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EPA's Region 6 Office

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

Region 6 CAFO Program

cows, sheep, horses, chicken

Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) are agricultural operations where animals are kept and raised in confined situations. Manure and wastewater from CAFOs have the potential to contribute pollutants such as nitrogen and phosphorus, organic matter, sediment, pathogens, heavy metals, hormones, antibiotics, and ammonia to the environment. Animal waste can enter water bodies from spills or breaks of waste storage structures, due to accidents or excessive rain, and non-agricultural application of manure to crop land.

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

For information concerning compliance assurance and enforcement of federal CAFO regulations in Region 6, please contact Dr. Abu Senkayi, EPA Region 6 Compliance Assurance and Enforcement Division, at (214) 665-8403 or visit the Region 6 Water Enforcement CAFO webpage.

NPDES General Permit for Discharges from Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) in New Mexico (NMG010000), Effective September 3, 2009.

Proposed on December 30, 2014 ( 79 FR 78431)
EPA is proposing to reissue the New Mexico CAFO general permit (NMG010000). Conditions from the 2009 permit are continued with the following changes proposed as part of this reissuance: (1) removing eligibility for coverage for “New Sources” under the proposed permit, (2) adding on-site rainfall measurement and record keeping, and (3) adding requirement for paperless submittal of application documents (NOIs and NMPs).

An informal public meeting is scheduled. The meeting will include a presentation on the proposed permit followed by the opportunity for questions and answers.

DATE: February 10, 2015
TIME:  2 pm to 4 pm
PLACE: Eastern New Mexico State University - Roswell, Occupational Technology Center, Seminar Room 124, 20 West Mathis, Roswell, New Mexico, 88202-6000

Comments on the proposed permit must be submitted in writing to EPA on or before March 2, 2015. Comments should be submitted to Ms. Evelyn Rosborough via email: rosborough.evelyn@epa.gov, or may be mailed to Ms. Evelyn Rosborough, Environmental Protection Agency, Water Quality Protection Division (6WQ–NP), 1445 Ross Ave., Suite 1200, Dallas, TX  75202. Written, but not oral, comments will be accepted at the public meeting.

The proposed permit documents may be accessed below.

Expired on September 2, 2014.

New Mexico nutrient management plans currently available for public review and comment.

For additional information, please contact:

Paul Juarez
Regional CAFO Coordinator
U.S. EPA, Region 6
1445 Ross Avenue
Dallas, Texas 75202-2733
Phone: (214) 665-7182
FAX: (214) 665-2191

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