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Livestock Waste Regulations in
The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) regulations, derived from the Federal Clean Water Act, are referred to as the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) and are incorporated into Title 130.
Most non-pasture based operations where animals are housed and raised, those that meet the definition of an Animal feeding operation (AFO), are required to have an inspection by Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality (NDEQ) and possibly required to maintain a permit that will define the minimum environmental standards for their operation.
Use the questions below to find what you need to know about compliance with Nebraska regulations:
If I have a pasture-based operation, could I be regulated?
- Do I Need A Permit?
- What issues are addressed in a permit?
- Am I current with record and inspection requirements?
- What are the minimum standards of Nutrient Management Plans?
(EPA Producer's Compliance Guide for CAFOs, *pdf)
- Where can I find Nebraska's livestock waste regulations? (NDEQ Resources)
- What are the land application training requirements and responsibilities for my permit?
- Where can I find the regulations and compliance resources from EPA?
*PDF files require the Acrobat Reader. Download free.
Environmental Protection Agency
Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRC) on Nebraska CNMP
NRC on Agwaste
Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality (NDEQ)
Provides fact sheets & guidance documents.
Request an inspection for cow-calf backgrounders and/or ranch operations
An inspection may be required for your operation (LB 916 - loss of 90 day exemption). Fees are $100 for small AFO's (less than 299 head), $200 for medium AFO's 300-999 head) and $500 for large AFO's 1,000 head and larger. Include fee with applicaiton.