09/16/2021 | News release | Distributed by Public on 09/16/2021 14:03
The Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) together with the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) invite the public to provide oral and written comment on the proposal to renew the Confined Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO) water quality general permit known as the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit. The CAFO permit program is administered jointly by ODA and DEQ, pursuant to statutory authority. ORS 468B.217.
Public comment will be accepted beginning September 16 and ending on October 25, 2021, at 5:00pm. All comments will become part of the public record.
To submit public comment:
Mail: CAFO NPDES GENERAL PERMIT COMMENTS
CAFO PROGRAM SUITE 324
635 Capitol Street NE
Salem, Oregon 97301
Email: [email protected]
NPDES General Permit Renewal Public Hearing
Date: October 18, 2021
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A summary of changes and updates proposed include the following:
ODA and DEQ will consider and respond to all comments received and may modify the proposed permit based on comments, issue the permit as noticed or not issue the permit. Equal weight is given to written and oral comments. Once final, the NPDES general permit will expire no more than five years from issuance. The existing NPDES permit expired on February 28, 2021. Those NPDES CAFO Permit registrants that timely renewed their Permit registrations are subject to the expired Permit conditions until the new Permit is available. No new registrants can be added until a new permit is issued.