State announces public comment period, public meetings on draft Animal Feeding Operations General Permits

Raleigh
The N.C. Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has announced two meetings and a thirty-day comment period on three general permits for animal operations. The three permits are the Swine General Permit, the Cattle General Permit, and the Wet Poultry General Permit.

The first meeting on the three permits will be held Tuesday, February 19 at James Sprunt Community College in Kenansville at 6 p.m. The second will be held on February 26 at Statesville Civic Center in Statesville, NC at 6 p.m.

Nearly all North Carolina swine farms, as well as wet poultry and cattle, are subject to the requirements of their respective state general permits. Comments obtained through the comment period and meetings will inform the final permit language.

The comment period will last until March 4, 2019, and public comments may be submitted several ways:

 

  • By mail:           Animal Farm Operations,
                             NC Division of Water Resources
                             1636 Mail Service Center
                             Raleigh, NC 27699-1636
 

The draft permits, examples of annual reports, and related fact sheets and information are available for review on the DEQ website at: https://deq.nc.gov/about/divisions/water-resources/water-quality-regional-operations/afo.

Meeting dates, time and locations:

WHEN:           February 19, 2019 at 6 p.m. (Registration begins at 5:30)
WHERE:         James Sprunt Community College
                    133 James Sprunt Dr.
                    Kenansville, NC
 
WHEN:           February 26, 2019 at 6 p.m. (Registration begins at 5:30)
WHERE:          Statesville Civic Center
                     300 S. Center St.
                     Statesville, NC

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