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Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFO) Water Quality General Permit

Requirements and options for the treatment and discharge of process water, storm water, or both from operations that qualify for coverage under General Permit TXG920000.

UPDATE Renewal of General Permit TXG920000

On July 2, 2014, the Commission adopted a renewal and amendment of General Permit No. TXG920000, which authorizes manure, sludge and wastewater discharge into or adjacent to water in the state only during chronic or catastrophic rainfall or catastrophic conditions by concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs). The permit provides coverage for both Texas Pollutant Discharge Elimination System and State-only CAFOs.

The fact sheet contains additional information about the general permit. Permittees currently authorized under the previous general permit must submit a renewal Notice of Intent prior to January 16, 2015

If any of the following statements are true, your CAFO does not qualify for this general permit and must obtain coverage under an individual permit:

  • Your CAFO is within one mile of coastal natural resource areas.
  • Your CAFO is a dairy CAFO and in Segment 1226 or 1255 of the Bosque River watershed (which are a major sole-source impairment zone).
  • Your CAFO is, or will be, in the protection zone of a sole-source surface drinking water supplyAdobe Acrobat PDF Document.
  • Your CAFO is in an impaired watershed where the total maximum daily load (TMDL) plan requires water quality protection measures more stringent than those required by this general permit.
  • Your CAFO is required by our executive director to obtain and operate under an individual permit.
  • Your CAFO has a compliance history rating of “poor.” (See About Compliance Histories.)

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Existing CAFO: Obtaining Coverage Under General Permit TXG920000
Steps to qualify and apply for renewal of an existing CAFO under this water quality general permit.

Expanded CAFO: Obtaining Coverage Under General Permit TXG920000
How to apply for coverage for a significantly expanded CAFO under Texas water quality General Permit TXG920000.

Substantial Change to a CAFO: Obtaining Coverage Under General Permit TXG920000
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New CAFO: Obtaining Coverage Under General Permit TXG920000
Steps to qualify and apply for coverage for a new CAFO under this water quality general permit.

Water Quality General Permit for Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations: Do I Qualify?
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What Are Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations? When Must One Have a Permit?
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