Water: Animal Feeding
Effluent Guidelines: Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations Industry
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2008 CAFO Regulations
The 2008 final CAFO regulations revise portions of the 2003 CAFO regulations to address the Second Circuit court's vacature and remand orders in its decision in Waterkeeper Alliance et al. v. EPA. Please check back to this site for upcoming additions.
- Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations—Final Rule
- Addendum to the Development Document for CAFOs (PDF) (96 pp, 846 K; October 2008)
- Federal Register Notice (November 20, 2008)
- Press Release (November 20, 2008)
Other relevant links include:
- Revised Compliance Dates Under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Permit Regulations and Effluent Limitations Guidelines and Standards for Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (July 24, 2007)
- Extension of Public Comment Period for the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Permit Regulation and Effluent Limitation Guidelines for Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations in Response to Waterkeeper Decision Proposed Rule (August 4, 2006)
- Proposed revisions reflecting the Second Circuit Court Decision on CAFOs (June 30, 2006) | Print version (45 pp, 1.0MB)
- 2005 Second Circuit Court Decision on CAFOs
- 2003 Final Rule
- Managing Manure Guidance for CAFOs
- Other CAFO Links
- Proposed Rule
2005 Second Circuit Court Decision on CAFOs
The revised CAFO regulations expanded the number of operations covered by the rule to an estimated 15,500 and included requirements to address the land application of manure from CAFOs. The rule became effective on April 14, 2003 and authorized NPDES states were required to modify their programs by February 2005 and develop state technical standards.
On February 28, 2005, the Second Circuit issued its decision in Waterkeeper Alliance et al. v. EPA, 399 F.3d 486. EPA is currently updating the CAFO rule to reflect the changes requested by the Court. Additional information on the 2005 Second Circuit Decision.
Note: EPA no longer updates this information, but it may be useful as a reference or resource.