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Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs)

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*** CHANGES TO THE STATE OF TENNESSEE'S CAFO PROGRAM WERE IMPLEMENTED DUE TO NEWLY PASSED LEGISLATION ON JULY 1, 2018. PLEASE CONTACT MR. JOHN NEWBERRY AT THE TENNESSEE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENT AND CONSERVATION, DIVISION OF WATER RESOURCES, AT 615-532-7743 OR JOHN.NEWBERRY@TN.GOV FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION PRIOR TO APPLYING FOR NEW PERMITS/RENEWING PERMITS. ***

An Animal Feeding Operation (AFO) is a facility that stables, confines and feeds or maintains animals (other than aquatic animals) for a total of 45 days or more in any 12-month period and does not sustain crops, vegetation, forage growth, or post-harvest residues in the normal growing season. An AFO becomes a Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO) when it meets either the large (Class I) or Medium (Class II) size threshold, or has been designated as a CAFO by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC). If your operation meets these criteria, you will need to obtain a permit from TDEC. Through a Memorandum of Agreement, TDA reviews CAFO permit applications on behalf of TDEC. Once approved, TDEC issues the permit.

Obtaining a CAFO Permit

CAFO Forms

For More Information:

Sam Marshall
319 Nonpoint Source/CAFO Manager
(615) 837-5306 - sam.marshall@tn.gov