All large and medium Animal Feeding Operations (AFOs) in Maryland must be covered under the State’s Department of the Environment’s General Discharge Permit. The permit is both a state discharge permit and a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit required by the Clean Water Act for a point source discharging pollutants into waters of the United States. Large and medium AFOs are considered a point source of pollution. Check out this past post for more detail on who is covered by the General Discharge Permit and this post on AFOs and permitting. The General Discharge Permit was recently modified and today’s post explains why and how.Read More
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Operators and owners of AFOs need to be aware that the new General Discharge Permit (NPDES # MDG01, State Discharge Permit #14AF) for AFOs that discharge to waters of the State became effective December 1, 2014. The new permit is a revised version of the previously issued AFO General Discharge Permit issued December 1, 2009. All large and medium AFOs that discharge to waters of the State must be covered under the General Discharge permit. Use this AFO size chart to determine if your animal feeding operation is small, medium or large:Read More