February 13, 2012
New Permitting Information for Michigan Beef Feedlot Operators
February 13 2012 Remington Indiana: Miles Ridgway President of Summit Livestock Facilities a DBA and brand of FBi Buildings Inc. has announced the availability of newly published information about Michigan National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Permit Program and the Right to Farm Act including the Generally Accepted Agricultural Management Practices (GAAMP).
According to Ridgway this new information is being released by Summit Livestock Facilities to help those beef producers who may be considering a new or expanded confined beef feedlot operation in Michigan. The new information has been written by Mike Veenhuizen Ph.D. P.E. from Livestock Engineering Solutions Inc of Greenwood Indiana and published by Summit Livestock Facilities as a free service to the beef industry in Michigan. Veenhuizen is an engineering professional with experience in Michigan and frequently consults with beef producers and other livestock operators regarding permitting and facilities design.
Subjects in the new publication include:
- How the state of Michigan defines a regulated livestock farm and what state and federal permits are required for various categories of operations
- The limitations of a general NPDES permit in Michigan and which CAFOs receive an individual “certificate of compliance”
- Information about the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposing a new NPDES CAFO reporting rule
Additional information is included about the performance standards and general operational requirements operators must achieve to remain compliant including the need for a nutrient management plan with the required capacity of manure storage structures and the best management practices related to conservation animal mortality management chemical handling and more. Interested parties may request this free publication by contacting a Summit Livestock Facilities representative at 800-213-0567 or by visiting the Summit Livestock Facilities website: www.summitlivestock.com. Summit Livestock Facilities helps livestock producers manage risk ensure regulatory compliance and improve profit potential. Services of the company include consulting relative to financial feasibility funding environmental regulatory permitting and ongoing compliance. Summit designs and builds monoslope beef barns gable beef barns manure storage and commodity storage buildings and other beef related structures and provides turn-key comprehensive construction management of those projects.