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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 26, 2004

Media Contact:  Robert McCann     (517) 335-7217
Resource Contact: Mike Bitondo  (517) 335-3303

New CAFO General Permit Available for Public Comment, Two Public
Hearings Scheduled

Today, the Department of Environmental Quality released for public
comment a new general National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System
(NPDES) permit for new Large Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations
(CAFOs), and announced public hearings on the permit.  This new general
permit has been developed to complement DEQ Director Steven E. Chester's
February 27, 2004, Final Determination and Notice that directs certain
new large CAFOs to get individual permits, and other new large CAFOs to
obtain coverage under the general permit for new large CAFOs.  In order
to constitute a valid authorization, the general permit must be
complemented by a certificate of coverage issued by the DEQ to an
individual facility.

The general permit allows for the discharge of wastewater under very
limited circumstances involving certain precipitation events and also
lists prohibited discharges.

Construction of manure and wastewater containment structures using a
composite liner design is required, and the permit specifies the design
factors.  Also included is a requirement to have a minimum of six months
of storage available at the beginning of winter.

A Comprehensive Nutrient Management Plan (CNMP) must be developed and
implemented.   A CNMP describes the production practices, equipment, and
structure(s)
that the CAFO will implement to sustain livestock in a manner that is
both environmentally and economically sound.  The permit lists the
minimum standards a CNMP must meet to prevent the discharge of
pollutants to the waters of the state.

The general permit requires a field-by-field assessment to determine
the suitability of each field for land application, and a field-specific
spreading plan must be included in the annual report for the upcoming 12
months.  Certain land application timing and methods are specified in
the permit, including setbacks, restrictions on land applications when
the land is flooded, saturated with water, frozen or snow covered, or if
one-half inch or more of rain is predicted by the National Weather
Service.

Interested persons can review the permit and related documents through
the DEQ's website at http://www.michigan.gov/deq (click on "Permits,"
"NPDES Individual Permit," "Permits on Public Notice," and scroll down
the list to MIG010000), or contact the resource person above.

Two public meetings and hearings are being held on the general permit:
April 26, 2004, at the Comfort Inn, 2590 Capital Avenue, Battle Creek,
Michigan 49015, and on
April 28, 2004, at the Bay Valley Resort Hotel, 2470 Old Bridge Road,
Bay City, Michigan 48706.  Each meeting and hearing is scheduled as
follows:  The public meeting (questions & answers) will begin at 7:00
p.m., followed by a public hearing (public testimony) beginning no
earlier than 8:00 p.m.

"These public meetings and hearings are being held to increase the
public's opportunity to provide input on the permit and to have
meaningful dialogue with the DEQ.  They will also allow the regulated
community to publicly participate in the permit process, should they
choose to do so," said Richard A. Powers, Chief, Water Division.  "This
is another step forward for Michigan's CAFO program, which will provide
for the protection of public health and the environment, and to allow
animal agriculture to remain a sustainable sector of Michigan's
economy."

The public comment period runs through May 7, 2004.

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