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Links to Regulatory Information for Producers
The EPA is in the process of modifying many rules that directly affect agriculture producers. If you are looking for the latest news on the EPA and its actions, visit the links and resources provided.
Oil Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) Program Links
Tier I Qualified Facility SPCC Plan Template
Is your farm covered by SPCC?
Pesticides Links and Resources
A pesticide is any substance or mixture of substances intended for preventing, destroying, repelling, or mitigating any pest. Pests can be insects and insect-like organisms, mice and other vertebrate animals, unwanted plants (weeds), or fungi, bacteria and viruses that cause plant diseases. Though often misunderstood to refer only to insecticides, the term pesticide also applies to herbicides, fungicides, and various other substances used to control pests.
Visit EPA’s Pesticide Information Hub.
FAQ’s on Pesticide General Permit
Current Agency Actions to Address Pesticide Drift
Dust and National Ambient Air Quality Standards Links
The Clean Air Act requires EPA to set National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for six criteria pollutants, particle pollution (also known as particulate matter) is one of these. Under the Clean Air Act (CAA), as amended in 1990, each state must develop a plan describing how it will attain and maintain the NAAQS. In other words, how it plans to clean up polluted areas and keep them clean. This plan is called the State Implementation Plan (SIP) and is required under Section 110 of the CAA.
State Implementation Plans
Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations Links
CAFO’s are regulated under the National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES), a function of the Clean Water Act (CWA). The NPDES program regulates the discharge of pollutants from point sources to waters of the United States. Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) are point sources, as defined by the CWA [Section 502(14)]. To be considered a CAFO, a facility must first be defined as an Animal Feeding Operation (AFO).
AFOs are agricultural operations where animals are kept and raised in confined situations. Animal waste and wastewater can enter water bodies from spills or breaks of waste storage structures (due to accidents or excessive rain), and non-agricultural application of manure to crop land. The 2008 CAFO rule amended the previous 2003 rule by requiring only those CAFO’s which discharge or propose to discharge to file for an NPDES permit.
NPDES, CAFO Final 2008 Rule Fact sheet