Georgia Ag Waste regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Georgia Ag Waste: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Georgia Water Quality Control Act (WQCA): Code of Georgia Annotated (CGA) 12-5-20 to 12-5-53

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Animal feeding operations (AFOs): Rules and Regulations of the State of Georgia (GRR) 391-3-6-.20 and GRR 391-3-6-.21

AFOs and small swine operations: GRR 391-3-6-.21

Basic permit requirements: GRR 391-3-6-.21(3)

Nutrient management plans (NMPs): GRR 391-3-6-.21(2)(m)

Liquid manure handling systems: GRR 391-3-6-.21(4)

Swine AFOs: GRR 391-3-6-.20

New and expanding operations: GRR 391-3-6-.20(4)

Treatment required and alternative technology: GRR 391-3-6-.20(5)

Certified operators: GRR 391-3-6-.20(9), GRR 391-3-6-.21(5), and GRR 40-16-5-.01 to 40-16-5-.04

Land application system (LAS) permits: GRR 391-3-6-.19

Liner requirements: GRR 391-3-16-.02(3)(e)

Regulatory Agencies

Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Environmental Protection Division (EPD)

Georgia Department of Agriculture (GDA)

U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS)

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 4

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Georgia has authority from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to administer the National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit program, including the concentrated animal feeding operation (CAFO) requirements. The state uses the federal permit application and the federal definitions for CAFO sizes and has separate regulations for AFOs and swine operations with over 3,000 animal units (AUs). See the national section AG WASTE for more information on the federal permitting program.

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Comparison: State vs. Federal
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