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A2O-Lancaster Farming, Saturday, November 28,1898
EPA, USD A Officials Present AFO Strategy- Listen To Comments
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Administration's Clean Water
The strategy establishes a
national expectation that all animal
feeding operations develop and
implement comprehensive nutri
ent management plans by the year
These plans are to include man
ure handling and storage, applica
tion of manure to the land, record
keeping, feed management, integ
ration with other conservation
measures, and other manure
Last week's regional meeting
about the strategy was called a
-public listening session,” and the
purpose was to educate and receive
The session was open to all, and 23 people
signed up to give comment, though not all spoke.
Copies of the 41-page USDA/EPA draft Uni
fied National Strategy for AFOs were made
available at the meeting, and are still available
over the Internet, through the USDA and EPA.
A panel of people representing involved agen
cies sat at a long table at the front of the room, to
respond to questions later in the program, and to
gauge public sentiment
On the “listening panel” were James Lyons,
the USDA under secretary for natural resources
and the environment; J. Charles Fox, EPA asso
ciate administrator for water, Humberto Hernan
dez, USDA NRCS East Region regional conser
vationist; Joe Piotrowski, associate director for
EPA Region 3 Office of Watersheds; Janet Oert
ly, NRCS state conservationist for Pennsylvania;
Abigail Ladd, representing U.S. Sen. Rick San
tonins; and Jennifer Saraceno, legislative assis
tant to U.S. Rep. Tim Holden.
Prior to the public comment period, represen
tatives from both agencies gave an overview of
The presentation was done differently than has
been routinely done at such an event, apparently
using more modem presentation techniques.
Two presenters worked together, one each
from the EPA and USDA Joe DelVecchio,
assistant state conservationist for New York
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service,
and co-leader of the national USDA/EPA AFO
strategy team; and Jeff Lape, branch chief of
water quality and industrial permits with the
Office of Water of the EPA, and co-leader of the
national AFO strategy team.
'i he two traded the floor, subtopic by subtopic,
presenting information and background about
the program and its seven “strategic issues.”
The effect blurred the perception of whether
the information was being presented by EPA or
The two were part of the technical panel
those with day-to-day technical dealings with
Others on the technical panel included Tim
Murphy, Pa.NRCS conservation engineer; Dou
glas Goodlander, director of nutrient manage
ment and technical services for the Pa. State Con
servation Commission; Dr. Hugh Archer, deputy
secretary for water management with the Pa.
Department of Environmental Protection; and
Hank Zygmunt, assistant associate director of
the EPA Office of Watersheds.
The Unified Strategy proposal itself is con
structed sectionally, starting with building a case
for itself, arguably using assumptions of water
quality problems and public risks.
It defines goals and performance expectations
for AFOs, and then explains how the authorities
to cany out the program exist within the Clean
Water Act and regulations.
From a production agriculture perspective, the
proposal poses several obvious areas of concern.
The presentation seemed to suggest that all of
the livestock production industry
commercial and hobby is to be viewed as
potentially being required to have a permit to
operate under the National Pollutant Discharge
Elimination System (NPDES).
The NPDES pennits were originated for point
sources of pollution. Concentrated livestock
farms are included by law, other farming opera
tions are included by interpretation.
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