Virginia Ag Waste regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Virginia Ag Waste: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Virginia Water Control Law, Virginia Code Annotated (VCA) 62.1-44.2 to 62.1-44.17:1

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Virginia Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (VPDES) permits: 9 Virginia Administrative Code (VAC) 25-31-130

Required VPDES permit coverage: 9 VAC 25-31-130(C)

Definition: 9 VAC 25-31-10

Permit application: 9 VAC 25-31-100

Nutrient management certification: 4 VAC 50-85-10 to 50-85-140

Virginia Pollution Abatement (VPA) general permit: 9 VAC 25-192-10 to 25-192-90

Permit requirements: 9 VAC 25-192-70

Poultry waste management: 9 VAC 25-630-10 to 25-630-80

Regulatory Agencies

Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Water Quality Division

Virginia Water Control Board (Board)

Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR)

U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources 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. Virginia is authorized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to administer the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) wastewater permit program, including general permit authority for discharges from concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs). In Virginia, the program is known as the Virginia Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (VPDES). See the state section NPDES PERMIT for an explanation of the VPDES permit rules.

The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) also issues Virginia Pollution Abatement (VPA) general permits for animal feeding operations (AFOs) with 300 or more animal units and for poultry operations that confine more than 20,000 chickens ...

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