Governing Law and Regulations
North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Division of Water Resources (DWR) Aquifer Protection Section Animal Feeding Operations Unit
DEQ DWR Technical Assistance and Certification Unit
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 4
U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS)
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. In North Carolina, different levels of permits are provided to agricultural facilities. These include federal National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits, state permits, and innovative waste discharge permits for existing animal waste operations. The state's NPDES requirements follow federal rules and include additional facilities and state permit requirements and fees.
The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) requires operators of animal waste management systems to be trained and certified by the state.
For more information regarding federal animal feeding operations (AFOs), see ...