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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 27, 2004

Media Contact:  Patricia Spitzley
                         (517) 241-7397
Resource Contact: Ronda Wuycheck
                             (517) 241-7832

DEQ Issues CAFOs Final Determination and Notice

Today, Department of Environmental Quality Director Steven E. Chester
signed and issued the Final Determination and Notice Regarding Surface
Water Discharges from New Large Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations
(CAFOs).  The Final Determination directs A new large CAFO to seek an
individual National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES)
permit if it is constructed to stable or confine at least double the
number of animals, 1400 mature dairy cows for example, as defined in the
federal rule as a large CAFO; it will expand to confine at least 3.5
times the number of animals over five-year period; and it has open
manure and wastewater storage structures, or applies liquid manure to
the land.  This requirement is based on the new federal CAFO rule
promulgated in April, 2003.

New large CAFOs not meeting the above requirements must apply for a
general permit.  A general permit is currently being developed and will
be placed on public notice to seek public comments.  New large CAFOs may
seek coverage under the general permit if they implement alternative or
enhanced manure management and/or treatment systems.  These systems will
be evaluated on a case-by-case basis by the DEQ.

"Today's action lays out a program for customized, individual permits
that will provide the proper environmental protections of new large
CAFOs," remarked Director Chester.  "Michigan has a long heritage as a
leader in both water protection and agriculture.  This program will
allow that heritage to be carried forward into the future."

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