Public Notice of the Receipt of Annual Reports for Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations under the PAG-12 National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System General Permit
[49 Pa.B. 3383]
[Saturday, June 29, 2019]
The Department of Environmental Protection (Department) is providing notice to the public of the receipt of annual reports from Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFO) under the PAG-12 National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) General Permit (PAG-12). The submission of an annual report by January 1 of each year is a requirement of PAG-12, which became effective on April 1, 2018.
On December 29, 2018, the Department published notice of an administrative one-time modification to PAG-12 extending the deadline for the submission of annual reports at 48 Pa.B. 7987 (December 29, 2018). The notice extended the report submission deadline from January 1, 2019, to February 15, 2019.
Submission of a CAFO annual report serves as a CAFO's notice of intent (NOI) to remain covered under PAG-12. A list of the CAFOs that submitted an annual report by February 15, 2019, to remain covered by PAG-12 is posted on the Department's web site at www.dep.pa.gov/CAFOs. In accordance with PAG-12 and 25 Pa. Code § 92a.54(c)(1) (relating to general permits), CAFOs are authorized to continue operating under PAG-12 immediately upon submission of an NOI.
The Department is reviewing annual reports to ensure that CAFOs continue to remain eligible for coverage under PAG-12. When the Department determines that a CAFO remains eligible for coverage under PAG-12, the Department will publish notice of the determination in the Pennsylvania Bulletin. When the Department determines that a CAFO is no longer eligible for PAG-12, the Department will require the CAFO to submit a complete application for an individual NPDES permit.
Within 30 days from the date of this public notice, interested persons may submit comments on a CAFO annual report to the appropriate regional office of the Department. Interested persons may review annual reports at the Department's regional office serving the county where a CAFO is located. A list of regional offices and contact information is available on the Department's web site at www.dep.pa.gov (select ''Regional Resources''). For general information on CAFOs or annual reports, contact the Department's Bureau of Clean Water at (717) 787-5017.
The PAG-12 General Permit and supplementary documents can be accessed on the Department's web site at www.dep.pa.gov (select ''Data and Tools,'' then ''eLibrary,'' then ''Permit and Authorization Packages,'' then ''Clean Water,'' then ''PAG-12 NPDES General Permit for Operation of Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations 3800-PM-BCW0032.'')
[Pa.B. Doc. No. 19-968. Filed for public inspection June 28, 2019, 9:00 a.m.]
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