The Division of Water will conduct a public hearing (Docket #2021-P-W-0013) on plans to issue two General Permits related to the NPDES Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFO) program. Public comment period open through Thursday, July 15, 2021.
Event Number: 173 464 0322
Dial-in Number: 1-408-418-9388
Closed-captioning available by request if made at least 7 days before the event.
DNREC intends to issue two General Permits related to the National Pollutant Discharges Elimination System (NPDES) Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFO) program. A CAFO permit is a point source permit authorized by the Federal Clean Water Act that is required by Federal and State regulations for CAFOs that discharge pollutants into waters of the state, including streams or drainage ditches.
The Department intends to renew the Draft NPDES General Permit for Large, Medium, & Designated Poultry Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFO) – Manure Generation Facilities Only (DE 5000N/11) and to issue a Draft NPDES General Permit for Large, Medium, & Designated Non-Poultry & Diversified CAFOs – Manure Generation and Land Application Facilities (DE 0051250).
DNREC intends to issue these General Permits, under which CAFO operations can seek discharge authorization.
In the State of Delaware, DNREC and DDA cooperate in implementing the CAFO program. The purpose of the CAFO permit is to regulate activities at CAFOs involving the management of nutrients and to help improve and maintain the quality of waters of the state. Applicable farms will be subject to certain effluent limitations and conditions under Section 9.5 of 7 Del. Admin. Code §7201 – State of Delaware Regulations Governing the Control of Water Pollution.
Those wishing to offer verbal comments during DNREC virtual public hearings must pre-register no later than noon on the date of the virtual hearing at de.gov/dnreccomments or by telephone at 302-739-9295.
The Department will also accept written public comments through the close of business on Thursday, July 15, 2021. Comments pertaining to the above matter will be accepted in written form via email to DNRECHearingComments@delaware.gov, using the online form at de.gov/dnreccomments, or by U.S. mail to the address below.
DNREC Office of the Secretary
89 Kings Highway
Dover, DE 19901