Arizona Ag Waste regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Arizona Ag Waste: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Arizona Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (AZPDES) permit program: Arizona Administrative Code Rules (AZ Admin. Code R) 18-9-A901 to 18-9-1015

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Concentrated animal feeding operation (CAFO) permits: AZ Admin. Code R 18-9-D901

AZPDES permit coverage: AZ Admin. Code R 18-9-D902

No potential to discharge: AZ Admin. Code R 18-9-D903

Closure conditions: AZ Admin. Code R 18-9-D905

Aquifer Protection Permit (APP) Nitrogen management permits: AZ Admin. Code R 18-9-401 to 18-9-404

Nitrogen fertilizers: AZ Admin. Code R 18-9-402

CAFOs: AZ Admin. Code R 18-9-403

Coverage revocation: AZ Admin. Code R 18-9-404

Grazing permits: AZ Admin. Code R 18-9-501

Beef feedlots: Arizona Revised Statutes (AZ Rev. Stat.) 3-1451 to 3-1457

Fees for beef feedlots: AZ Rev. Stat. 3-1452

Operational standards: AZ Rev. Stat. 3-1454

CAFO inspections: AZ Rev. Stat. 49-203

Regulatory Agencies

Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) Water Quality Division

Arizona Department of Agriculture (ADA)

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 9

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Arizona is authorized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to administer the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit program, including for concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs), which is referred to as the Arizona Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (AZPDES) permit program in the state.

Arizona also has its own water quality program for both surface water and groundwater. Under the water quality program, some agricultural activities may require both an AZPDES permit ...


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