Public Comment Period on six draft animal waste management general permits


The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) will hold multiple public hearings and a 90-day comment period on six draft Animal Feeding Operations general permits. These general permits are for eligible non-discharge swine, cattle and poultry facilities with liquid waste management systems and animal feeding operations with farm digester systems. Public input received at the events and through Nov. 3, 2023, will be considered in the development of the general permits, which will become effective in Fall 2024. 

Copies of the draft permits, draft annual report forms and related fact sheets are available at Documents translated into Spanish can also be found at this location.

The public is invited to send comments on any aspect of the existing general permits for swine, cattle or poultry with a liquid waste management system, as well as the permits for farm digester systems at each of these types of facilities

In addition to the hearings, comments can be sent through the following means:

By mail: Ramesh Ravella
Animal Feeding Operations
N.C. Division of Water Resources
1636 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-1636 

By voicemail: 919-707-3705

By email:

Copies of the 3 state general permits for animal operations and three existing state general permits for animal farm digester systems can be found online. 

DEQ is conducting this input session as part of its commitment to a transparent public engagement process during the development of these general permits. In addition to this session, the Department held two technical stakeholder workgroup meetings in April and May 2023 as well as a public input session in May. Stakeholders for the technical workgroups represented community groups, environmental justice organizations, environmental advocacy organizations, state and federal agencies, academia and industry. 

See more information on public hearings and updates on the stakeholder process on the 2024 AFO general permits page.