IDEM Confined Feeding Rules Amended

From our friends at Indiana Farm Bureau:

Following nearly four years of discussion, new rules for confined feeding operations and CAFOs that discharge were adopted on Nov. 9 by the Water Pollution Control Board. The rules, to be enforced by IDEM, will go into effect on July 1, 2012.

The CFO rules will now require manure to be applied according to phosphorus rates and needs, in addition to the existing nitrogen rates. Additional restrictions will exist for application to frozen or snow-covered ground. In order to comply with a recent court decision, CAFOs with NPDES permits who do not discharge will be given the opportunity to transition into the CFO program by providing notice to IDEM.

According to IFB attorney Justin Schneider, “A lot of work went into shaping these rules so that they would be protective of the environment and human health while not unduly burdening livestock and poultry producers. But as always, we will want our members to let us know how the changes affect them once it is implemented.”

Information on the changes and how to comply will be available in the coming months.

November 14, 2011 07:29 pm | Issues and News

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