AFO Permit Reissuance and Regulation Changes

AFO Permit Reissuance

The Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) is developing a new 5-year General Discharge Permit for Animal Feeding Operations (AFO Permit).  The current 2014 AFO Permit will expire on November 30, 2019. 

Notice of Tentative Determination for Reissuance of AFO Permit

The Notice of Tentative Determination can be found by clicking here. Note, the public comment period included in the Notice of Tentative Determination has been extended, upon request, for an additional 60 days and will now conclude on December 27, 2019.

Draft 2019 AFO Permit 

The draft 2019 AFO Permit can be found by clicking here.  

​2019 AFO Permit Fact Sheet 

The Fact Sheet Supplement for the draft permit can be found by clicking here.

Public Hearings - Draft 2019 AFO Permit

The public hearings for the draft 2019 AFO Permit are as follows:
​Location ​Address ​Date and Time
​Thurmont Regional Library
Community Room
​76 East Moser Road
Thurmont, Frederick County,
Maryland 21788
​October 15, 2019
6:00 - 7:30 PM
Wicomico Youth and Civic Center​
Flanders Rooms 1 - 3
​500 Glen Avenue
Salisbury, Wicomico County, 
Maryland 21804
​October 21, 2019
6:00 - 7:30 PM
 
Public Comments - Draft 2019 AFO Permit

Interested persons may comment on the Draft 2019 AFO Permit through December 27, 2019, in writing to:
 
Mr. John Sullivan, Resource Management Program Manager
Maryland Department of the Environment
1800 Washington Blvd., Suite 610
Baltimore, Maryland  21230-1719
john.sullivan1@maryland.gov

Written comments should include "2019 Draft AFO Permit" in the subject line. Interested persons may also provide oral testimony at the public hearings.  Note, the public comment period included in the Notice of Tentative Determination has been extended, upon request, for an additional 60 days and will now conclude on December 27, 2019.​


AFO Regulations

MDE is proposing AFO regulations that would affect any CAFO that intends to apply for new or continued coverage under a discharge permit for AFOs.  The Notice of Proposed Action was published in Volume 46, Issue 20 of the Maryland Register on September 27, 2019.

Notice of Proposed Action

The Notice of Proposed Action can be viewed by clicking here​.

Compliance Guide for Proposed AFO Regulations 

The Compliance Guide can be viewed by clicking here​.

Public Hearing - Proposed AFO Regulations

The public hearing for the proposed AFO regulations will be held as follows:

​Location ​Address ​Date and Time
Wicomico Youth and Civic Center​
Flanders Rooms 1 - 3
​500 Glen Avenue
Salisbury, Wicomico County, 
Maryland 21804
​October 21, 2019
4:00 - 5:30 PM


Public Comments - Proposed AFO Regulations

Interested persons may comment through October 28, 2019 on the proposed AFO regulations in writing or by telephone to: 

Mr. John Sullivan, Resource Management Program Manager
Maryland Department of the Environment
1800 Washington Blvd., Suite 610
Baltimore, Maryland  21230-1719
410-537-3314 (telephone)
410-537-3842 (fax)
john.sullivan1@maryland.gov

Written comments should include "Proposed AFO Regulations" in the subject line.  Interested persons may also provide oral testimony at the public hearing on October 21, 2019.

Questions

If you have any questions about the 2019 Draft AFO Permit or the Proposed AFO Regulations, please contact the AFO Division at (410) 537-3314.

Additional Information

Notice of Continued Operation (NOCO) Forms Mailed​
A NOCO form was sent to all AFOs currently registered under the 2014 AFO Permit.  This form allows registrants to notify MDE that they wish to continue their AFO Permit coverage.  The NOCO is due to MDE no later than October 1, 2019, at least 60 days prior to the expiration of the 2014 AFO Permit.  A copy of the NOCO can be found by clicking here.

Notices of Intent (NOI) for the 2019 AFO Permit (19AF Permit)
MDE will send NOI forms to AFOs currently registered under the 2014 AFO Permit in December, 2019.  These forms must be submitted to MDE no later than 60 days after the 2019 AFO Permit is effective or by January 30, 2020.  Due to recent legislation, the NOI forms submitted by Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) must be submitted with the appropriate permit fees.  MDE will provide further guidance on the fee amounts to be paid by CAFOs submitting the NOI. NOIs for Maryland Animal Feeding Operations (MAFOs) do not require fees.
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