

The determination affecting closed, indoor tanks of up to 30,000 gallons is now posted on the California Air Resource Board’s clearinghouse. This means other air districts may use it as a basis to require other wineries of a similar type to install ethanol emission controls, explained Wine Institute general counsel Tracy Genesen…

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