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E-M:/ DEQ Imposes NEW More Rigorous CAFO Permit Requirements

Enviro-Mich message from "Anne M. Woiwode" <anne.woiwode@sierraclub.org>

Today, DEQ issued a new, more rigorous set of requirements for New or
Expanding Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations in Michigan, and Steve
Chester and his staff should be commended for moving this issue a good
distance in the right direction!  At last, Michigan will begin to see
scrutiny of at least some of the most potentially environmentally
harmful CAFOs BEFORE they begin to operate, and specific, individual
permits which allow for DEQ to provide much greater review of the
proposed activities will be required for the largest.  

The "Final Determination and Notice Regarding Surface Water Discharges
>From New Large Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations" sets new
permitting requirements that go into effect immediately that do the

1) New Large CAFOs, meaning newly constructed or modified animal feeding
operations that have the equivalent of 1000 beef cattle, 700 dairy cows,
2500 swine, etc., will be required to FILE AN APPLICATION FOR AN NPDES
"population of animals on site".

2) New Large CAFOs that confine 1,400 dairy cows or the equivalent, OR
existing CAFOS that expand to confine 3.5 times the Large CAFO
definition (e.g. 2,450 dairy cows) over the course of a five year period
in any CAFO category, either of which uses "open manure and wastewaters
storage structures or land applies liquid manure" MUST APPLY FOR AN

3) If an operation uses an alternative treatment or waste handling
method, is enclosed, or otherwise may make an argument that at water
permit is not needed, the DEQ will make a case by case determination of
whether a permit is required.

This is long overdue, and it is particularly appreciated at this time, a
year after the manure disaster that consumed Hillsdale and Lenawee
Counties last year, and which is underway AGAIN as a result of
inappropriate spreading activities throughout the last two months (see
www.nocafos.org for info).  Thanks to DEQ folks for getting this issue
moving in the direction of protecting the health and well-being of
Michigan's family farmers, rural communities, and everyone else

Anne Woiwode

Anne Woiwode, Director
Sierra Club Mackinac Chapter
109 East Grand River Avenue,  Lansing, MI  48906
ph: 517-484-2372 fx: 517-484-3108 e: anne.woiwode@sierraclub.org
website:  http://michigan.sierraclub.org 

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