Kentucky Ag Waste regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Kentucky Ag Waste: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Water pollution agency designation for National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits: Kentucky Revised Statutes (KRS) 224.16-050 and KRS 224.16-060

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Kentucky Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (KPDES) rules: 401 Kentucky Administrative Regulations (KAR) 5:050 to 5:300

Applicability: 401 KAR 5:060, Section 10

Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO) definition: 401 KAR 5:002, Section 1(23)

KPDES permits: 401 KAR 5:060, Section 5

Kentucky No Discharge Operational Permit (KNDOP) permits: 401 KAR 5:005, Section 1(3)(a)(2)

Agricultural Water Quality Act: KRS 224-71-100 to 224-71-140

Regulatory Agencies

Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet Department for Environmental Protection (DEP) Division of Water KPDES Branch

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

Kentucky Agriculture Water Quality Authority (KAWQA)

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Kentucky is authorized by EPA to administer the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES, in Kentucky called KPDES) permit program for wastewater discharges, including permit authority for wastewater discharges from concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs). Kentucky standards are more stringent than EPA's in that sites located in areas with protected waters or that may have an impact on water quality are required to obtain permit coverage. In addition, certain liquid agricultural wastes handling systems in Kentucky must obtain permits to construct, modify, or operate the facility. See the national section AG WASTE for more information on the federal CAFO permitting ...


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