The number of CAFOs, type of livestock, and average size
of the CAFO operations vary significantly from state to state. Therefore,
state specific regulations to CAFOs are likely to exist in most states.
For example, hog farms are predominate in some states where as poultry
farms are predominate in others. In addition, the EPA has divided
the country into 10 regions. These regions can develop region specific
regulations and also help organize information from states within the region.
This page will provide guidence to both regional and state sites.
Obviously, the information available on this tier is extremely large.
This page is a guide, NOT a comprehensive collection of all the regulations
and information available. This statement leads to a remark about
local regulations. It is possible for local (county, city, etc.) regulations
to exist that are applicable to CAFOs. As the collection of the information
is out of the scope of this webpage, it does not mean that local regulations
are insignificant. Some suggestions for identifying local reguations
are discussed below.
Note that the environmental concerns remain the same (i.e., water and
air pollution). In contrast to federal regulations, many of the state
and local governments have addressed both water and air pollution.
State Compendium: Programs and Regulatory Activities Related
to Animal Feeding Operations
"The State Compendium is a compilation of AFO-related state program
and state initiative information intended to illustrate how states are
regulating AFOs, with a specific focus on the use of permits or similar
mechanisms. The State Compendium was updated in May 2002."
Resource for State Information
The Grace Factory Farm Project has put to together a comprehensive list
of state relevant websites and information. The
regional information webpage
should provide an excellent tool for finding information from each
state. In addition, for many of the states, links relevant to local
CAFO regulations are provided.
State Environmental Agencies
As the EPA is the federal agency responsible for setting national environmental
standards, each state has an agency responsible for setting state environmental
standards. Below is a webpage that provides links which will lead
to the homepage of every states' environmental agency. After reaching
the website the searching belongs to you. Some of the state environmental
agencies' websites will have information specific to animal feeding operations.
Try using the "search engine" to find specific information. These
pages are also useful because of the contact information that is provided.
Contact the state water and air departments to get information regarding
CAFO regulations. Lastly, many of these websites will provide links
to local (city, county, etc.) websites.