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See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. Maryland has been authorized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to administer the federal NPDES program for wastewater discharges including NPDES permits for concentrated animal feeding operation (CAFO) discharges. The state generally follows the federal rules, but requires permit coverage for a larger number of facilities and issues state discharge permits to facilities that qualify as Maryland animal feeding operations (MAFOs). See the national section AG WASTE for further information.
In addition to the federal requirements, the state also has additional nutrient management requirements for farming operations. Nutrient management consultants and farm operators that prepare nutrient management plans must be certified by the Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA).
• Administration and enforcement. MDE's Land Management Administration ...