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9VAC25-191-30. Authorization to discharge.

A. Any owner or operator governed by this general permit is hereby authorized to discharge animal wastes and process wastewater at concentrated animal feeding operations to surface waters of the Commonwealth of Virginia provided that the owner submits a complete registration statement of 9VAC25-191-40 and receives notification of coverage by the board, and has complied with the following conditions:

1. The owner has not been required to obtain an individual permit according to 9VAC25-31;

2. The owner has complied or will comply with the effluent limitations and other requirements of 9VAC25-191-50;

3. The activities of the concentrated animal feeding operation shall not contravene the Water Quality Standards, as amended and adopted by the board, or any provision of the State Water Control Law. There shall be no point source discharge of manure, litter or process wastewater to surface wasters of the state except in the case of a storm event greater than the 25-year, 24-hour storm, except that for swine, poultry, and veal calf operations constructed after April 14, 2003, in the case of a storm event greater than the 100-year, 24-hour storm. Agricultural storm water discharges are permitted. Domestic sewage or industrial waste shall not be managed under this general permit;

4. Confined poultry feeding operations that use disposal pits for routine disposal of daily mortalities shall not be covered under this general permit. The use of a disposal pit by a permittee for routine disposal of daily poultry mortalities shall be considered a violation of this permit. This prohibition shall not apply to the emergency disposal of dead poultry done according to regulations adopted pursuant to 3.1-726 or Chapter 14 ( 10.1-1400 et seq.) of Title 10.1 of the Code of Virginia; and

5. Adjoining property notification.

a. The owner shall give notice of the registration statement to all owners or residents of property that adjoins the property on which the animal feeding operation will be located. Such notice shall include (i) the types and maximum number of animals that will be maintained at the facility and (ii) the address and phone number of the appropriate department regional office to which comments relevant to the permit may be submitted. This notice requirement is waived whenever registration is for the purpose of renewing coverage under a permit and no expansion is proposed and the department has not issued any special or consent order relating to violations under the existing permit. This notice is also waived for poultry operations except those that propose construction of new poultry growing houses after December 1, 2000.

b. Any person may submit written comments on the proposed operation to the department within 30 days of the date of the filing of the registration statement. If, on the basis of such written comments or his review, the director determines that the proposed operation will not be capable of complying with the provisions of the general permit, the director shall require the owner to obtain an individual permit for the operation. Any such determination by the director shall be made in writing and received by the owner not more than 45 days after the filing of the registration statement or, if in the director's sole discretion additional time is necessary to evaluate comments received from the public, not more than 60 days after the filing of the registration statement.

B. The owner shall not be authorized by this general permit to discharge to state waters specifically named in other board regulations or policies that prohibit such discharges.

C. Receipt of this general permit does not relieve any owner of the responsibility to comply with any other applicable federal, state or local statute, ordinance or regulation.

Statutory Authority

62.1-44.15 and 62.1-44.17:1 of the Code of Virginia; 40 CFR Parts 9, 122, 123, and 412.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 21, Issue 2, eff. November 3, 2004.


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