Pennsylvania Ag Waste regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Pennsylvania Ag Waste: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Pennsylvania Clean Streams Law, 35 Pennsylvania Statutes (Pa. Stat.) 691.1 et seq.

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Pennsylvania Nutrient Management Act, 3 Pa. Stat. 1701 to 1718

Concentrated animal operations (CAOs) management: 25 Pennsylvania Code (Pa. Code) 83.31 to 83.528

Contents of a nutrient management plan (NMP): 25 Pa. Code 83.261 to 83.282

CAO manure management: 25 Pa. Code 83.311

Nutrient management specialist: 7 Pa. Code 130b.11

Stormwater runoff control: 25 Pa. Code 83.321

Emergency manure management: 25 Pa. Code 83.381

Concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) management: 25 Pa. Code 92a.2, 25 Pa. Code 92a.29, and 25 Pa. Code 92a.49

Waste lagoon design and specifications: Standards PA-313 and PA-425

Water management permits: 25 Pa. Code 91.36

Odor management: 25 Pa. Code 83.701 to 83.812

Regulatory Agencies

Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Office of Water Management Watershed Management Bureau Division of Conservation Districts and Nutrient Management

DEP county conservation districts

State Conservation Commission (Commission)

Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture (PDA)

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

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. In Pennsylvania the concentrated animal facility operation (CAFO) permits are regulated by more stringent rules than under the federal Clean Water Act. Under the Pennsylvania Clean Streams Act, persons who operate or propose CAFOs are required to apply for and obtain a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) ...

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