So what do growers need to do to be in compliance with the AFO General Discharge Permit? Growers need to have a current and unexpired Comprehensive Nutrient Management Plan (CNMP) or a combination of a Nutrient Management Plan (NMP) and a Conservation Plan (CP) (referred to collectively as “the Plans”). Both the CNMP or NMP/CP combination must have an implementation schedule. Growers need to keep in mind that all the provisions of the Plans are part of the AFO General Discharge Permit which means that violating any part of the Plans or allowing the Plans to lapse, is a violation of the Permit itself.
As for self-inspection and recordkeeping requirements, MDE expects growers to keep records of the following:
-Weekly inspections of liquid animal waste impoundments. The depth of the manure and process wastewater must be indicated, earthen embankment structures must be inspected for structural stability and corrections of deficiencies must be noted.Read More