Friday, February 3, 2023

NCDEQ opens public comment period regarding CAFO permits

SOUTHEASTERN N.C. — The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality is seeking public comment on the reissuance of permits for animal operations.

The DEQ’s Division of Water Resources issues National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System general permits to facilities subject to Federal NPDES CAFO rules. A CAFO, or concentrated animal feeding operation, is a factory farm where animals are densely packed in areas to maximize production output.

The permits are issued with federal regulations and require CAFO operations to be designed, constructed, operated and maintained as non-discharge facilities. Less than 20 facilities in the state are currently issued general permits, which would be in effect through July 20, 2027, for swine, cattle and dairy, and liquid poultry operations.

Anyone who wishes to offer feedback on the reissuance of these permits must do so by July 15. Comments can be emailed to animalNPDES@ncdenr.gov or submitted over the phone by calling 919-707-3702. To mail in a response, send to Ramesh Ravella NC Division of Water Resources, 1636 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699.


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