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EPA's Region 6 Office

Serving: Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, and 66 Tribal Nations

Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations

Region 6 will host a CAFO Workshop May 4-6, 2015 Agenda - for additional information click here.

Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations brochure on Dairy Feeding OperationsConcentrated Animal Feeding Operations brochure on Poultry OperationsThe brochures here were produced to provide guidance and compliance assistance to dairy and poultry concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) on the proper storage and management of wastes, process wastewater, and storm water runoff. Our goal is to assist poultry and dairy producers comply with the Clean Water Act regulatory program, the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES).

CAFOs have the potential to contribute pollutants through manure and wastewater to the environment.

The NPDES program regulates the discharge of pollutants from CAFOs to waters of the United States. EPA Region 6 directly implements the NPDES CAFO program in New Mexico. Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas are authorized to implement the CAFO program in their respective states. EPA provides oversight and technical assistance to these state programs.

Who needs CAFO permit coverage?
Any CAFO that discharges pollutants to waters of the U.S. must apply for permit coverage under the CAFO general permit for New Mexico.

How to apply for CAFO permit coverage:
To obtain NPDES CAFO permit coverage for CAFOs in New Mexico, please visit our NPDES permitting website.

Failure to apply for CAFO permit coverage:
CAFO owners or operators that do not apply for NPDES CAFO permits are operating at their own risk. Any discharge from an unpermitted CAFO (other than “agricultural storm water”) and the failure to apply for an NPDES permit are violations of the Clean Water Act subject to enforcement action, including third party suits.

Enforcement Actions and Inspections in Region 6

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