Comment period for reissuance of Animal Operations NPDES permits


The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ)’s Division of Water Resources has opened the public comment period for the reissuance of National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) General Permits for animal operations through July 15, 2022.

NPDES General Permits are issued to facilities that are subject to coverage under Federal NPDES CAFO rules. While issued under federal regulations with effluent limitations guidelines, state NPDES General Permits for concentrated animal feeding operations require that the operations still be designed, constructed, operated and maintained as non-discharge facilities. Fewer than 20 facilities in the state are currently permitted under these general permits.

The permits, which would be in effect through June 30, 2027, cover the following types of operations:

Members of the public who wish to comment may do so by 5 p.m. on July 15, 2022. Comments can be submitted by email to or by phone at 919.707.3702. Comments can also be mailed to:

Ramesh Ravella
NC Division of Water Resources
1636 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, North Carolina 27699-1636

Copies of the draft permits and fact sheets are available on the DEQ website.