Maryland Ag Waste regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Maryland Ag Waste: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits: Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR) to

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Animal feeding operation (AFO) permits: COMAR

Nutrient management plans (NMPs): COMAR to and to

Certifications: COMAR to

Certification procedures: COMAR and COMAR

Renewal: COMAR

Reporting and records: COMAR

Regulatory Agencies

Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) Land Management Administration

Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) Nutrient Management Program

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 3

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

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 ...

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Governing Law and Regulations
Regulatory Agencies
Comparison: State vs. Federal
State Requirements
Additional Guidance
Guidance Document