New Jersey Ag Waste regulations & environmental compliance analysis

New Jersey Ag Waste: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

New Jersey Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NJPDES): New Jersey Administrative Code (NJAC) 7:14A-1.1 to 7:14A-23.34

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Individual permits: NJAC 7:9B-1.15

General concentrated animal feeding operation (CAFO) permits: NJAC 7:14A-4.2, NJAC 7:14A-4.3, and NJAC 7:14A-2.13(c)

Permit requirements: NJAC 7:14A-6.2

Discharges to groundwater: NJAC 7:14A-4.8 and NJAC 7:9C

Animal waste management: NJAC 2:91-1.1 to 2:91-3.10

Water usage rules: NJAC 7:20A-1.1 to 7:20A-4.4

Regulatory Agencies

New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Division of Water Quality

New Jersey Department of Agriculture (DOA)

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Soil Conservation Districts (SCDs)

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 2

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. New Jersey is authorized to administer the New Jersey Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NJPDES) permit program for wastewater discharges, which includes permit provisions for confined animal feeding operations (CAFOs). New Jersey rules are more stringent because permits are required for many medium and small CAFOs.

New Jersey also regulates animal and food wastes, including processing waste materials generated in canneries, slaughterhouses, packing plants or similar industries, including animal manure when intended for disposal and not reuse. Animal manure, when intended for reuse or composting, must be managed in accordance with the New Jersey Department of Agriculture (DOA) criteria and standards.

New Jersey requires all farms to comply with animal waste management requirements.

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