Animal Feeding Operations - Water Programs
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Animal Feeding Operations Highlights
Animal Feeding Operations Resources
The following links provide information and facts on regulations for AFOs and CAFOs related to water programs.
EPA Final CAFO Regulations (July 30, 2012)
The 2012 final rule revisions revise portions of the 2008 CAFO permit regulation to address the Fifth Circuit court's vacature order in its decision in National Pork Producers Council v. EPA.
Consolidated Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFO) Regulations (38 pp, 425K)
This document consolidates the current federal CAFO regulatory requirements included in the 2012 CAFO Rule Revision to remove the 5th Circuit Court's vacated elements, and include the 2008 and 2003 final CAFO rules into a single document.
- Federal Register Notice for the Final Action on the 2011 Proposed NPDES CAFO Reporting Rule (4 pp, 219K)
- Q&As (PDF)(3 pp, 155K)
More information from EPA
NPDES Permit Writers' Manual for CAFOs - Provides information to states, producers, and the general public including: 1) general information on Clean Water Act and NPDES requirements for CAFOs, 2) information to explain CAFO permitting requirements under the CWA, and 3) technical information to help states and producers understand options for nutrient management planning.
AFO Virtual Information Center - Tool to facilitate quick access to livestock agricultural information in the US. This site is a single point of reference to obtain links to state regulations, web sites, permits and policies, nutrient management information, livestock and trade associations, federal web sites, best management practices and controls, cooperative extension and land grant universities, research, funding, and information on environmental issues. You can search links by selecting a specific link category, by selecting a state to obtain state-specific links, or view all AFO Virtual Information Center links.
Livestock Environmental Stewardship Brochures - pictorial brochures for four agriculture sectors (poultry, beef, dairy, and swine) to be used as compliance assistance tools. The brochures present management practices found at agricultural facilities. The goal of the brochures is to benefit the producer by identifying and promoting best management practices and environmental stewardship.
NPDES Program for Animal Feeding Operations - more information and facts on AFOs, CAFOs, and the NPDES permitting program for CAFOs.
Ground Water and Ecosystems Restoration Research on CAFOs - CAFO waste releases in the eastern U.S. have prompted a closer evaluation of the environmental impact on surface waters, but a corresponding effort has not been initiated for ground waters. GWERD researchers are evaluating these impacts for ground waters.
More information from USDA
eXtension Livestock and Poultry Environmental Learning Center
Information from States
Arsenic in Poultry Litter: Organic Regulations - Fact sheet on arsenic in poultry litter and how it can affect crops, soil, and water.
Information from Educational Institutions
Kansas State University - Carcass Disposal: A Comprehensive Review - provides a comprehensive summary of the scientific, technical, and social aspects of various carcass disposal technologies