A new General Kentucky No Discharge Operational Permit (KNDOP) that was recently signed by the Kentucky Division of Water Director (DOW), will bring no changes for Small and Medium Animal Feeding Operations (AFOs).
Division of Water Director Peter Goodmann signed the permit Sept. 22, and it goes into effect Oct. 1, 2016. The permit expires Sept. 30, 2021 and replaces the previous version that expired Feb. 29, 2016.
Kentucky Regulations require AFOs with an agricultural waste handling system to obtain a KNDOP. Examples of animal waste handling systems include a manure storage pit below a hog barn, a holding pond for storage of dairy cow waste and milk house wastewater, or an exposed stack pad for beef cattle manure.
All AFOs with an expired permit, or those AFOs that have never received a permit, should submit an application to the Division of Water for coverage under the new general permit. An application consists of a completed Short Form B, which is available on the DOW website.
The most important condition of the KNDOP is that facilities not allow a discharge of any wastewater into a Water of the Commonwealth. A Water of the Commonwealth includes all rivers, streams, creeks, lakes, ponds, reservoirs, springs, wells, marshes and all other bodies of surface or underground water.
If a landowner is having difficulty determining if their facility has an agricultural waste handling system or if it qualifies as a small or medium operation, they should contact the Division of Water for assistance.