How Do I Apply for Permit Coverage?
To apply for coverage under an NPDES CAFO permit, you must complete the appropriate forms by the specified deadlines and submit them to Ohio EPA with the application fee and a complete manure management plan.
Mail the forms, application fee and manure management plan to:
Ohio Environmental Protection Agency
Division of Surface Water
P.O. Box 1049
Columbus, OH 43216-1049
A check for $200.00 made payable to the Treasurer of the State of Ohio must be submitted along with the application forms and plan.
To apply for a CAFO NPDES permit from Ohio EPA, you must submit the following completed forms to the Ohio EPA Central Office:
■NPDES Form 1 Application and Instructions
■NPDES Form 2B Application
■Ohio EPA Antidegradation Addendum
To be considered complete, the application must also include a manure management plan that complies with the permit.
The deadlines for applying for an NPDES CAFO permit depend on when the CAFO began or will begin operating.
1.Expanding operations that are defined as CAFOs after April 13, 2003, but are not new sources (i.e., expanding operations that, after expansion, would have been defined as a CAFO prior to April 13, 2003) must submit an application for coverage under a general permit by no later than 90 days after they are defined as CAFOs.
2.Expanding operations that are defined as CAFOs after April 13, 2003, but would not have been defined as CAFOs (even after expansion) prior to April 13, 2003, must submit an application for coverage under a general permit by no later than February 27, 2009, or 90 days after becoming defined as a CAFO, whichever is later.
3.New sources (i.e., operations for which the construction began after April 13, 2003) must submit an application for coverage under a permit by no later than 180 days prior to commencing operation.
4.Where the operator of a CAFO that is covered by a permit changes and the new operator wishes to have the existing permit coverage transferred, the new and current operators of the facility must complete and send to Ohio EPA a Transfer of Responsibility form in accordance with the requirements of the general permit at least 60 days prior to the change.
5.Applications to renew existing NPDES permits must be submitted to Ohio EPA at least 180 days before the expiration date of the existing permit.
For additional explanation of the application deadlines and permit application process, check Ohio EPA's Fact Sheet OHIO EPA CAFO NPDES Permit, What Is It, and How To Get One?