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Applying for Coverage under General Permit WQG200000

Steps to follow when applying for coverage under General Permit WQG200000 for the disposal of wastewater generated from livestock manure compost operations.

Renewal of the Livestock Manure Compost General Permit No. WQG200000

TCEQ has renewed the Livestock Manure Compost General Permit WQG200000. The reissued general permit has an effective date of November 10, 2024. Existing permittees have until February 8, 2024, to submit a new Notice of Intent under the reissued general permit.

If you own or operate a facility that composts livestock manure that is hauled in from elsewhere, before you dispose of wastewater from that operation adjacent to any water in the state of Texas, you must:

Step 1. Read General Permit  WQG200000 to make sure it applies to your situation. The Fact Sheet  provides additional information about the general permit:

  • If the general permit does not apply, you must obtain an individual permit.
  • If the general permit does apply, continue to the next step.

Step 2. Review your facility’s compliance history ranking:

  • If your facility has a ranking of “high performer”, “satisfactory performer,” or "inadequate information," continue to the next step.

  • If the compliance history ranking is “unsatisfactory performer,” then your facility is not eligible for coverage under a general permit. You must apply for an individual permit instead.

Step 3. If you wish to apply for coverage under this general permit, submit a notification package, which includes:

Provisional coverage under this general permit begins 48 hours after the NOI is postmarked.

We will review the NOI and will take one of the following actions:

  • If everything is acceptable, we will send you an acknowledgment letter to authorize your coverage.

  • If information is incomplete or missing, we will send you a letter requesting the needed information. You will have 30 days to respond to this request.

  • If coverage has been denied, we will send you a denial letter.

After obtaining coverage under this permit, you will need to do the following:

  • Keep a copy of the NOI and the acknowledgement certificate onsite.
  • Comply with the general permit requirements.
  • Complete all testing required by the permit. Keep testing records on site.
  • Notify us by letter if any facts relevant to the decision to approve coverage were not included in the NOI; the information submitted in the NOI was incorrect; or the information submitted in the NOI has changed. (If the change is a new owner or operator, you must terminate coverage as described below.)
  • Send us a Notice of Termination (TCEQ-20336) when all discharges authorized by the permit are eliminated or if the owner or operator changes.
  • Pay the annual water quality fee (see Part V of the permit).

Remember: Even if your operation no longer discharges wastewater, permit coverage will remain active until you submit a Notice of Termination. If your coverage is active on September 1 of any given year, you will owe a water quality fee for that year.

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