In order to protect North Carolina’s waters from pollution, the state Environmental Management Commission (EMC) supports the evaluation of potential impacts from many different sources.
In 2007, the EMC received petitions seeking the development of rules to assess potential water quality impacts from animal feeding operations. In November 2008, the EMC approved the petitions and directed the Division of Water Quality, with input from various stakeholder groups, to develop rules to establish and implement a surface water monitoring program addressing the petitioners concerns.
The proposed rules define the process for establishing sampling locations at each subject animal operation, sampling frequency and water quality parameters to be evaluated. The rules also prioritize the implementation process and describe how farms may voluntarily form monitoring coalitions.
Four public hearings were held in 2009, and as a result of public comment, the hearing officers recommended changes to the proposed rules. Specifically, the hearing officers have recommended the removal of Fecal Coliform and Biochemical Oxygen Demand (BOD5) from the list of parameters to be sampled in 15A NCAC 02T.1310(b)(4), and a clarification to the visual observation requirements in 15A NCAC 02T.1310(a)(3). The EMC is interested in receiving additional comments on these proposed changes. After review of the additional comments, the hearing officers will make a final recommendation.
Comment period was closed on August 16, 2010
Monitoring Petition Information - updated June 16, 2010:
Public Hearing and Public Comments:
The first public comment period was from May 15 - July 14, 2009.
Stakeholder Meetings Record:
Contact the Animal Feeding Operations Unit at (919) 807-6464 or Christine Lawson at (919) 807-6354.