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Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations

Division of Water issues permits for Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs)

DEC proposes to renew SPDES General Permit GP-0-14-001 and SPDES General Permit GP-04-02 for Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations. Comments will be accepted until February 12, 2016.

Draft SPDES General Permits for CAFOs

Two draft SPDES General Permits for Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs): ECL SPDES General Permit for CAFOs GP-0-16-001; and CWA SPDES General Permit for CAFOs GP-0-16-002 are available for comment:

Opportunity for Public Comment

Comments on the draft SPDES general permits must be submitted in writing no later than February 12, 2016.

Send comments to Douglas Ashline, NYSDEC, Division of Water, 625 Broadway, 4th Floor, Albany, New York 12233-3505. Phone: 518-402-8247, Email: douglas.ashline@dec.ny.gov.

CAFO Permit Information

CAFOs are animal feeding operations that meet certain animal size thresholds that also confine animals for 45 days or more in any 12-month period in an area that does not produce vegetation.

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Large free-stall barn

DEC, the Department of Agriculture and Markets, the state Soil and Water Conservation Committee, farmers, agribusiness, and other interested parties worked together to develop two general permits that authorize owners and operators of CAFOs to operate in accordance with New York's Environmental Conservation Law and the federal Clean Water Act. We believe these permits will meet the business needs of farmers and assist CAFO owners or operators in complying with state and federal water quality requirements.

General Permit GP-0-14-001 is a general permit issued pursuant to the state Environmental Conservation Law for CAFO operations that do not discharge process wastewater from their production area. The permit is issued for a two-year term. The effective date is July 1, 2014 and the expiration date is June 30, 2016.

General Permit GP-04-02 is a general permit issued pursuant to the state Environmental Conservation Law and the federal Clean Water Act for CAFO operations that may discharge in storms greater than the 25-year/24-hour storm. The permit was initially issued for a five-year term with an effective date of July 1, 2004 and an expiration date of June 30, 2009, but has been administratively extended.

If you have questions about the CAFO permit program, please contact Sara Latessa at 518-402-8086 or send your question via email.

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