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April 23, 2018

VAAFM Announces Second Public Comment Period for Draft Medium Farm Operations General Permit

Public Comment Period to Open April 23, 2018 and Run Through May 4, 2018

The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets (VAAFM) is releasing a second revised draft of the Medium Farm Operations General Permit (MFO GP). The Agency is initiating a second public comment period, which begins on April 23, 2018 and will conclude on May 4, 2018.

The MFO GP sets standards for MFOs in the State of Vermont generating animal waste to ensure they do not have a discharge of waste to the waters of the State and operate in accordance with their Nutrient Management Plan (NMP). Unless otherwise given notice by the Agency, all farms meeting the definition of a MFO in the State of Vermont are required to operate under the coverage of this General Permit (GP). All MFOs must follow the Required Agricultural Practices in addition to requirements outlined in the MFO GP.

The Agency is required to update the MFO GP every five years as outlined in MFO program rules. The current MFO GP was issued in 2012 and is therefore due for updating; the 2012 MFO GP continues in force and effect until a new MFO GP is issued. The MFO GP was established in 2007 and underwent revision for the first time in 2012. Once effective, the revised MFO GP will be effective from 2018 to 2023.

For the current revision of the MFO GP, a first draft was released on October 2, 2017, accompanied by a public hearing on November 2, 2017 in Montpelier. A public comment period was open from October 2, 2017 through December 1, 2017. The Agency reviewed public comments received during the comment period and made revisions, as necessary, to the first draft of the MFO GP. Ensuring the regulated community and other interested parties have sufficient time to review and comment on proposed changes, VAAFM is releasing a second revised draft of the MFO GP and announcing a second public comment period.

The public comment period will be open from April 23, 2018 to April May 4, 2018. Following the closure of the public comment period the VAAFM will respond to all comments submitted throughout the duration of this revision process and release a responsiveness summary at the time the final MFO GP is issued.

The Agency encourages all interested parties to review the second draft of the MFO GP and submit any comments electronically to: AGR.WaterQuality@vermont.gov or in writing to:

Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets

Attention: Water Quality Division

116 State St.

Montpelier, VT 05620

For more information about the MFO GP revision process, or to read the draft MFO GP in full, please visit: http://agriculture.vermont.gov/mfo/gp

Source: Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets
Last Updated at: April 23, 2018 14:55:28