North Carolina Ag Waste regulations & environmental compliance analysis

North Carolina Ag Waste: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Animal waste management system requirements: 15A North Carolina Administrative Code (NCAC) 02T.1301 to 02T.1309

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National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs): 40 CFR 122.3

NPDES CAFO permits: 15A NCAC 02T.1305

State permits: 15A NCAC 02T.1304

Permits-by-rule: 15A NCAC 02T.1303

Swine waste: 15A NCAC 02T.1307 and 15A NCAC 02T.1308

Odor measurement: 15A NCAC 02D.1808

Lagoons: General Statutes of North Carolina (N.C. Gen. Stat.) 143-215.10I

Manure haulers: 15A NCAC 02T.1401 to 02T.1404

Operator certification: 15A NCAC 08F.0301

Operator-in-charge: 15A NCAC 08F.0203

Training: 15A NCAC 08F.0401

Regulatory Agencies

North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Division of Water Resources (DWR) Aquifer Protection Section Animal Feeding Operations Unit

DEQ DWR Technical Assistance and Certification Unit

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

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

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. In North Carolina, different levels of permits are provided to agricultural facilities. These include federal National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits, state permits, and innovative waste discharge permits for existing animal waste operations. The state's NPDES requirements follow federal rules and include additional facilities and state permit requirements and fees.

The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) requires operators of animal waste management systems to be trained and certified by the state.

For more information regarding federal animal feeding operations (AFOs), see ...

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