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Water Quality General Permit for Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations: Do I Qualify?

CAFO definitions, coverage limitations, authorization process for CAFO general permits.

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.

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If you are starting a new concentrated animal feeding operation (CAFO) that requires a water quality permit, consider these limitations to see if you qualify for coverage under general permit TXG920000Adobe Acrobat PDF Document. (Help with PDF.)

If any of these statements is 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.)

If your CAFO qualifies for coverage under this general permit, the steps to follow to obtain coverage depend on whether your CAFO is renewing, new, or a significant expansion:

  • Renewing CAFO – an existing facility previously authorized under an individual permit, or the CAFO general permit, and applying for coverage under the general permit

  • New – a proposed CAFO facility that has not been constructed or an animal feeding operation (AFO) that expands to become a CAFO applying for coverage under the general permit

  • Significant Expansion – an existing facility currently authorized under the general permit, proposing to increase waste production by more than 50 percent above the maximum operating capacity stated in the notice of intent during the term of the general permit

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