California Ag Waste regulations & environmental compliance analysis

California Ag Waste: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Porter-Cologne Water Quality Control Act of 1970, California Water Code (CWC) 13000 to 13958

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National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits: 23 California Code of Regulations (CCR) 2235.2

State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) Program: CWC 13100

Concentrated animal feeding operation (CAFO) permitting requirements: 27 CCR 22560

Monitoring: 27 CCR 22560(b)

Animals entering water: 27 CCR 22561

Managing wastewater: 27 CCR 22562

Disposal fields: 27 CCR 22563

Waste lagoons: 14 CCR 17824

Recordkeeping and reporting:

Air quality requirements: 17 CCR 86500 and 17 CCR 86501

Aquaculture facilities: 23 CCR 2200

Regulatory Agencies

California Environmental Protection Agency (Cal/EPA) SWRCB Regional Water Quality Control Board (RWQCB)

California Department of Water Resources

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. California is authorized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to administer the federal National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit program. California regulates pollution from agricultural waste runoff through the NPDES concentrated animal feeding operation (CAFO) rules. The state's confined animal facilities programs have been authorized by the state to be managed by regional water quality control boards (RWQCBs), which have stringent rules about inspections, standards for lagoons, and wastewater management.

Administration and enforcement. Cal/EPA, through the state RWQCBs, administers and enforces the NPDES permit program, which includes rules for confined ...


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