continuation of permit coverage for afo's



August 13, 2019

Re: Continuance of Permit Coverage for the Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation/Maryland Animal Feeding Operation (AFO) Located at:


Dear AFO Permittee:

The Maryland Department of the Environment’s (MDE) records list the above AFO as being covered by the General Discharge Permit for AFOs, MD Permit No. 14AFA / NPDES Permit No. MDG01A (2014 AFO Permit). This letter is to remind you that the 2014 AFO Permit will expire on Nov. 30, 2019.

While MDE is currently working to issue a forthcoming renewal permit, there may be a period of time between the expiration of the 2014 AFO Permit and your coverage under the renewal permit. However, your coverage under the 2014 AFO Permit can be extended up to and until such time as your application for renewal is processed. If you wish to continue your current permit coverage, you must notify MDE of your intent by completing and submitting the enclosed Notice of Continued Operation (NOCO) by

Oct. 1, 2019 to:

Maryland Department of the Environment Land and Materials Administration

Resource Management Program/AFO Division 1800 Washington Blvd., Suite 610

Baltimore, Maryland 21230-1719

By completing and submitting the enclosed NOCO by Oct. 1, 2019, your coverage under the 2014 AFO Permit will remain in effect until such time as MDE processes your application for coverage under the forthcoming renewal permit and your operation is registered under the 2019 AFO Permit. If you do not notify MDE by Oct. 1, 2019 of your intention to continue operating your facility by submitting the NOCO, your permit coverage will be terminated as of Dec. 1, 2019.

MDE has submitted a draft renewal permit to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region III for its review and approval because the AFO Permit is both a state and federal discharge permit.

Once EPA approves the renewal permit, you will be required to complete a new Notice of Intent (NOI) to obtain coverage under that permit. To continue your existing coverage under the forthcoming renewal permit, you must submit a completed NOI, as well as the accompanying permit fee, to MDE within 60 days of receiving the NOI. MDE will send you a copy of the NOI once the renewal permit is effective.


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MDE’s AFO Division staff will use the information in your NOCO to update our records relating to your AFO. If you indicate on your NOCO that there have been any major changes to your AFO, you will be required to update your Comprehensive Nutrient Management Plan (CNMP) before you can obtain coverage under the forthcoming renewal permit. You will be contacted by a member of MDE’s AFO Division once processing of your renewal application begins.

If you have any questions, please contact Stanley Tsai at 410-537-4478 or Stanley.tsai@maryland.gov. Sincerely,

Gary F. Kelman

Gary F. Kelman, MS, M.ASCE, CEP Chief, AFO Division


Announce coming events


ATTENTION CAFO OPERATORS!! The Maryland Department of the Environment's AFO Division will be holding a workshop at the Western Maryland Research and Education Center on October 3, from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm to assist farmers with completing their Notice of Continuation of Coverage and their Notice of Intent.


General Discharge Permit (docx)