Environmental Management Council
Public Service Announcement
Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations
NEW YORK STATE ENVIRONMENTAL REGULATIONS
Canton - May 26, 1999 - The Environmental Management Council wants you to know that the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) will soon issue a final version of a State Pollutant Discharge Elimination System General Permit for Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFO). A CAFO is an animal feeding operation with more than 300 animal units that discharges to surface waters of the state. Generally, one animal unit is equal to that of 1000 pounds of live animal weight.
The General Permit requires that there be no discharge of wastewater from the CAFO to surface waters of the State for storm flows less than a 25 year-24 hour storm; in St. Lawrence County this would be a 4-inch rainstorm. CAFO operators must also develop and implement an Animal Waste Management Plan that meets government standards with a qualified Agricultural Environmental Management Planner.
An Animal Waste Management Plan contains several components. It addresses feed management with an emphasis on optimizing nutrient utilization and reducing excreted nutrients. Manure handling, storage, and application as well as milkhouse wastewater, barnyard runoff water, silo leachate and other organic waste management practices are analyzed.
Additionally, land management conservation practices that intercept, store, and re-use nutrients or other pollutants are reviewed. The amount, form, timing, and placement of all available nutrients (imported or produced) must be managed responsibly. Record keeping is an important part of the plan.
The final regulations are expected to be available in July. Permittees will submit a Notice of Intent within 180 days of issuance. The Animal Waste Management Plan shall be developed within 18-24 months, depending on the size of the facility. The Plan is expected to be fully implemented within 60 months.
Copies of the draft permit and other supporting information are available by calling the NYS DEC at 518-457-8858. The DEC can answer questions regarding the content of the draft general permit. The St. Lawrence County Soil and Water Conservation District may be contacted at 386-3582 for information on practice standards. Additional information may be obtained from the Environmental Management Council by calling 379-2281.